Sheelagh Carpendale

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Sheelagh Carpendale
Residence Calgary, Canada
Citizenship Canada
Nationality Canada
Fields Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction)
Institutions University of Calgary
Alma mater Simon Fraser University (PhD)
Doctoral advisor F. D. Fracchia, T. Shermer, A. Liestman

Sheelagh Carpendale is a Canadian artist and computer scientist working in the field of Information Visualization and Human-Computer Interaction.


Carpendale is a Professor at the University of Calgary where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization and an NSERC/AITF/SMART Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Technologies. In 2012 she was awarded the NSERC Steacie Fellowship,[1] which is given to the six top scientists nationally across all NSERC research areas and within 12 years of their PhD. She will also be featured in Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council State of the Nation 2012 report. In 2013, she will be awarded the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society (CHCCS) Achievement Award,[2] which is presented periodically to a Canadian researcher who has made a substantial contribution to the fields of computer graphics, visualization, or human- computer interaction. She directs the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis.[3]) research group and founded the interdisciplinary graduate group, Computational Media Design.[4] Her research on information visualization, large interactive displays, and new media art draws on her dual background in Computer Science (BSc. and Ph.D. Simon Fraser University) and Visual Arts (Sheridan College, School of Design and Emily Carr,[5] College of Art).


Carpendale left high school with science scholarships but instead initially opted for fine arts, attending Sheridan College, School of Design and Emily Carr, Institute of Art and Design. For ten years she worked professionally in the arts. During this time she was part of establishing the Harbourfront Arts Centre at York Quay, in Toronto. Subsequently she has reconnected with her interests in math and science and studied computer science at Simon Fraser University. She is the recipient of several major awards including the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA) for Off-line Learning as well as academic and industrial grants from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Intel Inc., Canada Foundation for Innovation, and Forest Renewal British Columbia.[citation needed] Research expertise focuses on information visualization, interaction design, and qualitative empirical work and includes such projects as: visualizing ecological dynamics, using visualization to integrate scientific results and sounds from Antarctica to create a tool to inspire musical composition, visualizing uncertainty, visualizing social activities, and multi-touch and tabletop interaction. She has found the combined visual arts and computer science background invaluable in her research.


  1. ^ [1] NSERC Steacie Fellowship
  2. ^ [2] Canadian Human Computer Communications Society (CHCCS) Achievement Award
  3. ^ [3] InnoVis
  4. ^ [4] Computational Media Design
  5. ^ Emily Carr University of Art and Design Emily Carr

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