Data Visualization Tools & Communication


Dr. Nils Gehlenborg from Harvard University presents a lecture titled “Data Visualization Tools & Communication”

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Lecture Abstract

In biology and other data-driven research areas, data visualization has become an integral part of the analysis toolkit. Data visualization approaches serve as the primary interface between analysts and the data. While great data visualization approaches can accelerate new discoveries, poor data visualization approaches can mislead and slow down progress. This lecture will cover approaches to identify appropriate visualization methods for a given problem and introduce the state-of-the-
art in biological data visualization techniques for common biomedical data types.

About the Speaker

Nils Gehlenborg, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. Currently, Nils is researching and developing novel tools to visualize 3D genome conformation data as well as heterogeneous data from large-scale cancer genomics studies. These efforts integrate
visual and computational approaches to support sense-making in biology and to support reproducible, collaborative research. Nils is also a Co-Investigator for the 4D Nucleome Network Data Coordination and Integration Center hosted at Harvard Medical School. Nils is a co-founder, former general chair, and current steering committee chair of BioVis, the Symposium on Biological Data Visualization, and co-founder of VIZBI, the annual workshop on Visualizing Biological Data. Currently, he co-chairs the Policy Working Group for the 4D Nucleome Network, an NIH Common Fund project. Nils has served on the program committees of several international bioinformatics and data visualization conferences and held multiple editorial roles, including his current role as associate editor of BMC Bioinformatics. Nils has also contributed to the “Points of View” data visualization column in Nature Methods.

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