1st CRA-W/CDC Broadening Participation in Visualization Workshop

Clemson University

February 10-11, 2014

About the Workshop

Visualization plays a significant role in the exploration and understanding of data across all disciplines with a universal goal: gaining insight into the complex relationships that exist within the data. The need to diversify a field with such far reaching influences is imperative. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for networking and mentoring among underrepresented groups in the field of visualization. The workshop, scheduled for February 10-11, 2014, will be hosted at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson University (CU) not only hosts the Palmetto Cluster, utilized by CU faculty to run large scale simulations that are later used in visualization, but also features a number of visualization labs and centers that participants will have an opportunity to visit. This workshop is designed to inform, inspire and encourage participants to engage in the multidisciplinary dynamics of visualization.

The goal of the workshop is to broaden participation of women and underrepresented groups in visualization; however all persons with an interest in visualization are encouraged to apply.

Travel expenses (flight or mileage), meals and lodging costs will be provided for workshop participants. While our original funding allowed us to reimburse anyone at a US university, we are now regrettably restricted to reimbursing only US citizens. We recognize this is a serious constraint, but it is a federal regulation on the funding. Persons with their own travel funds wishing to participate in the workshop are also encouraged to apply.

Persons (workshop participants and non-workshop participants) interested in being included in a visualization email list may indicate so on the online application.

The Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is an action oriented organization dedicated to increasing the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels. The Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC) is a joint organization of the ACM, CRA and IEEE-CS. The mission of the CDC is addressing the shortfall in computing professionals through the development of the diverse community that can effectively meet the computing demands of an evolving society.

For more information visit cra-w.org and www.cdc-computing.org

Tentative Schedule [ Printable pdf ]

Sunday, February 9, 2014
7:00 — 900 PM Opening Reception
  • First Impressions
Madren Center / Martin Inn Connector
Monday, February 10, 2014
7:00 — 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
For Guests of the Martin Inn only
7:30 — 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 — 8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
Jim Bottum, CIO; Workshop Organizers
Madren Conference Center Auditorium
8:30 — 9:00 AM Navigating Thru the Visualization Zoo
Visualization Overview
Madren Conference Center Auditorium
9:00 — 10:30 AM Panel
Madren Conference Center Auditorium
10:45 — 11:45 PM Meet the Panelists
Meeting Rooms III & IV
11:45 — 12:45 PM Lunch
Guest Speaker: Christopher J. Senesac
Sr. Process and System Architect at Boeing
Visualization: Past Present and Future at Boeing
Ballroom B
12:45 — 1:00 PM Travel to Hendrix Center
1:00 — 1:30 PM Mentoring Activity
Dr. Nancy Amato
Distinguised ACM Lecturer
Texas A&M University
David Peebles Room 206
1:30 — 2:00 PM Networking Activity
Hendrix Center
2:00 — 3:00 PM Dr. Nancy Amato
Distinguised ACM Lecturer
Texas A&M University
McKissick Theater
Campus Wide Event
3:00 — 3:15 PM Walk to Academic Success Center
3:15 — 4:15 PM Dr. Michael Smith
Visual Media Architect
Academic Program Director with Intel Corp
Visualization Perspective: InfoVis
118 Academic Success Center
4:15 — 4:30 PM Walk to McAdams Hall
4:30 — 5:15 PM Visualization Lab Tours
Drs. Don House & Josh Levine
Clemson University, School of Computing
Visual Computing Division
McAdams Hall
5:15 — 5:30 PM Travel to Madren Center
East Library parking lot
5:30 — 6:00 PM Poster Setup
Ballroom B
6:00 — 6:45 PM Fast Forward
AV Presentations

