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Campus Visualization Partnership Lecture: Visualization for Everyone
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
12:00 p.m.
2121 J M Patterson
For More Information:
Ben Shneiderman
ben@cs.umd.edu
http://viz.umd.edu

Martin Wattenberg
Developer, Researcher, Google

Data visualization is a powerful technology with applications ranging from science to art. I'll discuss a program of research into making visualization broadly accessible. One key theme is that many aspects of modern culture--ranging from baby name fashions to viral videos on YouTube--can be displayed and understood visually. A second theme is that these new applications require a new type of design process.

Martin Wattenberg is a computer scientist and artist. He is a co-leader, with Fernanda Viégas, of Google's "Big Picture" data visualization group. From 2005 to 2010, Wattenberg managed IBM's Visual Communication Lab, exploring new forms of visualization and how they can enable better collaboration. A key project was Many Eyes, an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis. Prior to joining IBM, Wattenberg directed a research group at Dow Jones. His work included the Map of the Market--showcasing visualization technology developed at the University of Maryland. Wattenberg is also known for his visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New York Museum of Modern Art. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.

This Event is For: Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Post-Docs

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