Prof. Kim Marriott


Monash University

  • Ebook usability and document layout issues
  • Information visualization and diagram authoring tools
  • Accessible graphics
  • Constraint programming
  • Cognition of information graphics

I'm fascinated by information graphics--tables, plans, maps, diagrams, charts--and other kinds of visual languages like mathematics. I'm interested how they arose and how people use them to make sense of the world. My research investigates how we comprehend such visual languages, how computers can better support our use of graphics through information visualization, and how we can use computer technology to help people who have severe vision impairment gain better access to graphical information.

I'm a voracious reader and I am very interested in the rapidly evolving world of eBooks and digital publishing. My research investigates how we can move away from a print-based view of documents and their content to one that takes more advantage of the capabilities of electronic media. We want to develop technology for creating interactive documents and diagrams whose appearance adapts to their viewing environment and to user requirements.

A key issue in digital publishing and in information visualization is automatic layout: no longer can we rely on a human to carefully design a page or diagram layout. My research looks at what makes a layout good and also how we can create good layouts using constrained optimization techniques.


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