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Smart Cities Competition: Design Your Coral Gables Checkpoint #1 Thurs 2/21

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Smart Cities Competition: Design Your Coral Gables Checkpoint #1 Thurs 2/21

The Design Your Coral Gables: Smart City Solutions Competition is an opportunity to engage citizens, urban planners, architects, engineers, businesses, and others—regardless of background or skillset—to design a solution that directly impacts the quality of life in Coral Gables. This checkpoint is designed to allow registered teams to present their progress and to receive feedback from the judges. These face-to-face, real-life events provide excellent opportunities to meet and network with the other participants, city officials, judges, and UM staff, students and faculty! Checkpoint #1 Thursday February 21, 6:00 – 8:30 PM in the Deering Room at Venture Café (Cambridge Innovation Center Miami, 1951 NW 7th Avenue,  Suite 600, Miami, FL 33136).   Smart Cities Miami Competition: Design Your Coral Gables Do you have ideas on how to improve the quality of life for those who live, visit, study, or work in the City of Coral Gables?  The 2019 Smart Cities Miami Competition: Design Your Coral Gables is your chance to bring your ideas to life by prototyping technology solutions on 1 of 5 Transportation and Traffic challenges. Join us to make a difference and win CASH and OTHER PRIZES!  Organized by the City of Coral Gables, the University of Miami School of Architecture, and the University of Miami Center for Computational Science, the Contest will officially launch at the 3rd annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference (Friday, January 25, 2019 • 9:00 AM-6:30 PM).    To register for the Competition, click here. Registration will be open until midnight, Friday, February 8, 2019.  For questions regarding the Competition, please email ccsengagement@miami.edu. There is no charge to enter the Competition.   Prizes Three prizes will be offered across 2 categories:  Web/Mobile Applications and Internet of Things (IoT). [Note: It is possible for all 3 prizes to be awarded within one category, or to any mix of the 2.] 1st place  $2,500 + token/memberships to City facilities + 25% discount to  4GeeksAcademy.co Miami Coding Bootcamp 2nd place  $1,500 + token/memberships to City facilities 3rd place  $1,000 Finalists will also receive recognition at eMerge Americas 2019 (April 29-30), and at a Coral Gables City Commission presentation (Date TBA).     Objectives Engaged citizens, urban planners, architects, engineers, businesses, and others—regardless of background or skillset—are invited to participate in the Contest. In order to provide an opportunity for direct impact on the quality of life in Coral Gables, solutions submitted through this Contest will have a chance to become integrated into the Coral Gables Smart City Hub. Find more information about the Smart City Hub by visiting: coralgables.com/smartcity. Teams will compete over a 3-month period, affording networking opportunities and the chance to make a difference. Diversity of backgrounds leads to innovation, therefore, the formation of multidisciplinary teams is encouraged.   The Challenge The Contest will be focused on 5 specific sub-problems under the general domain of transportation and traffic. The City aims to improve the quality of life for its citizens and visitors who are travelling by car, via public transportation, or on foot. Teams may choose to focus their solution on 1 of these 5 sub-problems: 1. Commercial Trucks in the Coral Gables downtown area (parking, blocking, traffic congestion, blocking alleys, loading zone violations, public safety issues, pedestrian/bike conflicts). 2. Parking (availability, efficiency, finding parking in Downtown and other areas). 3. Environmental Sustainability of transportation solutions (carbon emissions, air quality, noise pollution, adoption of EVs, etc.). 4. Public Safety related issues (pedestrian...

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2-Day Software Carpentry-Python Workshop 4/11-12/2019 RSMAS Campus

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2-Day Software Carpentry-Python Workshop 4/11-12/2019 RSMAS Campus

Register Now | Syllabus This Bash, Python, and git workshop is capped at 35 participants, and is on a first-come/first-served basis. If you are looking to make yourself competitive in the job market If you want to take a personal project to the next level If you are interested in learning programming for data analysis Then, this workshop is for you. Our trained instructors will lead you through a comprehensive, hands-on overview of an introductory data analysis using Python. We will cover topics like data types, functions, conditional statements, loops, errors and exceptions, debugging, and some key Python libraries and writing Python programs that will work like Linux command-line tools. This workshop is designed to provide a foundation of basic concepts that all programming depends on, using Python as an example. WHEN Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, 2019 8:00 AM Registration  | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Course Hours, Both Days WHERE Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmostpheric Science (RSMAS) Science Laboratory and Administration Building (aka SLAB)  | Library, Map and Chart Room 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, FL 33149 You may park on the first level of the first building as you enter on the left, or, you may park in the lot outside the fence along the road.   NOTE: Bring your own laptop (any OS).   Brought to you by the Graduate School, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging, UM Libraries, and CCS, this 2-day workshop will provide you with the basic computing skills and best practices needed to be productive in a small research team. The format is a mixture of short seminars and hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions.   Instructors:  Tim Norris, PhD, Research Data Scientist   |  Kalan Dawson, CCS Advanced Computing, Systems Administrator...

