Dr. Todd Pierce, Director of Geographic Information Systems for Locus Technologies and formerly Senior Research Scientist at NEMAC, will present a talk entitled “Data Visualization: Making Sense of the World” on Thursday, June 28, at 6:00 PM at the RENCI at UNC Asheville Engagement Site.
Sponsored by the Western North Carolina section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Dr. Pierce will provide an introduction to the concepts of data visualization, a review of some of the challenges, and a discussion of some key methods and systems being used today. Topics to be discussed will include:
What makes a good visualization?
How does human cognition and sensory perception affect data visualization?
What techniques can be used to create powerful data visualizations?
Several applications will be demonstrated, especially those using geographical information systems (GIS) to analyze geographic trends in forest management, natural hazards, climate change, and environmental sustainability.
On Thursday, February 24, national scientists and leading developers of serious games and gaming technologies will convene at Gaming the Future: Connecting Innovation & Education, a national press conference and interactive science exhibition in Asheville, North Carolina. Hosted by ABSCI, a North Carolina-based sustainable communities initiative, Gaming the Future will take place at Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa from 9:00 AM until noon. Gaming the Future is open to the public and free to attendees.
Gaming the Future is a nexus of cutting-edge games, science, technology, art, and design that highlights the best in the growing field of science-based games. Through formal presentations and interactive exhibits, the event will spotlight international organizations and companies that are using the power of games to raise awareness about the effects of global change.
Serious games are a powerful medium of compelling entertainment and storytelling that are changing the way we learn. They use some of the most advanced simulations science has produced to let us explore the planet and the systems that shape it, all in stunning detail. They are the intersection of science, technology, and education in preparing politicians and the public to make important long-term decisions about our planet. The opportunity has never been greater with over 170 million gamers in the US today.
RENCI at UNC Asheville will present an innovative application that combines a gaming engine with local geographic data to create a serious game to aid in community planning and decision making. The game plays in 3D on The Elumenati’s GeoDome, or 2D on a flat screen using real data to make real decisions while offering a totally entertaining experience.
A GIS animation of archived Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD) data from the Severe Weather Data Inventory (SWDI). The records in SWDI come from a variety of sources in the archive of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.