Presenters

Alli Torban is a Data Visualization Designer for the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. where she transforms public policy research into meaningful graphics for decision-makers and the general public. She’s passionate about revealing the patterns and insights hidden in our data. With a background in Mathematics & Geospatial Intelligence, Alli has spent the past decade honing her data skills while serving clients like the FBI and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In her spare time, she turns data visualizations into interesting audio stories on her weekly podcast Data Viz Today. She also loves listening to Hootie & the Blowfish and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

Data Viz Today

Alli Torban

Case-Geyer Library 560

How to Fill Your Data Viz Toolbox

Keynote Talk

Presentation

Jacqueline Stern is a senior at Colgate majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Spanish. She has been working with human-centered design techniques for the past 2 years and as an Innovation Fellow for the past year. She is interested in the wide applicability of human-centered design, and specifically to consulting.

Colgate University

Jacqueline Stern

This workshop will be an exploration of design thinking, a human-centered approach to problem solving similar to the scientific method. This fast-paced workshop will illustrate how design thinking can be applied as a toolset both in and out of the dome. By utilizing interactive exercises, we will spark creative solutions to your most challenging problems from communication to the development of successful event planning and development. The Innovation Fellows is an innovation consultancy group focused on human-centered problem solving both on and around the Colgate campus.

Data, Domes, and Design Thinking: A Workshop on Creative Problem Solving

Case-Geyer Library 560

Workshop

Katie Weber is a senior at Colgate University studying Biology and Creative Writing. She is a fellow in Colgate University’s Innovation Fellow Program, a group of students that work to find creative solutions to human-centered problems. Katie hopes to pursue innovation in STEM education after school.

Colgate University

Katie Weber

This workshop will be an exploration of design thinking, a human-centered approach to problem solving similar to the scientific method. This fast-paced workshop will illustrate how design thinking can be applied as a toolset both in and out of the dome. By utilizing interactive exercises, we will spark creative solutions to your most challenging problems from communication to the development of successful event planning and development. The Innovation Fellows is an innovation consultancy group focused on human-centered problem solving both on and around the Colgate campus.

Data, Domes, and Design Thinking: A Workshop on Creative Problem Solving

Case-Geyer Library 560

Workshop

Jacob Pilawa is a senior Astronomy/Physics major at Colgate with an interest in making science accessible to everyone. He hopes to pursue astrophysics as a career and is applying to graduate school this Fall. His research has been in the variability of quasars and AGN, star formation histories of nearby galaxies, and the capture of dark matter by population III stars. Outside of astronomy, he likes hosting his radio show and doing astrophotography.

Colgate University

Jacob Pilawa

This workshop will be an exploration of design thinking, a human-centered approach to problem solving similar to the scientific method. This fast-paced workshop will illustrate how design thinking can be applied as a toolset both in and out of the dome. By utilizing interactive exercises, we will spark creative solutions to your most challenging problems from communication to the development of successful event planning and development. The Innovation Fellows is an innovation consultancy group focused on human-centered problem solving both on and around the Colgate campus.

Data, Domes, and Design Thinking: A Workshop on Creative Problem Solving

Case-Geyer Library 560

Workshop

Risako Yang is a junior majoring in English literature and biology. As an Innovation Fellow, she has been working with a group of peers, staff, and faculty to use design thinking to creatively problem solve both on and off campus. She also conducts stem cell research outside of school. She is interested in pursuing a career in the intersection of design, innovation, and consultation after graduating.

Colgate University

Risako Yang

This workshop will be an exploration of design thinking, a human-centered approach to problem solving similar to the scientific method. This fast-paced workshop will illustrate how design thinking can be applied as a toolset both in and out of the dome. By utilizing interactive exercises, we will spark creative solutions to your most challenging problems from communication to the development of successful event planning and development. The Innovation Fellows is an innovation consultancy group focused on human-centered problem solving both on and around the Colgate campus.

Data, Domes, and Design Thinking: A Workshop on Creative Problem Solving

Case-Geyer Library 560

Workshop

I am an anthropological archaeologist that specializes in the study of the ancient Maya. I am particularly interested in topics relating to the rise of civilization during the Preclassic Period (2,000 B.C. – A.D. 250) of Mesoamerican history. I currently work at the site of Noh K’uh, Chiapas, Mexico, found within the Metzabok (Menasabak) biosphere. My work takes a holistic approach towards the analysis of the settlement practices at all levels of this ancient society. I pay special attention towards the practices of everyday people, and how their community worked in cooperation to construct the first generation of complex civilizations within the Americas. My work also continues the collaborative relationship with the modern Lacandon Maya community of Cerro Bello Metzabok. The community of Metzabok has long served as stewards to both the last remaining rainforest of Mexico and the archaeological remains found within these reserves. The success of this project and all other related research is a direct result of this collaborative relationship

Colgate University

Santiago Juarez

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Multidisciplinary Use of the Vis Lab

Panel

My research seeks to answer questions regarding the spatial and temporal dynamics of biosphere-atmosphere interactions in boreal and arctic ecosystems. This involves studying water, carbon, and energy cycles in order to understand how terrestrial ecosystems respond to climate, and also to investigate how changing ecosystem processes will feed back to climate.

