NUVis: Topos – Understanding Cities with AI

Title: Topos – Understanding cities with AI

Speaker: Mahir Yavuz, CEO and Co-Founder of Topos

Location: Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Snell Library, Lower Level, Room #090, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Abstract

Mahir Yavuz will talk about the work and the vision of Topos. How to further advance the understanding of cities and neighborhoods in light of the technological sea-change underway in the realms of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Pulling from a wide variety of technologies and disciplines : computer vision, natural language processing, network science, machine learning, statistics, topology, urbanism, data visualization and information design . Topos is creating a transformative, globally scalable platform for understanding urban life and the culture of neighborhoods.

About the Speaker

As a creative technology director, Mahir is a thought leader in Data Science, Visualization, AI/ML products. In the roles he assumed, he partners with a team of data scientists, technologists and designers on solutions for data-centric business problems for clients across the agency that included Nike, PWC, Google, E*TRADE, Tiffany, Walmart and Samsung.

Mahir has more than 16 years of experience in product design and data rich business applications. From 2000 to 2006, Mahir worked as a lead designer and art director in various projects in Istanbul. Between 2006 and 2011, Mahir was the senior researcher on Information Design at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz. Since 2003, he has also been lecturing and conducting workshops on visualization and information design at universities in Turkey, Austria, Canada and the U.S. Mahir’s work has been exhibited internationally including Ars Electronica Festival, Siggraph, Istanbul Biennial and ISEA among others. He is actively giving talks and workshops for organizations and festivals including NYC Government The Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, Visualized Festival, TEDx Istanbul and Vienna.

Mahir has given lectures at undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of interaction design, information design and data visualization since 2003. Taught at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey (2003-2006), University of Art and Design Linz in Austria (2006-2016) and currently working as Adjunct Faculty at Pratt (since 2016) and University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. (since 2014). Advised several BA and MA graduation projects and dissertations. Guest lectures in several universities including MIT, NYU, Colombia, SVA, UPenn, University of Calgary, Rutgers, FH Salzburg, FH St. Pölten, FH Hagenberg.

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