Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale
Data Visualization Guru
In an age where our data is traded as a commodity, and informs a profound layer of artificial intelligence, how literate are we about it?
Sheelagh Carpendale is a full Professor in Computer Science at the University of Calgary where she holds a tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization and NSERC/AITF/SMART Technologies Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Technologies. She has received many awards including the E.W.R. NSERC STEACIE Memorial Fellowship; a BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts Interactive Awards); an ASTech Innovations in Technology award; and the CHCCS Achievement Award, which is presented periodically to a Canadian researcher who has made a substantial contribution to the fields of computer graphics, visualization, or human-computer interaction. Other awards accruing to her group include: twice Best HCI PhD in Canada, a Digital Alberta Award, a finalist in the Canadian New Media Awards and IEEE VIS VPG Dissertation awards.
She leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) Research Group and has initiated the new interdisciplinary graduate- level specialization, Computational Media Design. Her research on information visualization, large interactive displays, and new media draws on her dual background in Computer Science (BSc. and Ph.D. Simon Fraser University) and Visual Arts (Sheridan College, School of Design and Emily Carr, College of Art). She is an internationally renowned leader in both information visualization and multi-touch tabletop interaction and has served in such roles as Papers, Program, or Conference Chair for IEEE InfoVis, and ACM Tabletop and has received both the IEEE and ACM recognition of service awards.