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Gem Stapleton is Reader in Computer Science at the University of Brighton. She is a member of the research Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems where she leads research on diagrams.

Dr Gem Stapleton is helping to improve our understanding of data and information, inspired by its potentially transformative nature for both society and industry.

Stapleton began her career situated firmly in mathematics, where she studied logics that are used for reasoning about information. Traditionally, logics use mathematical symbols which are obscure to many people. Challenging this paradigm, Stapleton made seminal contributions by devising logics that use diagrams instead, with a key goal of helping people to reason accurately.

Enabling people to understand information is a major motivation for Stapleton’s research. As such, she has expanded her expertise to include cognitive studies of how people read, understand and reason with diagrams and other visual means of communication. This cutting-edge research has provided insights into how diagrams should be designed so that they are easily understood by people and new theories to explain why they are, in the right context, superior to text and symbols.

Currently, Stapleton is the Brighton lead on the Accessible Reasoning with Diagrams project that runs jointly with the University of Cambridge. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the project team are providing results into how complex high-technology systems, which underpin our everyday lives, can be enhanced. The outcomes stand to reduce errors in data handling, improve the timeliness of product releases and, potentially, even reduce breaches in consumer privacy.

This funding continues a track record of grants to the tune of more than £1M, over a career spanning 14 years, further supported by partnerships with industrial collaborators including a long-term relationship with Nokia. Stapleton’s innovative research in the creation of diagrams for logic underpins and provides rigour to Nokia Location and Commerce’s privacy engineering processes. Consequently, Nokia can now communicate complex information across diverse teams of people in an intuitive and accessible manner. Ultimately, the impact of this research is on all customers and users of Nokia Location and Commerce’s services worldwide.

With over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Stapleton has made substantial advances on our understanding of diagrams. She has been the recipient of six Best Paper Awards for her research and delivered keynote talks at six international events. Stapleton holds prestigious positions at Doshisha University (in Japan), where she is a Visiting Researcher, and at Jadavpur University (in India), where she is Visiting Professor.

Stapleton’s mathematical and cognitive research combines to provide a unique perspective on the role that diagrams can and do play in this information age.

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

1 Sep 200120 Aug 2004

Bachelor, University of Brighton

Sep 1998Jun 2001

External positions

Visiting Scholar, Doshisha University

2014 → …

Visiting Professor, Jadavpur University

2014 → …

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Research Output 2002 2018

Accessible Reasoning with Diagrams: from Cognition to Automation

Shams, Z., Sato, Y., Jamnik, M. & Stapleton, G. 17 May 2018 10th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams. Chapman, P., Stapleton, G., Moktefi , A., Perez-Kriz, S. & Bellucci, F. (eds.). Edinburgh, Vol. 10871, p. 247-263 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
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Data handling
Ontology
Automation
Experiments

Deductive reasoning about expressive statements using external graphical representations

Sato, Y., Stapleton, G., Jamnik, M. & Shams, Z. 25 Jul 2018 (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX, p. 0-0 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
File
Ontology
Topology
Experiments

Euler Diagrams Through the Looking Glass: From Extent to Intent

Stapleton, G., Moktefi, A., Howse, J. & Burton, J. 17 May 2018 10th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams. Chapman, P., Stapleton, G., Moktefi, A., Perez-Kriz, S. & Bellucci, F. (eds.). Edinburgh, Vol. 10871, p. 365-381 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
File
semantics

Generating Effective Euler Diagrams

Baimagambetov, A., Howse, J., Stapleton, G. & Delaney, A. 17 May 2018 10th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams. Chapman, P., Stapleton, G., Moktefi, A., Perez-Kriz, S. & Bellucci, F. (eds.). Edinburgh, Vol. 10871, p. 39-54 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
File
Crime
Bioinformatics
Education

Human inference beyond syllogisms: an approach using external graphical representations

Sato, Y., Stapleton, G., Jamnik, M. & Shams, Z. 3 Aug 2018 p. 1-13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ontology
Experiments