SIG VIS Sponsors Three Panels at Sparking Synergies Conference 2005

Originally published September 19, 2005

SIG VIS has three sponsored panels for the upcoming ASIS&T conference Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together at the Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina October 28 – November 2 2005. The SIGVIS sessions Information Visualization: From Conceptual Theory to Digital Implementation, Putting Motion into the Image Retrieval Interface and Towards a Research Agenda for Visual Informatics will be featured in the Information Design and Multimedia and Museums conference tracks and will be held on Sunday afternoon and morning of Wednesday November 2, 2005. In addition, we’ll be having a couple group get togethers including a pizza and beer night at one of the famous local haunts, Brixx Woodfired Pizza to get our creative juices flowing, discuss visualization and perhaps spark a few synergistic collaborations. We welcome all members, potential members and interested parties to attend as it should be very productive and a lot of fun. To read more about the conference and register please see the online program . Other featured conference panelists and speakers include Ben Shneiderman, Patty Maes and Matthew Suzlik. Brief abstracts of the SIGVIS sessions follow:

Information Visualization: From Conceptual Theory to Digital Implementation

Panel: Dr. Samantha K. Hastings, Univ of North Texas, Dr. Wooseob Jeong, University of Wisconsin, Dr. Ray Uzwyshyn, University of Miami Digital Library Initiatives; Moderator: Diane Neal, Texas Woman’s University.

Information visualization allows the exploration of large sets of non-linear paradigms for the organization of a wider spectrum of media elements (i.e. video, visual images, sound, datasets). This panel presents different projects that have brought theory into implementation. Panelists will share information, demonstrations, and results. Dr. Samantha Hastings of the University of North Texas will discuss the UNT Sepia Photo Archive. Dr. Ray Uzwyshyn of University of Miami Digital Library Initiatives will discuss new initiatives and specific projects that widen the boundaries of information visualization with regards to higher academic research and possibilities of interactive online media. Dr. Wooseob Jeong of the University of Wisconsin will discuss the issues of multimodality.

Putting Motion into the Image Retrieval Interface (SIG VIS)

Panel: Elise Lewis, Abebe Rorissa, Paul Roy, Michael Schmidt, James Turner

When video, still and 3D images meet, how do we design a universal interface? This panel looks at current research in the imaging field focused on bridging the gap between image retrieval system designers and users. Creating interfaces that move with the format in heterogeneous databases is only part of the challenge. This panel brings together a wide range of research from the imaging field. It is important to monitor the progress of the imaging field since user expectation, technology and information needs are constantly changing. Current research, such as the research offered in this panel, will help the practitioners and system designers meet the information needs of all the stakeholders involved.

Towards a Research Agenda for Visual Informatics (SIGs VIS, CR)

Corinne Jörgensen, Kenneth Fleischmann, Karl Fast, Alison von Eberstein, Peter Jörgensen

“Visual Informatics” currently refers to visualization of and interaction with very large data sets, including both text and numeric data, chemical and molecular structures, and genome sequences. As such, it follows the widespread definition of “informatics” as being “the study of the application of computer and statistical techniques to the management of information,” or, more popularly, “computer science + X.” Commercially available visual informatics software, (such as Logical Images’ VisualDx) provides real-time visual decision support for such things as diagnosis of disease. This panel suggests reorienting the concept of informatics towards the human processes that are facilitated by technology. Along these lines, it proposes a broader definition and refocusing of the concept of visual informatics and explores the expansion of the range of research which visual informatics can address. It also looks beyond visual informatics to the larger concept of “media informatics” where information and communication technologies expand to include multiple modalities of interaction within systems, organizations, and cultures. In keeping with the conference theme of synergies between research and practice, this panel will explore a research agenda grounded through the optics of both current “real world” applications being developed in research and industry and theoretical approaches which can enfold these projects within rich conceptual frameworks.