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Acton Gorton

Email:   agorton2@illinois.edu

Program area(s):   

Data Analytics and Information Visualization

Graduate advisor:   Prof. Brant Houston, Journalism

Research:

 I am focusing my PhD studies on data analytics and information visualization. Recent notable work includes the incorporation of augmented reality into a printed vinyl mural erected in a historical section of downtown Champaign, whereby patrons scan the mural with their smartphones to access large-scale historical imagery.

As a journalist, I make regular contributions through the creation of interactive maps built using publicly available data, which are routinely posted to CU-CitizenAccess.org.

Ongoing research endeavors include text-mining documents relating to open meetings held by those in public office in order to understand trends in decision making, as well as data-mining health records to track the long-term effects of prescription drug usage.