A Human-Centred Approach to Network Layout Algorithm Design
thesisposted on 2017-05-24, 23:38 authored by STEVEN ANDREW KIEFFER
Scientists and engineers often use a type of information graphic called a node-link diagram to represent the complex systems they study. Here, labelled boxes connected by lines show how elements of the system relate to one another. It is challenging to create a good layout for such a diagram, positioning the boxes and lines for maximum clarity. Existing software can help with the job, but the results often look artificial, or fail to capture a lab-specific style. My research explores a new approach to designing layout software that can more closely mimic the style of human graphic designers.