Scheduled Activities

VISTech2: Second Workshop on Visualization Infrastructure & Systems Technology at SC 14   

Event Type: Workshops | Time: 9:00AM - 5:30PM | Location: SC '14, New Orleans Convention Center

Human perception is centered on the ability to process information contained in visible light, and our visual interface is a tremendously powerful data processor. Every day we are inundated with staggering amounts of digital data. In research for some computational sciences, visualization techniques are the only viable means of extracting information and developing a deep and clear understanding from data at scale. Thus, integrating our visual capacity with technological capabilities has tremendous potential for providing a transformational ability to understanding this data.

In this workshop, we will explore the intersection between human perception and large-scale visual analysis through the study of visualization interfaces and interactive displays. This rich intersection includes virtual reality systems, visualization through augmented reality, large-scale visualization systems, novel visualization interfaces, high-resolution interfaces, mobile displays, and visualization display middleware. The VISTech (Visualization Infrastructure & Systems Technology) workshop will provide a forum in which experts in the large-scale visualization technology field and users can come together to discuss state-of-the art technologies for visualization infrastructures and systems.

Topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • High-resolution displays and interfaces
  • Interaction technologies
  • Mobile displays
  • Virtual reality systems
  • Augmented reality
  • Ubiquitous displays
  • Visualization display middleware
  • Large scale visualization systems

Papers submitted to this workshop should be in the IEEE format and no longer than 4 pages plus 1 additional page for images. We encourage authors to submit a YouTube video up to 3 minutes long and animations of their work. The papers should be original and not previously published. Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the workshop topics. Papers presented at the workshop will be published as a workshop report.

Workshop Agenda:


9:00 - 9:30 Introduction and Opening Remarks Kelly Gaither, Texas Advanced Computing Center
9:30 - 10:00 Creating Animations with Paraview Bill Sherman, Indiana University
10:00 - 10:30 BREAK  
10:30 - 11:00 Using Immersive VR to Probe the Principles of Perception  Nicholas Polys, Virginia Tech University
11:00 - 11:30 Spherical Displays: Applications and Best Practices Eric Wernert
11:30 - 12:00 KAUST Visualization Laboratory: Sustaining and Operating at Scale Madhu Srinivasan
12:00 - 1:30 LUNCH  
1:30 - 2:00 Providing the Infrastructure for Augmenting Research Effectiveness in Visualization Laboratories Heriberto Nieto
2:00 - 2:30 Facilitating the Enculturation of Undergraduates into Visualization through Workshops and Research Experiences in Collaborative Data Visualization Applications Vetria Byrd
2:30 - 3:00 Reality Deck - Immersive Gigapixel Display Koosha Mirhosseini
3:00 - 3:30 BREAK  
3:30 - 4:00 SAGE2 Jason Leigh
4:00 - 5:15 Open Discussion on VizLab Futures  
5:15 - 5:30 Closing Remarks and Next Steps Kelly Gaither, Texas Advanced Computing Center


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Kelly Gaither - Texas Advanced Computing Center

Jason Leigh - The University of Hawaii

Falko Kuester - CalIT2, University of California, San Diego

Eric A. Wernert - Pervasive Technology Institute, Indiana University

Aditi Majumder - University of California, Irvine