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City visualisation expert advises American scientists

Professor of Visualisation, Professor Jason Dykes, presented City giCentre's approaches and applications at a research meeting taking place the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 6th-8th June.
by John Stevenson

From the 6th to the 8th June, Professor of Visualisation, Professor Jason Dykes, of City University London's giCentre, advised scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the SCI (Scientific Computing and Imaging) Institute, University of Utah on the American National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Visualisation of Uncertainty project.

nullThe 4-year, $3m (£1.92m) project involves Cognitive Scientists and Computer Scientists working together to design and deploy software through which uncertainty can be managed and communicated in three key domain areas: air quality, fire forecasting, and hurricane hazard management. The outputs will be used to inform research, policy and decision-making.

Professor Dykes says City's giCentre is helping shape research into the visualisation of uncertainty in the United States:

"This is a significant initiative by America's NSF to link cartographic, computational and cognitive approaches so that the uncertainty associated with simulations of natural phenomena can be effectively and richly incorporated into the decision-making processes. City's data visualisation and geographic information processing knowledge and capabilities are helping to shape the project in its formative stages as it aims to inform policy in domain areas that are important across the United States."

While in Santa Barbara, California, Professor Dykes also presented giCentre visualisation approaches and applications at the spatial@ucsb.local event.

This is the annual public outreach activity of an interdisciplinary centre at UCSB designed to promote and support spatial thinking across disciplines. It involves staff and students from across the UCSB campus as well as the significant local community of GIS users, vendors and technologists. Other invited speakers included Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin Director of the Allosphere Research Laboratory at the California Nanosystems Institute and Professor Ross Whitaker of the SCI Institute, University of Utah.

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