The Magic Meter: How Viz Bridges the Gap from Data & Screen to Eye & Cognition

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RSVPs WILL STOP BEING ACCEPTED AT 6PM THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT.

*****About the Talk*****

Well crafted data visualizations are indistinguishable from magic: information miraculously transforms itself into visual shapes that leap from the computer screen across an open space of one meter into our eyes and brains for near instantaneous recognition of features and patterns. Really? How does that work?

This talk with explore the foundations of visualization theory and how it applies to visualization practice. We will examine aspects of human vision, pre-attentive perception, visual encoding channels, color representation and more; all with an eye towards better understanding how the magic of data visualization works, and how we can use that understanding to craft ever more effective visualizations.

*****About the Speaker*****

Dr. Alan Keahey
Vice President, Data Science Visualization
Conversant Media

Dr. Alan Keahey is Vice President for Data Science Visualization at Conversant Media, a global player in B2B digital marketing. His team is creating innovative visualization tools to reveal, explore and explain complex petabyte-scale digital economies spanning hundreds of millions of customers each defined by thousands of profile dimensions, across millions of content sites, generating trillions of daily interactions. These innovations are driving the design of next generation enterprise wide analytics and reporting at Conversant.

Alan has played a leading role in the research and development of innovative data visualization systems for over 20 years. His experience spans a wide range of environments including National Labs Research Scientist, Research Director at a Lucent Bell Labs Venture Company, Founder and President of a visualization R&D company, Visualization Consultant to Fortune 500 companies and Senior Data Visualization Scientist at IBM Watson. He has published seminal papers in the field of information visualization, patented a wide number of visualization techniques, and architected several significant visualization systems across different domains and technology bases. A regular speaker at both research and commercial conferences, he thrives on finding common ground between the innovations created in research environments and the real-world needs of business customers.

*****Other Notes*****
Agenda:
6:00 - 6:30: mingling and settling in; food and drinks provided by ShopRunner
6:30 - 7:15: Alan's Talk
7:15 - 7:25: Q&A
7:25 - 8:00: more mingling and noms

Thanks to ShopRunner for hosting and providing food and drinks!

RSVPs WILL STOP BEING ACCEPTED AT 6PM THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. An ID will be required to enter. (Please reach out if this is an issue for you.)

Gender-neutral bathrooms available at this location.

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