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VanBUG Seminar Series: Visualization Analysis and Design for Biology


Speaker Info:

Tamara Munzner
Professor, Dept. of Computer Science
University of British Columbia


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Computer-based visualization systems provide visual representations of datasets designed to help people carry out tasks more effectively. They are suitable when there is a need to augment human capabilities rather than replace people with computational decision-making methods. Visualization usage can be analyzed in terms of why the user needs it, what data is shown, and how the idiom is designed. I will discuss this framework for analyzing the design of visualization systems and analyze a range of biology visualization applications through this lens.

Tamara Munzner is a professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Computer Science, and holds a PhD from Stanford. She has been active in visualization research since 1991 and has published over sixty-five papers and chapters. Her book Visualization Analysis and Design appeared in 2014. She co-chaired InfoVis in 2003 and 2004, co-chaired EuroVis in 2009 and 2010, and is chair of the VIS Executive Committee. She has worked on visualization projects in a broad range of application domains, including genomics, evolutionary biology, geometric topology, computational linguistics, large-scale system administration, web log analysis, and journalism.

Please note: 
Trainees are invited to meet with the VanBUG speaker for open discussion of both science and career paths. This takes place 4:30-5:30pm in either the Boardroom or Lunchroom on the ground floor of the BCCRC. Also, each seminar is followed by complementary pizza, refreshments, and great networking. 


Introductory Speaker: 
Bhav Dhillon (PhD Candidate, Dr. Fiona Brinkman’s Lab, SFU)
Title: “Exploring the evolution of antimicrobial resistance using IslandViewer 3”
Bio: Bachelor’s degree from University of British Columbia with specialization in Microbiology and Computer Science. Joined the Bioinformatics training program in 2009, as a PhD student in Fiona Brinkman’s lab at Simon Fraser University where I’m developing computational tools to study the fascinating world of microbes and genomic islands.


About VanBUG:
VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the BC Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics. VanBUG meets on the second Thursday of every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments Meetings are held in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue at 6:00 pm and are free and open to all.