In this episode we talk about bridging academia and industry. We touched upon this issue many times in the past so we decided to record a whole a special issue on that.
To help us with it we invited Danyel Fisher, a renown Information Visualization researcher from Microsoft Research. This year Danyel is chairing the newly established Industry Track at VisWeek 2012, the leading conference in Visualization, and his job is to attract more people from industry to this traditionally pretty academic conference.
We discuss existing practices, gaps, and ways to bridge them. Here is the breakdown of the episode:
[00:00:00] Our special guest today: Danyel Fisher
[00:04:00] Relations between research and project departments at Microsoft
[00:12:39] Existing gaps between between research and practitioners
[00:16:09] Transfer of algorithms, e.g. Voronoi treemaps
[00:18:40] Visweek industry track
[00:32:03] Affordability of big conferences for individuals, lowering the threshold
[00:38:20] Live transmission from visweek?
[00:39:21] How can non-academic conferences attract more researchers?
[00:43:09] Researchers and their presence on the web
[00:50:30] Are papers an adequate publication format for visualization research?
[00:52:39] What else can we do?
[00:54:27] How to get designers to read papers
[00:59:28] Text books: Colin Ware, Tufte, Beautiful Visualization
[01:05:52] Danyel’s current research: Interaction with Big Data
[01:12:12] Final pleading for visweek and potentially exciting encounters with Moritz in an elevator