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CALL FOR POSTERS for “We Robot 2019” Conference 4/11-13/2019

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CALL FOR POSTERS for “We Robot 2019” Conference 4/11-13/2019

Now in its 8th year, We Robot is the leading North American conference on robotics law and policy.  Hosted by the University of Miami School of Law, its the most exciting interdisciplinary conference on the legal and policy questions relating to robots. The increasing sophistication of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere—from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, and even to the battlefield—disrupts existing legal regimes and requires new thinking on policy issues. If you are on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development, we hope you will attend. Come join the conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots, and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate. This year’s We Robot will also have a day of Workshops on April 11 before the main Conference. The Poster Session will be on April 12 during the main conference in order to showcase late-breaking research and developments.  The Conference itself is April 12-13 (click here for the Program). We Robot 2019 will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.   Call For Posters We Robot invites poster submissions and seeks contributions by American and international academics, practitioners, and others, in the form of scholarly papers, technological demonstrations, or posters. We particularly encourage papers that reflect interdisciplinary collaborations between developers of robotics, AI, and related technology and experts in the humanities, social science, and law and policy. How to Submit a Poster Proposal   We Robot’s poster session is designed to accommodate late-breaking and cutting edge projects. This session is ideal for researchers to get feedback on a work in progress. At least one of the authors of each accepted poster should plan to be present at the poster during the entire poster session on the afternoon of April 12, 2019 and for a “lightning round” of one-minute presentations during the main session. If your poster is accepted, we will waive all conference fees. You can bring the poster or, in some cases, with sufficient lead time we may be able to print it in Miami for you. If accepted, you will also need to provide a web-friendly summary of the work that we can post on the conference web site. How to propose a poster session. Please send an up to 500 word description of what you have or are doing, with links to any relevant photos or audio visual information, as well as your C.V. via the conference submission portal. Please be sure to choose the “Posters ” track for your upload. Submissions open January 15, 2019 and are due by March 21, 2019, and we will send acceptances on a rolling basis.   Register Now Advance registration will close April 5, 2019, or when the conference is sold out, whichever comes first. Registration may be available at the door on a space-available basis only. Registration fees: General Registration: $149 Full-time Academic: $99 Full-time Students and UM Faculty: $35 Thursday Workshop only: $45 [A limited number of fee waivers are available for full time faculty and students. To apply, please email robots@law.miami.edu.]   #WeRobot Sponsors                                               …and...

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Browse the Smart Cities MIAMI 2019 Conference Photo Gallery

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Browse the Smart Cities MIAMI 2019 Conference Photo Gallery

  On January 25, 2019 U-SoA hosted its 3rd #smartcitiesmiami2019 in partnership with the Center for Computational Science (UM-CCS), breaking attendance records, from all (2) prior events. #smartcities is about the smart-city phenomenon in our city, on the street, in real-world applications, and in partnership with local government and industry. This year's theme focused on transportation, social AI, and privacy. Keynote Speaker, Rony Abovitz, of Magic Leap, discussed #Magicverse, the recent partnership with the University of Miami and how as a community, the future of our city lays within identifying and solving issues through spatial computing in a variety of destinations: manufacturing, food, media, technology, and healthcare. Members of the conference separated into groups and discussed issues that were later explored with panelists sharing projects and ideas for smart and #transformativechanges to be implemented across Miami, and how the process behind the projects using #emergingtechnologies will be used in the design. This year's conference launched the competition, Design your Coral Gables: Smart Cities Solutions,  a chance to bring ideas to life by prototyping technology solutions on 1 of 5 Transportation and Traffic challenges.   [gmedia...

