Thomas Methven

thomas methven

Dr Thomas Methven

Lecturer in Data Science

Biography

Dr. Methven gained an MSc (with Distinction) in Software Engineering from Heriot-Watt University. His dissertation involved creating a finger-tracking system using an infrared LED array and a Wiimote that allowed school children to play a virtual piano by moving their fingers in the air. Following from this, his PhD investigated using images of glossy, complex surfaces rendered with a physically accurate reflectance model, to discover whether viewing images in stereoscopic 3D – rather than as simple images – altered the perceptual strength of the surface gloss.

As a post-grad, he moved into the areas of Data Science and Visualisation, with a particular interest in interactive visualisation of both small and big data sets. He creating Well Sorted (www.well-sorted.org), an online web tool for performing and visualising remote card sorting tasks. At the time of writing, the application has been cited in two major funding calls worth more than £10 million and has been used for 205 meetings, with users including five UK Research Councils, InnovateUK, and more than 50 national and international universities. Beyond that, he has worked on designing visualisation for large data sets, using a combination of dimensionality reduction and clustering methods.

After moving to Edinburgh Napier University in 2018, he has become embedded in the growing Data Science special interest group. In particular, he designed the BSc (Hons) Data Science (Graduate Apprenticeship) course and in currently Programme Leader for it. He is also an active and founding member of the Data Science and Cyber Analytics (DSCA) Research Group within the School of Computing.

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Research Strategy Generation: Avoiding Academic 'Animal Farm'

Conference Proceeding
Methven, T. S., Padilla, S., Corne, D. W., & Chantler, M. J. (2014)
Research Strategy Generation: Avoiding Academic 'Animal Farm'. In CSCW Companion '14 Proceedings of the companion publication of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing, 25-28. doi:10.1145/2556420.2556785
In his famous novel, Animal Farm, Orwell coined the phrase 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others' [4]. This satirical observation aptly describes...

Stereoscopic viewing, roughness and gloss perception

Thesis
Methven, T. S. (2014)
Stereoscopic viewing, roughness and gloss perception. (Thesis). Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1321014
This thesis presents a novel investigation into the effect stereoscopic vision has upon the strength of perceived gloss on rough surfaces. We demonstrate that in certain cases...

Problems of Perceiving Gloss on Complex Surfaces

Conference Proceeding
Methven, T. S., & Chantler, M. J. (2012)
Problems of Perceiving Gloss on Complex Surfaces. In Predicting Perceptions: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Appearance, 43-47
Over the past 20 years, there have been many studies looking at how highlight disparity affects an observer's perception of glossiness. Most of these studies ha...

Interactivity to Enhance Perception: Does Increased Interactivity in Mobile Visual Presentation Tools Facilitate More Accurate Rating of Textile Properties?

Conference Proceeding
Orzechowski, P. M., Atkinson, D., Padilla, S., Methven, T. S., Baurley, S., & Chantler, M. (2011)
Interactivity to Enhance Perception: Does Increased Interactivity in Mobile Visual Presentation Tools Facilitate More Accurate Rating of Textile Properties?. In MobileHCI '11 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, 629-634. doi:10.1145/2037373.2037472
To create a better next-generation textile-browsing interface for iOS devices, we need to establish which elements of an interface are responsible for communicating which text...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Business Document Categorisation
  • Changing the Culture of Strategy Development / Transforming National Research Portfolio Management
  • Charting the Digital Lifespan
  • ICT Perspectives