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Big Data + VizUM 2019

December 11, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Register Here! (Free)


CCS, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences,  Miami Business School, and the School of Communication, invites you to the 4th annual Big Data Conference, and its annual data visualization celebration, VizUM.

Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity; Airbnb, Uber, and Fitbit are just a few examples. Today, over 3.6 billion people worldwide are deeply engaged with smartphone devices, wearables, and Internet-of-things technologies while artificial intelligence also promises to create a wave of new products. Advanced computing gives us the ability to reliably and cost effectively store petabytes of data; and machine learning algorithms can crunch through massive datasets in real time to extract business intelligence and socially relevant information, giving firms new marketing tools, like mobile geo-social targeting. These tools have also empowered customers, making them more savvy in their interactions with business. The businesses, nonprofits, health care providers, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions that harness these trends have an historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors. Participate in panel discussions on Big Data, and to network with data visualization experts, south Florida private- and public-sector policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers, and  healthcare providers.

Data Visualization is a burgeoning field of study at the University of Miami and other top academic research institutions. From devising app-based tools, to organizing vast scientific datum into bite-size morsels, data visualizers often begin their career journey as computer scientists, journalists, academic researchers, coders, or graphic designers. The common thread is that they have all developed a keen interest in recasting complex data in visually appealing ways to broaden the understanding of the world in which we live. Data Visualization guest speakers will include Jessica Hullman, PhD, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University, and Alberto Cairo, PhD, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami School of Communication.

This year’s Conference focuses on capacity building and cybersecurity.



Tentative Agenda

12:00 Registration and Poster Session
2:00 Break | Poster Judging Process
2:30 Keynote Lecture
3:15 PANEL Session “Digital Disruption”
4:30 Break
4:45 VizUM | Jessica Hullman
5:30 VizUM | Alberto Cairo
6:10 Prize for Best Poster | Reception Begins


Keynote Speaker (TBA)

PANEL Session “Digital Disruption”

Matthew Denesuk

Senior Vice President, Data Analytics & AI
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Technologist, scientist, and sometimes-business guy with a great desire to apply data, business theory, physics, and math to make the world work better, Matthew loves to develop and deploy new technology, and to grow organizational capability that can do it at scale.


  • Generating Estimates of Failure Risk for a Vehicular Component in Situations of High-Dimensional and Low Sample Size Data
  • Generating Cumulative Wear-Based Indicators for Vehicular Components
  • Amusement articles possessing microbe-inhibiting properties
  • Bedding articles possessing microbe-inhibiting properties
  • Busbars for electrically powered cells
  • Data store for knowledge-based data mining system
  • Degradable animal chewing article possessing enhanced safety, durability and mouth-feel
  • Degradable plastics possessing a microbe-inhibiting quality
  • Generating cumulative wear-based indicators for vehicular components
  • Integrating economic considerations to develop a component replacement policy based on a cumulative wear-based indicator for a vehicular component
  • Knowledge-based data mining system
  • Mastication article possessing microbe-inhibiting properties
  • Monitoring and planning for failures of vehicular components
  • Service engagement management using a standard framework


Michael Mannino, Director of Programs, University of Miami Center for Computational Science

Michael Mannino, PhD

Director of Programs | UM CCS

Dr. Michael Mannino joined the CCS in April 2019 as Director of Programs. He has his PhD in complex systems and brain sciences, and his research was in computational neuroscience, specifically computational modeling of large-scale brain networks using nonlinear dynamical systems and neural time series analysis. Michael also has his Masters in philosophy, focusing on the philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind, and has been a professor of philosophy at Miami Dade College, teaching several courses. He is passionate about the topics of science communication, complexity science, and all things brain.

VizUM Data Visualization Speakers

Jessica Hullman, Speaker, VizUM 2019

Jessica Hullman, PhD

Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Journalism, Northwestern University

Jessica Hullman is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern. The goal of her research is to develop computational tools that improve how people reason with and make decisions from data. She is especially interested in challenges that arise in presenting data to non-expert audiences, where the need to convey a clear story often conflicts with goals of transparency and faithful presentation of uncertainty. Her current research focus is on uncertainty representation through interactive visual interfaces that enable users to articulate and reason about their prior beliefs. Jessica’s research has been supported by a Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, and awards from NSF (CRII, CAREER), Navy, Google, Tableau, and Adobe.

Prior to joining Northwestern, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan and she spent a year as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Computer Science at the University of California Berkeley.

Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo, PhD

Associate Professor | Knight Chair in Visual Journalism
UM School of Communication

How Charts Lie book cover
Alberto Cairo is an Associate Professor and Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami. He is also director of the visualization program of UM’s Center for Computational Science. Cairo spent more than a decade working in the news industry, as director of information graphics in publications in Spain and Brazil. He also works as a freelancer and permanent consultant for companies and government entities such as Google and the Congressional Budget Office. Cairo is the author of three books about visualization, ‘The Functional Art’ (2013), ‘The Truthful Art’ (2016), and the upcoming ‘How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information’ (October 2019).

Conference Organizers

Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo, PhD

Associate Professor | Knight Chair in Visual Journalism
UM School of Communication

Joseph Johnson, PhD

Joseph Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor | Miami Business School

Michael Mannino, Director of Programs, University of Miami Center for Computational Science

Michael Mannino, PhD

Director of Programs | UM CCS

Mitsunori Ogihara, PhD, UM Computer Science Professor, Speaker UM CCS Big Data Conference 2018

Mitsunori Ogihara, PhD

Professor | UM Department of Computer Science
Program Director |  Big Data Analytics & Data Mining



Newman Alumni Center, Multipurpose ABC, 6200 San Amaro Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33146   |  Directions + Event Parking information TBA
Parking Instructions (Free)

  • Anyone with a UM parking permit does not need register their vehicle with the link.  Please park according to the type of permit you have.
  • Non-UM Speakers and Moderators will be given specific parking instructions.
  • All other non-UM attendees will be sent a link to register their vehicles (just need to enter your license plate number) a week before the event via email.
  • Your Big Data event parking session will be valid from 12/11 at 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM
  • Approved parking locations: Grey Zone Lots based on availability.

Newman Alumni Center parking map


December 11, 2019
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146 United States
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