This year, the Autodesk Art and Biology Award went to Stefani Kuzmiski for "Dental Anatomy". Her work combined digital and traditional media techniques to provide an alternative view of dental tissue. The Autodesk award is for the most popular submission to the VIZBI Art and Biology posters, and the winner receives a free license for Autodesk Maya. Well done Stefani !
Kenneth Sabir’s impressive and visually enticing work ‘Rondo: Visualising Chromosome 3D Structure’ won the Nature Protocols prize for Runner-up Scientific Poster for VIZBI 2015, based on popular vote by conference participants. Congratulations to Kenny and co-authors Fabian Buske, Christian Stolte, Seokhee Hong, Susan Clark, and Sean O’Donoghue. Kenny received a year’s free online subscription to the journal plus £250 (US$373) cash.
Samuel Hertig’s innovative work ‘Assembly and visualization of immature HIV’ won the NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award for VIZBI 2015, based on popular vote by conference participants. Congratulations to Samuel and co-authors Graham T. Johnson, Thomas D. Goddard, and Thomas E. Ferrin – they received a Quadro M6000 video card.
The inaugural BDVA meeting will be held at the beautiful Hobart harbour site of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, on 22-25th September 2015. The symposium will host an exciting technical programme featuring internationally renowned keynote speakers, special sessions, and a day of complimentary hands-on workshops. A reception and dinner will be held for participants to mingle and network while enjoying some of the fresh produce that Tasmania is so famous for! Paper submissions close 15th May 2015.
We hope to welcome you to Hobart to join us for BDVA’15!
The journal Nature Protocols have geneously agreed to offer a prize for the 2nd placed Scientific Poster at VIZBI 2015. The prize includes a year’s free online subscription to the journal plus £250 (US$373) cash. Many thanks Nature Protocols!
NVIDIA have confirmed they will again sponsor a fantastic prize for the best scientific poster at VIZBI 2015: their soon-to-be-released Quadro M6000 professional video card, which is expected to retail for ~US$6,000. One of the world’s fastest GPUs, this card is designed for large-scale visualization of complex data; it is reported to contain 3,072 CUDA cores and 12.3GB of memory. The award for best scientific poster will be decided by popular vote.
A few brief updates on VIZBI 2015, which is now only a few weeks away:
Poster submissions. March 7 is the new deadline for uploading posters for normal participants.
‘Virtual’ poster submissions. March 15 is the deadline for upload of posters for remote participants.
Art of Biology submissions. March 15 is also the deadline for Art & Biology submissions.
Conference registration. March 15 is also the conference registration deadline, so please take note if you are planning to attend but have not yet registered.
Winners of the 2014 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge have just been announced. In total, 10 outstanding entries were announced as either winners or honorable mentions in 5 categories (Photography, Illustration, Posters & Graphics, Games & Apps, or Video). To see all 10 winning entries, click here.
Great news for the artistically inclined: Autodesk have again offered a full Maya license as a prize for the best Art & Biology poster at VIZBI 2015. Normally retailing for $3,675, Maya is widely used for creating interactive 3D applications, video games, animated film, TV series, and visual effects. This very generous prize is offered to participants from academia and industry alike, but cannot be resold.
Each conference participant can upload one artistically-inspired Art & Biology image with accompanying text. The deadline for entering has been extended to 23:59 PST on 15 March 2015. These images will first be revealed during a special event as part of the Art & Biology evening. The award for best Art & Biology submission will be decided by popular vote and announced at the Awards Ceremony during the VIZBI 2015 closing session. Participants are asked to vote for their favourite Art & Biology submission based on how visually compelling and original it is; it may help to see Art & Biology submissions from previous VIZBI meetings. Further details on submission and upload are here.
So, if you’re still waiting for another reason to register for VIZBI, here it is: submit an Art & Biology poster and win a Maya license!
This year’s BioVis contests center around RNA. The Design challenge poses the question of how to best represent RNA structural uncertainty and evolution. The Data Analysis challenge asks whether you can figure out the structural, or other physical properties that predispose some individuals towards disease, or health. For more information, see the BioVis challenge video and visit the BioVis website. The submission deadline is May 1st, 2015. BioVis 2015 will be held as part of ISMB 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.
