The rapid increase in available information has led to many attempts to automatically locate patterns in large, abstract, multi-attributed information spaces. These techniques are often called data mining and have met with varying degrees of success. An alternative approach to automatic pattern detection is to keep the user in the exploration loop by developing displays that enhance their natural sensory abilities to detect patterns. This approach, whether visual, auditory, or touch based, can assist a domain expert to search their data for useful relationships. However, designing models of the abstract data and defining appropriate sensory mappings are critical tasks in building such a system. Intuitive multi-sensory displays (visual, auditory, touch) of abstract data are difficult to design and the process needs to carefully consider human perceptual and cognitive abilities. This talk will introduce a taxonomy that helps designers consider the range of sensory mappings, along with appropriate guidelines, when building such multisensory displays. To illustrate this process a case study in the domain of stock market data is also presented.

About the speaker: Keith completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Newcastle University in 1988 and his Masters in Computing in 1993. Between 1989-1999, Keith worked on applied computer research for BHP Research. His PhD examined the design of multi-sensory displays for stock market data and was completed at Sydney University in 2003. His work has received international recognition, being selected among the best visualisations and consequently exhibited at a number of international locations and reviewed in the prestigious journal Science. In 2007 he completed a post-doctoral year in Boston working at the New England Complex Systems Institute visualising health related data. He has expertise in the fields of Human Interface Design, Computer Games, Virtual Reality, Immersive Analytics, and the theory of Perception and Cognition related to the design of multi-sensory user interfaces. Keith currently works in the school of School of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Newcastle, Australia where he teaches Computer Games and Programming. While his background is in Computer Science, he has also exhibited his paintings in 11 exhibits and provided lyrics for 5 CDS and a musical. You can find more about his art and science at

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