Office: Room 2022, Frances L. Wolfson Building
Alberto Cairo was the perfect choice for program director of the Visualization Program. He joined the School of Communication of the University of Miami in 2012, and is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism and Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Management teaching classes on visualization and information graphics. He holds an MA in Information Society Studies from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain, and has been a lecturer and professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2005-2009). He was also the James H. Shumaker term assistant professor at UNC between 2008 and 2009.
Cairo has an extensive career in the news industry. He has been director of infographics of El Mundo online (Spain, 2000-2005), and Editora Globo (Brazil, 2010-2011), and in the past decade he has consulted for media organizations and educational institutions in more than twenty countries, besides organizing workshops and other training programs for them.
Cairo is the author of the book “The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization” (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2012), and he is working in its follow up, tentatively titled “The Insightful Art: Storytelling with Data, Charts, Maps, and Infographics” (to be published in 2015 also by Pearson).
In 2012, Cairo designed the first journalism Massive Open Online Course ever created, titled “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization”, in collaboration with the Knight Center for the Americas, in Texas. In its three editions, this online course has been followed by more than 11,000 students from nearly 150 countries.
In the past three years, Cairo has expanded his interests beyond news and visualization for communication, and has started engaging with the scientific visualization community through articles and conferences, like the one showcased here: “Storytelling, journalism, visualization, and science: A discussion in Nature Methods“, published by Nature Methods magazine. He has also be the keynote speaker at the North American Cartographic Information Society annual meeting, and the Swiss Statistical Society summit.