Oct 10, 2010

Michael Ogawa, Data Visualization Researcher, VIDI (UC Davis)

I followed a link today to Michael Ogawa's website and blog. He's a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department at the University of California at Davis, where he participates in research with the VIDI (Visualization and Interface Design Innovation) group.

Here is a description of Michael's research, quoted from his site:

"My research focus is in software visualization. I am interested in bringing to light the efforts of software developers: How they work together on projects effectively to create some of the largest and most complex systems in the world. Complementary to that goal, I am also interested in designing visually appealing applications that capture an emotional aspect not seen in charts and graphs." -Michael Ogawa
I haven't fully explored Owaga's website, but it looks interesting.  Here is a video I found on his site of T.S. Elliot reading the "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock".  The visualization of the poem is interpreted by Open Wordle, an open source library for Processing, available at  http://code.google.com/p/openwordle/

Owaga is known for his work on the Code_Swarm project, "an experiment in organic software visualization". Below is a visualization of the commit history of the Eclipse IDE project:

code_swarm - Eclipse (short ver.) from Michael Ogawa on Vimeo.
(Music: "Orange" by Etherfysh)
Open source code for Codeswarm: http://code.google.com/p/codeswarm
Kwan-Lui Ma, iMichael Ogawa's advisor

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