Madren Conference Center Auditorium
6:45 — 9:00 PM Visualization Poster Showcase
Ballroom B
9:00 PM Poster Removal
Ballroom B
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
7:00 — 7:45 AM Continental Breakfast
For Guests of the Martin Inn only
8:00 AM Bus leaves for Information Technology Center
Madren Center Awning (not the Martin Inn awning)
8:30 — 9:30 AM Tour of ITC
Jay Harris, Director of Operations
9:30 AM Bus leaves ITC for Campus
10:00 — 10:15 AM Walk to Strom Thurmond Institute
  • Group Photo
Strom Thurmond Amphitheatre
10:15 — 10:35 PM Concurrent Activites at Strom Thurmond Institute
  • Group A: Tour of Intelligent River Command Center
  • Group B: Guest Speaker: Benjamin Rennison
    High Resolution Imaging in Heritage and Archaeological Documentation. New Techniques and Boundaries
Strom Thurmond Institute
10:35 — 11:00 PM Social Media Listening Center
Daniel Hall
11:10 — 11:45 PM Concurrent Activites at Strom Thurmond Institute
  • Group A: Guest Speaker: Michael Scafuri
    Visualization in Maritime History: Using the Techniques of 3D Visualization to Interpret and Analyze Maritime Archaeological Sites
  • Group B: Tour of Intelligent River Command Center
Strom Thurmond Institute
11:45 — Noon Walk to Hendrix Center
Noon — 1:00 PM Lunch
  • Presentation: Dr. Casey Goodlett, R&D Engineer at Kitware Inc.
    Overview of Visualization and Project Activities at Kitware spanning Medical Imaging, Scientific Computing, and Computer Vision
Hendrix Center - Ballroom B
1:00 — 1:30 Break
1:30 — 2:30 Dr. Donna Cox - Cinematic Visualizations for Discovery, Outreach, and Digital Literacies
Michael Aiken Chair
Director of Advanced Visualization Laboratory
McKissick Theater
Campus Wide Event
2:30 — 2:45 PM Networking / Break
2:45 — 3:30 PM Concurrent Mentoring Activities
  • Employment Opportunities at Kitware, Inc. - Ballroom B
  • Funding, Research, and Collaborative Opportunities - Meeting Room A
  • Writing Grant Proposals - Meeting Room B
Hendrix Center
3:30 — 4:00 PM Convene at Hendrix Student Center
4:00 — 5:00 PM
  • BPViz 2015 Workshop Planning
  • Feedback from participants
  • Announce winner of poster competition
  • Reimbursement Details
  • Transportation to GSP Logistics
McKissick Theater
5:00 — 5:30 PM Walk to Union Underground Recreation Center
5:30 — 7:30 PM Networking Activity
  • Dinner
  • Last Impressions
  • Closing Remarks
  • Workshop Adjourns
Union Underground Recreation Center
7:30 — 8:00 PM Transport Participants to Madren Center
  • Pickup on Union Drive (near Mail Services)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
7:00 — 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
For Guests of the Martin Inn only
8:00 — 11:00 AM Check out of Martin Inn
8:00 — Noon Bus leaves for GSP Airport
Pickup times: 8AM, 11AM, 2PM
Agenda last updated July 21, 2016.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Donna J. Cox is the Michael Aiken Chair, Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Director of Illinois eDream Institute (Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media), and Professor in the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois. For over 25 years, she has pioneered the art of scientific visualization for communication and outreach. She organized the first "Renaissance Teams" as an interdisciplinary methodology to address visualization challenges. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry selected her as one of 40 modern Leonardo DaVinci's. She and her collaborators have thrilled millions of people with stunning cinematic visualizations for IMAX movies, feature films, PBS HD television, and large-screen digital museum shows around the world. She has served as Director-at-Large and Experimental Technologies Chair for the SIGGRAPH Conference. As Director of the eDream Institute, she is working with campus leadership, faculty and students to foster and support creative visualization projects at the University of Illinois. She and her collaborators have thrilled millions of people with visualizations for IMAX movies, feature film, PBS HD television, and large-screen digital shows at museums around the world. AVL prototypes novel visualization technologies and works closely with the eDream Institute. In collaboration with University of Illinois leadership, Cox formed the eDream Institute to synergize innovation across the arts and sciences, supporting artists, faculty and students and creative productions such as the Tao of Bach.

Dr. Donald H. House is Professor and Chair of Visual Computing in the School of Computing at Clemson University. His primary research areas are in the broad fields of computer graphics and visualization, with special interests in physically based animation, and in perceptual issues. He is coeditor of the seminal book on cloth simulation in graphics, Cloth and Clothing in Computer Graphics, A K Peters, Ltd., 2000. Dr. House holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Union College.

Dr. Joshua A. Levine is an assistant professor in the Visual Computing division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University after completing his BS and MS in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. His research interests include geometric modeling, scientific visualization, mesh generation, topological analysis, vector fields, volume and medical imaging, surface reconstruction, computer graphics, and computational geometry.

Dr. Michael Smith is a visual media architect and academic program director with Intel where he leads education programs in visualization, high performance computing, parallel programming and mobile computing. He has over 15 years of experience in visual media and academic collaborations. He is a specialist in computational media systems and the author of numerous papers and a book on video indexing and summarization. He is also a research advisor with the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing Digital Library at U.C. Berkeley. He recently completed a post with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to develop a new national university, where he was the Vice President of Digital Media Studies. He has served as the Director of Research at France Telecom R&D, San Francisco, and a visiting researcher at the University of Texas, Morehouse College, the University of Campinas, Brazil, and the University of Cape Town. Michael Smith holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor's degree from Tuskegee University and North Carolina A&T University.

