This post was originally published at bobbyowsinskiblog.com
It’s funny how life presents unusual opportunities that can sometimes lead us down a path that becomes our life’s work, yet we never had an inkling about it previously. That’s what happened to Mark Ballora. During the first year of his PhD, he was asked to turn heart rate data into audio, and he’s been turning data into sounds ever since. Mark, who grew up playing piano and was heavily into music, is now an expert at Penn State University in what’s known as “sonification,” which is becoming a new way to explore large data sets.