About this Blogsphere:

This blogsphere attempts to capture, catalog and share resources relating to visual perception of information. It is about a world mostly dealing with Physical (Touch, Taste, See/Sight, Smell and Hear) and sometimes Metaphysical (and that is none-of-the-above category). Physical, for instance, touch (e.g., feel, felt, found), look and visualization, is here with an attempt to combine verbal, vocal and visual--to synchronously see, hear, share and do much more. Interestingly, in order to visualize one does not need special skills, competencies, etc. It is all about common sense, especially with human visualizations. In short, "information is in the eye of the beholder." Continue reading much more all-ado-about this Blogosphere

Akbani is a Cutchi Memon family name.

May 16, 2011

When Design Gurus Clash: Edward Tufte vs. Don Norman

Leo Klein @ Chicago Librarian, states:
"I was going through an interesting article on (quantitative) design guru Edward Tufte when I came across this interesting spat between him and (simplicity) design guru, Don Norman that -- despite a cheap shot by Tufte -- seems to wonderfully address polar opposites..." continue reading



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April 29, 2011

Designing human-awareness for ambient agents: A human mindreading perspective

Research about human senses and human needs, in relation to information seeking behavior, information access mechanisms and information retrieval techniques continue and here are some interesting information visualization attempts, all probably contributing in some way to the understanding of the Semantic Web:

A study, by Dr. Zulfiqar A. Memon, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, [also here]
ABSTRACT: Ambient Intelligence (AmI) [1] has the vision to make Information and Communication Technologies disappear into the environment thus creating an ergonomic space for the inhabitant, encompassing an active living environment around us. To bring this goal to realization, devices need to be built possessing knowledge about humans enabling these devices to show a more human-like understanding. For this, we need assistance of human-directed disciplines such as cognitive science, psychology and biomedical sciences that develop models for many different aspects of human functioning. By representing these models in a formal and computational format, and incorporating them in these devices, these devices can be made more sensitive and responsive to humans [3]. The integration of these models within AmI applications is becoming more widely known as human-aware ambient agent modelling. Theory of Mind (ToM), or mindreading, is an ability to attribute mental states such as, beliefs, intentions, desires, pretending, knowledge, emotion etc, to others and to understand that those states may be similar or different from one's own. The work presented in this thesis makes contributions in the area of modelling and simulation by analysing and designing ambient agent models integrating concepts of Theory of Mind, to make these models human-aware. To explore the applicability of the approach proposed in this thesis, it has been applied in different specializations addressing integrated approaches to, for example, emotion generation and reading, emotion contagion, believing, desiring, feeling, decision making, and attention [2].

On the same shelf:
  • Edgar Meij's PhD Thesis: Combining Concepts and Language Models for Information Access
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (Computer Science)
  • [Comp-neuro] Summer School on "Beliefs and Decisions: of Minds and Machines" The neuroinformatics site
  • UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION SEEKING TASKS ACROSS MULTIPLE SOURCES by Dr. Alia Amin
    Extract:
    "We focus on investigating how visualization influences lay users' confidence while accessing information from different cultural heritage information sources"
  • March 22, 2011

    Social Networks Leave Americans Open To ID Theft

    WebProNews, Written by Mike Sachoff on 22 March 2011
    Extract:
    ...“American’s lack of caution in friending members of the opposite sex online is striking,” said Thomas Oscherwitz, chief privacy officer for ID Analytics, Inc.

    “Friending someone online is not risk-free. Just as in the bricks-and-mortar world, it makes sense to exercise a bit of prudence. Most social networking profiles contain personal information that can be used by fraudsters, and when you friend someone, you are giving them access to this information.”...

    See also:
    13 Million Americans Leave the Door Open to Identity Theft on Social Networks, ID Analytics [image courtesy]
    Extract:
    Fraudsters can use information in social networking profiles to build the dossiers they need to beat challenge questions and other security measures on financial accounts. The key identity elements that consumers should be careful before exposing on social networks are:

    Continue reading: WebProNews

    March 20, 2011

    Visual Resume - Revisited

    Is This the Coolest Student Journalist Resume Ever? J-School Buzz,


    Extract:
    We think it is, but we don't know anything about design. This is Convergence Senior Chris Spurlock's resume, and it's the best resume for a student journalist we've ever seen. But like we said, we're not design-minded people, so we want to get the input of people who do know a thing or two about design. That's where you come in! continue reading

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  • My own visual resume samples, here (Web sight), here (timeline) and here (text-based).