Dr. Nancy M. Amato, Distinguished ACM Speaker, is Unocal Professor and Interim Department Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University where she co-directs the Parasol Lab.

She received undergraduate degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Stanford University in 1986, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 and 1995, respectively. She was an AT&T Bell Laboratories PhD Scholar, received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, is a Distinguished Speaker for the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and is an IEEE Fellow.

She has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing. She was co-Chair of the National Center for Women in Information Technology(NCWIT) Academic Alliance (2009-2011), is a member of the Computing Research Association's Committees on the Status of Women in Computing Research CRA-W)and Education (CRA-E), and of the ACM, IEEE, and CRA sponsored Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC). She has directed or co-directed the CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU, formally known as the DMP) since 2000. She received a University-level teaching award from the Texas A&M Association of Former Students and the Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education at Texas A&M. Her main areas of research focus are motion planning and robotics, computational biology and geometry, and parallel and distributed computing.

Christopher J. Senesac joined The Boeing Company in 1993. Chris is a Senior System Architect for Engineering Systems at Boeing South Carolina responsible for coordinating the development, deployment and support of visualization tools and processes for Boeing South Carolina. Chris has 22 years of experience implementing visualization inside Boeing. Chris has a BS from Northern Illinois University in Software Engineering.

Benjamin Rennison is an archaeologist and metrologist based at the Clemson Restoration Institute in Charleston, SC. He specializes in three-dimensional archaeological reconstruction and documentation. His work has included the three-dimensional documentation and analysis of the H.L Hunley's crew and associated artifacts, and the recording the hull surface of the submarine. His main field of research has been in the development of a system of artifact analysis and three-dimensional reconstruction utilizing three-dimensional scanning methods and photogrammetry to survey an artifact's spatial characteristics over time from recovery and excavation, to a final conserved state.

Michael Scafuri is an archaeologist and metrologist at the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) with over twenty years of experience in archaeological survey and excavation around the world. He was actively involved in the raising, excavation, and analysis of the H.L Hunley submarine and is a specialist in computer applications to archaeology and cultural heritage, focusing on the development of 3D scanning, documentation, and digital modeling of the H.L. Hunley.

Dr. Casey Goodlett joined Kitware in August 2009 after receiving his Ph.D. in Computing from the University of Utah. Casey Goodlett also earned his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2007 and his B.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University in 2003.

At Kitware, Casey focuses on developing innovative software solutions to research problems in the fields of medical image analysis and computer vision. In particular, Casey has experience in registration of data (images, point clouds, surfaces), optimization methods, software application development, and software project management.


Maxine D. Brown is an Associate Director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at UIC. She is currently co-principal investigator of the US National Science Foundation's (NSF) International Research Network Connections Program's TransLight/StarLight award, and was previously co-principal investigator of the NSF-funded EuroLink and STAR TAP/StarLight initiatives. Brown was the project manager of the NSF-funded OptIPuter project.

Brown is a member of the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA), is a founding member of Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF), and is co-chair of the GLIF Research & Applications working group. Brown is also the UIC representative and past President of the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computing (GLCPC). Previously, Brown served as an officer of the ACM SIGGRAPH organization and has been very active in ACM SIGGRAPH and ACM/IEEE Supercomputing conferences. She was was one of several American technical advisors to the G7 GIBN activity in 1995, and co-created and co-chaired the international grid (iGrid) Workshops in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2005.

In recognition of her services to UIC and the community at large, Brown is a recipient of the 1990 UIC Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) award; the 2001 UIC Merit Award; and the 1998 ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award. In 2009, Chicago's award-winning multimedia public affairs series "Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham" designated Brown as one of 15 Global Visionaries for her role in co-developing StarLight.

Dr. Sophie Jörg is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Computing division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. Her research interests are in computer graphics, specifically character animation and perception. Before joining Clemson, she received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, interned at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. Further information about her research can be found at her website.

Dr. Alberto I. Roca is a first-generation Peruvian-American from Houston, Texas who received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Roca is an independent scientist who developed a novel visualization technique ProfileGrid for the bioinformatic analysis of large protein families. The work has been published BMC Bioinformatics and F1000Research. Dr. Roca has presented his award-winning JProfileGrid software at the bioinformatic visualization conferences VIZBI and BioVis. He is a member of International Society for Computational Biology and volunteers on diversity activities by mentoring minority trainees at the ISCB/ISMB annual conference as well as at the student conferences: Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Dr. Roca is also the Founder and Executive Director of DiverseScholar whose mission is to promote the recruitment, mentoring, and success of diverse doctorates thereby facilitating the diversification of the STEM doctoral workforce. The non-profit's programming and professional development activities help graduate students and postdocs transition to professional positions by connecting trainees with institutional diversity recruiters.

