LISA event at the NYPL

Update: Video is here:

Thanks to Michael Lascarides at NYPL Labs, there will be a Leaders in Software and Art event done in partnership with the New York Public Library on Wednesday, April 4 from 5-8.

What Makes Good Data Visualization?

South Court Auditorium, New York Public Library at 455 5th Avenue at 42nd Street.

5:00 – 6:00 — Networking
6:00 – 7:45 — Panel and discussion
7:45 – 8:00 — Head out, grab a bite with some new friends

RSVP REQUIRED: This free event is likely to sell out. To reserve your
place, you must register.  This event IS open to the public. Feel free to tell your friends! Send them here:

Moderated by Jonathan Stray, Interactive Technology Editor for
the Associated Press

With panelists:
Kaiser Fung, Blogger,
Andrew Gelman, Director, Applied Statistics Center, Columbia University
Mark Hansen, Artist; Professor of Statistics, UCLA
Tahir Hemphill, Creative Director; Founder, Hip Hop Word Count Project
Manuel Lima, Founder,; Senior UX Design Lead, Microsoft Bing

Join us at the South Court Auditorium at the New York Public Library as we
bring together a group of interdisciplinary experts for a penetrating
discussion on data visualization. As this practice rises in popularity, a
series of questions has arisen with it: What is data visualization? What
are the most exciting projects and tools happening today in this space? How
can we best present data to enlighten, entertain and inspire ordinary people
about everyday things? Which visualization methods are most effective in
what circumstances? Can a discipline of data visualization be established
based on scientific or design principles? What perspectives should be
considered when judging data representation? Drawing on audience
participation, we’ll begin exploring answers to these questions and more.

Kaiser Fung

Kaiser is a professional statistician with over a decade of experience
applying statistical methods to marketing and advertising businesses. He
holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, in addition to degrees from
Princeton and Cambridge Universities. He is a statistician for Sirius XM
Radio. His acclaimed blog, Junk Charts (,
pioneered the critical examination of data and graphics in the mass media.
He is also an adjunct professor at New York University teaching practical

Andrew Gelman

Andrew is one of the leading quantitative researchers at the interface of
social science and statistics. He is currently a professor of statistics and
political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia
University. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the
Outstanding Statistical Application award from the American Statistical
Association, the award= for best article published in the American Political
Science Review, and the Council of Presidents of Statistical Societies award
for outstanding contributions by a person under the age of 40. Andrew
has written several books. He is also well known for his blog, “Statistical
Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science”, which covers topics such as
data analysis, statistical graphics, politics, social science and academics
in general. Andrew received his undergraduate degrees in math and physics
at MIT and his PhD in statistics from Harvard.

Mark Hansen

Mark is currently a Professor of Statistics at UCLA, where he also has an
appointment in the Design|Media Art Department. Previously he was a member
of the Technical Staff in the Statistics and Data Mining Research Department
of Bell Laboratories. In addition to his formal statistical work, Hansen
also has an active art practice involving the presentation of large or
complex data streams for the public. In 2004, Hansen and his collaborator
Ben Rubin, (EAR Studio), were awarded the 2004 Ars Electronica Golden Nica
for Interactive Art for his Listening Post (with Ben Rubin); and his work
has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum in New York City, the Centro de
Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the London Science Museum, the Aarhus
Kunstmuseum, the San Jose Museum of Art, The List Visual Arts Center at MIT,
and the Cartier Foundation in Paris. In 2005 Hansen and Rubin were named
Media Arts Fellows (a program funded by the Rockefeller and Ford

Tahir Hemphill

Tahir is an award-winning creative director and multimedia artist
working in the areas of interdisciplinary thought, collaboration and
research. His current project, The Hip-Hop Word Count is a
searchable rap almanac. Hemphill also manages the media arts education
program for Red Clay Arts, a nonprofit incubator for contemporary artists
that he co-founded in 2000. As creative director, Hemphill has planned
strategy for businesses in the entertainment, advertising, and nonprofit
industries. He has conceived and implemented design-based solutions for
brands including Mercedes Benz, L’Oreal, Verizon, and Microsoft. Hemphill
has been a consultant for Y&R, Publicis, Grey, Saatchi & Saatchi and Burrell
Communications. His artwork was exhibited at the Talk to Me exhibit at
MoMA, Siggraph, Queens Museum of Art, and the Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture. Hemphill holds a B.A. from Morehouse College,
a Strategic Planning Certificate from Miami Ad School and a M.S.
in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.

Manuel Lima

Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and a
frequent speaker in conferences and schools around the world, including
TED, Lift, OFFF, Reboot, VizThink, IxDA Interaction, Royal College of
Art, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, and MediaLab Prado Madrid.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as
“one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009”, Manuel Lima is
a Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing and founder
of Manuel has worked as a Senior User
Experience Designer at Nokia and Senior Interaction Designer at the
leading digital agency R/GA and has worked for Siemens Corporate
Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image and Parsons Institute
for Information Mapping. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA
in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design, New York.

Jonathan Stray

Jonathan is interactive technology editor at The Associated Press global
headquarters in New York, overseeing developers and producers who create new
storytelling techniques and experiences. Stray started writing computer
graphics software in high school, eventually landing a job at Adobe Systems,
where he led a number of research projects. In his time off, he traveled
through Africa and Asia. Awed by what he saw, he began to write about it and
found work as a freelance journalist. He moved to Hong Kong in 2009,
contributing to Foreign Policy, The New York Times and China Daily. He holds
a master’s in computer science from the University of Toronto and
a master’s in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He won
the Knight News Challenge in Journalism and Media Innovation in 2011 for
leading the Overview project.