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Jen Lowe

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Jen Lowe presenting her winning entry at Wikiviz in 2011

Jen Lowe is an American data scientist and professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).[1] Lowe has also researched at Columbia University's Spatial Information Design Laboratory, as well as co-founding the School for Poetic Computation in New York.[1][2] She is a member of the collective Deep Lab.[3][4]

Lowe's work is primarily focused on human interactions with data technology, most notably her One Human Heartbeat project that visualizes Lowe's own heartbeat. Lowe currently lives in New York.[5]

Notable work[edit]

  • One Human Heartbeat, a project in which Lowe visualized her heartbeat in semi- real time. The data was on a 24-hour delay to allow for data upload, but it played in real time.[1][6] The piece was described as "hopeful."[7]
  • Wind Flow[8]
  • Guayupia, a collaboration with Patricio González Vivo. The two created a map of their son's genealogy and heritage, flipping the typical direction of maps so South was at the top.[9][10]
  • The Library Project, a collaboration between Laura Kurgan and the Spatial Information Design Lab, and visualization designers Annelie Berner and Derek Watkins.[11][12]

Published work[edit]

  • The Book of Shaders[13]
  • Two-Component Horizontal Aerosol Motion Vectors in the Atmospheric Surface Layer from a Cross-Correlation Algorithm Applied to Scanning Elastic Backscatter Lidar Data[14]
  • Clearing Space[5]


  1. ^ a b c Brownstone, Sydney (2014-04-08). "This Woman's Online Heartbeat Will Make You Think About Big Data And The Quantified Self". Fast Company. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  2. ^ "A Creative Coding School Run By Artists Opens In New York". www.vice.com. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  3. ^ "Founding Members". Deep Lab. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  4. ^ "The All-Women Hacker Collective Making Art About the Post-Snowden Age". www.vice.com. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  5. ^ a b "STET | Clearing space". stet.editorially.com. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  6. ^ "One Human Heartbeat: The Pulse Of A Person, On The Web 24/7". Popular Science. 2019-03-18. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  7. ^ Yau, Nathan (2014-03-26). "Human heartbeat". FlowingData. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  8. ^ Wind Flow, retrieved 2021-04-02
  9. ^ "Patricio González Vivo & Jen Lowe - Guayupia". Territory. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  10. ^ Mattern, Shannon (2017-09-26). "Mapping's Intelligent Agents". Places Journal (2017). doi:10.22269/170926.
  11. ^ spatialinformationdesignlab.org http://spatialinformationdesignlab.org/project_sites/library/. Retrieved 2021-05-13. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Columbia University Library's collection visualised". Visualising Data. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  13. ^ "The Book of Shaders". The Book of Shaders. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  14. ^ Mayor, Shane D.; Lowe, Jennifer P.; Mauzey, Christopher F. (2012-11-01). "Two-Component Horizontal Aerosol Motion Vectors in the Atmospheric Surface Layer from a Cross-Correlation Algorithm Applied to Scanning Elastic Backscatter Lidar Data". Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. 29 (11): 1585–1602. Bibcode:2012JAtOT..29.1585M. doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00225.1. ISSN 0739-0572.