I am an assistant professor of digital media in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech, where I direct the Local Data Design Lab. I teach courses in Digital Media, Computational Media, Human-Computer Interaction and Science, Technology and Society.

My research is focused on critical data studies. The long-term goal of this work is to build public capacity for critical thinking about data sets of high volume and variability, otherwise known as Big Data. Critical data studies is an emerging area of scholarship that has been bolstered in recent years by empirical and theoretical work in the humanities and social sciences. My contributions to the field demonstrate how design in general, and data visualization in particular, can enrich critical scholarly engagement with Big Data and broaden its impact.

In the past few years, I have co-organized a number of workshops focused on the use of data visualization in the humanities and social sciences, including Humanities Data VisualizationDigitalSTS and Design and Beautiful Data 1 and 2. This website hosts a variety of academic materials, including my bio, examples of past projects, and a list of publications.

Technology Square Research Building
85 5th Street NW, Room 318A
Atlanta, GA 30308
yanni.loukissas [at] lmc [dot] gatech [dot] edu

  • News

    08.10 "A place for Big Data: Close and
    distant readings of accessions data
    from the Arnold Arboretum" was just published in Big Data & Society. Read the article online here

    08.01 "Taking Big Data apart: local readings of composite media collections" was just published in Information, Communication, and Society. Read the article online here

    06.16 I have lots of travel coming up. I will be in New York for Critical Visualization, then Vancouver for Information+, and finally Brighton (UK), where I'm co-organizing a workshop at the Design Research Society.

    04.07.16 I will be talking about "The Life and Death of Data" as part of pyData Atlanta on April 7th @MailChimp

    03.14.16 Big Data, Local Data, Counter Data: three competing strategies for imagining the future. A blog post about our work on housing data.

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