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Two UC Teams Earn Top Honors at Ohio Data Visualization Competition

Monday, April 9, 2018 12:34 PM
Lindner students and alumni secure top prizes for their innovative visualizations at recent Women in Analytics Conference Data Visualization Competition.
Ohio Data Visualization Competition 2018
Dinushki De Livera photo

Two teams from the University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business were awarded first and second place in a data visualization competition at the annual Ohio Women in Analytics Conference. After making it through a series of elimination rounds, both Lindner teams were among the final five teams selected to showcase their data-driven artistic skills to attendees of the March 15 conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Lindner alumnus Dinushki De Livera (BBA ’15, MA-Econ ’16) was awarded the first place prize of $1,000 for her visualization “Women of the City.” Dinushki is a recent graduate of Lindner’s Master of Science in Applied Economics program and is currently working for Unifund in Cincinnati. Insprired by the recent women’s marches around the world and the social concern for gender equality, Dinushki’s visualization represents a women empowerment story using employment data from the city of Cincinnati. Her visual highlights gender disparity in the workforce segmented by age, race and job code. “I want to point out that even though there might be more men in the workforce, the women at large are significantly successful,” she said. “They may not always be dominating the fields, but when they do, it’s powerful.”

Ohio Data Visualization Competition 2018 second-place team

The second-place team, which consisted of current MBA and Information Systems graduate students from Lindner, were awarded $750 for their winning visualization. Pratan Hegde (MS-IS ’18), Nigel Holmes (MSIS part-time), Suneeth Nair (MS-IS ‘18) and Lakshmi Tejaswy Vuppalapati (MBA ’17) chose a Kaggle dataset on world happiness to tell a story of how happy (or sad) the people around the world are. Their goal was to allow the user to explore and engage with the analysis by using multiple interactive visualizations to establish perspective. One of the interactive components was a clickable world map that used differentiating shades of color to indicate happiness by country. Another particularly interesting element in their visual was a diverging bar chart comparison of two countries and how their “world happiness” rating stacked up against each other. 

“It is very exciting to see the growth of the data visualization programs at UC and the Center for Business Analytics,” said Jeffrey Shaffer, an adjunct professor and data visualization expert at UC. “This recent competition proves that our students from past data visualization classes and workshops are now actively working in this field at a broad range of companies and creating terrific portfolios of work. Both of these teams did an excellent job of getting people engaged in their visualization."

About the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati is at an exciting moment on its path to continued preeminence. As a leader in research and teaching excellence, the College has earned national acclaim in several academic areas across its undergraduate, graduate and online programs. In 2019, the College will move into a new state-of-the-art building, which will serve as a 21st-century hub for students, faculty and the Greater Cincinnati business community and provide a collaborative space for education, research and innovation to thrive. The 225,000-square-foot facility is one of the most ambitious construction projects ever undertaken by the University and promises to firmly position Lindner among the best business schools in the nation.