Uber’s Data Visualization Tools with Ib Green

Uber needs to visualize data on a range of different surfaces. A smartphone user sees cars moving around on a map as they wait for their ride to arrive. Data scientists and operations researchers within Uber study the renderings of traffic moving throughout a city.

Data visualization is core to Uber, and the company has developed a stack of technologies around visualization in order to build appealing, highly functional applications. DeckGL is a library for high-performance visualizations of large data sets. LumaGL is a set of components that targets high performance rendering. These and other tools make up VisGL, the data visualization technology that powers Uber.

Uber’s visualization team included Ib Green, who left Uber to co-found Unfolded.ai, a company that builds geospatial analytics products. He joins the show to discuss his work on visualization products and libraries at Uber, as well as the process of taking that work to found Unfolded.ai. Full disclosure: I am an investor in Unfolded.ai.

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