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Notification: Access to Gables Campus Systems Unavailable 2/5 at 8PM

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Notification: Access to Gables Campus Systems Unavailable 2/5 at 8PM

Attention CCS Systems Users Start time: 5 Feb 2019 8:00 p.m. End time: 5 Feb 2019 midnight Access to CCS systems on the Coral Gables Campus will be unavailable from 8:00 PM to midnight on Tuesday February 5th, 2019 to allow for upgrades to core network hardware. User jobs will continue to run but users will not have access to CCS services and systems in Coral Gables until the upgrade is complete. Thank you. CCS Advanced Computing Administration hpc@ccs.miami.edu

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Smart Cities Miami 2019 Keynote: Rony Abovitz of Magic Leap 1/25

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Smart Cities Miami 2019 Keynote: Rony Abovitz of Magic Leap 1/25

Register here!  Doors open at 8:00 AM on January 25, 2019.  ($35.00 per person) Smart Cities Miami 2019 Theme: Transportation, Social AI, Privacy The University of Miami’s School of Architecture (U-SoA) and University of Miami Center for Computational Science (UMCCS) will host their Third Annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference (SCMC) on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. This year’s Conference theme is transportation, social artificial intelligence, and privacy. The Conference will also feature Keynote Speaker Rony Abovitz of Magic Leap, and the launch of the inaugural Smart Cities Miami Competition: Design Your Coral Gables. SCMC 2019 at the University of Miami brings cutting-edge research in urban design, architecture, and engineering in alignment with computational resources and analytical expertise to aid in the design and development of more sustainable, livable, and resilient cities. The Conference gathers leaders in academia, professional practice, and industry to examine the Smart Cities phenomenon in relation to emerging trends and technology. The focus is on infrastructure and the built environment as well as new potentials for business and governance. For the 2019 edition, Smart Cities MIAMI will explore the game-changing impact of emerging technology from Artificial Intelligence to Mixed Reality on the way we design, manage, and inhabit cities. Launching at this year’s conference, the Design Your Coral Gables competition, organized by the City of Coral Gables, U-SoA, and UMCCS will invite participants to bring their ideas to life by prototyping technology solutions on one of five transportation and traffic challenges. Join us on January 25, 2019 for workshops, the keynote talk, panel discussions, networking, and the Competition. LIVESTREAM  https://youtu.be/JsjRJIPRn8c https://youtu.be/JsjRJlPRn8c LOCATION   Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center  (Lectures in Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Lecture Hall | Exhibits in Irvin Korach Gallery) University of Miami School of Architecture, 1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146  Parking Map | Directions PARKING will be complimentary to all attendees. If your vehicle is not already registered with the University, please use this link: The link will be open until 1-25-19 at 2:00 PM. Parking link (https://www.verrus.com/default.asp?ctState=hpEventPark&hpEventUID=116347) The parking session is valid beginning on 1-25-19 at 7:00 AM through 1-25-19 until 9:00 PM. Approved parking location: Yellow H-100 Lot (as shown on this map).     Smart Cities MIAMI 2019 Panelists KEYNOTE SPEAKER  Rony Abovitz, Founder, President, and CEO | Magic Leap Rony founded Magic Leap in 2011 (working late nights in his garage studio). Prior to Magic Leap, he co-founded MAKO Surgical, which went public on NASDAQ in 2008 and was acquired by Stryker Corp in 2013. Rony was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his work on computer-assisted technologies for minimally invasive surgery. Rony graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in mechanical and biomedical engineering, was the cartoonist for the school newspaper, was a DJ at WVUM, and threw javelin for the track and field team. PANEL 1 Smart City Infrastructure: Prospects for Miami The panel explores projects and ideas for smart infrastructure with a potential to transform Miami. MODERATOR  Nicholas Tsinoremas, Center Director | UM Center for Computational Science Dr. Nick Tsinoremas holds faculty appointments at the Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. He is the Founding Director for the University of Miami Center for Computational Science. Dr. Tsinoremas is an international leader in computational genomics and bioinformatics, and brings...

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The 3rd Annual Big Data Conference Provided a Forum for Big Data Challenges

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The 3rd Annual Big Data Conference Provided a Forum for Big Data Challenges

