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It's not just about staring at pretty pictures: small, manipulable and slow data visualization



Speakers: Charles Perin, giCentre, City, University of London

Series: HCID Research Seminars

Seminar Abstract:

In the era of big data, data mining, and machine learning, visualization is becoming an afterthought. It is increasingly seen as a way of creating pretty pictures for business purposes and marketing, not as a "scientific" method for exploring and making sense of data. In this talk, I will discuss the role of information visualization to make sense of data and the importance of giving people a sense of control by making data manipulable, playful, slow, and engaging. I will also argue that before tackling big data challenges, one needs to master small data. Manipulable data visualizations are a way of increasing people's data literacy and visualization literacy, thus a way of including (everyday) people in modern societal, political, and economic data-driven discourses.

About the speaker:

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at City, University of London and part of the giCentre research group, since January 2017. I conduct research at the intersection of information visualization and human computer interaction. I am particularly interested in designing and studying new interactions for visualizations and in understanding how people may make use of and interact with visualizations in their everyday lives. Before joining City, I was a Post-doc at University of Calgary. I obtained my PhD on Direct Manipulation for Information Visualization, at Université Paris Sud-XI in 2014.

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When & where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 12th May 2017

AG03 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom