Program & lectures

09:00 - 09:30 | registrations
09:30 - 09:45 | welcome speech
09:45 - 10:30 | Prof. dr. Steven Van Wolputte (KU Leuven)
Drawing the invisible. Seeing, thinking and writing along multiple dimensions.

Abstract
As a form of creative non-fiction, comics or ethnographic novels –or drawing in general– open up a venue for seeing differently and writing and thinking ‘sideways’. Drawn analyses help to explore dimensions of representation and social life that remain rather silent in more conventional writing.


Bio
Steven Van Wolputte is professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven, Belgium. He mainly published in the domains of political anthropology and of popular/ material culture. More recently his interest was drawn to graphic anthropology, resulting in a handful of graphic novels exploring the possibilities of ‘sequential art’ drawing for writing, thinking and communicating.

10:30 - 11:15 | dr. Bob De Clercq, Dries Reynders , Prof. dr. Els Goetghebeur (UGent)
The Power of Data Visualization: an Illustrated Assessment of Quality of Care across Care Centers in Flanders

Abstract
Quality of Care (QoC) indicators are systematically monitored in Flemish care centers since 2013. From 2020 onwards the monitoring is performed by VIKZ (Vlaams Instituut voor Kwaliteit van de Zorg), a new institute and network organization for healthcare quality improvement financed by the Flemish government. The initial aim was to provide data driven information that allows centers to evaluate their performance based on confidential feedback on process and outcome indicators. This reveals dimensions where action for improvement appears most needed. Today, this data gathering is no longer voluntary and reports additionally serve to inform the public at large, as well as government for quality monitoring and policy making. Evaluating care through outcome indicators is complicated, however, since outcomes are driven by resident characteristics in interaction with the standard of care deployed, while resident populations of care centers tend to have a large turnover.
Reports for the specifically targeted groups focus on the important questions asked. Amidst the complexity, data visualization is often critical to bring the key message efficiently in an effective and informative fashion. It can equally be misleading, however, if not well thought through or executed. Data visualization is thus crucial in many data processing steps going from raw data cleaning, over data description and analyses, discussion and interpretation, to the final reporting for specific audiences. Several publications offer formal guidance on this. We will illustrate implementation of purposeful data visualization-in-action across those steps with general tips and tricks and real-world examples gathered over years of involvement in this quality of care project.


Bio’s (there are three speakers)

Bob De Clercq has a PhD in Bioscience Engineering and a Master in Statistical Data Analysis. He has a broad interest in R&D in many areas of technology, with passion for modelling and data sciences. In 2018 he started working at the UGent Center for Data Analysis and Statistical Science as statistical consultant. He is also involved with statistics teaching in FLAMES and the Academy for Lifelong Learning.


Dries Reynders holds Master’s degrees in Physics and Statistical Data Analysis. He joined Stat-Gent in 2015 as a statistical consultant, engaging in a wide range of projects for industry, government and academics. His main interests concern clinical trials, survival analysis and causal inference in observational data.

Els Goetghebeur is Full Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics. She chairs the UGent expert Center for Data Analysis and Statistical Science. She is Editor-in-Chief of ‘Statistics in Medicine’ and chair of the causal inference group of STRATOS ‘Strengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies’. Her research is devoted to the development and application of data analytic methods for primarily biomedical applications generally and with a focus on causal inference, survival analysis and quality of care. She has taught many years in an international context, including at Harvard, Stanford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is director of the Academy for Lifelong Learning of the Faculty of Science at UGent and one of the steering group member of FLAMES.

11:15 - 11:45 | Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:30 | Prof. dr. Jan Aerts (UHasselt)
Augmented Intelligence – Visual Analytics as Hypothesis-Generating Engine

Abstract
Machine learning and artificial intelligence methods have a great impact on our lives, the understanding of our surroundings, and the ability to make decisions. Unfortunately, a reliance on these methods without context can lead to adverse consequences. In this talk, we will illustrate how interactive data visualisation and visual analytics can empower the user in understanding complex data and making well-informed decisions. In particular, we will focus on the role of custom visual design, and topological data analysis for contextualisation.


Bio
Jan Aerts has a background in genomics research since 2000, and turned his eye to visual analytics in 2010. His main interest lies in helping users get to grips with complex data in a visual way.

12:30 - 14:00 | Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:15 | Short & more hands-on oriented talks
Short & more hands-on oriented talks on using visualisation in research and using visualisation as a way of communicating research.

Abstract
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15:15 - 15:30 | Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00 | dr. Lara Stas (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
How to recognize and avoid misleading data visualisations?

Abstract
Data visualisations are omnipresent in our everyday life. What should we pay attention to when viewing and making graphs? This presentation is about the use and misuse of data visualisation. Hands-on tools are given for recognizing misleading graphs and how to avoid common pitfalls yourself.


Bio
Lara Stas obtained her PhD in the field of dyadic data analysis at Ghent University. In 2019, she started working at the Interfaculty Centre for Data processing and Statistics (ICDS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Here, she became the principal statistical consultant for the human & social scientists which is also known as the VUB’s Core Facility of Statistics. In this position, she offers statistical and methodological support in the form of consultations, statistical coaching, data analyses and workshops.
Lara is also employed as a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University where she is the quantitative data manager of an SBO-project (i.e., funded interuniversity project).

16:40 - 16:30 | dr. Koen Van den Eeckhout (BARYON)
Show, don’t tell: turning complex data into powerful visual stories.

Abstract
Infographics and data visuals are excellent ways to share your research with your audience. But it’s also hard: you need a combination of different skills to create visuals that grab the attention and engage your audience. In this talk, we’ll explore how design and communication principles help you create powerful visual stories. Make the visuals in your next presentation, article or poster stand out!


Bio
Koen Van den Eeckhout is a PhD in Physics who is in love with visual communication: as founder of information design agency Baryon he creates static and interactive infographics, builds innovative data visualizations and spreads his limitless passion for visual information through workshops and presentations.

Hybrid event
You can choose to join on-campus at KU Leuven or online.