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Briana Sullivan

Nautical Information Technologist
Office S106

Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
24 Colovos Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

603.862.0288 (tel)
603.862.0839 (fax)

Briana Sullivan was hired in 2005 as a Research Scientist in the Visualization Lab. She works on the “Chart of the Future” related project with research focused on value added nautical charts.

Research Areas
Electronic Charting, e-Navigation, User Interfaces

Research Focus
Her focus includes supplementary data to the charts including:
     * Local Notice to Mariners
     * the Coast Pilot/Sailing Directions
     * Chart 1/INT 1 (symbols)
     * Rules and Regulations
     * the Light List
     * and other marine related data

Her aim is to find optimal data structures for the supplemental data as well as innovative ways to display that data within the context of a nautical chart. She has prototypes for her work at her website most notably ChUM - the Chart Update Mashup that brings the Local Notice to Mariners together with a nautical chart in a Google Maps interface.

Setting Standards
Actively involved in the S-100 - The IHO Universal Hydrographic Data Model development, she serves on several of the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) working groups including:
     * Nautical Information Provision Working Group (NIPWG)
     * Tides, Water-levels and Currents Working Group (TWCWG)

She also serves as liaison to the U.S. and Brazilian members of The Joint WMO-IOC (World Meteorological Organization – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) S-412 (Met-Ocean data) working group for portrayal recommendations.

Technology Use
Her platform of choice is the web with a focus on:
     * PHP
     * Javascript
     * HTML5
     * XML/XSLT
     * SVG
     * the semantic web
     * Google Maps API
     * but she also programs in C/C++ and some python, JAVA and openGL.

B.S., Computer Science - UMASS, Lowell
M.S., Computer Science - UNH (under the supervision of Colin Ware in 2004).

Her master’s thesis involved linking audio and visual information in a virtual underwater kiosk display that resulted in an interactive museum exhibit at the Seacoast Science Center.