The Social Life of Visualizations
Speaker: Martin Wattenberg , IBM Watson Research CenterContact:
Date: November 4 2005
Time: 1:30PM to 2:30PM
Location: Patil Seminar Room (32-G449)
Host: Jaime Teevan, CSAIL
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Visualization is often viewed as an efficient way of getting information out of a database and into an individual's head. I argue that the value of many visualizations derives instead from their position in social systems involving two or more people. Through a series of examples from both science and art, I will discuss how this viewpoint leads to new directions, questions and design principles.
Martin Wattenberg is a research scientist at IBM, where he leads the Visual Communication Lab. His work focuses on new approaches to data visualization and collaboration. He is known for both applied and artistic visualizations, interpreting such disparate information sources as online communities, museum collections, baby names, and stock market data. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley.
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