VIZBI 2016 keynotes

Posted by VIZBI on 4, February, 2016
Fred Brooks is the Kenan Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is best known for leading development of IBM’s System/360 family of computers and support software, which in turn led to the 8-bit byte. His reflections on this process resulted the best-seller ‘The Mythical Man-Month’. Brooks has received many awards, including the National Medal of Technology (1985) and the Turing Award (1999). In the 1990s he collaborated with Jane and David Richardson on pioneering work in molecular graphics on the representation of protein structures.
Gaël McGill is Director of Molecular Visualization at Harvard Medical School and also leader of Digizyme, a company focused on visualization and communication of science. McGill has created the scientific visualization online community portal Clarafi.com (originally molecularmovies.com), the software toolkit Molecular Maya, and has contributed to leading textbooks on Maya and ZBrush. Recently, he was also digital director for E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iPad biology textbook developed in partnership with Apple.
Kwan-Liu Ma is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California-Davis, where he directs VIDI Labs and UC Davis Center of Excellence for Visualization. His research spans the fields of scientific visualization, information visualization, visual analytics, visualization for storytelling, visualization interface design, and volume visualization. Ma received the NSF Presidential Early-Career Research Award (2000), is an elected IEEE Fellow (2012), and winner of the 2013 IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award for outstanding research.

Register now for VIZBI 2016 tutorials

Posted by VIZBI on 3, February, 2016

VIZBI 2016 features 10 tutorials covering a range of key visualization tools & methods; for details, see the online program. Note that tutorial registration is separate from conference registration; both close on 8 February 2016.

Morning Tutorials (8 March, 09:30 – 13:00)

Afternoon Tutorials (8 March, 14:30 – 18:00)

Childcare during VIZBI 2016

Posted by VIZBI on 2, February, 2016

Childcare is offered for children between the age of 3 months and 3 years to registered conference participants. The children will be looked after by highly professional Kindergarten teachers, employed by the EMBL Kinderhaus. This service is offered for the duration of the entire conference for 100 Euro per child. Childcare can only be provided for 10 children per conference. Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. For more information please visit: http://www.embl.de/training/events/info_participants/childcare.

VIZBI 2016 registration closing soon

Posted by VIZBI on 30, January, 2016

A quick reminder that registration for VIZBI 2016 (the EMBO Conference on Visualizing Biological Data) is closing soon. Registration will now close 8 February 2016 23:59 CET (extended 1 week due to server issues). The main conference will take place 9-11 March at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany, and features keynotes (Fred Brooks, Kwan-Liu Ma, and Gaël McGill), 18 invited talks, plus posters and 1 min. flash talks. On March 8 there will also be 10 half-day tutorials related to visualizing biological data. There is also the option of remote participation (not for tutorials). If you are interested in promoting your organization or professional society during VIZBI 2016, a range of sponsorship options are still available.
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CPP fellowships for VIZBI 2016

Posted by VIZBI on 30, October, 2015

For students planning to attend VIZBI 2016, EMBL is offering a limited number of CPP fellowships, which provide registration fee waiver and/or a travel grant for up to €400 for participants travelling from the European continent and up to €1,000 for participants travelling from outside Europe. Fellowship applications close 6 January 2016.

VIZBI 2016 call for participation

Posted by VIZBI on 29, October, 2015

We are delighted to announce VIZBI 2016, the 3rd EMBO Conference on ‘Visualizing Biological Data’, which will also be the 7th international meeting on this topic, to be held March 9-11 at the EMBL, Heidelberg (Germany). VIZBI 2016 brings together scientists actively using or developing computational visualization methods to study a diverse range of biological data; the conference also encourages participation from medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists.

VIZBI 2016 will feature keynotes from Fred Brooks, Kwan-Liu Ma, and Gaël McGill plus 18 invited talks from high-profile speakers who will highlight visualization challenges in rapidly emerging application areas within life sciences, biomolecular engineering, and ecology.

All VIZBI participants have the opportunity to present a poster and a lightning talk describing their work. If you cannot join us in Heidelberg, you have the option of virtual registration, which allows participation via streaming video and chat.

Tutorial proposals. Prior to the meeting (March 8), there will also be half-day tutorials on visualization tools & methods. If you are interested in running a tutorial, you are invited to submit a tutorial proposal. The deadline for proposals is 1 November 2015.

Sponsorship. If you are interested in promoting your organization or professional society, a range of sponsorship options are also available.

The first six VIZBI meetings have been very lively events, and have helped foster a new focus on data visualization in the life sciences. VIZBI 2016 promises to be another exciting event – we hope very much you can join us!

Winner of the Autodesk Art and Biology Award

Posted by VIZBI on 28, May, 2015

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 !

Winner of Nature Protocols prize for Runner-up Scientific Poster

Posted by VIZBI on 28, May, 2015

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.

Winner of NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award

Posted by VIZBI on 28, May, 2015

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 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 http://vizbi.org/2015/registration.

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 (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.

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.

MORNING SESSIONS

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 & Clarafi.com

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

Keiichiro Ono’s
Network visualization and analysis workflows with Cytoscape

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

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