Upcoming Events

Array of Things Photo

Big Data and the Public Good

Monday, April 4, 2016

In the third installment of the series, we will talk with Douglas Pancoast about the Array of Things, an urban data sensing project. This network of interactive, modular sensor boxes will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use.

Past Events

The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry


Thursday, November 5, 2015

In the second installment of this series, we talked with three members of Deep Lab, a collaborative group of cyberfeminist researchers, artists, writers, engineers and cultural producers engaged in ongoing critical assessments of contemporary digital culture.

Simone Browne, Ingrid Burrington, and Allison Burtch discussed how their work as artists, critics and members of the Deep Lab collective engages with issues of privacy, security and surveillance.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The phenomenon known as “big data” is revolutionizing the way businesses, governments and citizens collect and use information.

We talked with Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid to ask: What does it mean to approach “human” topics, like romantic attraction or racial bias, through numbers? What can data science and the humanities learn from each other?

Steering Committee

Veronica Arreola, Director, Women in Science and Engineering, UIC

Emile Cambry, Jr., Founder and CEO, BLUE 1647

Michelle Frisque, Chief of Technology, Content & Innovation, Chicago Public Library

Joe Germuska, Interim Director, Knight Lab at Northwestern University

Douglas Pancoast, Associate Director of Architecture, SAIC

Sonja Marziano, Project Coordinator, Smart Chicago Collaborative

Daniel X. O’Neil, Executive Director, Smart Chicago Collaborative

Harper Reed, Founder and CEO, Modest, Inc.

Dan Sinker, Director, Knight-Mozilla Open News