Thursday, May 17 – 10:30 a.m.
Nothing demonstrates the adage that a “picture is worth a thousand words” better than the practice and use of visualization in Advanced Research Computing. Perhaps a more accurate description and update to this phrase is a picture is worth thousands of data points in Advanced Research Computing. This panel of experts and researchers will explore the importance of data visualization in communicating and celebrating science. With depictions and illustrations of how visualization has been used to advance science, this panel will also discuss the artistry behind many of these visualizations and how a new platform of artistry and expression has emerged that is both aesthetically beautiful to view, while advancing scientific discovery.
Moderator: Julia Krolik,
Founder, Art the Science, Pixels & Plans
Panel moderator Julia Krolik, is the Chief Executive Officer of Art the Science was formally educated in the sciences. Ms. Krolik’s work has taken numerous turns and includes research involving micro/molecular biology, statistics, geospatial analytics, water quality and hydrogeology. As an exhibiting artist, focusing on science, art and new media, Ms. Krolik has created works for CBC, the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Urban Film Festival and the Scotia Bank Photography Festival. Ms. Krolik’s diverse background enables a rare cross disciplinary empathy and she continuously advocates for both art and science through several initiatives. Through her consulting practice, Ms. Krolik works with various organizations, helping them with outreach, data visualization and knowledge mobilization, often using creative technology.
Lead - Digital Standard with Ontario Digital Service
Honey Dacanay is a long-time digital transformation enthusiast and machinery of government nerd who has worked in policy, communications and I&IT roles across the Ontario Public Service. Currently, Honey is the Lead – Digital Standard with the Ontario Digital Service, where she is spearheading efforts to make the good path easy for the public service to design and deliver simpler, faster and better government services for people and businesses in Ontario. Honey’s background includes expertise in data, digital and design, and using a combination of these skills to do government differently.
Dr. Marcelo Ponce
Applications Analyst with SciNet
Dr. Marcelo Ponce is Applications Analyst with SciNet – Canada’s largest supercomputer centre, providing Canadian researchers with computational resources and expertise necessary to perform their research on scales not previously possible in Canada. SciNet helps power work from the biomedical sciences and aerospace engineering to astrophysics and climate science. Dr. Ponce obtained his PhD in Astrophysics from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was a member of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation. Dr. Ponce’s research expertise focuses in the area of Computational Astrophysics, more specifically Numerical Relativity, i.e. solving Einstein’s equations of General Relativity numerically, using supercomputers to simulate extreme scenarios, such as, multiple black holes and binary neutron star mergers.
Owen Fernley, P.Eng.
Geophysicist with Lamontagne Geophysics Ltd. / Creative Coder
Senior Developer, CBC
William Wolfe-Wylie is a senior developer with CBC News where he works with reporters and data teams to tell stories and ease the work of journalists who need to work with large datasets. The interactive team, of which he is a member, has been leading Canadian media in visual story-telling, where data is frequently at the root of each project they undertake.