Dr Ulrich Engelke1, Dr Dirk Slawinski2, Dr Anais Pages3
1CSIRO Data61, Kensington, Australia; 2CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Crawley, Australia; 3Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Joondalup, Australia
Our natural environment is under significant pressure: climate change, plastic pollution, and biodiversity loss, are among the major threats that our planet is currently facing. Scientists study environmental phenomena to understand these changes and develop models of future impact. Technology plays an ever-important role in these endeavours and effectively dealing with the overwhelming number of data sources is imperative in making informed decisions. The human element plays a particularly important role in leading positive change towards a more sustainable society and resilient environment. It is therefore imperative to enable scientists to do their research, educate the general public, and reach out to key decision makers. The aim of this workshop is to bring the computer human interaction, environmental science, and education communities together to identify major challenges and opportunities at the intersection of these fields. We are particularly interested in identifying how the environmental science and education communities can benefit from recent advances in human computer interaction, scientific visualisation, and interactive data analytics. One focus area will include recent development of immersive technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, and how these could be deployed for effective exploration of vast environmental data sets. Initial output of the workshop may consist of a publication (e.g. white paper) to summarise its findings, but longer-term outcomes intend to include a national collaborative research agenda for computer human interaction in environmental science and education.
Ulrich Engelke is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61 in Kensington, WA, where he leads the Immersive Analytics research initiative. His current research focuses on human factors and user experience in visual and immersive analytics systems.
Dirk Slawinski is a Senior Experimental Scientist at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere in Crawley, WA. His research focuses on coastal ocean and estuarine modelling, particle tracking of pelagic and benthic fauna, and benthic habitat modelling and estimation.
Anais Pages is a Senior Scientist at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in Joondalup, WA. She has extensive research experience in the fields of oceanography, geology and organic geochemistry as well as in environmental monitoring and site remediation.