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A Human-Centred Approach to Network Layout Algorithm Design

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posted 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.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Kimbal George Marriott

Additional supervisor 1

Michael Wybrow

Additional supervisor 2

Tim Dwyer

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Information Technology (Monash University Caulfield)

Additional Institution or Organisation

National Information and Communications Technology Australia


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Information Technology