Monday, June 18, 2007

June 2007 Expert Panel Visualisation, Graphics and Vision

Mark BillinghurstProf. Jessica K.Hodgins, CMU Prof. James Crowley, INPG/INRIA

On June 16, 2007 we had an expert panel review our proposed inter-University graduate program in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision. Academics from the three Dublin-based universities – Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Dublin City University presented. Representatives from all three organisations attended and the proposal and its background were presented to the panel under the following headings:
  • Introduction to Team and panel members.
  • Vision: research goals, scientific rationale
  • Context: current Irish system; graduate education and funding environment, esp. current IRCSET calls
  • Research: overview of current research and graduate education activities of team Infrastructure: facilities, equipment and services available in the three institutions
  • Best Practice: presentation and discussion by team members on outputs of visits to international centres of excellence
  • Industry Liaison: planned industry involvement and market research undertaken
  • Programme: detailed presentation of the contents of the proposed programme, including taught modules, structures and governance
The expert panel provided us detailed feedback in terms of:
  • Funding
  • Recruitment/Advertising
  • Admissions
  • Courses/Modules
  • Governance
  • Evaluation

The panel said they were very impressed with the calibre of the programme team, which consists of high-quality, well-respected researchers with international reputations in the fields of visualisation, graphics and vision. They particularly liked the complementary expertise within the team, the range of ages and experience, and the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborative spirit and enthusiasm that was evident from the presentations and discussions at the meeting. The panel believes that this programme will be novel and ground-breaking, and could serve as an example for future such programs internationally.

Based on this experience, our industrial survey and visits to over 30 institutions internationally we are planning a submission to IRCSET under their up coming call for full GREPs.

Prof. Ming C. Lin, UNC Chapel HillProf. Peter Eades, NICTA/Usyd AustraliaProf. Philipp Slusallek

Friday, June 15, 2007

June 2007 InfoVis Symposium Dublin

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UCD Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory
Information Visualisation 
Mini-Symposium June 15th 2007


This Information Visualisation symposium saw people from industry and academia from around Ireland come together for a mini-symposium on Information Visualisation. Aaron Quigley chaired the event with support from Lero and with support from IRCSET for our keynote who was attending our VGV GREP expert panel the next day. 

One of our external academic participants said, "I was impressed by the range and quality of the Info Vis PhD/Masters projects here. The projects were pushing the science, and they were clearly well-grounded in industrial reality. I think you have an excellent research environment, and it was a pleasure to be here."

Another of our partner academics said, "I just wanted to write a quick thank you for the Information Visualisation Day you organised last June. I found it very useful and it was a great opportunity to meet with people doing like-minded things."

One of our external industry participants said, "The symposium was a very interesting event with many innovative presentations. Such events are also a great opportunity for industry and research to meet and discuss areas of mutual interest. I'd certainly like you to keep both myself and the wider team here in Dublin informed of any future events which may be of interest to us. "

10.00 - 10.05 Welcome - Aaron Quigley
10.05 - 11.00 Keynote - Peter Eades, NICTA Australia Algorithmics for Network Visualization
11.00 - 11.20 Coffee
11.20 - 11.40 Brendan Sheehan - Visualizing Error and Uncertainty
11.40 - 12.00 Aimal Tariq Rextin - Dynamic Upward Planarity Testing of Single Source Digraphs
12.00 - 12.20 Luke O'Malley - Treemaps for Feature Models in Software Evolution
12.20 - 12.40 Martin Harrigan - Minimum-Crossing Embeddings of Trees in k Levels
12.40 - 13.20 Lunch
13.20 - 13.40 Mike Bennett - Colour and Visualisation
13.40 - 14.00 Daren Nestor - Visualisation of Software Product Lines
14.00 - 14.20 Benoit Gaudin, Comparative Visual Analytics
14.20 - 14.40 Ross Shannon - Visualizing Gossiping Algorithms
14.40 Close of Symposium
15.00 - 15.30 Tour of UCD visualisation facilities and tabletop tissue micro array visualisation

Thursday, June 14, 2007

June 2007 TMA EMBO Course and Demo

As part of our ODCSSS 2006 we had a student work on a TableTop tissue microarray visualisation. Following on from this we were part of an application to run an EMBO Practical Course on Tissue Microarray Construction and Image Analysis headed by researchers in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science based in the UCD Conway Institute. In this EMBO course I focussed on our Tabletop work over the past few years and how novel human computer interaction could help clinicians and pathologists in-situ with their work. Thanks to Mike Bennett for leading the IVG VisLab tours of our tabletop system allowing the participants to partake in our gesture driven system.

