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Master’s Degree in Visual Tools to Empower Citizens

1st Edition

Management

  • Karma Peiró

    Transparency, accountability, ethics, and democratic culture

    Karma Peiró is a journalist specialising in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) since 1995. She has worked for the main Catalan public and private media outlets, such as La Vanguardia, TV3 or Catalunya Ràdio. She has also served as the director of the leading online newspaper in Catalan, Nació Digital. Her areas of interest include ethics, artificial intelligence, transparency and data activism.

  • Xaquín Veira González

    Data visualization design and creative technologies

    Xaquín G.V. is a visual journalist and data visualisation expert. He has worked for El Mundo, The New York Times, National Geographic and The Guardian, where he led the Visuals team. His areas of interest include visual literacy, emotional data communication, and automation of visual narratives.

Coordination

  • Anton Bardera Reig

    Data visualisation programming

    Anton Bardera holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2002) and a PhD from the University of Girona (2008). He is currently an associate lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Girona. His main fields of research are image processing, visualisation, information theory, and biomedical applications. He has co-authored two books, several articles in indexed journals and papers at international conferences.

Teaching staff

  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates

    Guest speaker

    PhD in Computer Science. He is director of Graduate Data Science Programs (part-time) at Northeastern University (Silicon Valley) and Full professor in computer science at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Adjunct professor at the CS department of the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a member of the AI Advisory Council of Spain. ACM and IEEE fellow.

  • Anton Bardera Reig

    Data visualisation programming

    Anton Bardera holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2002) and a PhD from the University of Girona (2008). He is currently an associate lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Girona. His main fields of research are image processing, visualisation, information theory, and biomedical applications. He has co-authored two books, several articles in indexed journals and papers at international conferences.

  • Eva Belmonte

    Guest speaker

    Co-director of the Civio Foundation, an independent, non-profit organisation that monitors public authorities. Author of “Our daily BOE”, where she offers a daily round-up of the Official Gazette of the Spanish State, informing citizens about how the decisions listed therein affect them.

  • Helena Bengtsson

    Guest speaker

    Helena Bengtsson is the data editor for Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national broadcaster. She previously worked with The Guardian’s data team (an entirely female team), where she led data analysis for both the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations.

  • Apple Chan-Fardel

    Guest speaker

    Apple Chan-Fardel is an engineer specialising in data visualisation, the creation of user interfaces (design and experience) and machine learning. Between 2015 and 2017, she worked as a data visualisation developer at The Guardian in London. Her projects included being at the forefront of developing the internal visualisation tool.

  • Marc Comas Cufi

    Statistical programming

    Marc Comas holds a degree in mathematics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in statistics and compositional data analysis from the University of Girona (UdG). He currently works as a statistician within the research group of Epidemiology and Vascular Health Research of Girona. He is also an associate lecturer in statistics at the UdG.

  • Karina Gibert

    Statistical programming

    Karina Gibert is Full Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC). Bachelor in Informatics Engineering with specialities in computational statistics and Artificial Intelligence. Ph.D. in Computer Science. Postgraduate in Higher Eductation Teaching. Member of the governmental working team Catalonia.AI. ViceDean for Big Data, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence of the Official Professional Chamber of Informatics Engineering of Catalonia and Vicepresident for Equity and Ethics (COEINF).

  • Matt Osborn

    Open data engineering and systems architecture

    Matt is a software engineer with a background in a range of disciplines, including extensive experience in data processing & analysis, data visualization, and interactive web design. He has worked on various web-based dataviz projects and spent some time at The Guardian where he worked on two UK general election live result trackers.

  • Karma Peiró

    Transparency, accountability, ethics, and democratic culture

    Karma Peiró is a journalist specialising in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) since 1995. She has worked for the main Catalan public and private media outlets, such as La Vanguardia, TV3 or Catalunya Ràdio. She has also served as the director of the leading online newspaper in Catalan, Nació Digital. Her areas of interest include ethics, artificial intelligence, transparency and data activism.

  • Josep Sitjar

    Cartography and visualisation

    Josep Sitjar is Geographer and has a master's degree in environmental change. Specialized in GIS and web development, he works at SIGTE? (Geographical Information Systems Lab from University of GIrona) since 2007. He has been involved on several projects related to geospatial information, and is teacher of 'Remote Sensing' and 'Web Mapping' subjects at UNIGIS. Josep is also one of the organizers of 'Jornadas de SIG Libre', the Spanish FOSS4G. 

  • Monica Ulmanu

    Guest speaker

    Monica Ulmanu is a graphic editor for The Washington Post. She joined the Post in 2018 from the Visual team of The Guardian, where she worked as an editor of special projects. She previously worked at Thomson Reuters, The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

  • Xaquín Veira González

    Data visualization design and creative technologies

    Xaquín G.V. is a visual journalist and data visualisation expert. He has worked for El Mundo, The New York Times, National Geographic and The Guardian, where he led the Visuals team. His areas of interest include visual literacy, emotional data communication, and automation of visual narratives.

  • Lluis Vicens

    Cartography and visualisation

    Lluís Vicens is geographer by the University of Girona. He is part of the Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Service (SIGTE) of this university, working as a GIS technician and analyst. He teaches in many GIS courses and specialized training. It is also part of the teaching team of the professional master in GIS, UNIGIS Girona. He has been coordinator of the Free SIG Conference (2007-2016) and member of the local organizing committee of the international conference FOSS4G (2009-2010).

  • Carlo Zapponi

    Guest speaker

    Carlo Zapponi creates data visualisations for the Cisco analytics team. Before that, he worked at The Guardian, Microsoft/Nokia and Frog Design. In his spare time, he co-authored Visualize News and Soccer. He is passionate about everything that mixes creativity, data and people. The management reserves the right to make changes to the teaching team if any of the teachers are unable to teach their subject for whatever reason, guaranteeing the same level of quality and professional status.

*The management team reserves all rights to make changes if any teacher can’t teach a subject, always ensuring the same quality and professional category levels.
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