The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning Auditorium (686 Bay Street)
  • May 5, 2017 from 8:30am to 5:00pm

The theme of this year’s workshop is data visualization. With increasing volumes of raw data being collected in, for example, health care and business analytics contexts, new graphical approaches are needed to generate hypotheses and extract actionable information. The workshop features four speakers, bringing together an eclectic mix of academic and professional expertise on the topic.

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Professor Michael Friendly

Michael Friendly is a Psychology Professor at York University and director of its Statistical Consulting Service. He is particularly well known for his contributions to graphical methods for categorical and multivariate data. He created a Milestones Project which chronologically lists all milestones in the history of thematic cartography, statistical graphs and at a visualization, with the aim to build a database to collect, catalog, organize, and illustrate those significant historical developments.

Professor Claus Rinner

Claus Rinner is Department Chair of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University. His research aims to develop novel tools for, and improve existing approaches to, geovisual analytics, participatory mapping, and spatial decision support, with applications in public health, social policy, and environmental planning. His Season’s Greetings card with a map of traffic lights from Toronto’s open data catalog is included in the Canadian exhibit at the 2015 International Cartographic Conference.

Anne Stevens

Anne Stevens is the Design Lead for IBM Watson Analytics, who has a solid track record of leading edge design applied to real world problems (health care, electronic waste, sustainability, affordable housing). She offers the latest in digital media and design thinking, combined with over ten years’ private practice business experience. Her designs have won national design competitions and been showcased on CBC’s The Nature of Things.

Jamie Waese

Jamie Waese is the Senior Manager of the Enterprise Advanced Analytics • Data Visualization Lab at TD Bank. He has a PhD in data visualization from the Department of Cell & Systems Biology at the University of Toronto. His talk explores the complexities and benefits of applying data visualization principles and user experience design best practices to building data visualization tools for the analysis of large biological data sets.

Organizing committee:

  • Annie Dupuis, SickKids Hospital and University of Toronto, DLSPH
  • Olli Saarela, University of Toronto, DLSPH
  • Wendy Lou, University of Toronto, DLSPH
  • Hugh McCague, York University, SORA
  • Teresa To, Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
  • Xin Gao, York University, SORA
  • Hanna Jankowski, York University, SORA
  • Fernando Camacho, Damos Inc, University of Waterloo, SORA
  • Ruth Croxford, Institute for Clinical Evaluation Sciences, TABA