Schedule: Visualization & Interface sessions

Data doesn’t mean anything unless it’s collected from the world and connected to people who can use it. In this track, we look at how we communicate information, letting people make better decisions faster, and at the explosion of mobile interfaces that turn every device into a sensor and an informant.

Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Noah Illinsky (Amazon Web Services)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
This workshop is a jumpstart lesson on how to get from a blank page and a pile of data to a useful data visualization. We'll focus on the design process, not specific tools. Bring your sample data and paper or a laptop; leave with new visualization ideas. Read more.
Ballroom AB
This presentation will be streamed live.
Jock Mackinlay (Tableau Software)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
Visual analysis is an iterative process for working with data that exploits the power of the human visual system. The formal core of visual analysis is the mapping of data to appropriate visual representations. Learn what years of research have taught us about designing visualizations people can learn from and understand. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Hjalmar Gislason (DataMarket)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
With the rise of big data more and more people need effective visualizations. Needs may range from simple charts to massive interactive network graphs. A range of tools exist, but still many find none that meet all their requirements: Cross-browser usage, server-side rendering, iOS support, full control of look and feel, and your options are suddenly very slim. We share our lessons and approach. Read more.
Ballroom AB
This presentation will be streamed live.
Jesper Andersen (Bloom Studios)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
See how applying traditional data analysis tools, as well as more esoteric ones like computer vision, to multiple disparate data sets and data types can create a more complete and nuanced narrative of one of San Francisco’s most vibrant streets. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Bitsy Bentley (Participatory Budgeting Project)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Data visualization is just one tool that designers use to communicate data-driven recommendations. In this session I present a case study on the use of user-centered design practices to craft meaningful and actionable data presentations for business users. Data visualization and UX work best when they work together. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Michael Edgcumbe (Columbia University), Eric Mika (The Department of Objects)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)
Custom data exploration tools can provide efficient and exciting interfaces for audiences not well served by out-of-the-box business intelligence solutions. Frameworks not only beautify data but also surface novel observations from the set. In this session, we survey the creative coding frameworks that lend themselves to visualization and offer some insight into their strengths and weaknesses. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Fabien Girardin (BBVA Data & Analytics)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
In this talk we report on the value of tools that support a human-driven approach to revealing innovation opportunities hidden withing big datasets. Based on our experience in data science projects involving multiple stakeholders we found that sketching with data and rapidly sharing interactive information visualizations is a key practice to transform information into useful services and products. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Max Gadney (After The Flood)
The use of video to communicate data is on the rise, but what is the most effective way to do this? Highlighting our current work with the BBC in this field we will look at best practice from storytelling principles to choosing the right visual treatment. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Ryan Ismert (Sportvision, Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Long a staple of broadcast sports, augmented reality (AR) effects (like the virtual "1st and 10" line) are increasingly being driven by digital records of sports events (DREs), collected and distributed live, such as NASCAR's race car tracking system and MLB's PitchFX. The next generation of DRE-derived data will expand the use of AR to more effectively show key "invisible" elements of the game. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Jason Sundram (Facebook)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
With the explosion of mobile devices, there is a plethora of geo-tagged data available for mining and visualization. To make compelling visualizations, it is often necessary to build tools that allow users to easily explore, mine, map, and market this data. This talk will focus on how to use several open-source frameworks to build such visualizations. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Mano Marks (Google, Inc. ), Chris Broadfoot (Google)
Beautiful, useful and scalable techniques for analysing and displaying spatial information are key to unlocking important trends in geospatial and geotemporal data. Recent developments in HTML 5 enable rendering of complex visualisations within the browser, facilitating fast, dynamic user interfaces built around web maps. This session will examine emerging technologies that will shape the geoweb. Read more.
Ballroom AB
Cheryl Phillips (The Seattle Times)
A story or report on a subject by its very nature summarizes the underlying data. But readers may have questions specific to a time, date or place. Visualizing the data and providing effective, targeted ways to drill deeper is key to giving the reader more than just the story. Read more.
Marc Smith (Social Media Research Foundation)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Maps of the complex connections that form when people link, like, reply, rate, review, favorite, friend, follow, edit, and mention one another can reveal important trends. It is possible to create network maps with free and open tools that identify key people and sub-groups in any social media population with just a few key clicks. Can you make a pie chart? You can now make a network chart. Read more.


  • EMC
  • Microsoft
  • HPCC Systems™ from LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
  • MarkLogic
  • Shared Learning Collaborative
  • Cloudera
  • Digital Reasoning Systems
  • Pentaho
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Teradata Aster
  • VMware
  • IBM
  • NetApp
  • Oracle
  • 1010data
  • 10gen
  • Acxiom
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Calpont
  • Cisco
  • Couchbase
  • Cray
  • Datameer
  • DataSift
  • DataStax
  • Esri
  • Facebook
  • Feedzai
  • Hadapt
  • Hortonworks
  • Impetus
  • Jaspersoft
  • Karmasphere
  • Lucid Imagination
  • MapR Technologies
  • Pervasive
  • Platform Computing
  • Revolution Analytics
  • Scaleout Software
  • Skytree, Inc.
  • Splunk
  • Tableau Software
  • Talend

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