In this information-rich age where large amounts of both structured and unstructured data are being generated, processed, and transformed at ever increasing rates, how does one master control, working with these data as if it were intuitive and second nature? While new techniques for analyzing such “big data” are being developed based on data mining and machine learning, the need for displaying, navigating, and interacting with big data has not yet been well addressed. We believe that the large-scale integration of advances in visual and auditory displays, expressive and natural input, computer vision, and machine learning, joined with an overarching focus on bringing them together in a comprehensive interactive systems design, will drive a new era of enhanced human intuition, understanding, and control of complex simulation and data systems. We believe that one of the most difficult tasks of understanding big data is the ability to quickly find new patterns in voluminous amounts of information and to have the ability to retain in one’s memory the information from pages and pages of numbers. If there is a way to translate this information into tangible visual and audio taxonomies, we may be able to retain this information much more readily. In this presentation Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin will discuss the computational framework that she and a team of researchers is developing at the AlloSphere Research Facility which will enable the transformation of big and complex data in the same way that a composer, artist or designer would unfold a work of art, or design a system.  Dr. Morin’s visit to UMD is sponsored by the Future of Information Alliance

Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is a composer, Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music, and a researcher in multi-modal media systems content and facilities design.  Her years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California—the Digital Media Innovation Program—where she was chief scientist from 1998-2003. The culmination of JoAnn Kuchera-Morin’s creativity and research is the AlloSphere instrument, one of the largest media systems in the world.  Professor Kuchera-Morin serves as the Director of the AlloSphere Research Facility located within the California NanoSystems Institute, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She earned a Ph.D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Here is a TED talk from Dr. Kuchera-Morin:


Some inspirations:
  • Stereo Visualization of Social Media. Eric might be interested in stereo visualization of your security data.
  • Cross-device interaction between large immersive screen and iPads.
  • They modeled sound in 3D precisely since the speaker is a digital music composer.
  • They collaborated with many scientific field such as physics (quantum & electric field visualization), medical (brain) and genome visualization, musical visualization, simulation.