Daisies on Mars: disseminating scientific information by use of developmental animation

J. Burns*, A. Woodcock, Elena Gaura, R. M. Newman, S. Mount

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The sciences often find it difficult to present complex ideas to audiences in ways that are informative and interesting. This is problematic, when the public needs to enter into a debate about new ideas, during conferences when vast amounts of information on diverse subjects are presented in a very short time, and in lectures when experts present fundamental principles to novices. Given our relatively short attention spans, boredom thresholds and limited capacity to assimilate new information, it is essential that the medium is an effective conveyor of the message, and in itself helps the receiver to remain alert and focused whilst also presenting information in a clear and unambiguous manner. The development of a new area of research, cogent computing, provided an opportunity to produce an effective, animation-based information communication tool, in the form of an application scenario, to be used for communicating to students, wider audiences and the design and development team itself, technical aspects of pervasive computing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Visualization
EditorsEbad Banissi, Remo Aslak Burkhard, Anna Ursyn, Jian J Zhang, Mark W. M. Bannatyne, Carsten Maple, Andrew J. Cowell, Gui Yun Tian, Ming Hou
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)0769526020
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Information Visualization (IV06) - London
Duration: 5 Jul 20067 Jul 2006

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation
ISSN (Print)1550-6037


Conference10th International Conference on Information Visualization (IV06)


  • information visualisation
  • design


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