PhD Thesis Defended!

Posted: July 14th, 2009 | 16 Comments »

Everything went fine and I still have to include some comments and ideas of the jury members to the dissertation. I will upload it soon. In the meantime, here are the slides of the 45min presentation that go through my contributions to science over the last 3.5 years:

Thesis Defense Cover-1

Relation to my thesis: It all seems like I am now a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Digital Communication.

EgoViz and Citizen Cartography

Posted: July 11th, 2009 | No Comments »

In the past I have greatly enjoyed attending and tutoring workshops that follow the process of “data collection->observations->indicators->information visualization” over a week or two (see La Ciudad Hibrida and Visualizar). This Summer will lead me to the Citizen Cartography meeting at Laboral in Gijon and the Information Kinetics: EgoViz workshop at Arteleku in San Sebastian. Both offer a rather open format that mixes of people to feed curiosity, learn new skills, confront ideas and stimulate creativity. The call for projects at EgoViz is open until July 26, 2009:

The objective of this workshop is to connect scientific vision with artistic expression via the visualisation of data. In present-day society we live with an overabundance of information. However, obtaining meaningful analysis or relevant reflection can be an especially hard task. Organising information, offering different perspectives, encouraging analysis or bringing that which seemed hidden to light, with the aim of catalysing meaningful reflection are tasks often faced by the artist, at times in the guise of a private investigator and at others armed only with intuition. It seems appropriate, therefore, to provide conceptual and technical tools that enable the artist to tackle their investigations from other perspectives.

Relation to my thesis: A couple of summer gigs to ease up in the PhD postpartum period.