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Graduating with a BA from UCD in 1995, Colman emigrated to America to pursue a career that combined creativity, commerce and computers. Heading west to California, Colman worked for 11 years in Hollywood's visual effects (VFX) industry. During this time he worked mainly at The Walt Disney Co. and also as a. In 2006, Colman returned home to Ireland to undertake a . A short time after the conclusion of the course, while starting up his own , Colman was invited back to DIT as a part-time lecturer. In 2011, Colman was offered a PhD Fellowship at modeling and simulating the relationship between innovation and profit. This full-time study is under the direction of Prof. Petra Ahrweiler, Director UCD Innovation Research Unit and Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, Smurfit School of Business. In 2012, Colman designed and delivered the first iteration of a new Visualisation module as part of DIT's .
Details of Colman's research activities can be found at .
Drawing from a new module at DIT, Colman's presentation at Dublinked will be an introduction to the domain of visualisation and a demonstration of powerful yet "do-able" data visualisations. The ethos of the presentation is for people who have little or no visualisation experience but have an aptitude and appetite for using technical tools to surface meaning from data. The tools used will be R, R Studio and Inkscape.