Next in Data Visualization | Danielle Albers Szafir

May 10, 2019
Next in Data Visualization | Danielle Albers Szafir

DRIVING EXPLORATORY VISUALIZATION THROUGH PERCEPTION AND COGNITION

Danielle Albers Szafir, assistant professor of information science and affiliate professor of computer and cognitive science, University of Colorado Boulder

Danielle Albers Szafir’s research sits at the intersection of information visualization, data science, computer graphics, and cognitive science. Along with a team of fantastic students and collaborators, she looks at the relationship between cognition and visualization design. Through this process, she develops interactive visualization systems, guidelines, and techniques for exploring large, complex data. This work has inspired collaborations across a variety of domains including genomics, bioinformatics, the humanities, biochemistry, and perceptual psychology.

The Next in Science series allows early-career scientists whose creative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the Greater Boston area.

Next in Data Visualization | Blacki Migliozzi

May 8, 2019
Next in Data Visualization | Blacki Migliozzi

VISUALIZING CLIMATE CHANGE

Blacki Migliozzi, graphics editor, New York Times Blacki Migliozzi is a cofounder of Brooklyn Bio, a for-hire synthetic biology research group in New York City, and a graphics editor at the New York Times, where he develops data-driven stories and interactive visualizations. Prior to this, he worked at Bloomberg’s R&D department and as a data journalist at Bloomberg News.

The Next in Science series allows early-career scientists whose creative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the Greater Boston area.

Next in Data Visualization | Arvind Satyanarayan

May 7, 2019
Next in Data Visualization | Arvind Satyanarayan

VISUALIZATION: A PETRI DISH FOR INTELLIGENCE AUGMENTATION
Arvind Satyanarayan, assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Arvind Satyanarayan’s research uses interactive data visualization as a petri dish to study questions in user interface toolkit design and human-computer interaction broadly. Systems he developed have won awards at premier academic venues and are used by the Wikipedia and the Jupyter/Python data science communities.

The Next in Science series allows early-career scientists whose creative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the Greater Boston area.

Hank Willis Thomas Interview | Vision & Justice

May 7, 2019
Hank Willis Thomas Interview | Vision & Justice

In this segment from “Vision & Justice” on Friday, April 26, Cheryl Finley interviews Hank Willis Thomas—a wide-ranging conversation that covers his work with the civic-engagement artistic organization For Freedoms, which he cofounded, as well as past and future public art projects. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING

Cheryl Finley, associate professor of art history, Cornell University

Hank Willis Thomas, conceptual artist

Turnaround Arts [White House Program] | Vision & Justice

May 7, 2019

At “Vision and Justice” on Friday, April 26, Kimberly Drew moderated a discussion with Melody Barnes and Damian Woetzel on the Obama-era initiative Turnaround Arts, which integrates arts education in schools to strengthen reform efforts. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING

Melody C. Barnes, distinguished fellow at the School of Law, Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics and senior fellow at the Miller Center, and codirector for policy and public affairs for the Democracy Initiative, University of Virginia 

Kimberly Drew, writer, curator, and activist

Damian Woetzel, president, the Juilliard School

American Mountains | EJ Hill

May 7, 2019
American Mountains | EJ Hill

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, EJ Hill RI ’19 provides context for the project on which he’s currently working, a research and exhibition project inspired by the 17th-century Russian predecessor to the roller coaster (referred to as “Russian Mountains”).

Hill is an artist whose practice incorporates painting, writing, installation, and performance in ways that seek to elevate bodies and amplify voices that have long been rendered invisible and inaudible by oppressive social structures.

Next in Data Visualization | Michelle Borkin

May 6, 2019
Next in Data Visualization | Michelle Borkin

DATA VISUALIZATION ACROSS DISCIPLINES
Michelle Borkin, assistant professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University, and codirector of the Northeastern University Visualization Consortium

Michelle Borkin works on the development of novel visualization techniques and tools to enable new insights and discoveries in data. She works across disciplines to bring together computer scientists, doctors, and astronomers to collaborate on new analysis and visualization techniques, and cross-fertilize techniques across disciplines.

The Next in Science series allows early-career scientists whose creative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the Greater Boston area.

Joy Buolamwini, “AI, Ain’t I a Woman?” | Vision & Justice

May 6, 2019
Joy Buolamwini, “AI, Ain’t I a Woman?” | Vision & Justice

At “Vision & Justice” on Friday, April 26, Joy Buolamwini performed her spoken word piece “AI, Ain’t I a Woman?”—her response to algorithmic bias, or the fact that AI systems often either mischaracterize or fail to recognize dark-skinned faces. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING
Joy Buolamwini, founder, Algorithmic Justice League; research assistant, MIT Media Lab

Race, Technology, and Algorithmic Bias | Vision & Justice

May 6, 2019
Race, Technology, and Algorithmic Bias | Vision & Justice

At “Vision & Justice” on Friday, April 26, Joy Buolamwini, Latanya Sweeney, and Darren Walker come together to discuss the limits of technology in the face of algorithmic bias, or the fact that AI systems often either mischaracterize or fail to recognize dark-skinned faces. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING
Joy Buolamwini, founder, Algorithmic Justice League; research assistant, MIT Media Lab

Latanya Sweeney, professor of government and technology in residence, Department of Government, Harvard University

Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation

Discovering the Flint Crisis | Vision & Justice

May 6, 2019

In a conversation titled “Race, Justice, and the Environment” at “Vision & Justice” on Friday, April 26, Chelsea Clinton and Mona Hanna-Attisha discuss the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, to which Hanna-Attisha helped bring public attention. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING

Chelsea Clinton, vice chair, Clinton Foundation

Mona Hanna-Attisha, assistant professor of pediatrics and human development and founder and director of the Michigan State University–Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Michigan State University

Introduced by Sarah Lewis, assistant professor of history of art and architecture and African and African-American studies, Harvard University

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