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The average office worker spends 2.6 hours a day reading and sending e-mails. Add in traditional news feeds and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and it’s easy to see why so many of us feel ‘information overload’. Yet within the daily ebb and flow of information are millions of pieces of economically and culturally significant text-based data. The challenge lies in finding innovative ways to sort, analyze and gain insight on these data. As Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization, Christopher Collins, PhD is addressing this challenge. Dr. Collins and his research team are designing new visualization techniques for working with language data, whether on traditional desktop computers or on natural user interface technologies, such as large touch walls, smart phones, and gesture-based applications. His focus on interactive information graphics combined with automated language analysis tools, including the ability to classify documents by topic or detecting emotion in text, will open up huge possibility for data management. Imagine a doctor using a gesture-based application to sort through large volumes of medical text with a simple swipe of a hand. Or a marketing professional using a digital whiteboard to determine what customers really think by sorting and exploring tweets based on emotion. Dr. Collins’ research vision is aimed at making scenarios like this a reality. Through his research, Dr. Collins and his team are forging important connections with business and academic communities. His work demonstrates that the ability to manage text-based data by getting at people’s deeper insights can offer a major competitive advantage.

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Expertise


University of Toronto

2008
PhD - Computer Science, Knowledge Media Design
Collaborated with Innovis group at the University of Calgary, the Visual Communications Lab at IBM's TJ Watson Research Laboratory and recently a visiting research at Stanford University's Department of Computer Science NSERC PGS Scholarship, Recipient of the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award (University of Toronto Award of Excellence)

University of Toronto

2003
MSc - Computer Science
President, Graduate Students' Union, Member, University Affairs Board of Governing Council

Memorial University of Newfoundland

2001
BSc - Computer Science and Chemistry

Involvement


  • Media appearances

    UOIT scientists and engineers receive new federal research funding
    UOIT online

    June 22, 2015

    Fourteen researchers and two graduate students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will receive new federal funding for innovative research and scientific discovery, UOIT President Tim McTiernan announced today. The funding is part of more than $430 million in new research funding unveiled June 22 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Discovery Grants program. The new grants will support thousands of top researchers and students at more than 70 Canadian universities.

    UOIT’s Dr. Christopher Collins helping Canadians better manage data overload: media appearance byChristopher Collins, PhD

    UOIT’s Dr. Christopher Collins helping Canadians better manage data overload
    UOIT online

    January 20, 2015

    From tweets and emails to newspapers, billions of pieces of economically and culturally important linguistic data are generated every day around the world. Faced with such an overwhelming volume of textual and visual data, many Canadians – individuals and organizations alike – are struggling with the issue of information overload.

    UOIT awarded new Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization: media appearance byChristopher Collins, PhD

    UOIT awarded new Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization
    UOIT online

    March 28, 2014

    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) research portfolio is expanding with the announcement of a new Canada Research Chair (CRC) to Dr. Christopher Collins, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science; and the renewal of another CRC, first awarded in 2009 to Dr. Dan Zhang, Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

    Heartbleed update: UOIT researchers analyze why consumers use weak passwords: media appearance byChristopher Collins, PhD

    Heartbleed update: UOIT researchers analyze why consumers use weak passwords
    UOIT online

    April 14, 2014

    Internet security is front and centre in the wake of recent news stories about the Heartbleed Internet bug. The online bug has exposed a potential encryption vulnerability and prompted some websites to temporarily shut down, including Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) tax filing system. The CRA reported on April 14 about 900 social insurance numbers were stolen by the bug.

    UOIT Assistant Professors discuss password safety with local media: media appearance byChristopher Collins, PhD

    UOIT Assistant Professors discuss password safety with local media
    UOIT online

    May 9, 2014

    In the wake of the recent Heartbleed virus, which caused a number of websites to shut down due to password security risks, two University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) faculty members recently discussed their study on password safety with Metroland Media.

    You are looking at an open book: media appearance byChristopher Collins, PhD

    You are looking at an open book
    The Star online

    June 10, 2007

    Books are wonderful things, but they tend to release information rather slowly. Bound ink and paper remains stubbornly linear, as sentences unspool across the page in an orderly but time-consuming fashion. Those seeking a shortcut often rely on book reviews (and, as it so happens, this paper prints many excellent ones each week). But if you're an academic or a lawyer or anyone else with a specialized area of interest, reviews are unlikely to address your info niche. The solution to assessing unfamiliar books or articles might reside in the colourful pinwheels pictured here.

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