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Alberto Cairo

University of Miami
Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication; Director, Visualization Program at Center for Computational Science

Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami and also directs the Visualization Program at UM’s Center for Computational Science. He teaches courses on information graphics and visualization, and is interested in the convergence between visual communication, journalism, cognitive science, maps, and statistics. He is author of several books about information visualization including The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (2012) and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication, to be published in 2016. He organized the world’s first journalism Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and has spoken at the most influential international conferences on visual journalism and design. He has taught and consulted for educational institutions and media companies in more than 20 countries. He was previously the director for Infographics and Multimedia at Editora Globo, the magazine division of the biggest media group in Brazil, and an assistant professor at the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also led the creation of the award-winning Interactive Infographics Department at El Mundo in Spain.