March 27th, 2019 6:00PM Uber Pier 70, 555 20th Street, 2nd floor Map
Welcome to the sixth Uber Visualization Night, a meetup series about design and development of visualizations. Join us at Pier 70 in San Francisco for a collection of talks focused on visualization and mapping techniques for autonomous vehicles.
Making autonomous vehicles a reality is no small task. It involves thousands of people, including engineers, testers, operators, and analysts. As these systems move from research to production, so must the tools evolve to support the growing audience that needs to get access to the data of the surrounding environment and the state from the vehicle. The tools need to be accessible to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. At Uber we have been building a way to describe the data, *XVIZ*, and a toolkit for visualization, *streetscape.gl*, that is based on our WebGL framework deck.gl. We will talk about the path to building XVIZ and streetscape.gl, what it enables for web based tooling, why it was important to open source this software for the broader technical community, and where we hope to take this system in the near future.
Two of the more salient trends in mapping over the past decade, especially when it comes to connected and automated vehicles, are precision and freshness. At Mapbox, we are focused on building a location platform that enables HD maps that are alive, reacting to changes on a continuous basis. We will talk about how working with live data is crucial for keeping an increasingly fast-moving world connected and oriented, from our roots working with cellular probe data to today, where leveraging distributed cameras allows us to add myriad dimensions to the living map. The combination of new technologies in AI and AR enable exciting new possibilities for enriching the navigation experience as well as improving mapping infrastructure for all.Register to attend
June 6th, 2018 6:00PM Uber, 555 Market Street, 2nd floor Map
Welcome to the fifth Uber Visualization Night, a meetup series about design and development of visualizations. Join us in San Francisco for a collection of talks focused on new and interesting ways to think about design and development of data visualizations!
At Uber we use data for nearly everything from influencing policy to building products and gleaning market insights. However, the data alone doesn't always tell the full story. Color, composition, and framing play a critical role in developing a narrative that helps connect emotionally and visually with your audience. This talk will walk through how the Uber Data Design team leverages data throughout the organization to build better products.
While Netflix uses simple charts in various applications across, there are analytical views that require complex charts. This talk will explore the design and implementation of network visualization to represent flow of Netflix users through different aspects of the product. It will touch on how data products are designed with stakeholders, the technical implementation of the individual charts, and lessons learned from earlier approaches.
Creating analytics apps and dashboards for business is more than picking the right chart. It's about understanding a user's purpose and goals. This talk explains how the Salesforce Analytics Design team approaches their work and the choices they make when creating analytics experiences, ranging from mapping out user's path of inquiry to choosing the right charts and colors.Watch presentations
April 3rd, 2018 6:00PM Uber, 555 Market Street, 2nd floor Map
Welcome to the fourth Uber Visualization Night, a meetup series about design and development of visualizations. Join us in San Francisco for a collection of talks focused on new and interesting ways to think about design and development of data visualizations!
Computational origami is an emerging area of computer science, studying the geometric properties and mechanics of paper folding. Interactive simulations of folded origami allow designers to better understand how modifications to a crease pattern affect its folded state. In this talk, I’ll describe how I built a GPU-accelerated origami simulator using WebGL and ThreeJS.
Mapping the earth is a classic problem. For thousands of years cartographers, mathematicians, and inventors have come up with methods to map the curved surface of the earth to a flat plane. The main problem is that you cannot do this perfectly, such that both the shape and size of the surface are depicted properly everywhere.
When projecting the globe on a plane tradeoffs need to be made between angle and area distortion. Myriahedral Projections however, present a novel framework to think about map projections such that both angle and area are preserved. This novel technique illustrates traditional projections with the use of a new physical model, then uses that model to invent new ones. The model is loosely based on origami techniques.
In this presentation we’ll give an overview of Myriahedral Projections; and we’ll showcase an interactive WebGL version of a paper by Jarke van Wijk that has influenced cartographers worldwide and which celebrates today ten years since its original submission to the cartographic journal.
Visualization is a critical tool for data analysis. Analysts use charts to explore and understand distributions and relationships in their data. Yet chart authoring requires a lot of manual efforts and non-trivial decisions, demanding that the authors have a lot of expertise, discipline, and time in order to effectively visualize and analyze the data.
