In recent years group members have been awarded millions of dollars in ARC Discovery and Linkage Grants and significant investment through industry sponsored research.
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Visualisation of large, complex networks through small, beautiful diagrams
Networks are everywhere—Google's Knowledge Graph, Facebook's social networks and the Semantic Web. We will develop a new approach to visualise and understand these networks.
Funding: ARC Discovery Project — DP140100077
Flexible user-guided network layout for biomedical applications
This project will develop techniques for automatic layout of biological network diagrams, allowing users to guide the layout while satisfying any required placement constraints and drawing conventions. As part of the project, these methods will be integrated into several real-world systems biology applications for network browsing and authoring.
Funding: ARC Discovery Project — DP110101390
CIDER: A component-based toolkit for creating smart diagram environments
Smart Diagram Environments (SDEs) are software applications that use structured diagrams to provide a natural visual interface that behaves as if the computer "understands" the diagram. Unfortunately, despite their potential usefulness, SDEs are not easy to build. We present CIDER a Java toolkit for building SDEs which greatly simplifies this task. CIDER is a generic component-based system which is designed to be easily embedded in Java applications. It provides automatic interpretation of diagrams as they are constructed and manipulated, structure preserving manipulation, and a powerful transformation system for specifying diagram manipulations and user interaction. CIDER's main innovation is its component-based approach to SDE development which provides substantially increased architectural flexibility to the application programmer.
Natural diagram and table interfaces to graph and semi-structured databases
Modern small and medium businesses need simpler, more intuitive ways to store, query and analyse their data. This project will develop visual tools that provide a natural and intuitive interface for the innovative, flexible database being developed by the Australian software developer YesLogic.
Presenting graphics to blind students using a touchscreen interface extended with haptic and audio feedback
The project will develop a new approach to the presentation of graphics and other 2D information to blind students. It will be based on the Apple iPad extended with audio and haptic feedback. Currently, the standard approach to providing students with accessible graphics is to use tactile graphics which the student can feel. However production of such graphics is expensive and time consuming. Furthermore, it does not allow the student to interactively control the level of detail or to modify or annotate the graphic. Our new approach has the potential to overcome these limitations and to significantly improve the delivery of accessible graphics. The project includes extensive evaluation of the approach in the classroom.
Funding: ARC Linkage Project — LP110200469
Reimagining digital publishing for technical documents
Digital versions of technical documents are usually produced as static PDF files. Working with these on electronic devices has been shown to be frustrating and inefficient. This project reimagines digital publishing for technical documents and proposes reading via a new dynamic view with flexible navigation and on-demand contextual information.
Adaptive, responsive & intelligent documents
The internet is fundamentally changing the nature of text books, newspapers and magazines, transforming how we create and use such documents. These changes are set to accelerate with near universal access to high-speed broadband and an ever increasing range of mobile devices to access and create documents.
Comparative network visualisation
Statistical analysis of large-scale genome-wide biological datasets frequently results in predictions of large networks that are difficult to interpret or to effectively compare. We are investigating how plants respond to the environment, and the gene regulatory networks underlying these responses, with the aim of developing crops with increased tolerance to unfavourable environments. We have extensive time series gene expression profiles, gene regulatory network models and experimental validation data for multiple environmental stress conditions.
Comprehending and using information graphics, mathematical notations other representational forms
Humans use a broad range of representational forms including written language, pictures, notations, and diagrams. For decades, cognitive scientists and linguists have studied how humans communicate, reason and learn with them. Our research contributes to this body of knowledge by finding out more about the complex ways in which people, representations and contexts interact. We are interested in questions such as "What representations are most effective for a given task?" and "How can we help people choose good representations?" Our research has real-world relevance by informing the design of effective information displays and interactive systems.
Visualisation of dynamically changing command and control structures
Command and control structures within and across the emergency services follow principles documented in the Australian Inter-Service Incident Management System (AIIMS). AIIMS is a flexible system that describes management roles, reporting lines and responsibilities at each level of emergency response for both small and large-scale events. Given command and control structures are fluid and change depending on the situation at hand, understanding and recording the current nature of the hierarchies can be difficult. Often this knowledge and understanding is compromised, as there is not one formal representation of the hierarchy across the various emergency services. As there is no formal visualisation, there is also no record of how the hierarchy has evolved over the course of a significant emergency incident.
Visualising and predicting pathogen/host protein interactions
Pathogens suppress host immunity by targeting a range of secreted proteins, pathogenicity effectors, to the cytoplasm of host cells. These effectors, once they have traversed the host plasma-membrane, are targeted to many subcellular locations where they disrupt the host immune system to enable pathogen growth and reproduction. We have used the technique of matrix yeast two hybrid to identify the host targets of 200 pathogenicity effectors. This has revealed a complex and highly interconnected interaction network.