I had the pleasure of working with Ewen Chardronnet recently and he just published this interview
resulting from some of our discussio
FULL TEXT AT: http://www.makery.info/en/2016/02/01/roger-malina-nous-sommes-a-lage-de-pierre-de-la-datavisualisation/
here is the beginning of the interview:
We are still in the stone age of data visualization”
After a long career in California and France as a physicist and astronomer specialized in ultraviolets and space instruments, Roger Malina currently directs the art and science laboratory at the University of Texas. Makery visited his ArtSciLab at UT Dallas.
Dallas, special report
What made you decide to quit your work as an astronomer at the Observatory in Marseille Provence and enter the field of art and science at the University of Texas?
After 15 years in Berkeley and almost 17 years in Marseille, the University of Texas in Dallas was offering me a new career in art-science research with appointments both in Art and Technology and in Physics. This very young university (30 years is nothing compared to Aix-Marseille University’s 300!) has great new technology facilities. UT Dallas was originally created by the founders of Texas Instruments—the company involved in inventing the integrated circuit in 1958, a major player in the emerging age of information technologies—when they donated the land in 1969. The long-held dream of a UT Dallas engineering school became a reality in 1986 with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, now the university’s second-largest school with about 2,700 students.
When I got here in 2013, the student body was about 18,000, now it’s 23,000. The official objective is 25,000, but I think it will reach 30,000. We are totally in the American business model, where the government provides about 20% of the budget and the rest comes from tuition, philanthropic and research funds. Texas Instruments has played a huge role, putting hundreds of millions of dollars into the buildings. They are very, very present in the Engineering and Computer Science design studios, but there are also a lot of high-tech companies in the Dallas metroplex, which is creating more employment. It’s a unique environment with the confluence of philanthropic and corporate interests in higher education, as well as the whole innovation industry.
REST OF INTERVIEW AT : http://www.makery.info/en/2016/02/01/roger-malina-nous-sommes-a-lage-de-pierre-de-la-datavisualisation/