Colgate University

Mike Loranty

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Multidisciplinary Use of the Vis Lab

Panel

Dr. Joe Levy is a geomorphologist and planetary scientist, with interests in sedimentary geology, surface processes, and geological/ecological interactions. He focuses on permafrost landsystems around the world and around the solar system.

Colgate University

Joe Levy

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Multidisciplinary Use of the Vis Lab

Panel

Amanda E. Rogers (Ph.D., Emory University, 2013). She presently serves as NEH Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at Colgate University, where she teaches a range of course related to visual culture, politics, and media in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. She is also a travelling expert on insurgent media for the U.S. Department of State, U.N. consultant at terrorism and media, editorial board member of the Postcolonialist, and a commentator at Muftah.org. Rogers is also a photojournalist, multi-media artist, and political commentator whose work has appeared in such forums as Al-Jazeera, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, London's Frontline Club, the Smithsonian, CNN, BBC, National Public Radio, CBC Canada, and VICE News. Her research and teaching has been supported by Fulbright, Fulbright Hays, the Jacob K. Javits foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the American Institute of Maghreb Studies, among others. She is currently completing two monographs: The Semiotics of Revolution (focused on the so-called Arab Spring), and Inside the Boardroom-Battleground of Islamic State.

Colgate University

Amanda Rogers

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Multidisciplinary Use of the Vis Lab

Panel

Mark Subbarao is the Space Visualization Laboratory Director and Research Associate at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Dr SubbaRao is interested in cosmology, particularly the large-scale structure of galaxies, their clustering properties and evolution. He is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey working as a developer of their spectroscopic software which automatically measures redshifts, hence 3D positions, for nearly 1 million galaxies and quasars.

International Planetarium Society & Adler Planetarium

Mark SubbaRao

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

The Data to Dome Initiative

Keynote Talk

Presentation

Kevin Scott is the Digistar Product Manager at Evans & Sutherland. His planetarium journey began in 1990 as a volunteer at the Taylor Planetarium at Montana State University. After several years developing public and private planetaria and a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech, he joined Evans & Sutherland in 2001. Today Kevin leads a team of engineers and scientists, developing the features and future direction of Digistar.

Evans & Sutherland

Kevin Scott

Digistar provides a wealth of opportunities and built-in features designed to support data processing and visualization. This survey session will review more than a dozen real-world examples across a variety of disciplines.

Data to Digistar

Ho Science 311

Workshop

Ahmad Khazaee is Director of Engagement and Support for Information Technology Services at Colgate University. Ahmad has a passion for Drone research. Drones, also referred to as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), have no human on board. Instead, they are piloted from the ground or by a computer with a preplanned flight mission. The scale of these crafts can vary greatly, from something that fits in the palm of your hand to something larger than a sport utility vehicle (SUV). As drone technology has advanced, so have its applications. Some of the more popular uses include surveying ground sites, remote sensing, and 3D modeling. At Colgate, we began exploring drone usage in 2013, and since that time, we have sent drones on domestic and foreign research expeditions and filmed a variety of campus events. The university has also used drones in simulations and/or as components of art projects. As “word” of Colgate’s experimental drone usage got out, we connected with other drone-pioneering campuses, informally exchanging ideas for new and novel ways to leverage the technology. At and around this time, there did not exist a formal platform for these types of exchanges, however, so we decided to create one. In 2015, we created our own event for drone usage in higher education, titled “Drone Fest.” There are other drone-related conferences out there, but those tend to be specific to other industries. We wanted a place to exchange ideas with other colleges and universities, and we were not the only ones. Since the first Drone Fest in 2015, we have met yearly with regular representation from eight to 10 schools. Some of the topics we have covered include: photogrammetry, geological mapping, war games, search and rescue simulations, and drone racing. We have brought the knowledge gained at these events back to our faculty, working with them to explore new ways to conduct research and to enhance support for faculty who already use these crafts in their work

