Visualized Science and Health Data/Information for Consumer Stakeholders
Research Team Lead
Paula Gardner
Paula Gardner
OCAD University
Abstract:
This project led by Gardner joins expertise in data visualization, critical visualization framing and rendering in 2D and 3D; scientific data collection and analysis, and finally partners at hospitals and clinics working with patients with Chronic Pain, ADD, Mood disorders and Geriatric Health. These partners have large data sets collected from children with Cognitive and neurological disorders (Autism, ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, etc.) that they require to be translated into clear and effective information visualizations that consumers can use.
Research Description:
The Technology Research includes building accessible software interfaces that allow scientists to organize, compare, correlate and analyze discrete data in real time, and to use these visualizations as part of their scientific analysis process. As well, the interface will be user-friendly, allowing consumers to practice visualizing data in order to better comprehend it. Finally, the software will allow the science/design teams to craft visual representations of data transforming into knowledge, to assist consumers in understanding disease/disorder theories and process and how technologies propose to treat these disorders.

project The design/art teams of OCADU and York will produce a range of 2D and 3D models that effectively communicate data that is raw and the process by which data is translated into health and science information. The team will work closely with research scientists to understand the data as science, and to use visualizations to explain the distinct theories used to translate these data into health information. Our critical theory expertise allows us to target and craft visualizations both to speak to the discrete scientific approach for specific disorders, and to craft visuals appropriate to the user population with attention to age, disability, etc.

The research is derived from a need by stakeholders and by research scientists to translate complex data sets into readable data and discernible information for stakeholders, ill patients, ill children and their families and their support teams. Our challenge is to unite these science and design groups in the joint creation of software interfaces and 2D and 3D visual modeling practices that are informed both by scientific language and expertise, and also translate visually to lay populations. Our goals are to enhance consumers of science and technologies to not only comprehend but to dialogue with this information in order to make best choices among health care technologies.

Dora Poon
OCAD University
Hart Sturgeon
OCAD University
Royal Scott Nason
OCAD University
Steve Surlin
OCAD University