Special Session

Thursday, 4:15 - 5:45 PM

National Initiatives in Visualization

Important national initiatives in visualization have recently been established. These include challenges that have been thrust on our community by national or international needs and efforts within our community to define new research agendas. Among these initiatives is the National Visual Analytics Center, which is creating a broad program around the integration of visualization and analysis that will be applied to homeland defense, security, and related needs. There is also an NIH/NSF sponsored effort on visualization research challenges that will attempt to identify medium- and long-range research agendas in visualization and will then report to NSF and NIH. These efforts will likely result in other government-sponsored efforts built around visualization.

This panel will bring together representatives from the government and from the visualization community to talk about these initiatives and about how visualization researchers can and should participate. It will be an opportunity for conference attendees to learn about these efforts and to begin talking and even arguing about them and their effects on the future development of visualization.

Organizer: Bill Ribarsky (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

TACC Visualization and Graphics Reception;
Unveiling Sun Terascale Visualization at The University of Texas at Austin
Generously sponsored by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

TACC LogoThe TACC Vis2004 Reception will be held in the ACES building, Ground Floor on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Please join TACC and its research partners for an evening of Vino, Vittles, and Vis! Great appreciation goes to Sun Microsystems for sponsoring this event.

The reception will showcase TACC's scientific visualization Sun Microsystems Logo activities, with special emphasis on our unique Sun E25k remote terascale visualization system, affectionately known as Maverick. We will also present our latest visualization production, showing science in areas ranging from molecular networks to computational fluid dynamics. The evening will be a time for networking, discovery, and entertainment.

Shuttle bus service between the Hyatt Regency Austin and the reception will be provided to all Vis2004 participants. The first shuttle bus` departs from the hotel at 6:00 PM The last shuttle bus returns to the hotel at 9:30 PM. The shuttle schedule is posted in the lobby of the hotel.

For further information, please contact Tina Romanella de Marquez at (512) 471-4904.