Human-Centered Data Science featured at the UW Data Science Poster Session

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on February 11, 2016
021016_nanchen_UWDS_networkingHDS Lab PhD student Nan-Chen Chen participated in the UW Data Science Poster and Networking Session held on February 10th. The campus-wise event provided an opportunity to share work with the academic community and regional partners, and to connect with other people who work in data-intensive domains. Her poster, Building Visual Analytics Tools for Enabling Human-Centered Data Science, briefly introduced the domain of Human-Centered Data Science (HDS) and illustrated a few visual analytics projects she has been working on. The PDF file of her poster can be found here.

HDS Lab members advance to candidacy

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on January 26, 2016

HDS Lab members, Ray Hong and Katie Kuksenok, have passed their exams and advanced to PhD candidacy. Ray’s doctoral research in Human Centered Design and Engineering is focused on developing a methodology for distance cartograms, and Katie’s Computer Science dissertation is titled, “Adoption and Adaptation of Programming Practices in Oceanography.”

UW launches new data science master’s degree program

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on December 16, 2015

The University of Washington is launching a new master’s degree program in data science. The program was designed in collaboration between six UW departments and the eScience Institute, with input from data science hiring managers from around the country. HDS Lab Director, Cecilia Aragon, serves as co-chair of the UW Interdisciplinary Data Science Group that is coordinating the formation of the Master of Science in Data Science program.

The 45-credit MSDS program will launch in autumn 2016, and will accept full and part-time students. The curriculum covers a range of skills that are in high demand in today’s job market, including statistical modeling, machine learning, software engineering, data management, data visualization and user interface design. A full description of the program can be found here, and a press release is available here.

HDS Lab members earn doctoral degrees

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on December 15, 2015

Two HDS Lab members, Daniel Perry and Michael Brooks, completed their PhD’s from the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering in 2015. After graduating, Daniel took a position as lecturer and postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s Information School, where he continues to study ways that gaming and virtual environments can be used for science learning, data visualization, and creative design practices. Michael is now a data scientist at Dato, a startup company specializing in machine learning platforms. His interests include the development of novel visual analytics techniques and systems to improve understanding of social media and communication.