Billy Augustine is a second year MLIS student at the University of British Columbia. He has a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Karunya Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India. He has been an academician for over two decades serving in colleges in India and the Sultanate of Oman. His prior master’s research was in developing a scientific methodology for evaluating and prioritizing accident-prone locations in his hometown in India. His bachelor’s degree project work was an investigation into low-cost housing as practiced in a southern state of India. During his academic tenure as facilitator of learning in Civil Engineering and Transportation Engineering, he has supervised student research projects in areas such as Intelligent buildings, Parking studies, Road accident studies, Smart Townships, Cost variations in construction projects etc. Believing in the power of audio-visual learning and participatory learning he consistently used audio-visual aids in the classroom also engaging students with field visits at construction sites or industries. He desires to carry forward his interest in information visualization in his chosen field of Information Studies.
Billy has a passion for research to bring technology and community-based research closer to the local community. Carrying over from keen use of visual technology in Civil Engineering education, he plans to develop visually appealing interfaces to convey useful and relevant information through geographical visualizations. Through the designing for people (DFP) specialization he hopes to work on developing an easily navigable and comprehensible online interface for the local community to access current and pertinent research. With keen interest and fascination to design for people, he is excited at the prospect of making research and community generated materials accessible for the community at Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).