Visualization Nights is a meetup series about excellence in design and development of data visualizations

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Design Magic: Solving the Mystery Behind Effective Data Visualizations

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!

Erik Klimczak
Principal Designer, Uber

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.

Elijah Meeks
Senior Data Visualization Engineer, Netflix

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.

JD Vogt
Sr. Director, Analytics UX, Salesforce
Raymon Sutedjo-The
Lead Product Designer, Analytics UX, Salesforce

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.

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Schedule

6:00PM
Doors open with food and drinks

555 Market Street, San Francisco

6:50PM
Jon Sadka, Uber

Welcome and Introductions

7:00PM
Erik Klimczak, Uber

Painting the World with Data

7:20PM
Elijah Meeks, Netflix

Designing for Complex Data Visualization

7:40PM
JD Vogt and Raymon Sutedjo-The, Salesforce

Designing Informational Analytics

8:00PM
Hangout and mingle

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Form and Content: Constructing Meaningful Visualizations

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!

Amanda Ghassaei
Research Engineer, Adobe

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.

Nicolas Belmonte
Head of Visualization, Uber

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.

Kanit Wongsuphasawat
PhD student in Computer Science, University of Washington

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.

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Schedule

6:00PM
Doors open with food and drinks

555 Market Street, San Francisco

6:30PM
Jon Sadka, Uber

Welcome and Introductions

6:40PM
Amanda Ghassaei, Adobe

Building an Origami Simulator in WebGL

7:00PM
Nicolas Belmonte, Uber

Unfolding the Earth: Exploring Myriahedral Projections in WebGL

7:20PM
Kanit Wongsuphasawat, University of Washington

Augmenting Visualization Tools with Automated Design & Recommendation

7:40PM
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Hello data! How to design visualizations for humans

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!

Giorgia Lupi
Co-founder and Design Director, Accurat
Co-author, Dear Data

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.

Adam Krebs and Shan He
Software and Senior Software Engineers, Uber

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 Bertini
Assistant Professor, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

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.

Schedule

6:00PM
Doors open with food and drinks

636 W 28th St, New York

6:35PM
Jon Sadka, Uber

Welcome and Introductions

6:40PM
Giorgia Lupi, Accurat and Dear Data

Data Humanism

7:00PM
Adam Krebs and Shan He, Uber

Building Web-based Geospatial Visualizations with deck.gl

7:20PM
Enrico Bertini, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Expanding The Horizon: From Data Visualization To Interactive Data Analysis

7:40PM
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Building Applications to Explore Geospatial Data

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.

Matt Brehmer, Microsoft

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.

Xiaoji Chen, Uber

Processing and rendering millions of points in the browser can be challenging, but is an ever-growing need at a data-centric company like Uber where users gather insights from large datasets. deck.gl, an open-source JavaScript framework harnessing WebGL, was built to solve this problem. Specifically, how its leveraged for our self-driving car.

Jim Vallandingham, Bocoup

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.

Schedule

5:30PM
Doors open with food and drinks

119 2nd Ave, Seattle

6:00PM
Nicolas Belmonte, Head of Visualization at Uber

Welcome

6:10PM
Matthew Brehmer, Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft

Expressive Storytelling with Timelines

6:30PM
Xiaoji Chen, Software Engineer at Uber

Uber Movement: Finding smarter ways forward

6:50PM
Jim Vallandingham, Data Visualization and Open Web Engineer at Bocoup

Histograms to View Oodles of Doodles from Google

7:10PM
Open Q&A

7:30PM
Hangout and mingle

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Building Applications to Explore Geospatial Data

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.

Processing and rendering millions of points in the browser can be challenging, but is an ever-growing need at a data-centric company like Uber where users gather insights from large datasets. deck.gl, an open-source JavaScript framework harnessing WebGL, was built to solve this problem.

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.

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Schedule

6:30PM
Doors open with food and drinks

555 Market Street, San Francisco

7:00PM
Jon Sadka, Software Engineer at Uber

Welcome

7:10PM
Nicolas Belmonte, Head of Visualization at Uber

Visualizing data with deck.gl

7:40PM
Shan He, Senior Software Engineer at Uber

Building web-based geospatial visualizations with deck.gl

8:10PM
Xiaoji Chen, Software Engineer at Uber

Uber Movement: Finding smarter ways forward

8:40PM
Hangout and mingle