Friday Afternoon Lecture with Dr. Sara Diamond

Data, Data Everywhere – How can we Make it speak? 

Are you a researcher, artist, designer or any other creative and inspired enthusiast? Then you should not miss out on this unique occasion to become inspired by top-notch speakers and to meet with like-minded souls. 

EIT ICT Labs co-organises with Holst Centre, TU/e, Baltan Laboratories and High Tech Campus Eindhoven, the 3rd edition of the:
 
Friday Afternoon Lecture with speaker Dr. Sara Diamond

May 9, 15h30-16h30
Special Performance by Aart Strootman (http://www.aartstrootman.com/)
Location: College Zaal 5, Auditorium, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e).

Livestream
Not possible to meet Sara in person? The session will also be streamed through Open Webcast: http://openwebcast.nl/?p=4105

Data, Data Everywhere – How can we Make it speak? 
We could describe data as the resource of the twenty-first century – gushing in plenitude; it must be harvested and refined to be of value.  Visual analytics bears relevance to open government records, self-produced data, and health and industry data sets alike.  In a data-based economy designers and artists must be integral to the creation of tools which convert data to manageable, meaningful and beautiful communication. The talk will suggest a series of going concerns in the field of visual analytics, such as aesthetics, design methodologies, the use of metaphors.  

It will provide examples drawn from the work of OCAD University’s Visual Analytics Laboratory, research at the Centre for Information Visualization and Data Driven Design and the work of artists and designers. What skills sets are needed for the visual analytics researchers of the future? 

About Dr. Sara Diamond
Dr. Sara Diamond is the President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering, a Masters in Digital Media theory and Honours Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and the winner of the 2013 GRAND NCE Digital Media Pioneer Award.  

She founded and led the Banff New Media Institute from 1995-2005. Diamond is a data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and designer. She is co-principal investigator on the Centre for Information Visualization/Data Driven Design, leads OCAD University’s Visual Analytics Laboratory and holds significant funding from Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council. 

Her book (with Sarah Cook) Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Dialogues, a history of the boom, bust and reset years of the first wave of digital media is currently available; published by Banff Centre Press and Riverdale Architectural Press, University of Waterloo. 

About Friday afternoon lectures
Gilles Holst, first Director of the famous Philips Natlab, already proclaimed in one of his official research reports, researchers with sufficient freedom and an open mind are most likely to be successful. We - Baltan Laboratories, Holst Centre, TU Eindhoven, EIT ICT Labs and High Tech Campus Eindhoven believe this original vision for the Natlab could easily be forgotten in these times of increased specialization. Proactively addressing this issue, we committed ourselves to setting up a series of lectures that revive the original Natlab spirit. 

contact: else.embregts@eitictlabs.eu

 

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