Dr Ben Shelton

Web Manager

Marketing and Communications

Career Summary

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Information Technology, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Information Technology (Advanced), University of Newcastle

Keywords

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

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Information and Physical Sciences
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia

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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Shelton B, Nesbitt K, Thorpe A, Eidels A, 'Gauging the utility of ambient displays by measuring cognitive load', COGNITION TECHNOLOGY & WORK, (2020)
DOI 10.1007/s10111-020-00639-8
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt, Ami Eidels

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Shelton B, Nesbitt K, 'Evaluating WaveWatch: an ambient display of web traffic', Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, Geelong, Australia (2017) [E1]
DOI 10.1145/3014812.3014821
Citations Scopus - 3
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]

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 d... [more]

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 - 4
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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Dr Ben Shelton

Positions

Web Manager
Web Team
Marketing and Communications
Global Engagement and Partnerships Division

Casual Academic
Web Team
School of Information and Physical Sciences
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

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

Office

Room CH213
Building The Chancellery.
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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