In 2006, I started my master’s thesis under the advisory of Elizabeth Sklar, PhD. At the time I was very excited about new web technologies and everyone’s use of web services. I had the idea of creating a simulation visualization platform using web services. In multi-agent research, a subset of artificial intelligence, you create simulations to understand how each AI agent, or program, would react in a certain situation. Very often those simulations are not monitored in real-time, instead they are reported on afterwards. My idea was to create a real-time view into those simulations. Fortunately, I took a job in corporate america. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish.
In the last 3 years technology and my interests have changed. Web services is still as popular as it was, but it isn’t new anymore. The visualization problem is still an issue, so I have changed focus. Since a lot of my interests now lie in social media, and there is constantly new data out there to process, I have decided to start researching twitter visualizations. Thanks to a few twitter followers, I found a handful of great resources and have already started compiling a list.
My goal is to take the list of what is out there and figure out how to bring them all together using artificial intelligence. Some of the visualizations are word based, like twitscoop.com, some are time based like TwitterStreamGraphs and some are geo based, like TwitterVision. They all have great uses, but are very different and are used very differently. Now imagine a tool that learns what you are looking for and presents the best visualization to help you find what you need. That might be a hybrid of a couple different views, but the AI agents would figure it out.
As I continue to research and find out new things, I will post more. As always, if you have any ideas that you think are helpful, I am all ears!