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Thank you all for Thursday’s salon session. I enjoyed learning about your various interests and explorations. I hope you found it productive (let me know if you have thoughts about how we might structure the other salons coming up…)

I posted the concept maps you drew to flickr with the feed here (you can also see the project info that all of you recorded, including some slides from the salon:

Some general notes about the topic discussions:

As you all go forward to contact your scientist or “expert” you might find it useful to refer to the list of 5 questions we used as a guide and the concept maps to get you started on how to fill in the gaps and craft meaningful questions. We will be talking about this on Thursday.

If you found that technology (a system or approach) rather than content (your topic area and its data) is in a central position in the resulting concept maps, you should make sure you have identified a topic and content area and communicated what they are to me before we get too much further (so you have enough time to get to know your data). I know a some of you are using this class to forward your theses which involve the design systems — I recommend that in the context of this class that you pick content (an “expert” and a data collection) that you can use as a test case to help you tweak your system’s design.

Some notes on individual presentations, developing projects, and concept maps:

  • Sinan Ascioglu OpenVisuals – Thesis.
    • Let me know what content you might use walk through the system – will you continue to use the FAO forest datasets? Perhaps others? As we discussed something out of the ordinary might be fun/challenging to try and move you beyond Swivel as you plan. You could explore what some of the user requirements would be for seeing things in the data, which could drive and broaden some category in your visualization options.
  • Thomas Chan and Seanita Tolliver – chromatin structure modeling
    • The science and computer science background your group has will let you deal more directly with raw data and visualization techniques. Make sure you keep thinking about broader questions and your roles as interpreters as you design your final project. You should be able to contact Alex Tzanov for help on technical questions if you like. You guys might want to share info and contacts with Keith
  • Keith Conway – Protein Folding
    • Ditto from above. How will you “park the car” (I refer to a movie Keith showed which describes the folding motion in this way. I missed your talk, but the concept map looks on target. I was struck by the detail about the visualization when you said that the folding motion happens in a fraction of a second. This points to one of the powerful things about data vis – the ability to model things that would be difficult otherwise to observe in detail
  • Pravin Sathe Pravin – Thesis.
    • I suggest you should contact someone in the NYU linguistics department. I have met with and could provide an introduction to Chris Collins who might be able to refer you to an appropriate researcher who may be doing research related to code switching. Interested? You also might want to coordinate contact with NYU researchers in that department with Amy, Michael and Liza, even if you all are working on separate things.
  • Amy Khoshbin and Michael Clemow – Electroencephalogram data of ourselves reading aloud
    • It looks like NYU linguistics has a neurolinguistics lab that uses magnetoencephalography (MEG). There’s also this lab, which appears to take volunteers
    • Also, my Columbia friend, David Sultzer is back in the country and willing to consult. Here’s the info. He is also performing at the end of March as a part of the CUNY art science spring program, Monday, March 24, 6:30 PM

      BrainwavE: The NeuroScience of the Groove

      What is the explanation for our love of music, rhythm and dance? In this evening of erudition and performance, Columbia University neuroscientists Dave Sulzer (a.k.a. composer Dave Soldier) and John Krakauer will discuss the brain activity that makes us groove to the beat of music. Krakauer co-directs the Motor Performance Laboratory and Soldier investigates synaptic connections that underlie memory, learning and behavior. Featuring the premiere of Soldier’s “Quartet for percussion and brain waves,” a live performance/experiment with drummers and electroencephalographs.

  • Liza Singer -visualization of the brain and its different mechanics
    • Your topic makes me recall an oft-cited graphical representation of the relationship between brain and senses/motor fuctions, called the sensory humunculous. You should also share contacts with Amy and Michael where appropriate. Looking forward, I like the idea of choosing children as an audience for the project.
    • Benedetta Piantella Simeonidis – thesis & DART data
      • You seem to be on track. I am still checking on the audio analysis and ocean sim contact. Will email separately on that
    • Micaela Pesantes – Peru earthquakes/disaster mitigation
      • Let me know if you need additional help with science contacts. You might want to contact someone at NYU Wagner school who works in planning who might be able to talk to you about disaster mitigation and construction as a component of your project.
    • Joora Song – climate change, sea level rise
      • You also seem on target and may benefit from talking to Benadetta about resarch she has already done. As we discussed, I like the idea of using real-time data and relating it to the problems of demonstrating sea level change — prediction and impact over time. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Again, NYU CAOS researchers in Courant could be good contacts, but there are many others. Let me know if you need help identifying someone to talk to!
    • Dean Gransar – thesis, PlatoHelper
      • I think I understand what you are doing better, So instead of a linguistics contact I recommend focusing on data collection methodology in the social sciences. We talked about health interview survey methods that employ journaling and other self-report and self-monitoring methods. I will email separately with a few suggestions

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