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Supercomputing ’17 Scientific Visualization Showcase Winner

Jeff Carpenter · October 24, 2017

The Best Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Award was given to the AVL for their "First Light in the Renaissance Simulations" visualization at the Supercomputing Conference 2017. This was one of two visualizations created for the CADENS documentary "Seeing The Beginning of Time" that were selected for inclusion in the Supercomputing ‘17 Scientific Visualization Showcase.

The showcase provides a forum for the year’s most instrumental movies in HPC. During the conference, held November 12-17, 2017, six finalists will compete for the Best Visualization Award, and each finalist will present his or her movie during a dedicated session at SC17 in a 15-minute presentation. Movies are judged based on how their movie illuminates science, by the quality of the movie, and for innovations in the process used for creating the movie.

First Light In Renaissance Simulations - SC'17 SciViz Showcase Winner

This two-part visualization by the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications starts shortly after the Big Bang, and shows the evolution of the first galaxies in the universe over the first 400 million years, in increments of about 4 million years. The second part of the visualization stops time at the 400 million year mark, and flies the viewer through the data, breaking down the different variables that are being visualized - filaments of dense gas, pockets of elevated temperature, ionized gas, and ultraviolet light.

Milky Way Analogue Isolated Disk Galaxy

This visualization by the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications shows the evolution of a simulated analogue for the Milky Way galaxy over the course of 50 million years.

 

IMERSA Summit 2017

Jeff Carpenter · February 17, 2017

On Friday, February 24, 2017 AVL Director, Dr. Donna Cox will be recognized for her lifetime achievements in immersive scientific visualization at the annual IMERSA Summit. This prestigious event helps to shape the industry with curated film showcases, technology sessions and abundant opportunities for networking. 

The 8th annual IMERSA Summit promises to be a valuable opportunity to join the conversation between converging worlds of VR, themed entertainment and immersive cinema. Shaping the industry with fulldome film showcases, exhibits, technology sessions, and abundant opportunities for networking with pioneers in immersive experiences.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will again be a host venue for the Summit. 

IMERSA Inc. is a non-profit business league whose roots are deeply embedded in the rise of the digital planetarium (fulldome). Incorporated in 2008, their founding sponsors initiated ongoing research and development programs in search of standards and guidelines for Fulldome production and technologies. In the past two decades they have witnessed a dramatic convergence of technologies and techniques under the dome and in exotic immersive environments, fueled by innovations in virtual reality, numerical simulation, 360 cinema and immersive performance arts.

IMERSA embraces many forms of digital immersion, including Planetariums, Giant Screen Cinema, VR headsets, and spherical environments. Encouraging members to develop experiential programming from many fields of scientific research, from nanotechnology to neuroscience and astrophysics. IMERSA raises the profile of group immersive experiences and represents its members at a number of international events. In addition to facilitating the development of fulldome standards, our leadership team fosters professional development, aggregation of business metrics, and the dissemination of “white paper” reports on best practices and techniques.

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

Jeff Carpenter · February 15, 2017

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.

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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.

Siggraph 2016

Jeff Carpenter · January 25, 2017

The 43rd international conference and exhibition on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2016, was held 24-28 JULY in Anaheim, California. 

NCSA's AVL team was accepted to share their film in multiple venues of the conference. The first will be "Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspective," organized by the Digital Art Community, which is an online exhibition that will be displayed in a social gathering venue at the conference called "The SIGGRAPH Village." The SIGGRAPH online exhibition will allow the chosen scenes to stay online for several years with ongoing publicity. This work will be seen not only by the art community, but by the computer scientists and researchers who are at the forefront of developing new tools and presentation methods.

The other venue will be the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival (CAF) Electronic Theater. This Electronic Theater is a special two-hour show that contains the best computer graphics short films of the year. The selections to be shown in the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater are chosen by an internationally recognized jury who receives hundreds of submissions and chooses only a few to represent the best work of the year.

The selected piece, Solar Superstorms, takes viewers on a turbulent journey through space, showing cutting-edge visualizations of the inner workings of the sun—some of which were computed on Blue Waters. The 24-minute film, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, teaches about solar activity, and how superstorms that occur on the sun have impacted Earth in the past and what threat they may pose to us in the future.

AJ Christensen and Kalina Borkiewicz presented for the third consecutive year at the “Immersive Visualization for Science, Research and Art” Birds of a Feather Session at the SIGGRAPH 2016 Conference. Their session entitled "Supercomputers: More than just a render farm", was focused on immersive visualization systems for science and research, but also on connection between scientific visualization and infoVis, and art and science.

Siggraph 2015

Jeff Carpenter · July 30, 2015

At the 2015 ACM Siggraph conference, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, August 9-13, NCSAs Advanced Visualization Lab & eDream will show off their work in a variety of venues and events.

Throughout the week, attendees will be able to view visualization excerpts from our recent digital dome shows, Dynamic Earth & Solar Superstorms as a part of the new VR Village which showcases real-time immersions in virtual and augmented realities.VR Village press release

On Monday, 10 August, from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Donna Cox & AJ Christensen will help lead a Birds of a Feather session entitled, “Immersive Visualization for Science and Research International”. This session focuses on immersive visualisation systems for science and research. It includes invited speakers and panel discussions on collaborative initiatives in creating open-source visualization and visual-analytics frameworks.

On Wednesday, 12 August, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Digital Domes: Theaters Without Borders

In this panel, dome specialists present their visions of the future of the digital-dome industry. Topics include: dome shows featuring big data science vs. live-action photography, scaling content across domes, producing live interactive experiences vs. digital playback, and global distribution issues. The panelists demonstrate their own unique productions, including the recent “Solar Superstorms” documentary, in the dome theater at the VR Village.

Moderator
AJ Christensen
National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Panelists
Donna Cox
National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Ed Lantz
Vortex Immersion Media

Ryan Wyatt
Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization

Brad Thompson
Spitz Creative Media

October 2017

Supercomputing ’17 Scientific Visualization Showcase Winner

Jeff Carpenter · October 24, 2017

The Best Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Award was given to the AVL for their "First Light in the Renaissance Simulations" visualization at the Supercomputing Conference 2017. This was […]

February 2017

IMERSA Summit 2017

Jeff Carpenter · February 17, 2017

On Friday, February 24, 2017 AVL Director, Dr. Donna Cox will be recognized for her lifetime achievements in immersive scientific visualization at the annual IMERSA Summit. This prestigious event helps to shape […]

February 2017

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

Jeff Carpenter · February 15, 2017

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 […]

January 2017

Siggraph 2016

Jeff Carpenter · January 25, 2017

The 43rd international conference and exhibition on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2016, was held 24-28 JULY in Anaheim, California.  NCSA's AVL team was accepted to share their film […]

July 2015

Siggraph 2015

Jeff Carpenter · July 30, 2015

At the 2015 ACM Siggraph conference, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, August 9-13, NCSAs Advanced Visualization Lab & eDream will show off their work in a variety of […]