Interactive Futures - 2007

Interactive Futures 2007 ( November 15 - 17 ) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Maria Lantin

Mapping Group Conversations: flowerGarden and other growing interests

flowerGarden, a real-time group conversation visualization, has been enabled for this conference. We invite you to contribute to the visualization (see link below). This talk will present the history and uses of flowerGarden, and present other conversation visualizations of interest. We will finish with a discussion on the role of visualizing emergent properties in group behaviour and current projects in development.


Maria Lantin is the Director of the Intersections Digital Studio, a new research space at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She has extensive experience in computer graphics, visualization, and simulation in both the academic and industry settings. She was granted her PhD in Computing Science by Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia, in 1999. Her doctoral research focused on biological visualization, particularly the development of plants at the cellular level.

Following her PhD, Maria worked as an assistant professor at the Technical University of British Columbia (TechBC) at the very start of the innovative institution. TechBC has since been annexed to Simon Fraser University. Following this experience, she worked at Mainframe Entertainment as a senior developer/researcher. In this role, she was involved in developing 3D-stereo projection software for computer-generated animations on IMAX screens. Maria held the director of research position at IDELIX Software Inc., where she used her visualization expertise to promote innovation in the start-up viz company. IDELIX has won many awards for their detail-in-context visualization software and is one of the few successful visualization companies. Taking a hiatus from Vancouver, Maria spent 3 years at the Banff Centre leading their visualization lab where she helped produce artisitc and scientific work, and pursued her own research program focused on the visualization of quantum information science.

In her role of Director of the Intersections Digital Studio, Maria is helping create an inspiring and welcoming environment for digital media research at the Emily Carr Insitute. She also continues her collaborative visualization practice in the domains of human conversation and virtual reality.


flowerGarden (available on event day only):

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One Comment

  1. runran Says:

    Maria writes:

    It would be great to have all delegates in the flowerGarden database prior to deployment, so that data entry would be easier for my presentation.

    Splendid idea.


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