June 16th, 2008

Dr. vis.

I am currently using my baby-time-off-my-university-job to get my options sorted out for further research. The MACE project is running for another year, so the big decision is, if+how to pursue a PhD. At my home base FHP, formally, I cannot do a PhD. So, at least, I have to find a good Ph.D. supervisor at a “real” university.

For this purpose, I started to map all institutions and people that could be candidates or helpful or interesting to meet on Google maps.

Dr.vis. Map

I am not 100% clear about both the mode and the scope of the thesis. But I think it is safe to say I would love to advance design research in visualization of the social web.

If you – prosumer you are – have any additional ideas of who I could get in touch with, or could even imagine supervising my thesis, I would be very happy about additional spots on the map or a little comment here. Thanks!

10 Responses to 'Dr. vis.'

Subscribe to comments with RSS

  1. Marco
    June 16th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    There is a PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia communication in Milan, Italy. The Communication Design Research Unit has a strong focus on interface/visualization from a design perspective ( cf. http://www.politecalab.org/densitydesign http://www.vimeo.com/1164911 )

  2. Moritz Stefaner
    June 16th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks, much appreciated!

  3. Ji Soo
    June 22nd, 2008 at 1:13 am

    I am working under the advisory of Dr. John Stasko at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Georgia, USA). He is a good advisor even though his focus is more on sensemaking and gaining insight in the context of intelligence / homeland security.

  4. Margit
    June 22nd, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Maybe you’ll find something here:

  5. Moritz Stefaner
    June 23rd, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Excellent resource, thanks!

  6. Jodi Schneider
    July 2nd, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Older information on “Schools that teach about info design” may help you think about the many related departments that may house info-viz sorts:

    Good luck! We’ll look forward to seeing where you go!

  7. Hans Meyer
    July 18th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Not exactly “social web” but still information visualization, or more precisely geovisualisation: The Geographic Information Visualization & Analysis Division (GIVA) at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (http://www.geo.uzh.ch/gia/aboutus/)

  8. Petra Cerne Oven
    November 12th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Maybe you would consider Typography & Graphic Communication at The University of Reading (UK)? Information design is very strong there, with many good supervisors. Get in touch with Rob Waller and/or Paul Stiff.

    Check it out here: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/typography/

    Some of PhD topics can be found here: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/typography/pg-research/typ-pgropportunities.asp

    good luck!

  9. Simon Edhouse
    March 12th, 2009 at 12:55 pm


    maybe check out: A.C.I.D. http://interactiondesign.com.au/ in Brisbane, Australia…
    I have a friend: Marcos Caceres, http://datadriven.com.au
    who is finishing his PhD there at the moment. However, he is living in Europe and working from wherever he finds himself.
    …and they have given him a lot of lattitude, (he’s basically writing up the Widget 1.0 spec for WC3, and that’s the PhD!) – Prior to that he did his Honors at the ‘Semantic Media Interfaces Group’ in Holland: http://www.cwi.nl/en/Interactive_Information_Access

    I think A.C.I.D. would be interested to talk to you.

    (PS… I would also like to chat to you about a new tag-based semantic interface project we are developing… I think we could really use your brain)


  10. Moritz Stefaner
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the pointer!