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Dan Burger

Web Application Developer, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN United States

Everything I do is centered around empowering people through the exploration of data. As a staff web application developer at Vanderbilt University, I lead the development of Filtergraph (http://filtergraph.vanderbilt.edu), an interactive web application that can be used to transform data files into colorful dashboards for visualizing data.

This application is currently being used by over 300 people in 30 countries who work on projects ranging from NASA space telescopes and exoplanet research to soil analysis in Bangladesh. One of these people is a graduate student at Vanderbilt who used my tool to serendipitously discover the relationship between the flickering of a star and the amount of gravity on its surface. This discovery was published in the prestigious journal Nature and picked up by local and national media outlets, which will go a long way in furthering her career as an astronomer.

I am passionate about data science and visualization and have given many talks throughout the country about my work, including as an invited chairperson and speaker at the Innovation Enterprise Data Visualization Summit in Boston this past September. Furthermore, I supervise and mentor a Vanderbilt undergraduate on the development and implementation of Filtergraph.

In addition to my work with FIltergraph, I also work on a voting system for the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) that is used by over 40 astronomers to help identify and discover extrasolar planets. In the past, I developed a software program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. This program has been used to test a scientific instrument that has the potential to determine the composition of planets and other objects in our solar system.

I earned my master's degree in computer science from Vanderbilt in May 2013, where I also completed my undergraduate degree in computer engineering.

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Filtergraph

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@ VOL 17 ON NOV 06, 2015

creating better interactive visualizations

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