Observatory that transforms big data into images launches at Imperial

An observatory that allows people to visualise everything from cryptocurrency transactions to migration patterns, will open at Imperial today. The largest of its kind in Europe, the KPMG Data Observatory features an enveloping circular wall of 64 monitors with 313 degrees of surround vision, powered by 32 computers. It has immense data processing capacity, allowing users to see data patterns up close that they would not be able to see on an ordinary computer screen. The bank of screens can be reconfigured into five separate sections, allowing users to work on multiple projects in the same space.Designed, built by and housed within Imperial’s Data Science Institute (DSI), which aims to put the UK at the forefront of data science, the project forms part of a long term £20 million global…


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