Alan Cannon

Alan Cannon

Dr Alan Cannon

Research Fellow

Biography

Dr Alan Cannon is a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing specialising in data-driven web technologies, software evaluation, information visualisation and interaction design.

He is currently involved in the research and development of a number of interactive intranet services for the university and developing a mobile and web platform for capturing and managing safety engineering inspection data. Prior work in this data-driven web area includes supporting the Europe-wide Reorient transport project through a custom collaborative web-based environment and a number of other commercial projects for SMEs and NGOs.

Previously he has acted as usability engineer and evaluation expert on the multi-year MATSE visualisation project helping develop a novel time-series visual analytics technique. Other visualisation research includes the Taxvis project where he evaluated interactive visualisations to support RBGE taxonomists in working with complex data sets; the design and evaluation of dashboard visualisations for project management software; and the design and development of a geo-visualisation of Scottish letting data.

Other research project experience includes evaluating natural language interfaces of artificial companions in the collaborative European Companions project. He also has extensive experience in commercialisation and knowledge transfer activities with a number of commercial partners.

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MaTSE: the gene expression time-series explorer.

Journal Article
Craig, P., Cannon, A., Kukla, R., & Kennedy, J. (2013)
MaTSE: the gene expression time-series explorer. BMC bioinformatics, 14, https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2105-14-S19-S1
Background High throughput gene expression time-course experiments provide a perspective on biological functioning recognized as having huge value for the diagnosis, treatmen...

MaTSE: The microarray time-series explorer

Conference Proceeding
Craig, P., Cannon, A., Kukla, R., & Kennedy, J. (2012)
MaTSE: The microarray time-series explorer. In 2012 IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis), (41-48). https://doi.org/10.1109/biovis.2012.6378591
This paper describes the design, development and evaluation of the Microarray Time-Series Explorer (MaTSE), a novel information visualization application for the exploratory a...

Pattern browsing and query adjustment for the exploratory analysis and cooperative visualisation of microarray time-course data.

Conference Proceeding
Craig, P., Cannon, A., Kennedy, J., & Kukla, R. (2010)
Pattern browsing and query adjustment for the exploratory analysis and cooperative visualisation of microarray time-course data. In Y. Luo (Ed.), Cooperative Design, Visualization, and Engineering, 199-206. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-16066-0_30
This paper presents work to support collaborative visualisation and data analysis in the microarray time-series explorer (MaTSE) software. We introduce a novel visualisation c...

Form

Book Chapter
Kennedy, J., & Cannon, A. (2009)
Form. In L. Liu, & M. T. Özsu (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Database SystemsSpringer-Verlag

Interactive visualisation tools for supporting taxonomists working practice.

Thesis
Cannon, A. (2006)
Interactive visualisation tools for supporting taxonomists working practice. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3462
The necessity for scientists and others to use consistent terminology has recently been regarded as fundamental to advancing scientific research, particularly where data from ...

The Prometheus Description Model: an examination of the taxonomic description-building process and its representation

Journal Article
Pullan, M. R., Armstrong, K. E., Paterson, T., Cannon, A., Kennedy, J. B., Watson, M. F., …Raguenaud, C. (2005)
The Prometheus Description Model: an examination of the taxonomic description-building process and its representation. Taxon, 54(3), 751 - 765. https://doi.org/10.2307/25065431
A model for representing taxonomic descriptive data is presented. The model has been developed in response to the growing requirement for the global exchange of descriptive da...

Ontology-Driven Automated Generation of Data Entry Interfaces to Databases

Conference Proceeding
Cannon, A., Kennedy, J. B., Paterson, T., & Watson, M. F. (2004)
Ontology-Driven Automated Generation of Data Entry Interfaces to Databases. In H. Williams, & L. Mackinnon (Eds.), Key Technologies for Data Management; Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 150-164. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-27811-5_15
This paper discusses an ontology based approach for the automatic generation of data entry interfaces to databases. An existing domain ontology is mapped to a system domain mo...

A universal character model and ontology of defined terms for taxonomic description.

Conference Proceeding
Paterson, T., Kennedy, J., Pullan, M. R., Cannon, A., Armstrong, K. E., Watson, M. F., …Russell, G. (2004)
A universal character model and ontology of defined terms for taxonomic description. In E. Rahm (Ed.), Proceedings of Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS), 63-78
Taxonomists classify biological specimens into groups (taxa) on the basis of similarities between their observed features (characters). The description of these characters is ...

A methodology for composing well-defined character descriptions.

Report
Paterson, T., Cannon, A., Raguenaud, C., Russell, G., Armstrong, K. E., MacDonald, S. M., …Kennedy, J. (2003)
A methodology for composing well-defined character descriptions
Taxonomy has been described as “the science of documenting biodiversity”, which involves collecting, naming, describing, identifying and classifying specimens of organisms (Ke...

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