The paper deadline for BioVis 2015 (http://biovis.net/, July 10-11) – the 5th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization – closes soon. Original contributions are invited on all aspects of visualization in biology, from molecular to cell, tissue, organism and population biology. In addition to full scientific papers, BioVis also invites scientific posters, participation in a data contest, or in a design contest. BioVis 2015 brings together researchers from the visualization, bioinformatics, and biology communities with the purpose of educating, inspiring, and engaging visualization researchers in problems in biological data visualization as well as bioinformatics and biology researchers in state-of-the-art visualization research. It will be co-located with the ISMB/ECCB conference in Dublin, Ireland.
The early bird registration for VIZBI is closing after today, 7th of February 2015. Have you decided which two from the twelve tutorials you’ll sign up for this year? Below is a brief reminder of what’s on offer.
- Daniel Huson on metagenome exploration with MEGAN
- Noam Shoresh on CURSOR
- Francis Rowland and Ryo Sakai on Rapid data vis. design
Among the afternoon’s six offerings you can find single tool/group tutorials as well as three thematic tutorials, which combine tools developed by different groups. Like above, clicking on each title will take you to the tutorial description on the program page.
- Single cell sequencing and functional genomics data with UCSC Xena and Ginkgo, with Mary Goldman and Robert Aboukhalil
- Structure visualisation with Aquaria and UCSF Chimera, with Seán O’Donoghue and Sam Hertig
We’ve had a couple of changes to the program since the first announcement of the tutorials available on the VIZBI 2015 tutorial day (Tuesday 25th March).
The two changes are in the afternoon session: Unfortunately, the IGB tutorial due to be given by Ann Loraine will not now take place, so sorry to disappoint if you were looking forward to getting into some in-depth discussion with the creators of that great tool. Jeremy Goecks and the other Galaxy folk have also had to pull out from the joint tutorial on employing galaxy, Ginkgo and UCSC Xena for single cell sequencing and functional genomics.
Stay tuned for some more details about the tutorials, and see the VIZBI 2015 program for full descriptions.
PhenoPlot – a tool for visualizing cellular imaging data that won Best Scientific Poster Award at VIZBI 2014 – has recently been published in Nature Communications by Heba Sailem and colleagues. PhenoPLot is an open source Matlab toolbox and GUI that enables intuitive visualization of multidimensional data from thousands of cellular images. It uses a flexible, glyph-based approach to visually depict up to 21 variables that characterize cellular structure. The concepts employed in Phenoplot can be extended to many other phenotypic datasets such as those describing tissues, or organisms such as worm or zebrafish. PhenoPlot can also be used for science communication and outreach.
Today (Feb. 4) at 4:30pm Canberra time you can join a live video steam covering the premiere screening of two stunning new biomedical animations from Maja Divjak and Chris Hammang – both trained by world-renowned animator Drew Berry. The event will be opened by Iann Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist. After the event, a recording of the event and the animations will be on YouTube. Details at http://vizbi.org/plus/events/. After the event, the animations are available at http://vizbi.org/plus/.
Aquaria is a web resource for biologists that simplifies the process of gaining insight from protein structures. To coincide with the publication of Aquaria in this month’s Nature Methods by O’Donoghue and co-workers, the Aquaria team are hosting a webinar today that shows how it can be used to gain insight into protein function. Details at http://aquaria.ws/launch. Aquaria will also be at VIZBI 2015 as part of a combined tutorial on 3D structures with the Chimera team.
Two updates re. VIZBI 2015: First, the early registration deadline has been extended to February 7, 23:59 PST. Second, the program for the tutorial day has been finalised, now including 13 compelling tutorials to choose from. The tutorial rooms have limited capacity, so book soon to ensure your place.
One of the keynotes at VIZBI 2015 will be given by John T. Stasko, a pioneer in the fields of Information Visualization and Visual Analytics. John is currently Professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech; his research interests cover a wide range of topics including theoretical foundations of visualisation, interaction, and evaluation. With over 125 research articles, numerous best paper awards, and multiple organisational activities, John has played a major role in establishing Information Visualization and Visual Analytics as research areas of their own. His lab has developed several widely used systems, especially the Jigsaw tool for analysing document collections, which has been featured by various media.