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Day 1

Registration and Breakfast

Chairperson Overview

Data Visualization From a Pragmatist’s Point of View

As data visualization tools mature, they are getting easier to use and implement and in many cases, the business are rolling things out directly and bypassing the IT function. This leads to a proliferation of multiple tools being present with conflicting data being presented to users. This presentation will cover the challenges being faced and approaches used to address these challenges. Specifically how to align business units to the Enterprise Architecture, re-align the business to work from a common data repository without stifling the creativity of the business or compromising agility. There is no silver bullet out there and IT needs to be able to ensure that data visualization is a positive experience by ensuring that users are presented with appropriate context so that they are not misled in conclusions or decisions made.

Ryan Ackerman Manager of Business Intelligence North America Puma

Using Anonymous Data to Improve the TripAdvisor Hotels Booking Experience

TripAdvisor helps millions of people every year book the perfect hotel room. See how we gathered and visualized the data necessary to create a better user experience by deep linking our users directly into partner applications.

Justin Ehlert Software Engineer TripAdvisor

Using Data Visualization to Reveal Signal Amongst the Noise In Data

Rania will discuss some of the challenges (and surprises) of using data visualization to transform data into insight in order to increase cognitive performance and enhance decision-making.

Rania Masri Former Data Visualization Designer UnitedHealth Group

Morning Coffee Break

Leveraging the synergistic relationship between AI and Visualization

Data science has emerged over the last several years as an interdisciplinary field responsible for accessing data, processing it through various algorithms, and ultimately converting raw numbers into actionable results. Visualization is now a key tool of the data scientist’s arsenal, primarily for communicating results to decision-makers. However, on a more fundamental level, the relationship between visualization and artificial intelligence has become increasingly inter-dependent as the scale of data has increased. Visualization is now critical for guiding the analysis and correctly interpreting the nuances of data. Artificial Intelligence approaches are usually required to view data within the constraints of dimensionality and human cognition. This talk will provide examples of how the inter-dependence can be effectively leveraged.

Peter Henstock AI & Machine Learning Technical Lead Pfizer

How Condé Nast's Data Team introduced Data Visualization to their magazine brands

Condé Nast's magazine brands are known for their writing, photography and design, but not for data visualization. The Data Team is trying to change that. Danielle will talk about the steps they've taken to introduce interactive data visualization to the brands to enhance their great content.

Danielle Carrick Data Visualization Designer and Developer Condé Nast

How my background gave me an edge with Data Visualization Development

Before getting into Web Development and Data Visualization, Ileana studied Linguistic Anthropology. She used her multilingual abilities to do research and work in different parts of the world. Along the way, she added coding as a new language and skill. When she entered the tech field, her background gave her an edge to incorporate her soft skills in research and storytelling for data visualization.

Ileana Ordonez Data Visualization Developer New York Education Department


Panel: Using Data Visualizations to Invoke Emotion

How do you get your audience engaged in your visualizations? Can a design with emotional elements increase engagement? This session will explore a series of dashboards designed to make an emotional impact on the audience without deviating from visualization best practices.

Alice Zhao Senior Data Scientist Metis
Lily Boyce Data Visualization Specialist Innovation Enterprise
Amarendranath Donthala Data Visualization Analyst Comcast NBCUniversal

How Data Visualization Can Help Media Companies

The topic reviews how data visualization can make a company more efficient, with a focus on publishers and media companies. Due to the rise of programmatic advertising, media companies usually have multiple monetization partners. As a result, analysts within media companies need to spend a large amount of time on conducting different kinds of reports each day. The automation of data visualization can free the analysts from manual reporting and give them more time to focus on analyzing data and identifying new opportunities. The example of this topic would be how data visualization affects Daily Mail commercial operations.

Feifan Chen Manager, Programmatic Data & Yield Strategy MailOnline

Afternoon Coffee Break

Myths and Metaphors in the Display of Information

What could we mean by visualization and by data? Are practitioners confined to the fads of the day? Or can they look elsewhere for inspiration -- and hone their craft by learning from biology, the arts, and other human craft? Here we will explore the limitations we often put on ourselves, and how we might move past some of them.

Jasper McChesney Data Visualization Researcher CUPA-HR

Talk Data to me - Finding insights through Storytelling

Using Tableau, I will go through various examples of how storytelling helps find hidden patterns and help in decision making.

Swati Kulkarni Manager, Analytics & Data Visualization IQVIA

Networking Drinks Reception

Day 2

Registration and Breakfast

Chairperson Overview

Peter Henstock AI & Machine Learning Technical Lead Pfizer

Zero to Viz in 30 minutes: Answering Questions with Data Visualization

Business users need insight and they want it fast. In this session we’ll look at sample inquiries from the heavy-duty truck aftermarket industry and step through a quick demo of charting data to provide insight. Building a data visualization should be an iterative process of working with people and tools to gather the right information, model the data accurately, and select a presentation style that effectively communicates answers or, even better, generates more questions. This presentation will show you how easy it can be to start graphically representing data for business advantage.

Katherine Fraser Manager, Data Analytics & Visualization Volvo Group

Interactive Keynote w/ Soso Limited

John Rothenberg Founding Principal Soso Limited

OpenSpace: Moving from What to How in Public Dissemination

Ongoing advances have increased the public's access to high-quality visualizations tools. The ability for the general public to use the same tools as domain experts can lead to the confluence of the use of visualization for exploration and explanation and thus enables a deeper engagement with the provided material. This talk presents OpenSpace, an open-source astrovisualization software that bridges the gap between scientific discoveries and public dissemination and thus paves the way for the next generation of science communication and data exploration. By shifting public presentations from only *what* has been discovered to being able to *how* it is being discovered, it is possible for the general public to gain a much deeper understanding of the scientific discoveries that have been undertaken. This paradigm is explored with spacecraft missions, planetary rendering, and the wider universe.

Alexander Bock Data Science Fellow New York University

Morning Coffee Break

Panel: Tools & Practices for the Data Visualisation Process

This panel will look at what's available on the market in terms of tools and the best practices utilized by data visualization experts today. We will be joined by today's speakers and the audience will have chance to pose questions to the professionals. Ex - - What is data visualization? Who uses and how/why do we use it?
- What makes data visualization effective and useful?
- How does data visualization work?
- How do you work with other departments to convey and use data visualization?
- Techniques
- Tools

Heather Hall Lead Modeler & Data Visualization Engineer GNS Healthcare
Swati Kulkarni Manager, Analytics & Data Visualization IQVIA
Adam Krebs Data Visualization Engineer Uber

The Big Reveal: How visualization can unearth the secrets of data

What’s the relationship between human and computer-recorded numbers? When we talk about data, data is not just numbers, behind every single number is human behavior. In my talk, I am trying to answer the following questions: How can data visualization design help us see the unseen faces of culture? How can we use open data to explore the differences between design and art colleges around the world? And how can we use data visualization to unlock the secrets of winning art awards? I will cover all the process of collecting data to process data.

Ying He UX Designer Metropolitan Museum of Art