Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Fernanda Viégas

Senior Researcher, Google Co-Leader PAIR (People + AI Research) Initiative and Big Picture Team

Fernanda Viégas is a senior researcher at Google where she co-leads the PAIR (People+AI Research) initiative, part of Google Brain. Her work in machine learning, with long-time collaborator Martin Wattenberg, focuses on improving human/AI interaction with a broader agenda of democratizing AI technology. She is well known for her contributions to social and collaborative visualization, and the systems she and her team have created are used daily by millions of people. Fernanda’s passion for making complex data understandable to lay viewers has led her to visualize wind currents, study collaboration patterns in Wikipedia, and create a dynamic map of news around the world. Her visualization-based artwork has been exhibited worldwide, and is part of the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York. Fernanda holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab.

Talk Title: Science, Art and Design: A Career in Data Visualization

Abstract: How does a graphic designer become a data visualization expert, a scientist and an artist? And why would anyone want to do that? In this talk I’ll share my non-traditional career path and talk about my work in data visualization. I’ll discuss how visualizing data can range from scientific undertaking to artistic practice. I’ll present a series of projects that illustrate how the coupling of visualization technique and design thinking not only empowers experts, but also welcomes lay viewers into the world of data and statistics.