Colgate University

Ahmad Khazaee

From Sky to Dome: Applications of Drone Imagery

Ho Science Atrium

Workshop

Colgate University

Ben Gorton

3D Scanning with Artec Spider

Ho Science 311

Workshop

Colgate University

Fairuz Ishraque

Reducing NOAA Datasets

Ho Science 404

Workshop

Dayna Thompson, Director of the Brown Planetarium, has provided support and guidance for all planetarium activities at Ball State University since 2012. She holds a MS in Physics and has over 10 years’ experience in STEM outreach. Ms. Thompson has created various live planetarium programs and has worked on over 8 full-length fulldome planetarium programs in various roles such as: script writer, director, project manager, 3D content programmer, sound recorder and editor. Two of her programs, “Saturn & Beyond” and “Halloween: Celestial Origins,” have been made available to planetariums world-wide. Ms. Thompson has led and worked on various planetarium related projects including “A Study on Vulnerability, Power, and Connection in the Planetarium,” “Fostering Scientists in the Dome: Cultivating the Characteristics of a Scientist,” “GIS Data to Planetarium Dome,” “To the Stars and Back: Exploring Our Planetary Backyard - Summer Science Camp for Middle School Girls at Ball State University and Pre-service Teacher Field Experience for Multicultural Education,” and “The Brown Planetarium STEM Hands-On Activity Stations.” In addition to her work at Ball State, Ms. Thompson is also a role model for the FabFems project, is active in the Live, Interactive Planetarium Symposium and Data to Dome movements, and has served on the Great Lakes Planetarium Association Executive Committee as Technology Chair and webmaster.

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium, Ball State University

Dayna Thompson

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Visualizing Experimental Cosmology

Visualizing the experimental aspects of astrophysics and cosmology can help learners better understand and appreciate the scientific process. At Brookhaven's RHIC, heavy ions collide and create a quark-gluon plasma in an effort to understand the moments after the Big Bang. Using data provided by the STAR experiment at RHIC, we are able to bring this piece of the cosmic puzzle to the dome.

Dome Demo

Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Nandivada Rathnasree

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Instrument to Dome : Accuracies of Medieval Astrolabes tested through planetarium software overlays.

The relative accuracies of the positions of star markers on the retes of some historical astrolabes, studied using images of historical astrolabe retes is presented. These images are superposed on planetarium software skyviews with fisheye stereographic projections and accuracies in the representations depicted. Almost all astrolabes studied, other than a modern electronic one, do show up some inaccuracies in the positions of starmarkers on the retes. This would be understandable given their small sizes and the complications of metalwork involved. Two historical astrolabes, presumably from Jai Singh’s Jaipur karkhana for astrolabes are studied inaccuracies in star markers do exist. Care in inscribing star markers accurately on the retes, maybe indicative of attention to overall accuracies of instrument making. The analysis method outlined here, can be extended to tympans for studying historical astrolabe functional accuracies. The method can be utilised for studies of any historical instrument which had laminar functional parts and which maybe too fragile now for actual handling of the same, to be used for quantitative measurement of any kind.

Presentation

Carter is the Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 1998, he has directed the Space Show productions for the Hayden Planetarium and oversees software development of interactive tools for visualizing the museum’s Digital Universe 3D Atlas. As Co-I for OpenSpace, he directs graduate student projects central to the core capabilities of this open-source effort. He has guided a number of international collaborations for AMNH, including the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and Sweden’s Linkoping University (LiU) from which OpenSpace originated. In 2006, Carter received a Ph.D. in Astrovisualization from LiU, and in 2016 he received the Technology and Innovation Award from the International Planetarium Society. He received his undergraduate degree in geophysics at the University of Colorado, where he was co-founder of the Case for Mars conference series. Growing up in a family tradition of the arts, Carter began his career as a technical space illustrator and for ten years worked with Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He has worked at NASA Ames Research Center and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research prior to joining the staff at AMNH during the building phase of the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

OpenSpace, AMNH

Carter Emmart

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

OpenSpace

OpenSpace is a NASA supported open-source, freely available software to visualize astronomical and planetary data seamlessly across all scales and is designed for maximum flexibility between display environments, and operating systems. Beginning with a basis in visualizing the AMNH Digital Universe 3D Atlas, OpenSpace has focused on depicting dynamic astrophysical simulations and NASA missions as a combination of navigation tracking, image projection and multiple scale terrain representation on planetary surfaces. As a fully open system, OpenSpace utilizes GIS in the form of GDAL (the Open Geospatial Consortium’s Geospatial Data Abstraction Language) and uses multiple forms of web map streaming services. OpenSpace also supports networking of multiple sites together for shared presentations. Academic partnership includes the American Museum of Natural History, Sweden’s Linkoping University, University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, and New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Planetarium partnership includes the Adler in Chicago, the Morrison in SanFrancisco, the Gates in Denver, Houston’s Burke Baker Planetarium and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Dome Demo

