I am a Lecturer with the University of Queensland in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and School of Journalism and Communication. My teaching and research is focused on information visualisation, text analytics and computational intelligence.
From 2008 to 2011 I was a member of the ARC Special Initiative, Thinking Systems. This project involved researchers from many different disciplines such as Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology and Computer Science. My role within the project was to explore how conceptual information is processed and stored by mammals and use any insights gained for the development of conceptual mapping tools. An outcome of this research was the Discursis text analytic tool which is a useful way to visualise and obtain metrics from conversation transcripts. Details of the Discursis technique can be found in a recent journal paper accepted for publication by IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.
Prior to joining The University of Queensland I worked with the Complex Systems Laboratory at Swinburne University, Melbourne. There I completed my PhD thesis in Ant Colony Optimisation. Ant Colony Optimisation refers to a group of algorithms inspired by the foraging behaviour of Argentine ants. These algorithms are useful for finding solutions to complex problems, usually those that involve ordering of discrete components (combinatorial optimisation). A copy of my thesis is available here, alternatively you can find out more about it on my research page.
I am passionate about engaging the public to help them better understand and appreciate the scientific process. I participate in science demonstrations and outreach activities, most recently giving a talk on "what inspires science" at the 2011 Brisbane Exhibition (Ekka) as well as a short presentation to students at Sherwood State School.
My doctoral thesis.
Research page, comments on my current research interests, published papers, technical reports and comments on the commercialisation of this research.
Software implementations of some of my PhD research are available.
During my PhD I compiled a list of theses (PhD and Masters) related to Ant Colony Optimisation. I have not updated the list in some time however I plan to leave it up for those who may be interested in early works on Ant Colony Optimisation. This is by no means a definitive listing and if you know of any other theses in this field please contact me and I can include them on the page. (link to page here).
- d.angus at uq.edu.au