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Accessible and Equitable Data Visualization

20 Oct
Wednesday, 10/20/2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Computer Science Building, Room 150/151
Speaker: Ali Sarvghad

Abstract: Until recently, data visualization research focused on enabling experts to analyze and make sense of data. However, there is an emerging need for designing and utilizing visualization for challenges faced by everyday users who need to understand and make sense of data. In this talk, I will present examples of my recent theoretical and problem-driven research that extend the accessibility of data visualization beyond experts and improve the equity of data collection and analysis practices. I will cover topics related to supporting visual data analysis for the aging population, enabling trustworthy analysis of sensitive data for non-experts, and supporting inclusive data collection and visualization for participatory democracy.


Bio: Ali Sarvghad is a Research Assistant Professor with the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst. Prior to joining UMass, Ali was a postdoc fellow at the University of California San Diego. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Victoria in Canada. His main research areas are data visualization and human-computer interaction with the application in health care and digital civics. Ali's research is supported by two NSF and three UMass-awarded grants. His research has received the best paper and honorable mention awards from the premier venues in Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, and Social Computing, including ACM CSCW, IEEE VIS, and ACM DIS.


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