Call for Participation » VAST Challenge

The VAST Challenge continues in the footsteps of the VAST 2006 and 2007 contests with the purpose of pushing the forefront of visual analytics tools using benchmark data sets and establishing a forum to advance visual analytics evaluation methods.

In order to provide more opportunities for increased participation, the VAST Challenge offers an overall Grand Challenge as well as several smaller Mini Challenges. ALL teams submitting an entry to a VAST Challenge will be INVITED to present their work during a Challenge Workshop. Certificates of excellence in a number of categories will be given to deserving entries, who will also be eligible to have a short paper published in the symposium materials.

Entries will be judged on both the correctness of the analysis (based on ground truth) and tool utility in conducting the analysis. Representatives of deserving entries will be invited to participate in a panel at the symposium. Grand Challenge teams will be eligible to participate in an interactive session to work with and learn from professional analysts.

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» Important Dates

February 15, 2008     Sample data now available
March 15, 2008     Final data set available - Mini challenge topics finalized
July 11, 2008     Submissions due
Mid August, 2008 (TBA)     Results returned to participants
Early September, 2008 (TBA)     Camera ready copies of two page summaries due for publication
October 19 - 24, 2008     VisWeek - VAST Symposium and Workshop for challenge participants

To be announced (TBA) dates are still being coordinated with other VisWeek deadlines

» VAST Challenge Chair

Georges Grinstein, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Catherine Plaisant, University of Maryland
Jean Scholtz, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

» Challenge Committee Members

Theresa O'Connell, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Sharon Laskowski, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mark Whiting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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