Coffee & Viz dazzles with innovative data visualizations all spring—plus snacks!


Presented by the NCSU Libraries in our state-of-the-art, high-tech spaces, Coffee & Viz programs are free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be available in an adjacent space beginning at 9:15 a.m.; programs begin at 9:30 a.m. To receive announcements of upcoming events, join the NC State Visualization Interest Group.

The spring 2018 Coffee & Viz series is:

“Visualizing the Invisible: Gravitational Waves, Neutron Stars, and X-Ray Binaries”
Friday, Feb. 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Teaching and Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Looking up with his x-ray vision, Superman would see that our sky is lit by numerous x-ray binaries, all of which will eventually disappear in a burst of gravitational waves. To understand these fascinating systems, astrophysicists rely heavily on computational modeling. Visualizing the data from these models allows one to ‘see’ physical processes that would otherwise be invisible, from implosive shocks in the core of a supernova to the warping of space-time itself.

In this presentation, Dr. John Blondin will take you on an astronomical journey, from massive stars to gravitational waves, using visualizations from current research in computational astrophysics. Dr. Blondin is Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in the Department of Physics and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Sciences at NC State.

“Visual Mathematics”
Friday, March 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Teaching and Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
While mathematics is used to create scientific visualizations of all kinds, it's a two-way street. Visual thinking and visualizations are also very useful in math research, not just pretty pictures for popularizing mathematics or presenting results in simplified form.

In this presentation, Radmila Sazdanović will present vignettes illustrating the role of visualizations in algebraic topology and topological data analysis, knot theory, and a new and rapidly developing mathematical discipline, diagrammatic categorification. Dr. Radmila Sazdanović is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at NC State.

“Tropical Forest Conservation: The View from 700 Kilometers”
Friday, April 20, (rescheduled from Jan. 19), 9:30-10:30 a.m., Teaching and Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Tropical deforestation is the second largest contributor of greenhouse emissions and has important impacts on global climate, biodiversity, and human well-being. Strategies for preserving tropical forests range from local-scale interventions, such as the establishment of protected areas, to national- and larger-scale economic (dis)incentives. New methods using a series of remotely sensed images allow us to map land-use change and evaluate the effectiveness of these various strategies.

In this talk, Dr. Joshua Gray will show how this approach was applied to assess the impact of logging concessions in Indonesia. Dr. Joshua Gray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State.