Alberto Cairo

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Alberto Cairo is an Assistant Professor of the Professional Practice at the School of Communication of the University of Miami since January 2012. He is also director of the visualization program at UM's Center for Computational Science (

Prior to coming to UM, Cairo was an infographics editor at several Spanish newspapers (1997-2000), director of online infographics at El Mundo  (Spain, 2000-2005), Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2005-2008), James H. Shumaker Term Assistant Professor at UNC (2008-2009), and director of infographics and multimedia at Editora Globo (Brazil, 2010-2011).

Cairo is the author of two books, Infografía 2.0  (published just in Spanish, in 2008) and The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization , published by Peachpit Press, a division of Pearson Education (2012).

Cairo has also recorded a 12-hour video tutorial titled Creating Maps, Charts, and Infographics with Adobe Illustrator  (Peachpit Press, 2013). He is currently working on his next book, tentatively titled The Insightful Art: Communicating With Data, Charts, and Maps, to be published at the end 2015 or beginning of 2016.

In 2013, Cairo created the first journalism Massive Open Online Course  (MOOC) ever taught in the world. The course, offered through the Knight Center of the University of Texas, was titled Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization , and it has attracted more than 14,000 students from more than 100 countries in its four editions.

Cairo has organized workshops and courses for educational institutions, besides consulting for media organizations, in more than twenty countries. He has been a presenter or keynote speaker at all major conferences about digital journalism, news design, infographics, and visualization. He has also been a keynote in conferences not related to journalism or graphic design, such as IEEE Vis (2014), Tapestry (2014), the Swiss Statistical Society conference (2013), and the North American Cartographic Information Society meeting (2013).

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