The Role of Perspective Cues in RSVP

I have been actively involved in research in the field if Information Visualisation for the past year, with my work to date being supervised by Emeritus Professor Robert Spence and Dr Mark Witkowski, both of Imperial College London. I have also been honored to be able to collaborate with Dr Kent Wittenburg, Director of Licensing at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs and Dr James Mardell from Arachnys Information Services.

Research Skills Evidenced:

  • Obtaining funding
  • Collaborating with established researchers, both locally and internationally
  • Experiment design
  • Volunteer testing
  • Data analysis
  • Academic writing
  • Presenting research


Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) is a presentation technique for large collections of visual stimuli. The stimuli (words or images) are presented very fast, one at a time, to a user. Studies have shown that it is possible to correctly identify a previously seen target image at a rate of 10 per second. The effect is similar to riffling through the pages in a book. RSVP has been implemented in many ways in different designs. These can be classified in a number of ways - static/moving, single/multiple entry, 2D/3D - each with different aesthetic and performance characteristics.

Creating Depth

Despite the generation of a number of RSVP modes that utilise an illusion of depth, there is no evidence for the effects of creating this illusion. There has also been no investigation into the behaviour of the different design elements that make up that effect. I therefore designed and ran an investigation into how these design features (which we refer to as ‘depth cues’) create the effect of depth and how they impact on the performance and usability of the interface.


This investigation produced a great deal of useful data and my method, results and conclusions are reported in the paper ‘The Role of Perspective Cues in RSVP’. I was very excited to present this paper at the 21st International Conference on Information Visualisation, IV2017, at London Southbank University, where it generated considerable interest from delegates.

Thanks go to my supervisors, collaborators and the EPSRC for their support of this project.