Invited Speakers

Graphics Interface has two invited speakers from the areas of graphics and human-computer interaction. A keynote talk will be given by this year's winner of the CHCCS Achievement Award.

Graphics Keynote Title: From research to products: Adobe’s Imagination Lab themes and projects.

Speaker: Gavin Miller, Director of the Adobe Research Imagination Lab.

Abstract: The talk will present the lab’s model for industrial research that has an impact on the company’s products as well as contributing to academic publications. Plenty of example projects will illustrate the diversity of topics covered as well as how certain research themes evolved over time. The talk will also explore technology trends and research themes that may be increasingly important in the future, such as emerging display technologies and robotics.

Short Biography:
Gavin Miller is an Adobe Fellow and director of the Adobe Research Imagination Lab. He obtained a First  in the Electrical Sciences Tripos in 1983, and a Ph.D. in 1987, from Cambridge University. From 1986 to 1988 he worked as the Project Leader of Natural Phenomena at Alias Research, Inc. in Canada, before joining the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer Incorporated, where he published research on simulation-based animation and interactive multi-media. This work included algorithms for QuickTime VR and one of the first virtual museums. From 1997 to 2000 he was a Member of the Research Staff at Interval Research Inc. where he worked on immersive and low latency graphics systems. From 2000 he has worked at Adobe, initially on a new product, called Adobe Atmosphere, and then leading a team working on a GPU-acceleration abstraction layer called PixelBender that was part of several Adobe Products. He also founded a research group to develop techniques for high-performance computing. Merging this with another research group, he then ran the Visual Computing Group until 2012. Since 2012 he has been the director of the Adobe Research Imagination Lab which includes the Systems Technology Lab, specializing in analytics, distributed systems and video systems, as well as several graphics and computer vision research groups. His personal research interests include light-field photography, real-time and photo-realistic rendering, procedural modeling of ornamental shapes, 3D printing and physically-based locomotion for animation and robotics.

HCI Keynote Title: The Value of Visualization for Exploring and Understanding Data.

Speaker: John Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Investigators have an ever-growing suite of tools available for analyzing and understanding their data.  While techniques such as statistical analysis, machine learning, and data mining all have benefits, visualization provides an additional unique set of capabilities.  In this talk I will identify the particular advantages that visualization brings to data analysis beyond other techniques, and I will describe the situations when it can be most beneficial.  To help support these arguments, I'll present a number of provocative examples from my own work and others'.  One particular system will demonstrate how visualization can facilitate exploration and knowledge acquisition from a collection of thousands of narrative text documents, in this case, reviews of wines from Tuscany.

Short Biography:
John Stasko is a Professor in and the Associate Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an internationally recognized and widely published researcher in the area of human-computer interaction, with a specific focus on information visualization and visual analytics.  His Information Interfaces Research Group ( develops ways to help people and organizations explore, analyze, and make sense of data in order to solve problems.  Stasko has been Papers Co-Chair for IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) Conference, the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Conference, and the ACM Software Visualization (SoftVis) Symposium. He also has served on numerous journal editorial boards including ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and Information Visualization. He was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011, and he received the IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2012.


The 2013 CHCCS/SCDHM Achievement Award of the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society is presented to Sheelagh Carpendale of the University of Calgary.

Keynote Title: Information Visualization: Exploring New Options


Much of the excitement in the early 1990s about information visualization originated in the idea of creating new visual, spatial representations that would allow people to ‘see’ their data. Much was said about the amount of the brain that is devoted to spatial and visual reasoning and how visualizations might have the power to utilize these relatively untapped resources. However, as information visualization research has progressed a degree of practically has emerged – heightening a focus on usability and task enablement. As important as this focus maybe, there may still be something worth investigating in the notion of alternate representations. In this talk, I will explore the possible power of alternate interactive visual representations by considering both ideas around innovation and practical illustrations.        

Short Biography:
Sheelagh Carpendale is a Professor at the University of Calgary where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization and an NSERC/AITF/SMART Industrial Research Co-Chair in Interactive Technologies. In 2012 she was awarded the NSERC Steacie Fellowship. She directs the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group and founded the interdisciplinary graduate group, Computational Media Design. Her research on information visualization, large interactive displays, and new media art draws on her dual background in Computer Science (BSc. and Ph.D. Simon Fraser University) and Visual Arts (Sheridan College, School of Design and Emily Carr, College of Art). She is an internationally renowned leader in both information visualization and multi-touch tabletop interaction and has recently served in such roles as Papers, Program, or Conference Chair for IEEE InfoVis, Computational Aesthetics, ACM Tabletop, and EEEI PacificVis and has received both the IEEE and ACM recognition of service awards.

Sponsored by the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society