Aidan Slingsby
Lecturer in Visual and Analytic Computing

giCentre, Department of Computer Science, City University London


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I am a researcher and lecturer in the giCentre. I am interested in the design and application of information visualisation for presenting and helping make sense of data, particularly for data that are spatial and temporal.

My work involves designing, creating and applying static information graphics (often map-based) and exploratory interactive techniques that facilitate exploratory visual analysis. I design and apply these techniques in a variety of application areas including insurance, population, human movement, animal movement and ecology.

I have a background in Geography and GIS, holding a BSc (Hons) in Geology (Edinburgh), an MSc in GIS (Edinburgh) and a PhD in GIS (University College London).


Current work

Surveys: ERSC-funded project ADDResponse in which we are identifying factors (some of which are geographical) that may affect survey non-response and whether these can be used for weighting responses.

Transport: TSB-funded project FareVis, where we and a number of commercial partners are investigating geographical and temporal variation in train fares.

Visual analytics for criminal intelligence: EU-funded VALCRI project where we - and 17 other institutions from across Europe - are designing and implementing techniques that apply visual analytics to criminal intelligence analysis. We are using some of the ideas from our previous EPSRC/DSTL-funded DaisyDiva project.

Weather: At 18:39 on 28/03/15, my weather station reported a temperature of 13.4°C with 1.5mm of rain so far today and an average wind speed of 14km/h (27km/h gust) in a S direction. More on Weather Underground.


Recent news

September 2014: I co-organised a workshop at GIScience in Vienna on uncertainty at which I presented joint work on Visualisation of Uncertainty in a Geodemographic Classifer [pdf] and The Challenge of Communicating Causes of Death and their Uncertainty [pdf]. Thanks to all contributors!
September 2014: At the GIScience and its pre-conference workshops, my co-authors presented joint work: Rafael presented Designing Interactive Graphics for Exploring Sea-Bird Foraging Trips [pdf], Cagatay presented Interactive Generation of Visual Summaries for Multivariate Geographical Data Analysis [pdf], Sarah presented Visualizing the Effects of Scale and Geography in Multivariate Comparison [pdf] and Nick Tate presented Type-2 Fuzzy Sets Applied to Geodemographic Classification.

August 2014: Alex, Rafael and I won an honourable mention for our entry to the VAST Challenge (Mini Challenge 1) this year. This annual competition asks participants to do visual analytics on a large dataset to answer questions that is usually related to a crime or terrorism scenario.

July 2014: Pete Fisher's work Type-2 Fuzzy Sets Applied to Geodemographic Classification with Nick Tate and me has been accepted as an extended abstract at GIScience in Vienna, Austria in September. The work suggests design options for studying the relationship between time on the nest and subsequent foraging trips.

July 2014: Rafael's work Designing Interactive Graphics for Exploring Sea-Bird Foraging Trips with me and Emiel van Loon has been accepted at the Analysis of Movement Workshop at GIScience in Vienna, Austria in September. The work suggests design options for studying the relationship between time on the nest and subsequent foraging trips.

July 2014: Sarah's work Visualizing the Effects of Scale and Geography in Multivariate Comparison with Jason and me has been accepted at the GeoVisual Analytics: Interactivity, Dynamics, and Scale Workshop at GIScience in Vienna, Austria in September. The work considers visualisation options for helping assess variables' suitabilities for a geodemographic classifier.

June 2014: Cagatay's paper Attribute Signatures: Dynamic Visual Summaries for Analyzing Multivariate Geographical Data with me, Helwig Hauser, Jason and Jo was accepted at Infovis at IEEE VIS, which will be held in Paris this November. The work is about geographically exploring high-dimensional data, using UK census data as a case study.

June 2014: I was invited to a Geometric Algorithms in the Field workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. The workshop brought together researchers in computational geometry, GIS, visualisation, robotics and surface/volume and allowing us to form cross-discipline research collaborations.

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Some examples and demos

Video demos on the giCentre Vimeo Channel

London bike hire graphs: last 24 hours of usage compared to last week and for any day since mid-August

OAC maps: rectangular cartograms of UK demographics.

Place Survey: explore the Place Survey results for Leicestershire.

Responsive Legends for Aerial Photographs: demo of a map legend for an aerial photograph that is responsive to zoom/pan.

Tag map mashups: Mashups of point-based spatial data of British placenames

Exploring Design Decisions for Effective Information Visualization: tutorial with software.


Key publications

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Slingsby, A., Beecham, R. and Wood, J. 2013. Visual Analysis of Social Networks in Space and Time using Smartphone Logs Pervasive and Mobile Computing 9 (6), pp848-864. [details]

Walker, R., Slingsby, A., Dykes, J., Xu, K., Wood, J., Nguyen, P., Stephens, D., Wong, W. and Zheng, Y. 2013. An Extensible Framework for Provenance in Human Terrain Visual Analytics Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 19 (12), pp2139-2148. [details]

Slingsby, A., Dykes, J. and Wood, J. 2011. Exploring Uncertainty in Geodemographics with Interactive Graphics. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 17(12), pp2384-2391 [paper]

Dykes, J., Wood, J. and Slingsby, A. 2010 Rethinking Map Legends with Visualization. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 16(6), pp890-899 [pdf | video] Honorable mention

Wood, J., Dykes, J., Slingsby, A. 2010. Visualization of Origins, Destinations and Flows with OD Maps, The Cartographic Journal 47 (2) pp117-129. DOI:10.1179/000870410X12658023467367 [pdf]

Slingsby, A., Wood, J. and Dykes, J. (2010) Treemap Cartography for showing Spatial and Temporal Traffic Patterns, Journal of Maps, v2010, 135-146. DOI: 10.4113/jom.2010.1071 [pdf | demo].

Slingsby, A., Dykes, J. and Wood, J. 2009. Configuring Hierarchical Layouts to Address Research Questions. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 15 (6), Nov-Dec 2009, pp977-984 [pdf | video] Honorable mention

Wood, J, Dykes, J., Slingsby, A. and Clarke K. 2007. Interactive visual exploration of a large spatio-temporal data set: reflections on a geovisualization mashup. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 13 (6), pp1176-1183, November/December 2007. [pdf]