Profile of Professor Jonathan C. Roberts

Professor Jonathan C. Roberts
01248 382725
Dean Street

Overview & Research Interests

I am a full professor at the School of Computer Science, Bangor University, U.K. I joined Bangor University in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer I was previously a lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent. I lead the Visualization, Modelling and Graphics Group. I have research expertise in Visual Analytics, Information Visualization, Exploratory Visualization, Multiple Coordinated Views, Virtual Environments and Haptics. 

Please see my personal page for full details of career, publications and interests.

My hypothesis: "By displaying the data in several different ways, and allowing the user to highly interact with it, then the user gains a better understanding of their data". I use alternative representations, multiple coordinated views, and look to move beyond the desktop to use other forms of display and Human-computer interactions (e.g., table top displays and tangible artifacts).

I instigated and chaired Coordinated & Multiple View conference series that ran 2003,4,5,6,7 and author of the popular "State of the Art in Coordinated Multiple Views" paper. I run the HeritageTogether project and I am creator of the Five Design Sheet methodology, and joint author of the journal paper Sketching Designs.

Community & Service

  1. Lead the pan-Wales Research Institute of Visual Computing (RIVIC).
  2. Member of College for Research Council (RC-UK) 
  3. Previous chair of the UK Chapter of Eurographics (EGUK) that ran TPCG.
  4. Chair and local organiser of Eurographics 2011 in Llandudno. 
  5. Co-chair IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2011 and 2012, 
  6. Joint chair of EuroVA 2014 and EuroVA 2015
  7. Associate editor of Information Visualization (Sage), 
  8. Founding member of the UK Visual Analytics Consortium (since 2009). 
  9. Chair of Coordinated & Multiple View conference (CMV 2003,4,5,6,7)
  10. Lead the HeritageTogether project.

Selected Publications 

See publications for full list

Roberts, J.C.; Headleand, C.; Ritsos, P.D., "Sketching Designs Using the Five Design-Sheet Methodology," in Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on , vol.22, no.1, pp.419-428, Jan. 31 2016  [doi: 10.1109/TVCG.2015.2467271][]

S.K. Badam, D. Brodbeck, J. Kennedy, and N. Elmqvist, "Visualization Beyond the Desktop - The Next Big Thing", Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE, Vol.34, No.6, pp.26-34,  Nov.-Dec. 2014 [PDF] [BIBTEX] [doi: 10.1109/MCG.2014.82]

R.L.S.F. George, P. R. Robins, A. G. Davis, P.D. Ritsos, and J.C. Roberts, "Interactive visual analytics of Hydrodynamic Flux for the Coastal zone", Environmental Earth Sciences, Volume 72, Issue 10, pp.3753-3766, May 2014 [PDF] [BIBTEX] [doi: 10.1007/s12665-014-3283-9]

Rick Walker, Llyr ap Cenydd, Serban Pop, Helen C Miles, Chris J Hughes, William J Teahan, and Jonathan C Roberts Storyboarding for visual analytics - Information Visualization, first published online May 28, 2013 [PDF] [BIBTEX] [doi: 10.1177/1473871613487089]

M. Gleicher, D. Albers, R. Walker, I. Jusufi, C.D. Hansen, and J.C. Roberts, ‘Visual comparison for information visualization’. Information Visualization, October 2011 10: 289-309, first published on September 7, 2011 doi:10.1177/1473871611416549

State of the Art: Coordinated & Multiple Views in Exploratory Visualization. Jonathan C. Roberts. In Gennady Andrienko, Jonathan C. Roberts, and Chris Weaver, editors, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Coordinated & Multiple Views in Exploratory Visualization (CMV2007). IEEE Computer Society Press, July 2007.