Dataviz & illustrations to improve User experience and communication
How do you enable the community to understand technical, scientifically-grounded information about autonomous systems, Aerial Unmanned Vehicles (UAVs) and intermodal mobility systems when the team you work with has little knowledge about illustration, data visualization, and graphic design?
The wide variety and large number of projects the research teams were working on didn’t allow researchers to focus on developing user-centered communication strategies and graphics for a wider audience.
Shortly after joining Stanford University I worked with research teams at the Autonomous Systems Laboratory in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department to develop illustrations and data visualizations to improve user experience and communication across the community.
I was able to closely work in cooperation with 25+ researchers and professors in the field of robotics, computer science, mathematics, engineering, and beside my research activity I redesigned the Stanford ASL website and produced hundreds of technical drawings, illustrations, visual designs and 3D-like illustrations.
Each illustration was a result of a UX research process developed by understanding the dynamic of teams and their needs, brainstorming, wireframing, prototyping, and designing by sketching on papers and whiteboards, and polishing the designs with the Adobe Suite (Ps, Ai, Id), and Sketch.
I was able to work with research and development teams on several autonomous systems projects (aerial, in space and on the road) in collaboration with different companies (Toyota, NTT Docomo, NASA) and to understand, illustrate and communicate key concepts in autonomous mobility, UAVs and robotics.
My designs had impact on more than 15 research projects, 4 US grants, several international peer-reviewed publications, presentations, webinars and 3 scientific reports. Due my work and research in the field, I've been selected as book editor on "Advances in Human Factors in Robots, Drones and Unmanned Systems" published by Springer.
*To see more of my work at Stanford Autonomous Systems Laboratory check here.