Many big data visualization techniques are based on outdated models that can end up producing misleading results. Szafir aims to change that. Her research involves modeling how the brain perceives visual information, then using those models to develop ways to visualize big data in ways that humans can quickly and correctly understand.
Tuesday's announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to researchers Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of the California Institute of Technology, bears University of Wisconsin System connections.
The institute, housed at UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, will develop fundamental techniques for handling increasingly massive data sets in shorter times.
UW-Madison researchers are trying to root out race bias and other unfairness that has surfaced in computer programs used increasingly by private companies and government offices to decide if you are hired, approved for a bank loan or sent to prison.
Making algorithms more fair—and the outcomes that they reach more transparent—has become an urgent topic in the last few years. University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in the Department of Computer Sciences are at the forefront of this critical issue.
To address issues of gender disparity within computer science, the Department of Computer Sciences has joined forces with NCWIT to create and begin implementing a strategic plan to recruit and retain more undergraduate women.