Visualization plays a significant role in the exploration and understanding of data across all disciplines with a universal goal: gaining insight into the complex relationships that exist within the data. The need to diversify a field with such far reaching influences is imperative. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for networking and mentoring among underrepresented groups in the field of visualization. The workshop, scheduled for February 10-11, 2014, will be hosted at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson University (CU) not only hosts the Palmetto Cluster, utilized by CU faculty to run large scale simulations that are later used in visualization, but also features a number of visualization labs and centers that participants will have an opportunity to visit. This workshop is designed to inform, inspire and encourage participants to engage in the multidisciplinary dynamics of visualization.
The goal of the workshop is to broaden participation of women and underrepresented groups in visualization; however all persons with an interest in visualization are encouraged to apply.
Travel expenses (flight or mileage), meals and lodging costs will be provided for workshop participants. While our original funding allowed us to reimburse anyone at a US university, we are now regrettably restricted to reimbursing only US citizens. We recognize this is a serious constraint, but it is a federal regulation on the funding. Persons with their own travel funds wishing to participate in the workshop are also encouraged to apply.
Persons (workshop participants and non-workshop participants) interested in being included in a visualization email list may indicate so on the online application.
All application materials must be submitted electronically by 11:59 (EST) PM on November 29, 2013.
|Monday, February 10, 2014|
|7:30 — 8:30 AM||Breakfast
|8:30 — 9:00 AM||Welcome and Introductions
Jim Bottum, CIO;
|9:00 — 10:00 AM||Speaker #1 - TBA
|10:00 — 10:30 AM||Networking Activity
|10:30 — 12:00 PM||Panel
|12:00 — 12:45 PM||Lunch
|12:45 — 1:45 PM||Meet the Panelists
|1:45 — 2:00 PM||Setup for Posters/Break
|2:00 — 2:15 PM||Group Photo
|2:15 — 3:00 PM||Lightning Round
|3:00 — 5:00 PM||Visualization Poster Showcase
|5:00 — 5:30 PM||Poster removal
|6:00 — 7:00 PM||Dinner
|7:00 — 9:00 PM||Evening Activity
|Tuesday, February 11, 2014|
|7:00 — 8:00 AM||Breakfast
|8:00 AM||Bus leaves for Information Technology Center (ITC) tour
|8:30 — 10:00 AM||Tour of ITC
Jay Harris, Director of Operations
|9:45 AM||Bus leaves ITC for Campus
|10:00 — 10:45 AM||Visualization Presentation
|10:45 — 12:00 PM||Visualization Lab Tours
|12:00 — 12:15 PM||Travel to Madren Conference Center
|12:15 — 1:15 PM||Lunch
|1:15 — 1:45 PM||Concurrent Mentoring Activity
|2:00 — 2:30 PM|
|2:30 - 3:00 PM||Closing Remarks
Bus leaves for GSP
Dr. Donna J. Cox is the Michael Aiken Chair, Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Director of Illinois eDream Institute (Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media), and Professor in the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois. For over 25 years, she has pioneered the art of scientific visualization for communication and outreach. She organized the first "Renaissance Teams" as an interdisciplinary methodology to address visualization challenges. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry selected her as one of 40 modern Leonardo DaVinci's. She and her collaborators have thrilled millions of people with stunning cinematic visualizations for IMAX movies, feature films, PBS HD television, and large-screen digital museum shows around the world. She has served as Director-at-Large and Experimental Technologies Chair for the SIGGRAPH Conference. As Director of the eDream Institute, she is working with campus leadership, faculty and students to foster and support creative visualization projects at the University of Illinois. She and her collaborators have thrilled millions of people with visualizations for IMAX movies, feature film, PBS HD television, and large-screen digital shows at museums around the world. AVL prototypes novel visualization technologies and works closely with the eDream Institute. In collaboration with University of Illinois leadership, Cox formed the eDream Institute to synergize innovation across the arts and sciences, supporting artists, faculty and students and creative productions such as the Tao of Bach.
Dr. Donald H. House is Professor and Chair of Visual Computing in the School of Computing at Clemson University. His primary research areas are in the broad fields of computer graphics and visualization, with special interests in physically based animation, and in perceptual issues. He is coeditor of the seminal book on cloth simulation in graphics, Cloth and Clothing in Computer Graphics, A K Peters, Ltd., 2000. Dr. House holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Union College.
