The Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIV-DDD) is the preeminent research hub for innovation and training in information and scientific visualization in Ontario, unrivalled in Canada for its equally strong footing in the sciences and the arts.
Driven by the increasing complexity of data sets, the need for visualization of both data and information is growing exponentially in scientific, social science, and humanities research, finance, and virtually all industries.
The CIV-DDD project aims to respond to these needs for visualization by combining existing regional research strengths to create and develop new methods and tools for data-driven design by establishing a centre of excellence in information visualization, which will result in new products and services as well as highly-trained, data-ready personnel for a variety of data-dependent industries.
The following industry sectors are of central interest: Medicine and Bioinformatics, Science and Engineering, Management and Finance, Culture and Entertainment, Heritage and Education.
Amir Asif (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Amir Asif, PhD, PEng, is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at York. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology) and is currently serving as the Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2001-2004, 2009-date). His research interests are in multimedia signal processing and communications with over 50 technical refereed publications in the area and a text book, Continuous-time and Discrete-time Signals and Systems published by Cambridge University Press in 2007.
He has received several distinguishing teaching awards including the prestigious York University Wide Teaching Award (2008) from York University and the York University Graduate Teaching Award (2008) from York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Asif's Signal Processing and Communications research lab will develop the underlying signal processing and communications technologies for implementing many mixed reality and distributed visualization applications.
Sara Diamond (email@example.com)
Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of the OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and communications. While retaining OCAD University's traditional strengths in art and design, she has led her university to become a leader in digital media and design research and curriculum through the Digital Futures Initiative, towards new research in Inclusive Design and health and design, as well as in sustainable technologies and design.
She currently serves on the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Minister’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council Foundation and ORANO, Ontario’s high speed network, the board of National Centre of Excellence GRAND and IO (Interactive Ontario) and SACUR with the Association of Universities and University Colleges. She is founding Chair of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre and current co-chair (with RBC).
She is a visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and designer. Diamond was the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art and Director of Research at the Banff Centre, where she created the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI). At the Banff Centre she created international think tanks and collaborations in ICT, digital media and science research with artists, designers and scientists from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central and Western Europe and the USA, as well as Canada. Diamond continues to write about digital media history, digital media and design strategy for peer reviewed journals and curates for festivals and galleries.