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.