Colloquium

2018 Nov 27

Seamless Astronomy Colloquium: Visual(ization) literacy 10 Questions, and some evidence-based answers, by Arzu Çöltekin

9:50am to 11:00am

Location: 

Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

10QViz LogoThis talk is about 10 essential questions everyone —independent from their disciplinary backgrounds— would benefit asking themselves if they produce visual displays (plots, charts, maps, scientific visualizations). The project is the brainchild of Alyssa Goodman & Arzu Çöltekin, and the framework is published...

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2017 Oct 31

glue and other Sticky Treats (demo/tutorial)

Registration Closed 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

160 Concord Avenue 3rd floor conference room ("M 340")

Update:  So many of you are interested in this tutorial that we've decided to start early (at 9:30), and end later (at 11:30), with a plan as below.  Note, though, that if you can still only come for the 10-11 hour, that should work fine. 

  • 9:30-10:   introductory session for people who have never used glue & need to know the bascis, and/or install glue
  • 10-11: overview of glue functionality, with (at c. 10:45) an introduction to customizing glue and writing plug ins...
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2015 Sep 08

Visualizing big data: evidence and futures: Professor Nick Holliman, The Digital Institute, Newcastle University

3:00pm

Location: 

Phillips Auditorium / CfA 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

Visualization techniques, often including interactive methods, enable a viewer to gain an understanding of the key features within a set of data in order to facilitate decisions to be made and actions to be taken. As a process visualization has literally become about generating ideas in people’s heads efficiently and accurately.

Across all fields...

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2015 Mar 31

Seamless Astronomy Colloquium: Josh Peek, STScI

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Building D)

Abstract: Astronomy has always been a science of catalogs: catalogs of stars, galaxies, quasars, and planets. While most of the light in the Universe comes from these dense objects in the darkness, the contents of the universe are largely diffuse. Dark energy, dark matter, plasma, and gas make up 99.8% of the mass-energy budget of the Universe and cannot be easily cataloged. If we want to understand how the objects in the universe came to be, we must appeal to the largely invisible diffuse phase that formed them. I will try to make sense of this conundrum in three ways. The first is to use...

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Hackable User Interfaces and The Future of Data Analysis in Astronomy (Chris Beaumont, Harvard)

September 16, 2014

The tools we use to investigate data affect the way that we do science -- we are constantly (if subtly) drawn towards questions that are easily answered by our analytical and software tools, and comparatively discouraged from research directions that are less-well matched to these tools. A crucial skill that most scientists learn early in their careers is how to identify the most fruitful scientific questions, given the current state of analysis techniques. However, some of us are drawn to to the problem from the other side -- how might we build new tools to answer different classes of...

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Our perceptual limits in reading and interpreting visualizations (Arzu Çöltekin, Zurich)

Our perceptual limits in reading and interpreting visualizations (Arzu Çöltekin, Zurich)

August 18, 2014

Visualizations help us in interpreting and communicating complex concepts and rich data. However, we have a number of perceptual and cognitive limitations that counter-intuitively work against us when we work with visualizations. These limitations lead to critical mistakes, e.g., in interpreting patterns or simply reading information from a graphic. What are these culprits and how can we avoid them? This talk by Arzu Coltekin (Zurich) offers an overview of the state of the...

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2014 Oct 27

Seamless Colloquium: The Knowledge Infrastructure of Astronomy

12:00pm

Location: 

Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Abstract: Big data, data-intensive science, and eScience are contemporary terms to describe research fields that generate, manipulate, and manage large volumes of data. Astronomy was among the first data-intensive fields, hence many other domains wish to learn from the experience of astronomers. Their knowledge infrastructure – an ecology of people, practices, technologies, institutions, material objects, and relationships – has accumulated over millennia. Over the last several decades, the practice of astronomy has transitioned...

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2014 Sep 16

Seamless Colloquium: Hackable User Interfaces and The Future of Data Analysis in Astronomy

1:30pm

Location: 

Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Abstract:  The tools we use to investigate data affect the way that we do science -- we are constantly (if subtly) drawn towards questions that are easily answered by our analytical and software tools, and comparatively discouraged from research directions that are less-well matched to these tools. A crucial skill that most scientists learn early in their careers is how to identify the most fruitful scientific questions, given the current state of analysis techniques. However, some of us are drawn to to the problem...

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2014 Aug 18

Seamless Colloquium: Our perceptual limits in reading and interpreting visualizations

2:00pm

Location: 

Phillips Auditorium

Abstract: Visualizations help us in interpreting and communicating complex concepts and rich data. However, we have a number of perceptual and cognitive limitations that counter-intuitively work against us when we work with visualizations. These limitations lead to critical mistakes, e.g., in interpreting patterns or simply reading information from a graphic. What are these culprits and how can we avoid them? This talk by ...

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Linking Visualization & Understanding in Astronomy (Alyssa Goodman, Harvard)

Linking Visualization & Understanding in Astronomy (Alyssa Goodman, Harvard)

February 10, 2014

In 1610, when Galileo pointed his small telescope at Jupiter, he drew sketches to record what he saw. After just a few nights of observing, he understood his sketches to be showing moons orbiting Jupiter. It was the visualization of Galileo’s observations that led to his understanding of a clearly Sun-centered solar system, and to the revolution this understanding then caused.... Read more about Linking Visualization & Understanding in Astronomy (Alyssa Goodman, Harvard)

Concerning Astrophotography (Vicent Peris, Valencia)

Concerning Astrophotography (Vicent Peris, Valencia)

June 26, 2014

In this talk, Vicent Peris reviewed his works in the astrophotography and image processing disciplines. Working as astrophotographer at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia, he leads an astrophotography project at Calar Alto Observatory in southern Spain. This is the first astrophotography project in the world with access to the observational time of professional telescopes (about 50 night per year). Along with this project, he is also co-founder of the Documentary School of Astrophotography, the first school of thought in the astrophotography discipline.
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2014 Jun 26

Seamless Colloquium: Concerning Astrophotography

12:30pm

Location: 

Phillips Auditorium

In this talk, Vicent Peris will review his works in the astrophotography and image processing disciplines. Working as astrophotographer at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia, he leads an astrophotography project at Calar Alto Observatory in southern Spain. This is the first astrophotography project in the world with access to the observational time of professional telescopes (about 50 night per year...

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