Enhancing Decision-Making Through Interactive Data Visualization

Join us for a conversation with Dominik Moritz, senior project scientist in the School of Computer Science's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), and Paul Pangaro, professor of practice in the HCII. 

The size and complexity of the datasets we use to make decisions have far outpaced the tools we have today. Artificial intelligence methods to analyze data and automate processes promise to enhance decision-making, but they depend on people to define their goals, check for errors and ultimately derive value from the results. In this conversation, Dominik will show how data visualizations facilitate human involvement in machine-assisted decision-making. Data visualizations help us understand data, suggest further analysis steps and communicate insights. 

We will discuss how interactive visualizations, in particular, enable analysts, leadership and frontline employees alike to look at data from different angles. Ultimately, when the story the data is telling becomes clear, better decisions result to enhance the customer experience. Our conversation will conclude with Dominik showing interactive visualization tools he and his lab have developed that make it easy to analyze and present data. These tools help everyone become better data analysts and data communicators.

Q&A with the audience will follow.

View the recording from the event below.

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Portrait of Dominik Moritz

Dominik Moritz

Senior Project Scientist, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Dominik Moritz is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University where he co-leads the Data Interaction Group (https://dig.cmu.edu/) at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. His group’s research develops interactive systems that empower everyone to effectively analyze and communicate data. His systems (Vega-Lite, Falcon, Draco, Voyager and others) have won awards at academic venues (e.g., IEEE VIS, ACM SIGMOD) and are widely used in industry and by the Python and JavaScript data science communities. Dominik received his Ph.D. from the Paul G. Allen School at the University of Washington in 2019, where he worked with Jeff Heer and Bill Howe in the Interactive Data Lab and the Database Group. https://www.domoritz.de/ 

Portrait of Paul Pangaro

Paul Pangaro

Professor of Practice, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Paul is professor of the practice in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, part of CMU’s School of Computer Science. Paul’s career spans roles as entrepreneur, researcher, consultant and teacher. He has founded start-ups; served as chief technology officer; managed product teams; and consulted as future-caster for organizations such as Du Pont, Nokia, Samsung, Instituto Itaú Cultural (Brazil), and Ogilvy & Mather. He has published on design methodologies, conversational systems with text- or voice-based interfaces, and mechanisms for organizational change, and lectured on these topics in Brazil, Europe and North America. In collaboration with TJ McLeish, he displayed a full-scale working replica of Gordon Pask’s “Colloquy of Mobiles” at Centre Pompidou in February 2020 and is now part of the permanent collection of the ZKM Museum in Germany. Paul is president of the American Society for Cybernetics. He holds a B.S. in humanities/computer science (MIT), and a Ph.D. in cybernetics (Brunel University, UK). His personal website and blog can be found at pangaro.com.