University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg / PhD Program
Computer and Information Science

Colloquium of the Department and the PhD Program


A view of design


Prof. Dr. Bob Spence, Imperial College, UK

date & place

Wednesday, 05.07.2006, 16:15 h
Room C252


The word view can mean opinion: it can also denote a visual presentation of data. In my talk I offer my opinion on the use of interactive and non-interactive visual representations of engineering data, specifically to support the activity of design.

By drawing upon a number of examples - taken from structural, electronic and electromagnetic design - I shall examine various opportunities offered by the visualization of engineering data, commenting upon issues associated with algorithms, models and the need for interaction, as well as the potential offered by the human guidance of automated design. By doing so I shall suggest that the opportunities offered by both interactive and non-interactive representations of engineering data may well be worth review.