by Nathalie Moreau | student writer Students and patrons from the University of Miami (UM) and the Coral Gables community gathered at Miami Business School's Storer Auditorium for the third annual Big Data Conference held on Thursday, December 6, 2018. CCS Center Director Nick Tsinoremas led the organization of the Conference. Tsinoremas explained how the event got its start and said, “We had our first conference about three years ago as a joint effort between the Miami Business School and the Center for Computational Science (CCS).  We knew big data would pose many challenges, and we wanted to provide a forum for conversation between academia and local industry.” The afternoon started off with light refreshments as Conference attendees checked in and mingled around the Storer lobby.  UM’s Provost Jeffrey Duerk (pictured at right) offered an opening address, and brought up relatable examples of big data analytics to set the tone for the conversation. “We think about enrollment management and retention of students as a big data problem. Can we do better in selecting the students that will persist and excel in the university as a big data problem and those students who for example may be struggling? Are there ways that we can identify them from a big data perspective?”   PANEL 1 Capability Building for Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence The first panel "Capability Building for Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence" was moderated by Pete Martinez, CEO of SIVOTEC Analytics, who started the conversation by introducing the first group of panelists: Marvin Mayorga (pictured below at right), partner at Data Meaning, Arthur Kordon, CEO of Kordon Consulting, Dr. Mitsunori Ogihara University of Miami Professor, and Sanjeev Taran senior manager at Deloitte. The panel answered a slew of questions from both Martinez and the audience, and used their expertise to better inform on the realities of big data analytics. Panelist Marvin Mayorga, pinpointed the three V’s of big data, volume, variety, and velocity during his discussion. He added that value and veracity were also strong factors when it comes to data analytics. After the conclusion of panel one Martinez expressed what he thought was the most thought-provoking question of the discussion, “My favorite question had to do with how to generate new value from data. Given that the data is there,  what do you do with it? And that is at the core of everything we are doing right now. There is not one straight answer, it depends on the company, what they’re doing, and how much data they have.”   PANEL 2 Data Governance, Privacy, and Cybersecurity in the Era of Big Data The second panel focused on "Data Governance, Privacy, and Cybersecurity in the Era of Big Data." Allison Eng-Perez, Deloitte’s Higher Education sector leader, moderated and introduced guest speakers: Filippo Marino, founder and managing partner of Tegumen, Martin Levy, executive at Diversified Industrials, Dr. Louis Gidel Baptist Health’s Chief Medical Informatics Officer, A. Michael Froomkin, Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstien Distinguished Professor of Law at UM, and Raimundo Rodulfo, Director of Information Technology at the City of Coral Gables. Glenda Rodriguez, ETL developer at Writer Systems, attended the Conference and was intrigued by the topics discussed in panel two. “I liked the insights that were given. It’s not always about the data, it’s about first finding...

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PyData Conference Miami at CIC 1/9-11/2019

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PyData Conference Miami at CIC 1/9-11/2019

PyData Miami is a 3-day conference on tools and techniques for machine learning, data analysis, visualization, and large-scale data infrastructure. We are an accessible, community-driven conference with talks and tutorials for all skill levels: students, practitioners, and researchers. PyData focuses on open-source computational tools for the Python programming language (such as NumPy, Pandas, and scikit-learn), as well as implementation-agnostic techniques, and other high level numerical languages, such as R and Julia. Register now Keynote Speakers Wes McKinney, Creator of Pandas, Ibis • Author  of Python for Data Analysis Clément Farabet, VP of AI Infrastructure at NVIDIA • Former Lead of the Cortex Core team at Twitter • PhD Computer Science NYU Chao Han, VP and Head of R&D at Lucidworks • PhD Statistics Virginia Tech Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami School of Communication • PhD Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Shira Mitchell, Statistician, NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics • PhD Biostatistics, Harvard   January 9-11, 2019 Cambridge Innovation Center 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Suite  600 Miami, FL 33136 Map  |  Directions      ...

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3rd Annual BIG DATA Conference Thursday 12/6/2018

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3rd Annual BIG DATA Conference Thursday 12/6/2018

