The “AK Peters Visualization [Book] Series” aims to capture new developments, and to summarize what is known over the whole spectrum of visualization by publishing in a broad range of formats. Read more “Alberto Cairo becomes Series Editor for AK Peters Visualization Book Series”
If you have ever wondered what data scientists do, the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) is giving you an opportunity to learn about this important, multifaceted profession. On November 4, IDSC is launching a series of “Meet a Data Scientist” talks with Alberto Cairo, PhD, a national expert on the use of data in visual graphics and journalism.
Read more “Meet A Data Scientist-Alberto Cairo”
Excerpt from Popular Science: “The problem is that [political/election] maps are designed to be geographically accurate. They’re great at that, especially if they account for the curvature of the Earth with a proper projection that doesn’t stretch out the northern states. But as Alberto Cairo, a data visualization designer, [IDSC Director of Information Design], and Professor of Visual Journalism at the University of Miami, has pointed out: acres don’t vote, people do. Read more “Alberto Cairo Helps Popular Science See Through Election Graphics Tricks”
“Visualizing Data: Veracity, Accuracy, Accountability” a virtual discussion with Prof. Alberto Cairo, PhD, will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m. as part of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy monthly conference series Dialogues in Research Ethics. Read more “Dialogues in Research Ethics 10/9/2020”
Data specialists at IDSC are collaborating with national consulting firm MDB, Inc. in designing and developing an interactive evidence map displaying the impact of social needs interventions on health outcomes. “Our multidisciplinary UM team will effectively translate scientific findings and data into a visual evidence map to help physicians, researchers, and health insurance systems see patterns that otherwise would not be evident,” said Alberto Cairo, PhD, IDSC Visualization, Data Communication & Information Design Director. Read more “Mapping Social Needs on an Evidence Map”
IDSC Visualization Director Alberto Cairo speaks on the effective simplicity of the COVID-19 Flatten-the-Curve chart for Mother Jones magazine. We are all familiar with the “flatten the curve” chart, but what made it so effective?
Read more “Why the Flatten-the-Curve Chart Worked”
IDSC data specialists are collaborating with national consulting firm MDB, Inc. in designing and developing an interactive evidence map displaying the impact of social needs interventions* on health outcomes. “Our multidisciplinary UM team will effectively translate scientific findings and data into a visual evidence map to help physicians, researchers, and health insurance systems see patterns that otherwise would not be evident,” Read more “Mapping Social Needs Interventions and Health Outcomes”
“Shocking statistics are prevalent these days, so you need to pay close attention to what a graphic is attempting to convey.” This is the advice of Alberto Cairo, the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami School of Communication and a veteran expert on news information graphics and how data journalism is helping the world to understand the impact of the coronavirus.
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, data visualizations can help us better understand the impacts of this public health and economic crisis. From interactive maps about the virus’s global dispersion to iconography about national unemployment rates, visualization specialists are finding novel ways to display an influx of ever-changing data. Read more “Data Visualizations Help us Understand the Impact of COVID-19”
VizUM 2018 has been scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:00-7:00 PM. The finalists’ projects from the inaugural VizUM Visualization Competition will be presented.
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Bongshin Lee | Microsoft
Bongshin Lee is a Senior Researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction and EPIC research groups at Microsoft Research. She explores innovative ways to enable people to create visualizations, interact with their data, and share data-driven stories. Recently, she has been recently on helping people collect and explore data about themselves, and, share insights with others by leveraging visualizations. Bongshin currently serve as a Papers Co-Chair for PacificVis 2018 and as Associate Editor for IEEE TVCG. She served as a General Co-Chair for IEEE PacificVis 2017, and Papers Co-Chair for IEEE InfoVis 2015 and 2016. She earned her MS and PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland at College Park in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
For more information, please visit bongshiny.com.
Hadley Wickham | RStudio
Hadley Wickham is a Chief Scientist at RStudio, and an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland, Stanford University, and Rice University. Hadley builds tools (computational and cognitive) that make data science easier, faster, and more fun. He’s from New Zealand but he currently lives in Houston, TX with his partner and two dogs.
Most of Hadley’s work is in the form of open source R code, which you can find on github.com/hadley. You can roughly divide his work into three categories: tools for data science, tools for data import, and software engineering tools.
The VizUM 3rd Annual Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 4:00-7:00 PM at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Our guest speakers are Colin Ware and Martin Krzywinski.
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Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping | University of New Hampshire
Colin Ware specializes in applying theories of perception to the design visualizations. He has advanced degrees in both computer science (MMath, Waterloo) and in the psychology of perception (PhD,Toronto). He has published over 160 scientific articles in the fields of data visualization and human-computer interaction. His book Information Visualization: Perception for Design is now in its third edition. His book, Visual Thinking for Design, appeared in 2008. Ware also likes to build practical visualization systems. Fledermaus, a commercial 3D geospatial visualization system widely used in oceanography, was developed from his initial prototypes. His trackPlot software is being used by marine mammal scientists and his flowVis2D software is serving images on NOAA websites. Ware is Director of the Data Visualization Research Lab which is part of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire.
Visual Thinking about Scientific Data: The Cognitive Processes Whereby we Gain Knowledge
Visual thinking is a process. We do not just take in information “at a glance”; rather, what we perceive depends on what information we are seeking and the visual system is tuned accordingly. This is especially true when we are doing science. The scientist uses visualizations as a tool to confirm and refute hypothesis, present results, gain new insights into data, and occasionally make new discoveries. Each of these entails a different thinking processes. In this talk we will trace how the thread of cognition depends on the task as well as the perceptual issues that determine if a visualization is successful. Examples will range from weather displays and tools to help scientists understand the tracks of sea lions as they forage off the coast of California.
Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre | British Columbia Cancer Agency
Martin Krzywinski is known for his work in bioinformatics and data visualization. He created the Circos graph to display genomic data sets in a way that revealed their inner structure and served as a visually stunning emblem of the new field. His information graphics have appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Scientific American and covers of numerous books and scientific journals. Krzywinski’s work has set a new standard for the presentation of scientific results and established design as a tool of discovery in the research process itself.
Fitting Big Science on a Small Page
An exhaustive explanation is an exhausting one. My own goal is to leave the audience energized and motivated to continue to conversation, which should flow naturally beyond the scope of the design. They can always ask for more but they cannot ask for less. Assuming that a design will act as a first explanation motivates me for the need to distinguish essentials from ever-present modifiers and merely interesting tangents. While everything may indeed be important, initially some things are more important than others. Classifying aspects of the science this way always feels risky—how do I know that I know enough to justify leaving things out? I will use examples of my designs to create a first explanation of how to approach creating first explanations. What is the right amount of design detail that shows that we share 99% of our DNA with chimps—and does this statement hinder our understanding of evolution? How can I communicate the relationships between diseases and genetic modification specific to certain tissues—is there structure in the data that can inform how it is shown? If the composition of household bacteria vary based on the occupants’ gender and presence of dogs and cats, how do I present all the possible ratio of gender and animals—does the size of the dataset belie the simplicity of the story behind it?