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Introduction - Scott Davidoff, Hillary Mushkin, and Maggie Hendrie - May 23, 2013

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Published on Jun 12, 2013

This talk is part of the symposium, "Data Visualization from Data to Discovery: Art Center + Caltech + JPL", May 23, 2013 | Beckman Auditorium | Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA | http://www.hi.jpl.nasa.gov/datavis

The New Telescope: Visualization as Collaboration between Art, Design & Computation

A stable view of the Cosmos governed the Western world for 15 centuries. The telescope changed that forever, letting us see an imperfect sun, Jupiter's moons, and a civilized Mars. Computation, visual communication, interaction create a similar convergence today, creating a new way to see the Universe. We introduce experts at the core visualization skills to one another, and invite the community to consider how visualization can be a partner to answer the questions they are passionate about.

Dr. Scott Davidoff leads design and development of the user interfaces that command all JPL spacecraft. His expertise includes Human-Computer and Human-Robot Interaction, Visualization, and Design. As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Davidoff researches new ways to more naturally control complex, future space exploration platforms (like the Athlete rover). While teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, Davidoff developed various lightweight prototyping methods that now form part of Design and HCI curricula. Across his over 15 years of experience, Davidoff has authored over 20 research papers, including best paper at the 2012 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. He has served on the program committees for the ACM Conferences on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), and Tangible and Embedded Interfaces (TEI). Prior to JPL, Davidoff was Principal Designer at Scott Davidoff Design, where he led advanced development projects for companies like SBC Ameritech, Nortel Systems, and America Online. His work has been featured at research institutions worldwide, including Google and Microsoft Research. Dr. Davidoff has a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, an MS in Computer Science (Research), and an M.HCI in Human-Computer Interaction (Practice), all from Carnegie Mellon.

Hillary Mushkin, Caltech: Hillary Mushkin is a visual artist exploring contemporary and historical intersections of visual culture and socio-political consciousness. She works in studio and post-studio forms including drawing, media, and interactive formats. Mushkin frequently collaborates with others from fields including art history, poetry, and architecture. Mushkin's projects have been exhibited at the Freud Museum (London), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), and White Columns (New York). She has also produced works in alternative contexts including sidewalks, a state park, and the 29 Palms Marine Corps base. In addition to her artistic practice, she is Co-Chair and Professor of Digital Media Arts and Design at Orange Coast College and Visiting Professor of Art and Design at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), directing a new art, design, science and engineering collaboration initiative. Mushkin received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from U.C. Irvine.

Maggie Hendrie, Art Center: Formally launching in Fall 2012, Art Center will be the first school in Southern California to offer an undergraduate degree in Interaction Design with Maggie at the helm. As principal of Maggie Hendrie Design, an interactive strategy and design practice, she has created business and service solutions such as software, iPhoneapps, social tools and consumer-facing digital products for such Fortune 500 companies as Allstate, PepsiCo, Sears, Mattel and Toyota Motor Company and startups in the US and Europe. Prior to this she ran Sony's UX practice where she was responsible for working with Sony divisions worldwide to integrate usability, information architecture and interaction into devices and cross-platform projects. Her previous positions include Creative Director for User Experience at WhittmanHart/MarchFIRST, Inc., Director for User Experience at Caresoft, and Senior User Interface Designer at Cybermedia. She received her MA in Liberal Arts from Edinburgh University, her MS in Communication+Information Sciences from the Nouvelle Sorbonne University, Paris and her Diplôme D'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) from the Paris VII University in Multimedia Design and Communication.

About the symposium: 

Nearly every scientific and engineering endeavor faces a fundamental challenge to see and extract insights from data. Effective Data Science and Visualization can lead to new discoveries.

Together, we at Caltech, NASA JPL, and Art Center represent the same convergence of science, engineering and design that drives new Big Data-powered discovery.

On May 23, 2013, industry leaders visited Pasadena for a series of talks to inspire, unite and challenge our community to re-examine our practices, and our perspectives. http://www.hi.jpl.nasa.gov/datavis

Produced in association with Caltech Academic Media Technologies. © 2013 California Institute of Technology.

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