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
  • 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.