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Briana Sullivan

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Research Scientist - Web Technologies and Mobile Environments
Office S103

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.

here is a link to briana's projects and code examples.

Briana Sullivan's Publications

Sullivan, B. M. (2014). ChUM: Chart Update Mashup (p. 12). presented at the June 11, 2014, Silver Spring, MD: NOAA Office of Coast Survey.
PDF icon sullivan-2014-chum-white-paper.pdf (1.64 MB)
Sullivan, B. M. (2012). ChUM: Chart Update Mashup. IEEE Oceans. presented at the Oct 15 - Oct 19, Hampton Roads, VA: IEEE/MTS. Retrieved from
PDF icon Sullivan-2012-Oceans-ChUM.pdf (1.24 MB)
Sullivan, B. M. (2012). Using a Cruise Report to Generate XML Metadata. IEEE/MTS Oceans. presented at the Oct 15 - Oct 19, Hampton Roads, VA: IEEE/MTS. Retrieved from
PDF icon Sullivan_2012_Oceans_UsingCruiseReport.pdf (815.41 KB)
Schwehr, K., Plumlee, M. D., Sullivan, B. M., & Ware, C.. (2008). GeoCoastPilot - Linking the Coast Pilot with Geo-referenced Imagery & Chart Information. Shallow Water Survey Conference (SWS). presented at the Oct 21 - Oct 24, Durham, NH, USA.
PDF icon Schwehr_08_SNPWG_GeoCoastPilot.pdf (973.38 KB)
Schwehr, K., Sullivan, B. M., & Gardner, J. V.. (2007). Google Earth Visualizations: Preview and Delivery of Hydrographic and Other Marine Datasets. U.S. Hydrographic Conference (US HYDRO). presented at the May 14 - May 18, Norfolk, VA, USA.
PDF icon Schwehr_2007_USHYDRO_Google_Earth_Visualizations.pdf (62.86 KB)
Sullivan, B. M., Ware, C., & Plumlee, M. D.. (2007). Linking Images and Sound in a 3D Museum Exhibit Demonstration. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA). presented at the Jun 25 - Jun 29, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.
Image icon Sullivan_EDMEDIA_2007_Linking_images_and_sound_3D_museum_exhibit.jpg (403.79 KB)
Sullivan, B. M., Ware, C., & Plumlee, M. D.. (2006). Predictive Displays for Survey Vessels. Human Factors and Ergonomic Studies (HFES). presented at the Oct 16 - Oct 20, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Sullivan, B. M., Ware, C., & Plumlee, M. D.. (2006). Linking Audio And Visual Information While Navigating In A Virtual Reality Kiosk Display. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia. Chesapeake, VA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
PDF icon Sullivan_05_JEMH_Linking_audio_visual_info_while_navigating_virtual_reality_kiosk_display.pdf (435.43 KB)


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