Seminar: Data Science, Big Displays, and Interactive AI

January 31, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mānoa Campus, 103 Keller Hall Add to Calendar

Hawai‘i Data Science Institute Data Science Fridays Seminar: Data Science, Big Displays, and Interactive AI

Speaker:Dr. Chris North, Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Tech


Abstract: I’m a Visiting Researcher at UH Manoa (HI-DSI and Lava) while on sabbatical from Virginia Tech during the Spring semester, and looking forward to getting to know you all. First, I will give an overview of some of the Data Science education initiatives at Virginia Tech, including the new Computational Modeling and Data Analytics degree program (, which may help serve as an example for HI-DSI efforts. Second, I will overview our research results on evaluating the utility and usability of large high-resolution display systems for data visualization, as well as some of the novel methods we have been developing for enabling usability for interactive AI and addressing the “two black boxes” problem of sensemaking. Third, I will discuss some future agendas on which we can collaborate.

Bio: Dr. North ( is a Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. He is Associate Director of the Discovery Analytics Center (, and leads the Visual Analytics research group. He was principle architect of the GigaPixel Display Laboratory at Virginia Tech. He also participates in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (, and the Hume Center for National Security. He was awarded Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering in 2007, and the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence in 2014. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2000.

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