Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Effective monitoring displays don’t “Wow” people with immediate graphical appeal. People often look at my dashboard designs and think “Where are the colors and those cute gauges that I like so much?” Here are a few of the characteristics that are listed as effective for HMI displays:
- Important information and Key Performance Indicators have embedded trends.
- There is no gratuitous animation.
- There is very limited use of color and alarm colors are used only to display alarms and nothing else…Bright, intense (saturated) color is used only for quickly drawing the operator’s attention to abnormal conditions and alarms. If the process is running correctly, the screen should display little to no color.
- Equipment is depicted in a simple 2-D low-contrast manner, rather than brightly colored 3-D vessels with shadowing.
- Layout is generally consistent with the operator’s mental model of the process."
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
This work is part of a paper accepted for the Asia-Pacific Conference on Conceptual Modelling (APCCM 2010) to be held in Brisbane -http://2010.apccm.org/
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
At ACID, a QUT research centre, a colleague of mine, Dr David McKinnon, has developed just such a system, which is available as a web service - www.3dsee.net.
Well worth a visit.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
A Wordle displays words from a sequence of text, in a size that is proportional to the number of times it is present. It is often used in folksonomy research, as it provides insight into emerging clusters of terms within the language of a community.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
This number will start to rival the size of the games industry as a whole, which is $11.7 billion as of 2008.
Would be good if the prediction comes true. I might finally get some substantial funding for my BPM research in this area. :-)
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Might be useful for eliciting expert information for Business Process Modelling. Using software tools for gathering such consensus-based information from clients, may help with some of the problems with modelling software and business systems. Such collaborative software can be used to obtain a more accurate estimate of the way people do work in an enterprise.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This is useful for showing process information updates in real time in a virtual setting.
We can now see that the various representation spaces for information: virtual world, image/video and augmented reality, seem to be heading towards a unified whole representation. Such a multi-space can be used to freely move in an out of 3D representations as we see fit, or to embed one within another - eg. Second Life as a 3D rendering on your physical desk using Augmented Reality technology.
So, the console view of your company's information, may indeed be spatially laid out in future, within a world visualisation like Google Earth.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I like to tell my Real-time Rendering Students at QUT that their job is to create imagery that evokes an enjoyable experience in the player/viewer.
BTW, just found a blog on Beautiful Visualisation. Go have a read, it looks good, maybe even sublime...
Monday, August 31, 2009
This introduces all sorts of possibilities in the area of visualising running process applications, as you can show the application running in real time on a "terminal" in the Virtual Environment.
Now, if only we could open up the event streams in an OS to the Virtual Environment message passing scripts, then we could have some very interesting thin client, virtual application servers.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
For me this is not such an issue, since my work in this space is around the Open Simulator project, in particular, using such a world to visualise Business Process Models. But I do have to comment, that this field is still gaining pace as a serious place for business...
Just wish I could get some content out (once purchased) and into my other sims!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute - Abelson and Sussman
So, applying this to process models, does this statement hold?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Interesting to note the emotional responses of the recruits during the exercises. A key factor in the use of these simulations is to immerse the participant in the feel of the whole environment. Using a mixed reality setting goes a long way to assisting this process.
This has its applications in business processes as well. Even in business, there is an emotional component to a business environment that needs to be experienced in order to have the correct idea about the processes being performed. This is especially required for training applications with people. The health sector realises this, and has sunk a lot of money into health worker training simulations. However, to model the feel of an environment takes a lots of work to get right.
Which should keep me busy in my research for some time yet.
Monday, May 4, 2009
This interested me due to the visualisation analogs from over 60 years ago. Tables displayed regular updates on bomber and interceptor movements, along with a division of visualisations into different tasks - interception planning and monitoring. All of this tied together with much human input, to provide interactive updates on information, but not in real time...that comes with computers and sensors.
Reminded me of the historical background to the development of real-time computer displays and visualisations. Everything we do now in Info. Vis. has had an analog in history, performed manually.
And I thought I was being original. :-)
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
What has it to do with process modelling? Well, it struck me that a process model is a story, just like those used in entertainment programs such as BSG. It is the storyline of work performed within an organisation by people. Stories are also often described as people making choices, this choice making is another aspect of workflow.
So, can a story approach be applied to process visualisation? Humans have a long oral tradition in many societies of using story tellers to communicate information. The question the occurs to me, is whether a story is an engaging and easy to remember form of communication for educational purposes about processes.
I guess any teacher will tell you that a good story engages children. Have not read any information about whether this form is useful for technical information communication, so am speaking off the top of my head here. But, it is worth a thought, and I think I will return to this topic later.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
As I have suggested before, once the Gartner hype cycle dies, we will see the real applications emerge for such virtual world technology. Seems the savings in cost for in-world meetings is becoming attractive now, with the GFC draining a lot of travel budgets.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The 2nd International Workshop on Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments (MMVE 2009) at the IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality 2009 (VR09)
March 15th, 2009
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
With the increasing number of potential users of virtual and augmented reality systems, as indicated by the recent booms of massively multiuser online societies, the design of distributed, massively multiuser virtual environments
(MMVEs) becomes increasingly important, posing new requirements on both distribution platforms and virtual reality systems. Facing these challenges is a community-spanning effort that requires pooling the resources and experiences of both the virtual reality and the networking/ distributed computing communities.
This workshop hopes to provide a link between these communities to foster the development of highly distributed, flexible and robust virtual environments. We aim to gather both practitioners and researchers under one roof to discuss their findings, incite collaborations, and move the state of the art forward.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"The government's constant aim is to improve delivery of public services, but the economic downturn means that right now, we have pretty much no margin for error," Watson said at a recent serious games conference in the UK. "Delivering more for less has never been so important, at least not in my lifetime, and serious games can play a substantial role in helping do that at a time when public services will be more and more in demand."
Have had similar discussions with people in government in Qld and the rest of Australia about using such gaming systems for public service delivery. Good to see high level government support for the idea in the UK. In addition, he sees this as a great money spinner for their Computer Game Industry.
So, I think it is about time to do this in Australia...