She holds a shared SARChI NRF/SKA post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Cape Town and at the University of the Western Cape. She obtained a PhD in Astronomy in 2012 from the University of Padova and before moving to South Africa she was an STFC post-doctoral research associate at the Open University in the Milton Keynes (UK). She is specialized in extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology. Her research focuses on statistical studies of galaxy formation and evolution also via strong gravitational lensing analysis. She is now co-leading the Data2Dome initiative and Big Data Visualisation at the Iziko Planetarium and at the University of Cape Town. She is an active researcher as well as a passionate and expert science communicator, a fellow of the UK Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the International Astronomical Union

Izikio Planetarium & University of Cape Town

Lucia Manchetti

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Data2Dome with "Dark Matter" at the Izikio Planetarium, VR in the Dome

The recently inaugurated Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent. This multi-functional, world class facility brings digital technology to Cape Town, creating a space of innovation and discovery, where art, science and entertainment meet. The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome not only provides immersive multi-sensory edutainment and a platform for artistic production - it is also aimed to be used for cutting-edge scientific research and to optimise South Africa’s eResearch and data visualisation capacity. In my talk I will give an overview of the capabilities and goals of the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome. In particular I will give an overview on how we are exploiting the now running "Dark Matter" planetarium software (and others) for data visualisation of multi-disciplinary data sets.

Dome Demo

Professor Jarrett is the SARChI Chair in Astrophysics and Space Science hosted in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town. He previously worked at IPAC (CalTech) where he played a major role in the preparation - and subsequent analysis - of the 'extra-galactic' Two Micron All Sky Survey catalogue (2MASX), functioned as the Project Scientist for the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), and most recently was the principal lead of the Nearby Galaxy Group of the Wide-Fields Infrared Space Explorer (WISE). He also served on the WISE Science Team which defined and managed the mission. While he is world-renowned for his expertise in the near and mid-infrared, he also has hands-on experience in all other bands of the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to X-ray, both Earth- and space-based. He is a passionate researcher whose interest and expertise lies in the extragalactic large-scale structure - and visualization thereof - of the nearby Universe, the Zone of Avoidance, interacting galaxies, star formation processes and galaxy evolution. He is now the lead scientist of the Visualisation Lab at the UCT Department of Astronomy as well as of the Visualisation Research group at the Iziko Planetarium. More information can be found at: http://www.acgc.uct.ac.za/~jarrett/

Izikio Planetarium & University of Cape Town

Prof. Thomas H. Jarrett

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Data2Dome with "Dark Matter" at the Izikio Planetarium

The recently inaugurated Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent. This multi-functional, world class facility brings digital technology to Cape Town, creating a space of innovation and discovery, where art, science and entertainment meet. The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome not only provides immersive multi-sensory edutainment and a platform for artistic production - it is also aimed to be used for cutting-edge scientific research and to optimise South Africa’s eResearch and data visualisation capacity. In my talk I will give an overview of the capabilities and goals of the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome. In particular I will give an overview on how we are exploiting the now running "Dark Matter" planetarium software (and others) for data visualisation of multi-disciplinary data sets.

Dome Demo

University of Cape Town

Alex Sivitilli

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

VR in the Dome

As we explore new methods of viewing and interacting with data sets in the Visualisation Lab at the University of Cape Town, we take special note when these methods present potential for "cross-over" use. One promising example of this is the inclusion of a digital dome spectator feature for our immersive Data Visualisation Interactive Explorer (iDaVIE) virtual reality software suite currently under development. In this presentation, I will explain the idea behind the iDaVIE-d concept where we render volumetric cubes and sparse multi-dimensional catalogs for a VR user to interact with, but also include a virtual fisheye spectator lens whose output is displayed on a planetarium dome. By making this camera apparent in the rendered scene and also giving the VR user an avatar for the camera, we can effectively establish an interface for the VR user and a planetarium audience. I will then give an early prototype example of how we have so far implemented this feature. Feedback and discussion will be highly encouraged as this project is still in early stages.

Dome Demo

Joe Eakin is the Technical Director of the Ho Tung Visualization Lab at Colgate University. When he isn't designing planetarium shows and hosting conferences, Joe runs outreach programs for school groups, totaling tens of thousands of students over the years.

Colgate University

Joe Eakin

Ho Tung Vis Lab, Ho Science 401

Multidisciplinary Use of the Vis Lab

Panel

Josh Finnell is the Head of Research and Instruction and Associate Professor in the Colgate University Libraries. He works at the intersection of research data management and digital scholarship. He is currently the associate editor of Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication.

Colgate University

Josh Finnell

Host