Coffee & Viz - Seeing with Your Ears: Exploring Data with Musical Sound


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Friday, February 22, 2019
9:30am to 10:30am

Add to Calendar 2019-02-22 09:30:00 2019-02-22 09:30:00 Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library


Event Description

Sonification is an emerging area of informatics wherein datasets are made available to visually impaired researchers. As a field, it is gaining traction for a number of reasons, including accessibility and the possibility for new insights gained due to the ear’s strength at pattern recognition. In this talk, Mark Ballora, professor of Music Technology at Penn State, will go over principles of how to represent information with sound, providing examples of work that he has done with researchers in a variety of areas, including cosmology, cardiology, meteorology, and marine biology.

Following this talk, Ballora will lead a workshop on the process of sonifying data, providing an introductory experience to using sound to represent properties of a dataset. For more information and to register for this workshop please visit An Introduction to Data Sonification.

Contact Information

Walt Gurley

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

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