Dr. Joshua A. Levine is an assistant professor in the Visual Computing division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University after completing his BS and MS in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. His research interests include geometric modeling, scientific visualization, mesh generation, topological analysis, vector fields, volume and medical imaging, surface reconstruction, computer graphics, and computational geometry.
Dr. Michael Smith is a visual media architect and academic program director with Intel where he leads education programs in visualization, high performance computing, parallel programming and mobile computing. He has over 15 years of experience in visual media and academic collaborations. He is a specialist in computational media systems and the author of numerous papers and a book on video indexing and summarization. He is also a research advisor with the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing Digital Library at U.C. Berkeley. He recently completed a post with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to develop a new national university, where he was the Vice President of Digital Media Studies. He has served as the Director of Research at France Telecom R&D, San Francisco, and a visiting researcher at the University of Texas, Morehouse College, the University of Campinas, Brazil, and the University of Cape Town. Michael Smith holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor's degree from Tuskegee University and North Carolina A&T University.
Dr. Nancy M. Amato, Distinguished ACM Speaker, is Unocal Professor and Interim Department Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University where she co-directs the Parasol Lab.
She received undergraduate degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Stanford University in 1986, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 and 1995, respectively. She was an AT&T Bell Laboratories PhD Scholar, received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, is a Distinguished Speaker for the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and is an IEEE Fellow.
She has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing. She was co-Chair of the National Center for Women in Information Technology(NCWIT) Academic Alliance (2009-2011), is a member of the Computing Research Association's Committees on the Status of Women in Computing Research CRA-W)and Education (CRA-E), and of the ACM, IEEE, and CRA sponsored Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC). She has directed or co-directed the CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU, formally known as the DMP) since 2000. She received a University-level teaching award from the Texas A&M Association of Former Students and the Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education at Texas A&M. Her main areas of research focus are motion planning and robotics, computational biology and geometry, and parallel and distributed computing.
Dr. Sederick Rice holds degrees from Delaware State University (MS, 1996) and The University of Vermont (PhD, 2003) and is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he mentors and instructs undergraduate and graduate students throughout the Arkansas Delta. Dr. Rice was selected as 2012 National Science Digital Library (NSDL) BioSciNet (BEN) Scholar for his work on the "Digital in the Delta," project which promotes computational biology/modeling digital hub resources for central and eastern Arkansas K-12 administrators, K-12 educators and students, and their parents. Dr. Rice serves as Co-PI of the Arkansas Minority Cyberinfrastructure Training Education Consortium (AMC-TEC), a unique interdisciplinary Cyberinfrastructure (CI) educational community within Arkansas that educates a majority minority student population, and faculty in Cyberinfrastructure-oriented concepts, theories, practices, and principles. Dr. Rice's current research focuses on utilizing low-cost visualization systems in K-14 science and math learning environments. To-date, Dr. Rice has helped to develop two outstanding projects, funded by the Department of Homeland Security, within areas of visualization including his work as Co-PI of the Arkansas Cyber Security Community of Practice (ACS-CP)- the only Cyber security minor within a STEM curriculum at a HBCU, which offer students the opportunity to interact with cyber security concepts and theories utilizing cloud computing environments (virtual labs) and dynamic visualizations of security concepts.
Maxine D. Brown is an Associate Director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at UIC. She is currently co-principal investigator of the US National Science Foundation's (NSF) International Research Network Connections Program's TransLight/StarLight award, and was previously co-principal investigator of the NSF-funded EuroLink and STAR TAP/StarLight initiatives. Brown was the project manager of the NSF-funded OptIPuter project.
Brown is a member of the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA), is a founding member of Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF), and is co-chair of the GLIF Research & Applications working group. Brown is also the UIC representative and past President of the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computing (GLCPC). Previously, Brown served as an officer of the ACM SIGGRAPH organization and has been very active in ACM SIGGRAPH and ACM/IEEE Supercomputing conferences. She was was one of several American technical advisors to the G7 GIBN activity in 1995, and co-created and co-chaired the international grid (iGrid) Workshops in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2005.
