Teaching & Workshops

Applied and Theoretical Topics in Data Visualization for Genome Biology (CSB 1020)
University of Toronto, Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Co-taught with Dr. Nicholas Provart.
6 Sessions: Fall 2018, Fall 2019

The past decade has seen a vast increase in the amount of data available to biologists, driven by the dramatic decrease in cost and concomitant rise in throughput of various next-generation sequencing technologies, such that a project unimaginable 10 years ago was recently proposed, the Earth BioGenomes Project, which aims to sequence the genomes of all eukaryotic species on the planet within the next 10 years. So while data are no longer limiting, accessing and interpreting those data has become a bottleneck. One important aspect of interpreting data is data visualization. This graduate course module provides a theoretical perspective on data visualization for biological applications, along with a hands-on component to provide practical training for students.

Information Visualization (DIGF 6009)
OCAD University - Digital Futures Graduate Program
6 Sessions: Summer 2019

Visualization can tell stories, reduce complexity, help decision-making as well as deceive, misguide and confuse. As we increasingly rely on visual communication of knowledge in engineering, science, education, medicine, humanities and social sciences it is becoming essential for designers to know the capacities, applications and techniques of this powerful cognitive tool. Through case studies, a hands-on project and critical reflection, students will develop an understanding of data and information visualization, the role of computation, the use of data sources and develop of skills in design for visual cognition.

Workshops & Lectures

Twenty Things Everyone Should Know About Data Visualization
Sessions: TD Finance (November 2018)
Four hour workshop covering data visualization principles and best practices. This workshop includes a hands-on "redesign this chart" exercise based on material covered in the lecture.

Telling Stories With Data
Sessions: Smith School of Business - Master of Management Analytics Program (October 2018), TD Marketing (July 2018)
One and a half hour lecture discussing basic principles and best practices for creating effective visualizations and data stories.

Teaching & Workshops

Here is a list of courses and workshops I have taught over the past several years.

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