Ph.D. Student Agustin Wins Award at NYC Media Lab Summit

Ph.D. student Agustin Indaco (Economics) won third place for his presentation on the GC’s interactive installation “On Broadway” at NYC Media Lab’s annual summit on Friday, September 25.
Indaco was one of several GC doctoral students who worked on "On Broadway," which showcases New York City through the use of 40 million images and data points collected from 13 miles of Broadway. 
The conference, billed as “a snapshot of the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media from universities in NYC and beyond,” took place at the NYU Skirball Center.  
“We wanted to show a new visual way of representing a city, where users could scroll up and down different blocks on Broadway and find out what the facade looks like, what type of Instagram images are taken there, the volume of taxi pick-ups and drop-offs, the number of Tweets posted and many other characteristics that are available nowadays,” Indaco told the website Medium.

“We wanted to move away from the conventional ways of showing data on graphs or on maps and create a new way of representing life in the 21st-century city.”
"On Broadway" was created by Professor Lev Manovich (Computer Science), whose projects focus on cultural analytics, data visualization, and social computing.
“The project was a result of a unique collaboration between the world’s leading information visualization designer, professional interaction and web designers, computer scientists, and also Ph.D. students from the GC from four different programs (Economics, Art History, Linguistics and Anthropology),” Manovich told Medium.

Submitted on: SEP 22, 2015

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