Invited Talk Preview: “The Age of Data – Visualizing the Revolution” by Chris Johnson

Speaker: Chris Johnson, University of Utah

Time: Tuesday, November 13th, 10:30am – 11:15am

Location: Exhibit Hall B


We live in the Age of Data. Approximately 90% of all data in the world has been created in the past two years at a rate of Exabytes per day. New data is growing exponentially in every way: structured, unstructured, quantitative, qualitative, spatial, temporal.

One of our greatest scientific challenges is to effectively understand and make use of the vast amount of data being produced. Visual data analysis will be among our most important tools to understand such large-scale complex data. Visualization is useful for detecting patterns, assessing situations, and prioritizing tasks.

Visualization facilitates the reasoning process by supporting the human capacity to perceive, understand, and reason about complex large-scale data and enables researchers to derive knowledge from data.

In this talk, I will present state-of-the-art visual analysis techniques, insights and examples of how visualization can enable understanding in the Age of Data.

About the Speaker:

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and founding director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah.

He also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Bioengineering. His research interests are in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization.

In 1992, Dr. Johnson founded the SCI research group, now the SCI Institute, which has grown to employ over 200 faculty, staff and students. Professor Johnson is a Fellow of AIMBE (2004), AAAS (2005), SIAM (2009), and IEEE (2014).

He has received a number of awards, including a NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow award from President Clinton, the Governor’s Medal for Science, the IEEE Visualization Career Award, the IEEE Charles Babbage Award, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, and the Rosenblatt Prize.


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