Feb. 21, 2007
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Harvard group taps computer science professor for
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - David Dailey, associate professor of
computer science at Slippery Rock University, was invited by the
Envisioning Science Project at Harvard University to participate in
a software development initiative aimed at improving visual
communication. Dailey and a few others will help in the design of
the next generation of "image and meaning" software.
The software being planned will help scientists, writers and
visual communicators share technical information through images.
Ultimately, the goal is to make scientific images more
understandable and usable by teachers and the public, he said. The
National Science Foundation is funding the Envisioning Science
Dailey said his work in the field prompted the invite from the
Harvard-based group. He and other scientists and representatives of
the business community will meet at Harvard in March to launch the
brainstorming component of their study. The group includes
scientists from Harvard, MIT and Duke.
"Some of the software I developed for a book I am writing
appears to match up nicely with ideas that these folks at Harvard
have been discussing," he said. "There is a chance what I've been
developing may fit into what they are contemplating as part of the
image and meaning project recently convened at Apple Computer in
Dailey said he also hopes to develop graphical tools to augment
on-line discussions in real time. "Rather than bulletin boards or
chat rooms, how might we use some sort of graphical metaphors to
preserve connections between ideas, including the time-based
element of those ideas?"
Dailey joined SRU in 1999. He teaches courses in Web programming
and interface design. He received his bachelor's degree from the
University of New Mexico and doctorate from the University of
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