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Organization of Information

This project, in collaboration with Charles Jorgensen, is developing approaches and methods based on Christopher Alexander's "theory of centers." This theory, initially developed in architecture, provides concepts, processes, and heuristic properties for generating spaces (e.g., buildings, physical artifacts, etc.). We believe that Alexander's theory can be extended to the problem of how to integrate and organize information for the purpose of display as well as to "pack" considerable amounts of information into an interface. We have began to apply this approach to a statistical display showing analysis of pilot-automation interaction, cockpit engine displays, and sensor data from the space shuttle.


Degani, A., Jorgensen, C., Iverson, D., Shafto, M., Olson, L. (2009). On Organization of Information: Approach and Early Work. NASA Technical Memorandum #215368. Moffett Field, CA: NASA Ames Research Center.

Degani, A. (2008). Some properties of multilayered patterns (off information): insights from medieval architecture. Poster presented at the Human Factors and NextGen Conference: The Future of Aviation. University of Texas, Arlington. (PDF | EPS) May 28-29.

Degani, A., Shafto, M., & Olson, L. (2007). Abstraction, Integration, and Organization of Information: Case Study and Design Approach. Internal white paper.

Degani, A., Shafto, M. & Olson, L. (2007). Abstraction, Integration, and Organization of Information: Approach and Emerging Methodologies. 1st Symposium on Computer Human Interaction for Management of Information Technology. Poster Presentation (PDF | EPS) and Extended Abstract. March 30-31, 2007: Cambridge, MA.

Degani, A., Shafto, M. & Olson, L. (2006) Data Abstraction and Integration of Information for Display: Analysis of Pilot-Automation Interaction. 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics. Seattle, WA.

Degani, A., Shafto, M. & Olson, L. (2006). Canonical Correlation Analysis: Use of composite heliographs for representing multiple patterns. In D. Barker-Plummer et al. (Eds.): Diagram 2006, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 4045, pp. 93-97. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag.

Degani, A., Shafto, M., & Kirlik, A. (2006). What makes vicarious functioning work? Exploring the geometry of human-technology interaction. In A. Kirlik (Ed), Adaptive Perspectives on Human-Technology Interaction. New York: Oxford University Press.

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