In recognition of her services to UIC and the community at large, Brown is a recipient of the 1990 UIC Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) award; the 2001 UIC Merit Award; and the 1998 ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award. In 2009, Chicago's award-winning multimedia public affairs series "Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham" designated Brown as one of 15 Global Visionaries for her role in co-developing StarLight.
Dr. Sophie Jörg is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Computing division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. Her research interests are in computer graphics, specifically character animation and perception. Before joining Clemson, she received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, interned at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. Further information about her research can be found at her website.
Dr. Alberto I. Roca is a first-generation Peruvian-American from Houston, Texas who received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Roca is an independent scientist who developed a novel visualization technique ProfileGrid for the bioinformatic analysis of large protein families. The work has been published BMC Bioinformatics and F1000Research. Dr. Roca has presented his award-winning JProfileGrid software at the bioinformatic visualization conferences VIZBI and BioVis. He is a member of International Society for Computational Biology and volunteers on diversity activities by mentoring minority trainees at the ISCB/ISMB annual conference as well as at the student conferences: Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Dr. Roca is also the Founder and Executive Director of DiverseScholar whose mission is to promote the recruitment, mentoring, and success of diverse doctorates thereby facilitating the diversification of the STEM doctoral workforce. The non-profit's programming and professional development activities help graduate students and postdocs transition to professional positions by connecting trainees with institutional diversity recruiters.
The workshop will be held at the Madren Conference Center. The Madren is surrounded by the Walker Golf Course and is connected to Clemson's own James F. Martin Inn, a favorite among hotels in Clemson.
Travel expenses (flight or mileage), meals, and lodging costs will be provided for workshop participants. Application process open October 1, 2013.
The online application can be found on the Application page. All application materials including letters of recommendation must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) November 29, 2013.
Vetria Byrd (Chair) is a Visualization Scientist with Clemson Computing and Information Technology Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration (CCIT-CITI). Dr. Byrd's duties include applying visualization techniques to assigned problems in knowledge domains such as life sciences, automotive engineering, and history/social sciences; educating and informing visualization experts regarding domain science applications; in collaboration with high performance/high throughput computing experts, developing and maintaining training materials; and working with faculty at partner institutions in South Carolina to an expanded community that is familiar with available visualization tools and expertise at Clemson University. Vetria develops and maintains a series of visualization workshops designed to introduce visualization to the Clemson Community, provide participants with hands on experience with visualization tools and serves as a starting point for utilizing visualization resources as an effective approach to gaining insight into research data. Vetria holds a PhD in Computer Science (with a focus on Bioinformatics), and Master's Degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science.
Jill B. Gemill is an Associate Research Professor of Computer Science at Clemson University. Dr. Gemmill has continuously mentored female students, colleagues and collaborators throughout her 30+ years as a computer professional; one third of those years were spent developing data analytics and three dimensional visualization in neuroscience research. Dr. Gemmill has published 33 articles and 2 technical books; is cited for technical contributions in 16 publications; has given 41 invited talks; and obtained more than $24 million dollars in federal research funding. Recent activities include organizing cyberinfrastructure awareness and education through partnerships and conferences co-hosted with South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Edward Duffy is a computational scientist in Clemson Computing and Information Technology, the university's central IT organization. Edward's primary responsibility is research support for the university's high-performance cluster, and high-throughput HTCondor grid. His research support duties range from teaching classes for researchers new to the cyberinfrastructure resources; sitting down with researchers one-on-one to optimize their experience with the resources; and developing web applications dedicated to running specific research tools on the computational resources. He has helped bring computation to researchers in almost every science and engineering department on campus, as well as researchers from the agriculture, forestry, psychology, and architecture departments. Edward co-teaches an undergraduate course in distributed computing, introducing the students to parallel programming concepts using MPI, pthreads, OpenMP, and Hadoop MapReduce.
Galen Collier is a computational scientist in Clemson University's Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration group. Dr. Collier has more than a decade of experience with the application of computational science and advanced computing techniques in the study of structure and function of biomacromolecules (a research area where visualization is of fundamental importance). As an instructor and coordinator for Clemson University's advanced computing user education programs, Galen has gained over five years of experience with advising, training, and supporting researchers at all levels in the use of advanced computing resources. The courses he has developed and taught both at Clemson and at other institutions include general cyberinfrastructure utilization courses, programming courses, and advanced special topics courses.
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