The 1st IEEE International Symposium on Big Data Visual Analytics (BDVA)

Posted by VIZBI on 30, March, 2015

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!

Nature Protocols prize for 2nd placed poster at VIZBI

Posted by VIZBI on 24, March, 2015

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!

VIZBI 2015 registration closes soon

Posted by VIZBI on 13, March, 2015

March 15 at 23:59 PST is the deadline for conference registration, and also for uploading an Art & Biology submission or virtual poster. Tutorial registration will remain open until just before the meeting.

VIZBI 2015 tutorial day

Posted by VIZBI on 11, March, 2015

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NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award for VIZBI 2015

Posted by VIZBI on 11, March, 2015

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.

VIZBI 2015 Deadlines

Posted by VIZBI on 28, February, 2015

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.

Tutorial registration. March 15 is also the deadline for registering for tutorials. Spaces are limited so register soon via

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.

2014 Visualization Challenge winners

Posted by VIZBI on 27, February, 2015

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.

VIZBI 2015 Autodesk Award for Best Art & Biology Poster

Posted by VIZBI on 24, February, 2015

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!

BioVis 2015 challenges

Posted by VIZBI on 18, February, 2015

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.

BioVis 2015 paper submission closes Feb. 15

Posted by VIZBI on 11, February, 2015

The paper deadline for BioVis 2015 (, 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.

VIZBI 2015 Tutorial Day

Posted by Jim on 7, February, 2015

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.


In the morning session of the VIZBI 2015 tutorial day you can choose from the following six tutorials:

Terri Gilbert’s
Engaging with the Allen Brain Atlas resources

Terri Gilbert’s Engaging with the Allen Brain Atlas resources

Gael McGill’s
Crafting dynamic molecular animations
with Molecular Maya &

Gael McGill’s Crafting dynamic molecular animations with Molecular Maya &

Keiichiro Ono’s
Network visualization and analysis workflows with Cytoscape


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.

Genomes in 3D Juicebox, TADKit and Genome3D
Neva C. Durand, Jim Robinson, Mike Goodstadt, Marc A. Marti-Renom, Jim Zheng and Jijun Tang

Genomes in 3D Juicebox, TADKit and Genome3D Genomes in 3D Juicebox, TADKit and Genome3D

Reuse, develop and share biological visualisation with BioJS
Manuel Corpas, Tatyana Goldberg, Guy Yachdav, Sebastian Wilzbach and David Dao

Reuse, develop and share biological visualisation with BioJS

Spatially realistic single-cell models from high-content microscopy data
Jacob Czech, Greg Johnson, Bálint Antal and José Juan Tapia

Spatially realistic single-cell models from high-content microscopy data Spatially realistic single-cell models from high-content microscopy data

Spatially realistic single-cell models from high-content microscopy data

Garuda – The way biology connects
Samik Ghosh, Hiroaki Kitano and Yukiko Matsuoka

Garuda - The way biology connects

Changes to the VIZBI 2015 Tutorial lineup

Posted by VIZBI on 6, February, 2015

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: visualization of cellular imaging data

Posted by VIZBI on 5, February, 2015

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.

Two stunning new biomedical animations

Posted by VIZBI on 4, February, 2015

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 After the event, the animations are available at

Webinar today on Aquaria

Posted by VIZBI on 3, February, 2015

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 Aquaria will also be at VIZBI 2015 as part of a combined tutorial on 3D structures with the Chimera team.

Early registration extended to Feb 7

Posted by VIZBI on 30, January, 2015

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.

Keynote speaker John T. Stasko

Posted by jules on 23, January, 2015

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.

VIZBI 2015 registration now open

Posted by VIZBI on 19, January, 2015

VIZBI 2015 will take place March 25-27 at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA. It features 21 invited talks, posters and lightning talks from all participants, and 12 half-day tutorials. Remote participation is possible, and there are opportunities to promote your organization. Early registration closes 31 January 2015.

Extended deadline for VIZBI 2015 tutorial proposals

Posted by VIZBI on 9, December, 2014

As with previous years, VIZBI 2015 (at the Broad Institute, USA) will be preceded by a tutorial day prior to the main meeting. The tutorial day (March 24, 2015) gives delegates the opportunity to learn about key methods and to gain hands-on experience with a variety of tools for visualizing biological data.

Running a tutorial can be an excellent opportunity to showcase your work. Tutors will also receive $40/student, equal to a third of the tutorial registration fee. Based on past experience, tutorials covering topical or widely-used tools and methods are likely to be well received, as are tutorials on principles of either data visualization or user experience design.

Please complete the tutorial proposal form, by 11.59 PST on December 28, 2014. Applicants will be notified on December 31, 2014.
We look forward to seeing your proposals!

Two Art and Biology exhibits

Posted by VIZBI on 26, September, 2014

Art Meets Science 2014 (at MDI Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor Maine, USA, 1 July 1 – 30 September, 2014) features work from 43 artists exploring a wide variety of biological themes. Tours of the exhibit will be available by only reservation – call +1 207-288-3147).

Body Image (at UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia – 6 September to 8 November, 2014) features visualisations of complex scientific and biomedical data that arise from collaborations between artists and medical scientists – including VIZBI participants Drew Berry, Chris Hammang, and Kate Patterson. The exhibition takes viewers on enthralling visual journeys inside the human body, discovering aspects of blood flow, organ and cellular behaviour.