Learn the ins and outs of data visualisation!

In a world with shorter attention spans and greater information overload, data visualisation can work wonders for breaking through the noise. In our new webinar ‘The power of data visualisation’, you will learn the fundamentals of data visualisation and the science behind it, and how to apply it to your real-world analyses.

Data visualisation is a powerful mechanism useful in several phases of the data science workflow. It supports both data exploration and understanding and enables to present insights extracted from this data to users. However, choosing the most effective data visualisation method is not a straightforward task. Therefore, our next session of the Sirris EluciDATA Lab Mastercourse will focus on this topic.

A new world of opportunities for SMEs

While leading examples by multi-billion dollar businesses such as Google, Amazon or Facebook walk away with the most attention, data science can also be extremely valuable to innovate within any industrial domain, as well as within SMEs. It enables you to derive new insights from experimental data, to profile products and customers, to optimise production processes, to predict machine failures, etc.

In this context, the Sirris EluciDATA Mastercourse provides pragmatic and industry-oriented learning sessions on data-driven innovation. The Mastercourse (given in English) is composed of several stand-alone sessions, in order to accommodate the different needs and viewpoints of people with different backgrounds. It is open to any company that is interested in data innovation.

In our webinar ‘The power of data visualisation’, you will learn the fundamentals of data visualisation, and how to apply it to your real-world analyses. It helps you understand how to communicate data in a way that is easy to grasp, and provides your audience with the greatest degree of insight. With its hands-on approach, our webinar session will add instant value to your data visualisation efforts. 

Do more (and innovate with your data)

If not selected carefully, inappropriate data visualisations might lead to incorrect interpretations. Choosing the most effective visualisation technique, therefore requires knowledge on various aspects. Which visualisation methods exist and are the most suitable? What is the data about? And what outcome needs to be shown?

Furthermore, creating appropriate data visualisations requires a vast amount of knowledge on human perception. As the adage says, a picture is worth a thousand words. However, how can we represent data in a way that is understandable for anyone? And how can we draw people’s attention to the most crucial information?

The goal of this webinar session is to give an overview of the existing data visualisation methods and of how they can be most effectively used to highlight important data properties, underscore trends, reveal hidden patterns, etc.

This session focuses on:

  • How can data visualisation help you to make sense of your data, and facilitate advanced data exploration and analysis?
  • Which different data visualisation methods exist and what type of data can they most effectively represent?
  • How to choose the most appropriate data visualisation technique for identifying insights and communicating results?

Use case: circular heatmaps for traffic analysis

A great example of what will be addressed in the webinar is originating from the MISTic project executed by the EluciDATA Lab of Sirris in partnership with Macq and VUB. In this use case, the traffic situation in Brussels in times of Covid-19 restrictions is analysed, based on the open dataset of Brussels Mobility. The dataset contains vehicle counts on 55 busy locations in the city of Brussels.

From that data, weekly traffic intensity fingerprints are constructed in the form of a circular heatmap. The heatmap depicts the days of the week as concentration circles starting with Monday in the inner circle, followed by Tuesday in the next circle and so on until placing Sunday on the outermost circle. The circles are divided in sectors of 1 hour. The darker the colour of a sector the more intense traffic has been observed. This compact visualisation enables a viewer to compare different weekly fingerprints and find patterns in that data.

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If you are interested in that use case analysis, you can read the full details here

Practical information 

Our webinar ‘The power of data visualisation’ is part of the Mastercourse ‘Data Innovation’ 2021, organised by the Sirris Data and AI Competence Lab (EluciDATA Lab). It is given over two half days and can be followed as a stand-alone session or in combination with other sessions provided. The course consists of six sessions, each focusing on different steps in the data innovation process.


  • First half day: 16 March 13:00 - 15:30
  • Second half day: 18 March 13:00 - 15:30

> Enroll now for the webinar