“Biocontrol” Simulation

By Kiri Stolz

The goal of this sketch was to make the data “invisible”, so that the viewer doesn’t even know that it’s being shown to them. Behind the scenes are many pieces of code that calculate the likelihood that a piece of the digital plant will be galled by the digital wasps. These calculations are based entirely on the data itself, taking into account the age of the plant, it’s species, and how many galls were created on it during the actual experiment.

This style of Data Visualization is an effective way of introducing the viewer to a set of data that is not overwhelming or intimidating, but also allows them to construct their own questions about what they are seeing, and (hopefully) seek to have them answered, either by careful observation, or by speaking with an expert in the field.