Director, Advanced Visualization Lab and Visualization Program Office
National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Speaker Bio: Kalina is a science communicator with a background in computer science and a passion for art & design. Since joining the Advanced Visualization Lab in 2014, she has been contributing to cinematic scientific visualizations which use tools and techniques from Hollywood to make complex scientific datasets understandable, beautiful, and interesting to audiences worldwide. Her scientific visualization work has been seen by millions of people through IMAX films, television, streaming, and immersive museum experiences. Much of the literature on data visualization focuses on making data understandable to viewers. Of course, this is the critical foundation in the "visualization hierarchy of needs", but this is only the first step in making a truly impactful visualization. Great, your audience understands your visualization. But, do they care? Will they remember it tomorrow, or next month? Will they go home and tell their family and friends about it with excitement? A focus on cinematic design and aesthetics can take your scientific visualization to the next step in terms of public outreach and engagement.