Scientist Conveys Importance of 'Seeing' Data in the 21st Century

Event: Dr. Kelly Gaither, director of data and information analysis at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), will discuss why scientific visualization is such a powerful tool for understanding science in the 21st century. The science community faces two extraordinary and relatively sudden transitions in technology with transformative potential for computational research and education. First is the widespread adoption of high-performance computing (HPC). Second, advances in digital technologies (networking, instruments, etc.) have aided the generation and capture of observed data at an explosive rate. Scientific visualization holds the key to unlocking insurmountable amounts of numbers and data. Learn more at the Austin Forum on Science, Technology and Society.

When: 5:45 p.m., Feb. 1. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: ATandT Conference Center Amphitheater (Room 204), 1900 University Ave.

Background: Gaither's research interests also include scientific feature detection, illumination and visualization techniques, and visualization applications. Before joining TACC, Gaither was a research professor in computational engineering at Mississippi State University. She is a member of IEEE and ACM and has published numerous scientific papers. Gaither earned bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Texas AandM University and a Ph.D. in computational engineering from Mississippi State.