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Maria-Nicoleta Petrescu (Student Researcher/Research Assistant)

Maria-Nicoleta Petrescu

Research Interests: Visualisation, Software, Human-Computer Interaction, Interface Criticism, Workarounds

Supervisors: Dr Greg McInerny and Prof João Porto de Albuquerque.


Research Topic

My project, residing at the intersection between Data Visualisation, Human-Computer Interaction and Media Studies, is preoccupied with the negotiations at play in visualisation design processes. More specifically, I aim to characterise the moments when visualisation practitioners choose to stray from pre-defined workflows, to appropriate software tools and extend their functionality, instead of picking up a different tool, medium, technique or story to tell. Where can we observe these moments? How are they being articulated, reported and disseminated? Can their characterisation assist in reverse-engineering developer priorities? Is it possible to assemble a set of guidelines for recognising and classifying them? Answering this type of questions aims to bring my research closer to building a new framework of interaction in visualisation design processes.
Working title: Creative Hacks in Visualisation Design Processes

Teaching

Spring 2021: IM921 Visualisation (Graduate Teaching Assistant). Office hour: Thursday, 2-3pm

Spring 2021: IM904 Digital Objects, Digital Methods (Graduate Teaching Assistant). Office hour: Thursday, 3-4pm

Background

Feb – Sep 2020: Research Assistant, WAYS - What Aren’t You Seeing? (CIM & The Alan Turing Institute)

Sep 2019 – now: PhD Interdisciplinary Studies (CIM, University of Warwick)

2017 – 2018: MSc Big Data and Digital Futures (CIM, University of Warwick)

2013 – 2016: BSc Computer Science with International Relations and Russian (University of Exeter, UK)

I briefly worked as a Digital Disinformation Researcher before commencing my doctoral studies.

Publications

Recognising creative hacks in Visualisation practices through Flusserian explorations of apparatus and freedom, CIM Postgraduate Zine, June 2020

Grant

Quantitative Social Sciences Scholarship – Warwick Q-Step Centre (£2k – tuition fees) – August 2017

Conferences

The Social and Ludic Facets of OpenStreetMap, CIM Postgraduate Conference, June 2018

Other

Maria-Nicoleta Petrescu

Contact

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

University of Warwick CV4 7AL

Email: M dot Petrescu at warwick dot ac dot uk

Twitter: @MariaNicoletaP