Mr Ben Shelton

Web Support and Data Officer

Marketing and Communications

Career Summary

Biography

Ben Shelton is a Web Support/Data Officer and PhD student at The University of Newcastle. Ben's research interests include Information Visualisation, Ubiquitous Computing, User Interface Design and Calm Computing technologies.

Each of these fields inform Ben's research which focuses on the creation, implementation and evaluation of Ubiquitous Computing devices that aim to visualise real-time data through the use of emerging visualisation techniques.

Before commencing a PhD Ben was awarded a Master of Information Technology (Advanced) (Honours I) in 2015 and a Bachelor of Information Technology in 2013. 


Keywords

  • Ambient Information Systems
  • Calm Computing
  • Computer Programming
  • Information Visualisation
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Visualisation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified 20
080504 Ubiquitous Computing 80

Awards

Professional

Year Award
2015 Vice Chancellor's Award for Professional Staff Excellence
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Shelton B, Nesbitt K, 'Evaluating WaveWatch: An ambient display of web traffic', ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (2017)

© 2017 ACM.Over the past two decades a number of public, real time visualization systems, referred to as Ambient Information Systems have been developed. These systems often have... [more]

© 2017 ACM.Over the past two decades a number of public, real time visualization systems, referred to as Ambient Information Systems have been developed. These systems often have a focus on both aesthetics and information relevance while being intended to function in the periphery of a user's attention. In this paper we report on the evaluation of an Ambient Display known as WaveWatch. The WaveWatch display uses high-quality graphics and adopts a novel metaphor for visualizing variations in web traffic by representing the underlying dynamics with different levels of ocean wave activity. The abstract wave scene is intended to be informative but also provide a calming rather than distracting background in the work place. Here we report the results of a two-week in-situ deployment of the display. The results of this evaluation indicate the efficacy of the display in terms of our key design criteria, namely, aesthetics, business relevance of data, peripheral non-alarming operation and the overall utility of the display.

DOI 10.1145/3014812.3014821
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt
2016 Shelton B, Nesbitt K, 'The aesthetic awareness display - A new design pattern for ambient information systems', ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (2016) [E1]

Copyright 2016 ACM.Ambient Information Systems are designed as everyday, peripheral information sources that visualise useful data in a way that can be attended to when possible. ... [more]

Copyright 2016 ACM.Ambient Information Systems are designed as everyday, peripheral information sources that visualise useful data in a way that can be attended to when possible. Importantly these displays need to be designed to seamlessly fit into their environment and should not interrupt an individual from their primary task. The first Ambient Information System, known as the "Dangling String" was described in the literature in 1996. Since this time a number of different systems have been reported. In this paper we re-examine the concepts, definitions and background to this field that have developed over the last 20 years by performing a detailed narrative review of the field. As a result we provide a detailed discussion on the key design features or dimensions that have been used to help categorise and evaluate such displays. We also examine 36 previously reported Ambient Information Systems and categorise them in terms of an existing taxonomy of design patterns for such systems. A benefit of this taxonomy approach is that it helps us identify an underutilised design area for these displays and leads us to propose a new design pattern, known as the "Aesthetic Awareness Display" to assist in the design of these systems. This type of Ambient Display uses metaphors in order to encode a few data elements into an aesthetically pleasing display with the goal of raising general awareness about the data.

DOI 10.1145/2843043.2843371
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt

Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Shelton BJ, Nesbitt K, 'WaveWatch ¿ Developing an ambient display of web traffic', i3 Lab Working Paper Series Number 1 (2016)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Shelton BJ, WaveWatch, an ambient information system displaying real-time web traffic data, The University of Newcastle, Australia (2015)
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Mr Ben Shelton

Position

Web Support and Data Officer
Web Team
Marketing and Communications
Vice-Chancellor's Division

Contact Details

Email ben.shelton@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7490.

Office

Room CH213
Building The Chancellery
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