Several members of Kitware will attend this year’s event. Kitware involvement will include the following:
Resonant Laboratory and Candela: Spreading Your Visualization Ideas to the Masses
Alex Bigelow from the University of Utah, who completed an internship at Kitware earlier this year, will present the paper at the 2016 Workshop on Visualization in Practice: Open Source Visualization and Visual Analytics Software (VIP), which is co-located with IEEE VIS 2016. The presentation will take place on Monday, October 24, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. EST in Hilton Baltimore room Holiday 6. Bigelow co-authored the paper with Jeffrey Baumes and Roni Choudhury.
Visualization practitioners are constantly developing new, innovative ways to visualize data. However, while many of these new techniques are general enough to be useful to a wide audience, many of them do not make it into production in professional systems.
There are many reasons that this happens. Academic researchers often don’t have the funding or time to continue work on tools once a paper has been published. Many tools aren’t engineered to handle real-world datasets—software that we see at conferences like IEEE VIS are often designed as demonstrations of research concepts, not as tools for real data analysts to use. Furthermore, connecting data to these tools is often non-trivial—to even try out a tool with their own data, users often have to follow complex setup procedures, including running shell scripts, moving files to special places, setting up servers or databases, or even programming.
We have developed and informally tested two systems that can help solve these two inter-related problems. Candela is a frame- work and API for creating visualization components for the web that can wrap up new or existing visualizations as needed. Because Candela’s API generalizes the inputs to a visualization, we have also developed a system called Resonant Laboratory that makes it possible for novice users to connect arbitrary datasets to Candela visualizations. Together, these systems enable novice users to explore and share their data with the growing library of state-of-the-art visualization techniques.
Beyond the Prototype: Transitioning Research into Re-useable Open Source or Commercial Software
Baumes will make the presentation as part of a panel discussion at VIP. The panel will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. EST in Hilton Baltimore room Holiday 6. During the presentation, Baumes will discuss open-source toolkits such as the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), which collaborators have leveraged implement real-world applications.
Rendering and Probability Distribution
Kitware will also participate in The 6th IEEE Symposium on Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV 2016), which will be held in conjunction to the conference.