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Elif Firat

PhD Student in Visualization Literacy and Education,



I received a master's degree in Advanced Computer Science from Swansea University in 2017. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Information Visualization at the School of Computer Science, Nottingham University, with a focus on Visualization Literacy. My research interests are to identify barriers to visualization literacy and to improve non-expert users' visualization literacy skills by aiding both teaching and learning with a pedagogical tool.

Expertise Summary

The development and comprehension of data visualizations gain importance with the ever-increasing amount of data. My research is based on identifying and addressing barriers to visualization literacy to improve a non-expert user's visualization literacy skills. The aim is to advance user understanding and discovery by revealing patterns with the help of graphical representations. For this, I focus on developing educational visualization tools for specific visualization methods that illustrate data and provide an interactive interface that enables instructors and students to be involved in the process of learning by interacting with the visualization tool.

Teaching Summary

I work on the following modules as teaching assistant/lab support:

University of Nottingham

COMP2013-DMS - Developing Maintainable Software (Winter-2020)

Swansea University

CSCM37/CSC337 - Data Visualization (Spring-2018, 2019)

CSCM64/CSC364 - Software Testing (Spring-2018, 2019)

CS110 - Programming (Winter-2018)

CSC061- Introduction to Programming (Winter-2018)

Selected Publications

Past Research

Invited talk: "Treemap Literacy: A Classroom-based Investigation" hosted by University of Nottingham Research Software Network, 7th August 2020

Invited talk: "Data Visualization Literacy" hosted by University of Nottingham Digital Research Group, 25th of September 2020

School of Computer Science

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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