Visualizing knowledge – conference 17 Sep

The Visualizing Knowledge conference brings together top experts in the field to discuss communicating knowledge visually in the context of science, art, design and journalism.

The Visualizing Knowledge conference takes place in the Aalto University School of Business’ great hall in Helsinki on Monday, September 17. The conference will aim to present the methods of information visualization to a general audience. Taking part in the discussion will, among others, be Jer Thorp, data artist in residence at The New York Times, simplification pioneer Rob Waller, and graphic artist Ville Tietäväinen, winner of the 2012 Sarjakuva-Finlandia prize. The event will be opened by the President of the Academy of Finland, Heikki Mannila.

The other speakers are “truth and beauty operator” Moritz Stefaner, data journalist and researcher Farida Vis, visualization researcher Yannick Assogba, Kimmo Vehkalahti, the president of the Finnish Statistical Society, Paula Ahonen-Rainio, lecturer on cartography and geoinformatics at Aalto University, and architect and information designer Tuomas Siitonen. Further information on the speakers can be found on the conference website.

Humanity currently doubles its data every two years. Businesses, government officials, researchers and citizens need the tools to cope with this data deluge. Visualization is playing a central role in solving the challenge of how to make massive and complex data understandable. The Visualizing Knowledge conference attempts to give an overview of the methods that are used in journalism, arts and science to approach this important issue.

The event is bilingual. Presentations in the morning are in Finnish, and the presentations in the afternoon in English. The conference is moderated by Professor Emeritus Tapio Vapaasalo and information designer Juuso Koponen. The seminar is organized by group in collaboration with the Aalto Media Factory. It is a satellite event to the open data conference OKFestival, and a part of the World Design Capital 2012 program.

Registration to the event is online at The registration fee is 50 €, with free entrance to university students.

The event has received financial support from Grafia ry., the Finnish association of communication designers.

Tieto Näkyväksi – Visualizing Knowledge
Monday 17th of September 2012, 9am to 5pm
Aalto University School of Business’ great hall (Runeberginkatu 14–16, Helsinki)
Further speakers and timetable will be announced during week 35.

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