The Hearts and Minds of Data Science

Cecilia Aragon, University of Washington


Date: 2017-11-08
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Room 1202, CSE Building, UC San Diego

Guest Speaker: Cecilia Aragon, University of Washington
Professor, Human-Centered Design and Engineering

*Registration is Required.
Host: Design Lab


University of Washington professor Cecilia Aragon will discuss promising research in her area of human-centered data science and future directions in that field. Her talk is part of the Design@Large lecture series of the Design Lab at UC San Diego.

Extraordinary advances in our ability to acquire and generate data are transforming the fundamental nature of discovery across domains. Much of the research in the field of data science has focused on automated methods of analyzing data such as machine learning and new database techniques. However, the human aspects of data science, including how to maximize scientific creativity and human insight, how to address ethical concerns, and the consideration of societal impacts, are vital to the future of data science. Human-centered data science is a necessary part of the success of 21st century discovery. I will discuss promising research in this area, describe ongoing initiatives at the UW eScience Institute, and speculate upon future directions for data science.


Cecilia Aragon is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, Senior Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute, and Director of the Human Centered Data Science Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley in 2004. Her research focuses on human-centered data science, an emerging field at the intersection of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and the statistical and computational techniques of data science. She has published over 200 papers in the areas of HCI, CSCW, data science, visual analytics, machine learning, and astrophysics. In 2008, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the US government on outstanding scientists in the early stages of their careers.