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Caltech Symposium: Emerging Science of Big Data Visualization


Computer scientists, artists, and designers gathered to discuss the emerging science of big-data visualization. Watch talks on Interactive Data Analysis, Reduction and Revelation, When Art and Analytics Overlap, Communicating Science to the Public, Visualizing Natural and Cultural Phenomena, and more.



These talks are from a Symposium on the Emerging Science of Big Data Visualization held at Caltech on May 23, 2013, in Pasadena, CA, USA.

Nearly every scientific and engineering endeavor faces a fundamental challenge to see and extract insights from data. Effective Data Science and Visualization can lead to new discoveries. Together, we at Caltech, NASA JPL, and Art Center represent the same convergence of science, engineering and design that drives new Big Data-powered discovery. Industry leaders came together for a series of talks to inspire, unite, and challenge our community to re-examine our practices, and our perspectives.

The talks include:

  • Introduction - Scott Davidoff, Hillary Mushkin, and Maggie Hendrie
  • Interactive Data Analysis - Jeffrey Heer
  • Reduction/Revelation - Jer Thorp
  • When Art and Analytics Overlap - Golan Levin
  • Communicating Science to the Public - Eric Rodenbeck
  • Visualizing Natural and Cultural Phenomena - Fernanda Viegas & Martin Wattenberg
  • Objects and Data Collections in Early Scientific Disciplines - Anja-Silvia Goeing

Watch on Caltech playlist for this symposium.

graphic depicting air travel, by Jer ThorpA longer report on the symposium is here:

Seeing Data , June 18, 2013.

In this image on the right data artist Jer Thorp extracted location information from tweets to create a graphic depicting air travel.