Visualisation Matters: Interdisciplinary frontiers in visualisation
Dr Cameron Edmond1, Dr Rowan Hughes1, Associate Professor Tomasz Bednarz1
1UNSW EPICentre, Sydney, Australia
2020 was a year for visualisation. As COVID-19 spread across the globe, researchers, journalists and data communicators looked for ways to transmit information. Certain visuals, such as “flatten the curve” are now synonymous with our discussion of COVID-19. Social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter were reignited by the spread of horrifying and profound visuals online. As humanity went into lockdown, we chose the visual as our means of communication.
As we cautiously emerge from isolation, we seek to explore the wide-ranging forms and impacts of visual media through the Visualisation Matters (VisMatters) session at C3DIS. Our panel of interdisciplinary speakers will deliver five minute “provocations”: discussing how their work was impacted by – and impacted – COVID-19 over 2020. Following these provocations, the discussion will be open to audience members, with the panel chairs co-coordinating questions.
These panelists come from the arts and sciences, and from academia and industry. This panel will bring together thinkers from different disciplines and industries that share expertise and passion for using visualisation to solve data and science communication problems.
Prospective panelists include:
- Viveka Weiley, Future Digital Worlds Lead at CSIRO
- Craig Butt, Data Journalist at The Age
- Naseem Ahmadpour, Senior Lecturer in Design at Sydney University
- John Lock, Head of the Cancer Systems Microscopy lab at University of New South Wales
- Mashhuda Glencross, Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland
Dr Edmond is a researcher interested in artificial intelligence and literature. His work concerns bot poetics and narratology for data communication.
Rowan Hughes has a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College and VFX experience. He is a computer scientist and researcher passionate about computer graphics, simulation, and data science