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6:00 pm - beer & pizza & networking

6:30 - Welcome

6:45 - Talk 1 - : Professor Di Cook - Is Nick Kyrgios the Next Number 1?

7:15 - beer break

7:30 Talk 2: Paul Hodge - Exploring the Intersection Between Data and Design

8:45 close.

8:45+ This time we'll try and find a pub that's open!

Note: there will be a $5 honesty box for this event, please pop in the jar when you collect your name tag. This will be another capacity event so please only respond if you plan to attend.

We have the venue from 6pm but cannot start setting out the room until then, so please help yourself to beer (in the fridge) and pizza, and maybe give a hand setting out the chairs. Also note there are a lot more people than chairs, so don't be late if you want to be guaranteed a seat.

Talk 2: Exploring the Intersection Between Data and Design

Paul Hodge - Data Visualisation Specialist, Infocentric Pty Ltd

Data visualizations are quickly becoming one of the most important ways to explore, discover, and communicate complex datasets. Using great design, visualizations can transform raw data into critical insights that are engaging, entertaining, and easy to digest. Using his global experience with large corporations across consumer packaging goods, pharmaceutical and financial services industries, Paul Hodge's presentation will explore some of the most innovative and engaging data visualisation examples from around the world, and will assess the myriad of tools available to achieve these results.

About Paul...

A lecturer at Deakin University on the topic of Data Visualisation, and frequent industry speaker (@DataVizGuy), Mr. Hodge worked for more than 10 years in the Life-sciences sector in New York and Boston, during the emergence of Big Data. Paul is currently back in Australia and deeply involved in Information Management and Strategy, and delivery of Metrics and Analytic Solutions across the Retail Banking and Government Sectors. Mr. Hodge is also a true global citizen with significant international experience, having lived and worked in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Europe, and his native Australia.

Talk 1: Is Nick Kyrgios the Next Number 1?

Professor Di Cook - Iowa State University

A 19 year old tennis player from Canberra, Nick Kyrgios, shocked the tennis world on July 1, 2014 by beating world number 1, Rafael Nadal, in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Nick had already beaten the 13th seed Richard Gasquet to get this far. McEnroe commenting on the match exclaimed

"We've been waiting for this for a while. We keep saying, 'Who's the next guy?', and I think we found that guy right now."

Nadal's post-interview language, to the contrary, indicates that he thinks Nick has a long way to go:

"He has things, positive things, to be a good player. But everything is a little bit easier when you are arriving."

We can take a look at Nick's stats in comparison to the other players in the tournament, and to the best players, by scraping data from the Wimbledon web site, using the R package XML, and making plots using the R package ggplot2. The statistics available include aces, double faults, % first serves in, % first and second serves won, fastest serve speed, average first and second serve speed, net points won, break points won, receiving points won, winners and unforced errors, for each match.

About Di...

A professor in Statistics at Iowa State University Di Cook (@visnut) has worked in data visualization for more than 20 years. Di is currently visiting Monash University. Professor Cook developed the interactive graphics software, ggobi, and is currently developing procedures to be able to say "Is what we see, really there?" for data visualization. Di teaches courses in data visualization, data technologies, data mining and multivariate data analysis.