Computer Science Colloquium: Rachael McQuater

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:00am

VanderWerf Hall, 102
27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617

Where words and numbers fail, visualizations can make dense technical information decipherable. We use graphs, images, diagrams, et cetera to understand our data, to explain our points to others and to attempt to grasp the significance and implications of all of the masses of data that we generate. Those enormous quantities of data tend to have more than two interesting dimensions, so why are we still looking from line graph to line graph to try and unravel the mysteries of complex systems? We'll be talking about how visualization channels affect viewers' understanding of data, how to take advantage of multidimensional visualizations for multidimensional data and how to choose the right input and output systems to demonstrate your findings to others.

Rachael McQuater is a Software Developer & Consultant at Atomic Object. Prior to joining Atomic, she worked with the University of Michigan 3D Lab as a human-centered computing consultant, where she worked with various artists, researchers and technologists to build interaction systems for complex data and simulations in virtual reality. Today, she builds custom software at Atomic Object, with a focus on accessibility and usability. She continues to explore emerging technologies in virtual and augmented reality, and is excited to see how these powerful tools will impact our daily lives. Outside of technology she is an avid tabletop gamer and aspiring aerialist.


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Academics, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Computer Science


“Making Data Make Sense: Choosing the Right Visualization” by Rachel McQuater, Software Developer & Consultant at Atomic Object, Grand Rapids, MI

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