John Stasko     
Dr. John Stasko

Professor
School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
"The Value of Visualization for Exploring and Understanding Data”

Thursday, November 19, 4:00 PM
Packard Lab room 466

Abstract:   Investigators have an ever-growing suite of tools available for analyzing and understanding data. While techniques such as statistical analysis, machine learning, and data mining all have value, visualization provides an additional unique set of beneficial capabilities. In this talk I identify the particular advantages that visualization brings to data analysis beyond other techniques, and I describe the situations in which it can be most beneficial. Additionally, I identify three key tenets for success in data visualization: understanding purpose, embracing interaction, and identifying value. To help support these arguments, I will draw upon and illustrate a number of current research projects from my lab.

Bio:   John Stasko is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a widely published and internationally recognized researcher in the areas of information visualization and visual analytics, approaching each from a human-computer interaction perspective. Stasko has been Papers/Program Co-Chair for the IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) and the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Conferences, and has served on numerous journal editorial boards including ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and Information Visualization. He received the IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2012 and was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011 and an IEEE Fellow in 2014. In 2013 he also became an Honorary Professor in the School of Computer Science at the Univ. of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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