Maps & Science: how data visualization helps us understand our cities

Hacks/Hackers Singapore (Data & Innovative Journalism)
Hacks/Hackers Singapore (Data & Innovative Journalism)
Public group

Google Singapore

70 Pasir Panjang Rd, #03-71 · Singapore

How to find us

A big thanks to Google for graciously helping to host this event. Come up by the elevator to the 3rd floor!

Location image of event venue


A big thanks to Prof Ate from SUTD for giving this talk, which will be hosted at Google!

What is data visualization? And is it an art or a science? Although there are many different types of visualization, maps are one of the oldest (and coolest) forms. In this talk, I’ll show what data visualization can learn from maps and the history of map-making to help answer these questions. I will also share specific examples of how we are using data visualization today in both academic research focused on understanding cities as well as practical urban planning and decision making.

Ate Poorthuis is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Singapore University of Technology and Design, where he heads up the Spatial Networks Lab and the Master’s programme in Urban Science. His research explores the possibilities and limitations of big data, through quantitative analysis and visualization, to better understand how our cities work. He teaches courses on map making, data science and interactive data visualization.