In this talk, I will discuss the design of visualization tools that augment chart authoring with automated design and recommendation. The Vega-lite visualization grammar provides a concise language for composing a broad range of interactive charts by automatically generating sensible defaults for low-level chart details. With a JSON syntax, Vega-Lite can be used as a language and file format for authoring charts in data science environment like JupyterLab. Moreover, Vega-Lite also enables chart recommendation in higher-level tools. Built on top of Vega-Lite, the Voyager visualization tool accelerates exploratory data analysis by blending chart specification and recommendation in a single unified tool.Watch presentations
October 26th, 2017 6:00PM Uber, 636 W 28th St, New York Map
Welcome to the third Uber Visualization Night, a meetup series about design and development of visualizations. Join us in New York for a collection of talks focused on new and interesting ways to think about design and development of data visualizations!
How can data visualization design can make a difference and make data more meaningful for people’s lives? How can we make a real difference now that the ways we relate to information are evolving more rapidly than we realize?
Now that we are past what we can call “peak infographics” and we are left with a general audience that understands much more of what we’re doing in our profession: an audience that is ready to welcome a second wave of more meaningful and thoughtful visualizations.
Giorgia will discuss how to see this moment as an opportunity to jumpstart a new renaissance, where we can question the impersonality of a merely technical approach to data, where we are ready to reconnect numbers to what they really stand for: which are more and more our lives.
Map are derivatives of our physical world. We want maps to tell us something, to reveal patterns and tell stories underneath the abstract shapes and colors. How do we embed maps with our rich location data, how do we render a million points of events with a blink of eye and, most importantly, how do we derive insights from it.
At Uber, location data is our biggest assets. The data visualization team built its own geospatial application to visualize millions of location data in the browser. It uses vocabularies including layers and filters to embed various types of data points and creates maps with a click of a button. Powered by deck.gl - our open source webGL based visualization library, It helps us understand trends and anomaly behind the data and allow us to deep dive into what can not be seen.
In this talk we will discuss visualization enabled location intelligence. We will talk about how and why we built our own geospatial visualization tool, and how did we use it to visualize location data in a meaningful way.
Enrico will provide a few personal reflections on the state of data visualization and will argue that we as a community are a bit too fixated with visual representation and that many challenges ahead of us pertain to the more general problem of "interacting with data". There are lots of important societal and scientific problems out there we can help people solve if we embrace our role as toolsmiths of interactive data thinking tools fully. This requires understanding how people can and should think with data and designing interactive tools that help people think effectively and smartly.
August 31th, 2017 5:30PM Uber, 1191 2nd Ave, Seattle Map
Welcome to the second Uber Visualization Night, a meetup series about designing and building large-scale visualization applications.
The evening will start off covering different representations of time for effective visualizations, then jump into how to process and render millions of points for 3D visualizations of self-driving cars, and wrap up on Google’s Quick, Draw! data findings.
Timelines have been used for centuries to visually communicate stories about sequences of events, from historical and biographical data to project plans and medical records. Depending on how a timeline is drawn, different types of insights and temporal characteristics can be emphasized, such as those relating to event order, periodicity, or synchronicity. In this talk, I will present a design space for expressive storytelling with timelines, one grounded in a survey of hundreds of timelines published over the course of history.
Jim Vallandingham will take us through his recent exploration of a newly released drawing dataset from Google. We will look at some amazing prior work from other visualizers and then dive into the beauty and the power of the humble histogram.
June 20th, 2017 6:30PM Uber, 555 Market Street, 2nd floor Map
Welcome to the first Uber Visualization Night, a meetup series about designing and building large-scale visualization applications.
We will start the evening learning about deck.gl from one of the original creators. deck.gl enables developers to create complex visualizations via composition of layers and makes it easy to package and share new visualizations as reusable layers.
Later in the evening, you will get to see deck.gl in action as Shan showcases an application built using deck.gl and last, we will wrap up our evening hearing about how Movement has evolved to help improve urban planning around the world.Watch presentations