October 2011: Kitware News Part II

October 15, 2011

ITK Meets OpenCV at CVPR 2011

At this year’s CVPR conference, Kitware presented a half-day tutorial on the combined use of ITK and OpenCV. Luis Ibanez, Patrick Reynolds, Matt Leotta, Gabe Hart, and Amitha Perera led the half-lecture, half- training session, as well as presented some recent work on directly supporting video in ITK; this work was developed under funding from the U.S. National Library of Medicine as part of the current effort to improve and extend ITK.

Links to resources presented at CVPR 2011 are available on our website at http://kitware.com/cvpr2011.

OSCON 2011

Will Schroeder, Luis Ibanez, and Marcus Hanwell attended OSCON 2011 in Portland, Oregon in July. Will and Marcus were included on a panel “Practicing Open Science” with Brian Wylie of Sandia National Labs. The panel was organized into three parts: open science practices and introduction, growing an open science program, and open science in government. Throughout the event Kitware held discussions and talks with many individuals and groups regarding potential collaboration and future projects.

Desktop Summit 2011

In early August, Marcus Hanwell arrived in Berlin, Germany to attend Desktop Summit 2011, where he spoke about open source visualization of scientific data, and assisted Kitware’s Bill Hoffman with a CMake introductory workshop.
Desktop Summit 2011 included a variety of high quality talks. There was much focus on community building, big company involvement within the KDE and Gnome communities, and copyright assignment. Highlights included the talk “Exploring the Limits of Portability” by Till Adam and the panel “KDE Platform 4 Roadmap, which discussed how KDE libraries will be modularizing. Marcus and Bill also spent time fielding questions about CMake, the most well-known Kitware product among the attendees.

Upcoming Conferences and Events
October 23-24 in Providence, RI. Will Schroeder speak as part of the Verification in Visualization: Building a Common Culture panel with Robert Kirby, Claudio Silva, and Robert Laramee. This is co-located with the IEEE BioVis and the Large-Scale Data Analysis and Visualization symposia.
Jeff Baumes will also present the paper “Interactive Visual Text Analytics for Decision Making,” which was co-written with Aashish Chaudhary and Jason Shepherd.

Supercomputing 2011
November 12-18 in Seattle, WA. Supercomputing is one of the leading conferences that engages the international community in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

RSNA 2011
November 27-December 2 in Chicago, IL. RSNA is the premier scientific and educational forum in radiology. 

New Employees

Matthew Dawkins
Matthew Dawkins joined the computer vision team in the Clifton Park office as an R&D engineer in July. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Paul Tunison
Paul Tunison started with Kitware in November 2010 as a computer vision intern at the Clifton Park office. After earning his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Union College in May 2011, he joined Kitware full-time.

Nick Sullivan
Nick Sullivan joined the computer vision team at Kitware’s Clifton Park office in July. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Tufts University.

Chris Harris
Chris Harris joined as an R&D engineer on the scientific visualization team at the Clifton Park office in July. He holds a master’s of engineering degree in computing from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, UK.

Matthew McCormick
Matthew McCormick joined the medical team in the Clifton Park office in July. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Marquette University.

Yiliang Xu
Yiliang Xu joined the computer vision team at the Clilfton Park office in August. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Nanyang Technological University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University.

Yuzheng Zhou
Yuzheng Zhou joined the MIDAS team at the Carrboro office in August. He earned his master’s degrees in computer science from North Carolina State University and Tinanjin University in China.

Chris Hyatt
Chris Hyatt joined the systems administration team at the Clifton Park office in August. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Network Administration from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Ann Murtha
Ann Murtha joined the human resources team at the Clifton Park office in September. Ann is a graduate of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Manhattan, where she completed Fundamentals of Human Resources.

Brenda McCormack
Brenda McCormack joined the contracts team at the Clifton Park office as a reporting specialist in September. Brenda most recently worked as an accounting specialist at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady.

Eric Smith
Eric Smith joined the computer vision team at the Clifton Park office in September. Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Megha Pandey
Megha Pandey joined the computer vision team at the Clifton Park office in September. She earned her M.S. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a dual B. Tech and M. Tech in electrical engineering and communication and signal processing from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay.

Benjamin Long
Benjamin Long joined as a year-long intern at the Carrboro office in July and will be working on MIDAS. He is a student at the CPE Lyon school of chemistry, physics, and electronics where he majors in electronic, telecommunication and informatics (ETI).

Michael Jeulin-LaGarrigue
Michael Jeulin-LaGarrigue joined in September as a year-long intern at the Carrboro office. Michael is a graduate student computer science at the Université de Technologies de Compiègne (UTC) France.

Internship Opportunities

Kitware Internships provide current college students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with leaders in their fields on cutting edge problems. Our business model is based on open source software—an exciting, rewarding work environment.

Our interns assist in developing foundational research and leading-edge technology across six business areas: supercomputing visualization, computer vision, medical imaging, data management, informatics and quality software process. We offer our interns a challenging work environment and the opportunity to attend advanced software training.

To apply send, your resume to internships@kitware.com.

Employment Opportunities

Kitware has an immediate need for talented Software Developers and Researchers, especially those with experience in Computer Vision, Scientific Computing, Informatics, and Biomedical Imaging.  Qualified applicants will have the opportunity to work with leaders in computer vision, medical imaging, visualization, 3D data publishing and technical software development.

We offer comprehensive benefits including: flex hours; six weeks paid time off; a computer hardware budget; 401(k); health and life insurance; short- and long-term disability, visa processing; a generous compensation plan; profit sharing; and free drinks and snacks. To apply, please forward a cover letter and resume to jobs@kitware.com.

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