Marian Dörk | Researcher

Marian Dörk

I am a postdoc at Newcastle University in Culture Lab's Digital Interaction group working with Martyn Dade-Robertson on the PATINA project. My research explores basic questions about the visual and interactive representation of digital information. Digital information plays an ever increasing role in our daily lives, as evidenced by the surge of the Web, personal computing, and social media. The way we access information has great impact on how we see the world and make decisions in it. My work is motivated primarily by the design opportunities and research challenges arising from growing information spaces. I try to find answers to these main research questions:

  • How can increasingly abundant, complex, and dynamic information be shown in new and useful ways?
  • How can we architect rich and responsive interfaces for exploring growing information spaces?
  • What are the effects of interactive and visual representations on how we make sense of information?

To approach these questions, I situate my research in the areas of information seeking, visualization, and human-computer interaction. I am interested in the representational, interactive, and technical aspects of search interfaces as well as empirical and philosophical questions about their use. To pursue these interests my methodologies include interface design and engineering, qualitative and quantitative evaluations, and theoretical reflection. The underlying goal of my research is to facilitate learning, communication, and engagement.

I have carried out my doctoral work at the University of Calgary with Sheelagh Carpendale and Carey Williamson as my advisors. During my PhD work I explored the role of visualization for search, and designed and studied novel visual and interactive representations to support exploratory forms of information seeking. In the future, I plan to explore informational issues centred around advocacy, abstraction, and creativity in visualization design and use. For this, the Web assumes a pivotal role, as it has become the go-to place for many professional, personal, and public information practices, but it is also a maturing software stack accessible on a wide range of personal computing devices and screen sizes.

I have also undertaken related research at Google, Microsoft Research, IBM Research, and Universidad de Chile. Before doing my PhD, I studied Computational Visualistics at Universität Magdeburg. My personal website has videos and demos of this work:

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Associated Projects

  • PATINA: Personal Architectonics of Interfaces to Artefacts
    Through the course of their research, scholars are faced with competing relational networks and “ontologies of space”—this being the structural limitations of, and other factors that affect the way users experience, their virtual, physical and im...
    August 30, 2011
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