ARC Goes Deep at SIGGRAPH 2018

ARC Director of Visual Computing, Nicholas Polys, was busy this year at THE 45TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION ON COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND INTERACTIVE TECHNIQUES (SIGGRAPH 2018)…

The VT Center for HCI posted this NEWS story and the international Web3D Consortium posted all of Dr. Polys’ presentations HERE,

including:

  • Immersive Visualisation for Research, Science and Art
  • Cartographic Visualization (Carto) BoF
  • Scaling Up 3D Medical Applications for People Everywhere
  • WebVR Evolution for a Larger Web
  • Design Printing and Scanning: Web3D Makers Making More!

PEARC 2018

VT Biochemistry  had a strong showing, presenting their results on using immersive visualization in VT’s Visionarium Hypercube to engage and teach students (paper & presentation here).

The Technical Paper was presented and awarded Best Student Paper!

Dr. Srijith Rajamohan (srijithr@vt.edu) presented a workshop on ‘Introduction to Machine Learning with TensorFlow and Keras’. The purpose of this workshop was to provide a formal introduction to the mathematical concepts underlying Machine Learning. This was augmented by hands-on examples in the Machine Learning framework TensorFlow and the Deep Learning framework Keras.  The slides for this workshop can be found at https://srijithr.gitlab.io/post/pearc18/ .

Alana Romanella (aromanel@vt.edu) served on the executive committee as Diversity and Workforce Development Chair and Chair Emeritus for the Student Program.  She focused on promoting inclusivity through increasing individual diversity awareness skills and effective organizational systems that allowed for a more diverse conference.

Interested in joining us next year?

PEARC19, will be located in Chicago from July 28 – August 1, 2019, and will explore the current practice and experience in advanced research computing including modeling, simulation, and data-intensive computing.  A primary focus next year will be on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence which are proving to be disruptive technologies in a diverse range of scientific fields from materials science to medicine. https://www.pearc19.pearc.org/

Dr. Srijith Rajamohan presenting during his ‘Introduction to Machine Learning with TensorFlow and Keras’ workshop

Winged Insect – Visual Communications Design

The “Wing It” exhibit (both actual and virtual) just won a 2018 SEGD Global Design Merit award!!

The Winged Insect Exhibition is designed by students in Environmental Design and New Media course. Students created multiple virtual versions of The Winged Insects exhibition before holding the exhibition in the actual space. The 3D designs were developed with tools like Sketchup, Maya, and Blender to produce ISO-IEC standard X3D.  The X3D version of the Exhibition allows for multi-stakeholder and multi-platform design presentations through Web3D and Immersive Hyper Cube experience.
Through the X3D version of Winged Insects exhibition in the Hyper Cube students experienced multiple prototypes and changed their design in the virtual space. This is the final design of The Winged Insects exhibition in the Cowgill Hall at Virginia Tech.

Spring 2018 ARC Workshops and Tutorials

ARC will offer many free classes on scientific computing, sponsored by Network Learning Initiatives (NLI) and held in room 1100 Torgersen. NLI encourages you to register for these classes through their web site https://nli.tlos.vt.edu, but unregistered auditors are welcome to sit in.

For a list of dates, times, and titles for the classes, refer to

https://secure.hosting.vt.edu/www.arc.vt.edu/userguide/spring-2018-arc-workshops-and-tutorials/