Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation

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Annamaria Carusi / University of Oxford

Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation

Call for proposals deadline: 1 December 2010

Conference: 25-26 March 2011, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) is organising a two-day conference on 25-26 March 2011 at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, with support from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Oxford e-Social Science project.

Speakers include:
Peter Galison, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
Michael Lynch, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
Barbara Maria Stafford, Distinguished University Professor, Georgia Tech
Steve Woolgar, InSIS, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Summarising discussants:
Anne Beaulieu, Virtual Knowledge Studio (TBC)
Paolo Quattrone, IE Business School and Fulbright New Century Scholar

Visualisations abound in all forms and phases of research and knowledge production and communication. From the graphical user interface of our computers, to equipment and instrument displays, to the screens of our smart phones, knowledge communication of all kinds is increasingly visual. In design, engineering, science, education, medicine, the humanities and social sciences, the increasing pervasiveness of visual images is due largely to computational techniques. To be sure, computers have been in common use in science and related domains since the advent of the desktop computer. Over the past decade, however, plain text commands, programming languages and numerical engagement have given way to the visual form, from the reproduction, modification and synthesis of images to the visual representation of that which formerly could not be seen.

There has been an unprecedented rate of innovation in computational imaging and visualising techniques to render physical and non-physical data in visual form, including techniques for multi-dimensionality, the development of algorithmic techniques for image processing, the production of hybrid visual objects and an apparent photo-realism for non-existent entities and objects. The emergence of the Internet-as-database, with complex and massive quantities of data mined from online social and spatial processes given visual form, has gone hand-in-hand with these advances in making new phenomena and data visible.

Call for papers:
We welcome abstracts of 500-1000 words for papers on these topics. We also invite proposals for less conventional forums, such as conversations, performance pieces or installation works.

Submission Deadline:
1 December 2010 to