June 2007 China Research Trip

Gaming and Graphics Workshop Beijing

From May 27th until June 4th I took part in an IRCSET funded GREP research visit with my colleague Marie Redmond from Trinity College Dublin to China. IRCSET funded our exploratory grant which supported this trip for the development of a Graduate Programme in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision.

We visited two Universities, Tsinghua in Beijing and Fudan in Shanghai along with Microsoft Research and IBM Research. In addition we attend the two day Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Gaming & Graphics in Beijing. This event allowed us to meet a wide range of academics from China, Japan, Korea and Australia. This two-day workshop included Microsoft Research Asia updates along with research and teaching presentations university faculty members. In addition these was one poster session and several moderated and informal group discussions. Our visit to Fudan was hosted by colleagues from UCD and UCD collaborators in the Software School. My school in UCD teaches a joint undergraduate degree program with the Software School in Fudan. This visit helped us focus on their Visualisation, Graphics and Vision research and 4th level plans.
MSRA Group Photo - G&G 07

The overall aim of this visit was document best practice in graduate research education in Chinese Universities and to understand how stronger links with industry and research labs can be developed.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

June 2007 SRG students attend Software Engineering Research Summer School


As part of the project SPL1 - Visualisation of Software Project Lines, UCD@Lero the Irish Software Engineering Research centre is providing support for Luke O'Malley one of my MSc students to the attend a summer school on software engineering which will take place from July 9th to July 21st on the island of Lipari, Italy. The school is chaired by Prof. Alfredo Ferro form the University of Catania and Prof. Egon Boerger from the University of Pisa. The courses offered will cover a wide range of software engineering topics, including
  • Domain Engineering, Prof. Dines Bjoerner, Technical University of Denmark, DK.
  • Feature Modularity in Software Product Lines, Prof Don Batory, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • Requirements Engineering, Prof. Florin Spanachi, SAP Research Karlsruhe.
  • Evolvable Software Products, Prof. Peter Sestoft, Department of Natural Sciences, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, DK.
  • Web Services, Prof. Boualem Benatallah, The University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • High-Level Modeling Patterns, Prof. Egon Boerger, University of Pisa, Italy.
  • Principles and challenges of software architecture evolution, Prof. Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
  • Distributed Systems Security, Prof. Dieter Gollmann, Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH),Germany

Luke hopes to gain a better understanding of software engineering and in particular learn more on the topic of software product lines which is directly related to his research. In addition he hopes to engage and discuss with other students at the school about their particular research topics. - Luke O'Malley

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

June 2007 Hdip and ODCSSS Feeds

UCD CSI Hdip Flyer

The School of Computer Science in UCD has been running a very successful and popular H. Dip. in Computer Science for a number of year. As the new course director I have started to revamp this course and improve its industrial relevance starting in 2007. Ongoing developments will solidify our role as the leading conversion course for non-computing majors into computer science in Ireland. I maintain an RSS feed which you can subscribe to in a number of ways: Higher Diploma Computer Science News Feed

The H. Dip. in Computer Science UCD is a conversion course which gives graduates from non-computing disciplines a sound theoretical foundation and practical exposure to Computer Science. In addition, the course may qualify participants to study for an M.Sc. in Computer Science. The course is made up of 10 modules of Computer Science, where a module typically consists of 24 lectures and additional practical sessions.


June 5th saw 12 students join us in Computer Science and Informatics in UCD for the UREKA (SFI) funded ODCSSS research summer school. In total there are 24 International research undergraduate projects in Ireland for "Technologies for Aiding Human Memory". ODCSSS 2007 News

ODCSSS the Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School is a paid research internship program for undergraduate students funded in part by the Science Foundation Ireland under their UREKA program. ODCSSS is a four-year collaborative internship program between the School of Computer Science and Informatics at the University College Dublin and the School of Computing at the Dublin City University.

This year we had over 100 applications from around the world. In 2007 we have students coming from Universities in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand and the USA. The primary goal of this research program is to afford exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to participate and contribute to exciting yet challenging research projects and to inspire them to go on to undertake research careers.