At this event we will have three keynote speakers, one from each discipline that is advancing the thinking around data storytelling- design, academia, journalism.
Lena Groeger is a journalist/developer/designer at ProPublica
, where she makes interactive graphics and other data-driven projects. She also teaches design and data visualization at The New School and CUNY. Before joining ProPublica in 2011, Groeger covered health and science at Scientific American and Wired magazine. She is particularly excited about the intersection of cognitive science and design, as well as creating graphics and news apps in the public interest.
Dr. Michelle Borkin works on the development of novel visualization techniques and tools to enable new insights and discoveries in data. She works across disciplines to bring together computer scientists, doctors, and astronomers to collaborate on new analysis and visualization techniques, and cross-fertilize techniques across disciplines. Her research has resulted in the development of novel computer assisted diagnostics in cardiology, scalable visualization solutions for large network data sets, and novel astrophysical visualization tools and discoveries. Her main research interests include information and scientific visualization, hierarchical and multidimensional data representations, network visualization, visualization cognition, user interface design, human computer interaction (HCI), and evaluation methodologies.
Neil Halloran started his first web development company, Higher Media, Inc., from his college dorm room in 2001, and today the company has grown to provide web solutions to major brands across the country. Neil's greatest passion is to use documentary, data visualization, and interactive storytelling to raise public understanding of the most challenging issues of our day. Neil’s award-winning new media projects include OurBombs.com
. His current project, VisualBudget.org
, is an online visualization that makes the federal budget transparent, exciting, engaging and easy for everybody to understand.