This workshop is no longer accepting applications.

Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and remain open until Friday, November 29, 2013

All applicants will be notified of the committee's selection by December 16.

Application form in down as of 10:00 AM, Oct 15. Please check back at 11:30 AM.
Workshop submission deadline extended to 11:59 PM (EST) December 06, 2013

Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and remain open until 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 29, 2013

All applicants will be notified of the committee's selection by December 16.

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If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, letters of recommendation should come from a faculty member or department chair, otherwise letters of recommendation should come from someone who can speak to your interest in or work in visualization. Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically by December 6, 2013 to BPViz2014@gmail.com with the applicant's name in the subject.

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All participants need to be currently attending U.S. institutions. Non-U.S. institutions are not eligible. CRA-W/CDC Alliance Programs - Eligibility: (1) U.S. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States or its territories, (2) currently attending U.S. institutions, and (3) underrepresented in the computing sciences. Funding to all others is considered as funding is available and on a case-by-case basis.

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Travel & Hotel Information

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The workshop will be held at the Madren Conference Center. The Madren is surrounded by the Walker Golf Course and is connected to Clemson's own James F. Martin Inn, a favorite among hotels in Clemson.

Travel expenses (flight or mileage), meals, and lodging costs will be provided for workshop participants. Application process open October 1, 2013.

The online application can be found on the Application page. All application materials including letters of recommendation must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) November 29, 2013.

Workshop Committee Members


  • Vetria Byrd (Chair) is a Visualization Scientist with Clemson Computing and Information Technology Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration (CCIT-CITI). Dr. Byrd's duties include applying visualization techniques to assigned problems in knowledge domains such as life sciences, automotive engineering, and history/social sciences; educating and informing visualization experts regarding domain science applications; in collaboration with high performance/high throughput computing experts, developing and maintaining training materials; and working with faculty at partner institutions in South Carolina to an expanded community that is familiar with available visualization tools and expertise at Clemson University. Vetria develops and maintains a series of visualization workshops designed to introduce visualization to the Clemson Community, provide participants with hands on experience with visualization tools and serves as a starting point for utilizing visualization resources as an effective approach to gaining insight into research data. Vetria holds a PhD in Computer Science (with a focus on Bioinformatics), and Master's Degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science.

  • Jill B. Gemill is an Associate Research Professor of Computer Science at Clemson University. Dr. Gemmill has continuously mentored female students, colleagues and collaborators throughout her 30+ years as a computer professional; one third of those years were spent developing data analytics and three dimensional visualization in neuroscience research. Dr. Gemmill has published 33 articles and 2 technical books; is cited for technical contributions in 16 publications; has given 41 invited talks; and obtained more than $24 million dollars in federal research funding. Recent activities include organizing cyberinfrastructure awareness and education through partnerships and conferences co-hosted with South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

  • Edward Duffy is a computational scientist in Clemson Computing and Information Technology, the university's central IT organization. Edward's primary responsibility is research support for the university's high-performance cluster, and high-throughput HTCondor grid. His research support duties range from teaching classes for researchers new to the cyberinfrastructure resources; sitting down with researchers one-on-one to optimize their experience with the resources; and developing web applications dedicated to running specific research tools on the computational resources. He has helped bring computation to researchers in almost every science and engineering department on campus, as well as researchers from the agriculture, forestry, psychology, and architecture departments. Edward co-teaches an undergraduate course in distributed computing, introducing the students to parallel programming concepts using MPI, pthreads, OpenMP, and Hadoop MapReduce.

  • Galen Collier is a computational scientist in Clemson University's Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration group. Dr. Collier has more than a decade of experience with the application of computational science and advanced computing techniques in the study of structure and function of biomacromolecules (a research area where visualization is of fundamental importance). As an instructor and coordinator for Clemson University's advanced computing user education programs, Galen has gained over five years of experience with advising, training, and supporting researchers at all levels in the use of advanced computing resources. The courses he has developed and taught both at Clemson and at other institutions include general cyberinfrastructure utilization courses, programming courses, and advanced special topics courses.

Administrative Support:

  • Jeronica Williams

Thank you to our sponsors!

This workshop is supported by

Computer Society

Alabama Supercomputer Authority