Seminar: Selim Balcisoy-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar: Selim Balcisoy-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Selim Balcisoy

Selim Balcisoy headshotThe Silicon Valley campus welcomes Selim Balcisoy of Sabanci University, founder of VisioThink.

  • Wednesday, October 22
  • 1:30 p.m. PDT
  • Silicon Valley campus, Bldg 23 Room 118

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Visual Exploratory Tools for Social Networks and Storyline Generation

Abstract: In this talk I will present two recent works on Visual Exploratory Tools:

1) Social Networks: Visualizations of temporal social network datasets have the potential to be complex and require a lot of cognitive input. In this talk, we present a novel visualization approach that depicts both relational and statistical information of evolving social structures. The underlying framework is implemented by the usage of Hyperbolic Geometry to support focus context rendering. The proposed method guarantees representing prominent social actors through scaling their representations, preserves user's mental map, and provides the user to reduce visual clutter by means of filtering.

2) I will present a tool offering a new way of analyzing a novel in terms of storyline, characters, locations and taking consideration of relations between all of them. It can save significant amount of time for creating editorial and narrative works such as the input data for storyline visualizations or reviewing a book draft.

About the Speaker: Dr. Selim Balcisoy received his PhD on Computer Science in 2001 from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). Between 2001 and 2004 he was Senior Research Engineer at Nokia Research Center Dallas. Dr. Balcisoy co-authored over 50 publications and has been granted with one U.S. patent. His research interests are augmented reality, data visualization and cultural heritage. He is an Associated Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul since 2004 and founded VisioThink, a spatial business intelligence company in 2006.