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Wednesday, July 12 • 11:00am - 11:20am
Advanced Computing for Social Change—Educating and Engaging Our Students to Compete in a Changing Workforce

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Visualization taps into the very best capabilities of our brains, transforming data that is fundamentally abstract as numbers into something that communicates and illuminates information ranging from the simple to the complex. Visualization researchers, developers, practitioners and educators routinely work across traditional discipline boundaries, oftentimes in teams of people that come from a diverse blend of backgrounds. With a looming global workforce shortage in those educated in high-tech, we have adopted advanced computing for social change as a means of engaging our current student population to acquire high tech skills in the context of working on relevant social issues that are important to us all. This paper provides rationale for our recent approaches, discussing the looming shortage in the high tech sector. We also present case study data, including evaluation data and present merits of possible changes for our approach. We discuss bringing the universal language of visualization to bear on problems that have the potential to make significant societal impact and encourage and foster innovation at every step.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:20am
Bolden 6
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