BPViz’16: Bridging Science, Technology and the Arts through Visualization

AVL and NCSA were co-sponsors of the 2016 CRA-W/CDC CADENS Broadening Participation in Visualization (BPViz’16) Workshop held August 3-4, 2016. The workshop was co-located at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The theme for this years' event was "Bridging Science, Technology and the Arts through Visualization", and the goal of the workshop was to cross boundaries between STEM and non-STEM domains of scientists with data visualization needs, to facilitate collaborations and broaden participation in visualization on all levels: academic, research and industry. The need for persons knowledgeable of the visualization process is becoming more crucial as data continues to grow in volume, variety, and velocity. Visualization is the process of transforming often complex data into visual representations of the data for the purpose of gaining more insight and understanding.  

Sponsored by Computing Research Association –Women (CRA-W), The Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), BPViz is designed to bring together persons with an interest in visualization to: (1) present work-in-progress, (2) engage with others in the field, (3) obtain feedback from visualization experts, (4) discuss research and career interests, and (5) build a community of persons interested in broadening participation and inclusion across all domains where data visualization drives analysis and discovery.

Rob Sisneros demonstrates VISit.

The workshop included presentations on a variety of visualization topics, plenary speakers from academia, industry and research in the visualization field and much more. We have taken into account feedback from the 1st CRA-W/CDC BPViz Workshop participants in 2014, and we are changing  the format a bit to include hands-on visualization workshops with various visualization tools.