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Volgenau School of Engineering
The B.S. in Information Technology degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

George Mason University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Education.

Human-Centric Interactive Visualization of Information

Speaker: Moushumi Sharmin, Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 11:00am – 12:00pm – Engineering Building, Room 2901


Reappropriation of information is ubiquitous. For example, in the creative design domain, designers reappropriate existing information to gain inspiration, replicate success, avoid failures, and even reminiscence. In the personal information domain, a recent study reported that 94% of the employees engage in direct or indirect information reuse at least sometimes, with 80% reusing regularly. Unfortunately, reappropriation of information is time-consuming, difficult, and at times impossible. In this talk, I will present two human-centric interactive visualization systems that provide better support for reappropriation of information in creative design and personal information management domains. I will conclude my talk by providing some insights on the design of human-centric technology in the mobile health domain. I will discuss how human-centric information visualization and analysis is emerging as an effective mechanism for supporting health and wellness.


Moushumi Sharmin, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, mobile health, and visualization of information. Currently she is investigating novel visualization techniques that support sense-making and pattern identification of large scale health data to aid the design of Just-in-Time-Adaptive Intervention and privacy challenges emerging from the use of lightweight, wearable sensors. She (co-)authored 30+ journal and conference papers that appeared in the top ACM and IEEE venues in Human Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing. She is one of the inventors of the U.S. patent on in-context display of presentation search results, filed by IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. She is a NIH Mobile Health Scholar, fellow of the American Association of University Women, a finalist of the Google Anita Borg Scholarship, and recipient of the UIUC Saburo Muroga Fellowship.

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