Mr. J. Alex Godwin of Charles River Analytics, a developer of cutting-edge technologies for intelligent systems, will give a presentation on Visual Analytics in the Wild: Opportunities for Students Outside the Universityat Tufts University in Medford, MA, on Thursday, December 2, 2010.
Abstract: Visual Analytics is an increasingly important research focus within university labs. This research, however, is also driving an exciting market outside academia, and students in information visualization and interactive data analysis have a wide variety of options available to them after graduation. Small businesses that are wholly devoted to creating commissioned systems for external clients have emerged in industries such as advertising, web development, and business intelligence. Many larger businesses are also carving off entire visualization departments to develop new features and drive innovation in established products. Government programs, both military and civilian, increasingly rely on sound analysis of large and complex data sets. In this talk, Mr. Godwin will discuss several existing models for successful visualization businesses, including the job opportunities and types of projects students should expect to find after graduation. While focused primarily on the local market in and around Boston, he will also talk about opportunities within multi-national businesses for software design and visualization. Finally, Mr. Godwin will discuss the role of visualization within the government, and opportunities for employment in both civilian and defense-related agencies.