Data visualization for decision makers

Thursday 19 May 2022
15:00 - 16:30 (BST)
Online (via Zoom)

Professor Nick Holliman, Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Informatics at King’s College London and Director of CUSP London, will present at this UBDC research seminar.


“Without good data, we are flying blind. If you can’t see it, you can’t solve it.” Kofi Anan, Nature, 2018.

One of the lessons of the COVID19 pandemic in the UK has been the demand from decision makers for the daily visualization of data about the state of the country (CSO Patrick Vallance, AI UK, 2022). The decision makers included ministers, politicians and the public, each needing to understand the current situation to make decisions for the country or in their everyday lives.

This demand has exposed some important questions for visualization researchers:

  • How to engage people in data visualizations?
  • How to ensure data visualizations represent data truthfully?
  • How to validate the quality of data visualizations?

This presentation will demonstrate how our recent research in urban data visualization addresses these questions and argue that successful data visualization increasingly needs rigorous underpinning science.


Nick researches the science and engineering of visualization and visual analytics, addressing the fundamental challenges of visualization in successful human-machine teaming. He has demonstrated how novel visualization methods work in practice in scalable cloud-based software tools and award-winning 3D visualizations. Nick has experience delivering global commercial impact from research outputs of both industrial and academic laboratories. He is Director of CUSP London and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, where he co-founded and co-convenes the Visualization Interest Group.


Registration for this online event is available via Eventbrite and full details and instructions for joining will be circulated post-registration.