Register Here! (Free) Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity; Airbnb, Uber, and Fitbit are just a few examples. Today, over 3.6 billion people worldwide are deeply engaged with smartphone devices, wearables, and Internet-of-things technologies while artificial intelligence also promises to create a wave of new products. Advanced computing gives us the ability to reliably and cost effectively store petabytes of data; and machine learning algorithms can crunch through massive datasets in real time to extract business intelligence and socially relevant information, giving firms new marketing tools, like mobile geo-social targeting. These tools have also empowered customers, making them more savvy in their interactions with business. The businesses, nonprofits, health care providers, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions that harness these trends have an historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors. CCS, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Miami Business School invites you to participate in panel discussions on Big Data, and to network with south Florida private- and public-sector policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers, and  healthcare providers. This year's event focuses on capacity building and cybersecurity and will be hosted in the Miami Business School Storer Auditorium located at 5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 beginning at 2:00 PM. A detailed conference agenda is below, along with instructions and a campus map for complimentary event parking.   PANEL 1 Capability Building for Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence  MODERATOR | Pete Martinez, CEO  | Game Changer Tec, LLC and SIVOTEC Analytics Pete Martinez serves as Chairman and CEO of Game Changer Tec, LLC and SIVOTEC Analytics; high innovation enterprises at the intersection of Sports, Health, Technology, and Big Data Analytics. An international entrepreneur, he has led numerous high impact initiatives in the areas of high technology, business consulting, healthcare, and education. Previously, during his 32 year tenure with IBM, Martinez, Vice President of Global Business Services and the Senior Location Executive for IBM South Florida, led a 1,700-person organization composed of consultants, hardware and software developers, industry specialists and sales leaders. He led projects in the areas of advanced research, supercomputing, and information based medicine. In 2003, Martinez led the formation of IBM's largest Business Transformation Multi-client Center that has opened a multi-billion dollar outsourcing business.  Read more Marvin Mayorga, Partner | Data Meaning For more than 19 years, Marvin Mayorga has served in multiple roles performing various business and IT leadership functions supporting Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR and Operations. In his current role, Mr. Mayorga is responsible for implementing disruptive business intelligence solutions and making bold moves to drive profound business transformations. In partnership with the world’s leading companies, having gained experience spanning across 15 industries, Mr. Mayorga is proud to have struck a balance between industry knowledge and business intelligence expertise to help institutionalize more effective analytically powered business transformations for his customers. Thus, the intersection of industry knowledge and business intelligence is not just what he does but is a fundamental part of who he is and what he has to offer.   Arthur Kordon, CEO  |  Kordon Consulting Dr. Arthur Kordon is an internationally recognized expert and consultant in applying advanced analytics and computational intelligence in industry. In his previous position as Advanced Analytics Leader at Dow Chemical, Dr. Kordon successfully applied advanced analytics solutions in forecasting, business cycles...

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VizUM 2018 Recap and Visualization Competition results

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VizUM 2018 Recap and Visualization Competition results

VizUM video by UM student Nathalie Moreau on Vimeo   On November 15th, 2018, the University of Miami hosted its fifth annual VizUM Symposium.  This year’s event was coupled with its first ever Visualization Competition. Before the main speakers took to the stage, the two finalists for the VizUM Visualization Competition were invited on stage to present their work.  The "Visualiz-IRs" and the "UM Analytics" teams were the front-runners of over fifty-four entries for the VizUM competition.  The competition challenged designers, journalists, data scientists, statisticians, professionals and scholars to use open data from Miami-Dade County or the City of Miami to tell a data-driven story. The "Visualiz-IRs" focused on the community of English Language Learners (ELLs) in Miami-Dade schools, while the "UM Analytics" team created an interactive project on pedestrian and motorist traffic accidents in Miami-Dade County. The first invited speaker at this year’s event was Hadley Wickham, the Chief Scientist at RStudio, and an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland, Stanford University, and Rice University. Hadley builds tools (computational and cognitive) that make data science easier, faster and more fun.  His work includes packages for data science (the tidyverse: including ggplot2, dplyr, tidyr, purrr, and readr) and principled software development (roxygen2, testthat, devtools). During his presentation Hadley walked the audience through the process of using RStudio to create a graphics with just a few lines of code and covered four topics: 1) how to code, 2) why to code, 3) why code a visualization, and 4) visualization functional program code. Hadley explained how visualizations not only communicate data but also why they're a great way to communicate code. Bongshin Lee was the second speaker. Bongshin earned her MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2002 and 2006. With her background in Human Computer Interaction, Bongshin utilizes her expertise to explore innovative ways to create visualizations. In her demonstration of Charticulator, Bongshin was passionate about enabling the creation of visualization without the prerequisite knowledge of code. Though the Charticulator is an ongoing research project, the accessibility of creating visualizations is remarkably intuitive. Bongshin also demonstrated a project she worked on in collaboration with The University of Maryland at College Park and UC Santa Barbara: ChartAccent. ChartAccent allows users to annotate charts with just a few clicks. Though the two speakers took different approaches to visualization (Hadley emphasized using code, while Bongshin was an advocate of graphing without code), it was informative to see these different approaches. Both Hadley and Wickham engaged the audience with examples on how to easily create impactful visualizations and even though their processes differed, there was one constant: their love for data visualization and the shared belief that data visualization should be accessible for all. At the end of the evening, the winners of the VizUM Competition were announced. The "Visualiz-IRs" won first place for their project on English language learners (ELLs) and "UM Analytics" won second place and the People’s Choice Award.  Both teams created captivating visualizations that felt especially relevant to all Miami locals. VizUM is always a time of inspiration where attendees can learn from industry leaders and leave feeling motivated and excited about the possibilities of data visualization. While “visualization is not magic” as Professor Cairo wisely stated, it is a skill...

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