Anton Ninkov: Pursuing knowledge & experiences
Anton's hometown: Rochester, New York
Ninkov on a strenuous hike in the Dolomites, a mountain range in northeastern Italy.
Anton Ninkov is an Australian-born, Rochester-raised Canadian citizen completing his fifth year of the PhD in Library and Information Sciences program in FIMS.
Currently working remotely from Ottawa, Ninkov’s thesis is centered on developing and user-testing an interactive visual analytics system designed to examine a set of vaccine websites. His question is whether the system improves a user’s ability to understand the information on the website. Ultimately, Ninkov aims to determine whether users can dig deeper and faster into information, offloading the cognitive work traditionally performed by the user onto the system.
Prior to his PhD, Ninkov completed his undergraduate degree in communications and sociology at the University of Ottawa. Ninkov was a varsity freestyle swimmer for the University of Ottawa swim team, the Ottawa Gee Gees, and even met his future wife at the pool. When asked whether he still hits the pool, he laughs and says, “I like to think I swam enough for the rest of my life.”
Ninkov swam a 1500-metre freestyle in 16.5 minutes.
His diverse educational background is as varied as his interests. Ninkov is passionate about the outdoors and travelling, and says Canada has a lot to offer for nature seekers. From cross-country skiing in Gatineau Park to hiking steep cliffs in Italy, it is almost impossible to find Ninkov inside – except when he is working away at his PhD, which he hopes to finish by summer 2019.
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