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Keynotes of Visual Computing Trends 2019

Key Note Speaker at VCT 2023

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Marie-Paule Cani

Marie-Paule Cani is professor of computer science at Ecole Polytechnique (IP-Paris, France). Her research focuses on 3D modeling and animation, with contributions to implicit surfaces, adaptive simulation methods and interactive natural phenomena. She has recently explored more expressive ways to create virtual scenes, using gestural interfaces to drive smart 3D models. She received the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions award in 2011, was Siggraph Technical Papers chair in 2017, joined the Siggraph Academy and the French Academy of Sciences in 2019, and received the Eurographics Distinguished Career Award and the Kunii Award in 2022.

Keynote: Creative AI: Turning 3D virtual worlds into interactive scientific test-beds?

Visual representations are essential in science, as they facilitate intuition and ease communication.  While the 2D sketches used for centuries recently evolved into 3D contents, the latter are generally not responsive: they do not allow scientists to interact with their models, change hypotheses on the fly and experiment their effects.  In this talk, we explore the use of smart 3D environments as visual testbeds in science. We show that a combination of efficient procedural models based on prior knowledge, expressive sculpting or sketching interfaces, and light learning mechanisms, can help to reach this goal.  We illustrate this through a variety of examples, from sculpting eroding mountains that express geological knowledge to helping prehistorians explore past ecosystems with flora and animated fauna.

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Eduard Gröller

Eduard Gröller is Professor at the Institute of Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology (VC&HCT), TU Wien, where he is heading the Research Unit of Computer Graphics. He is a scientific proponent and key researcher of the VRVis research center. The center performs applied research in visualization, rendering, and visual analysis. Dr. Gröller is Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bergen, Norway. His research interests include computer graphics, visualization, and visual computing. He became a fellow of the Eurographics Association in 2009. Also, Dr. Gröller is the recipient of the Eurographics 2015 Outstanding Technical Contributions Award and of the IEEE VGTC 2019 Technical Achievement Award.

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Ming C. Lin

Ming C. Lin received her B.S., M.S., Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Distinguished University Professor, Dr. Barry Mersky and Capital One E-Nnovate Endowed Professor, and former Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park (2018-2022), and an Amazon Scholar. She is also John R. & Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor Emerita of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC) - Chapel Hill, and was an honorary Distinguished Professor (Yangtze Scholar) at Tsinghua University in China and University of Sydney in Australia. She received several honors and awards, including NSF Young Faculty Career Award, Honda Research Initiation Award, UNC/IBM Junior Faculty Development Award and Hettleman Award for Scholarly Achievements, Beverly W. Long Distinguished Term Professor, IEEE VGTC VR Technical Achievement Award, Washington Academy of Sciences Distinguished Career Award, and 13 best paper awards. She is a Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, ACM, IEEE, Eurographics, ACM SIGGRAPH Academy, and IEEE VR Academy. Her research interests include computer graphics, robotics, and human-computer interaction, with focuses on physically-based modeling, sound rendering, haptics, algorithmic robotics, virtual environments, interactive techniques, geometric computing, and distributed interactive simulation. She has (co-)authored more than 300 refereed scientific publications and co-edited/authored four books.

Keynote: Building and Interacting with Digital Twins in the MetaVerse

Abstract: The Metaverse introduces a shared, immersive space that bridges the physical and digital worlds, allowing us to experience life in ways otherwise not possible.  I will present an overview of research necessary to construct the Metaverse and interact with digital twins.  This lecture will provide a survey on recent advances that integrate classical model-based methods and statistical learning techniques to tackle challenges in reconstructing physical reality from diverse forms of data and in interacting with the Metaverse.  These approaches offer new insights for understanding complex collective behaviors, developing better models for complex dynamical systems from captured data, enabling more effective design and automation, healthcare, e-commerce, education, and more. I’ll conclude with possible future directions and open problems.

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Anders Ynnerman

Professor Anders Ynnerman absolvierte ein PhD-Studium der Physik an der Universität Göteborg, Schweden. In den frühen 90er Jahren war er an der Universität Oxford (UK) und der Vanderbilt University (USA) tätig. Seit 1999 hat er den Lehrstuhl für wissenschaftliche Visualisierung an der Universität Linköping inne und ist Direktor des Norrköping Visualization Center C. Ynnerman ist Mitglied der Schwedischen Königlichen Akademie der Ingenieurwissenschaften und der Königlichen Schwedischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Im Jahr 2007 wurde er mit dem Akzo-Nobelpreis für Wissenschaft ausgezeichnet, 2010 erhielt er den Schwedischen Knowledge Award für die Dissemination wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse in der Öffentlichkeit. 2017 folgte die Auszeichnung mit der Königsmedaille für seine wissenschaftlichen Verdienste sowie 2018 die Verleihung des IEEE VGTC Technical Achievement Award.

Keynote: Exploranation - visuelle Brücken zwischen Forschung und Öffentlichkeit schlagen

Dieser Vortrag nimmt seinen Ausgangspunkt in der laufenden Konvergenz von explorativen und erklärenden Visualisierungsparadigmen zu "Exploranation". Aufgrund der allgemeinen Verfügbarkeit von Prozessorleistung, Datenzugang und immer besserer Visualisierungsmethoden wird eine datengesteuerte und vollständig interaktive erklärende Visualisierung zunehmend möglich. Dies führt zu einem Paradigmenwechsel im Bereich des visuellen Lernens und der visuellen Kommunikation und eröffnet komplett neue Wege für Präsentationen und Demonstrationen in der Öffentlichkeit, z. B. in Museen, Wissenschaftszentren und Planetarien. Gleichzeitig ebnen diese neuen Erklärungsmethoden neue Wege für die Datenerkundung und den Workflow von Fachleuten. Der Vortrag geht auf die zugrundeliegende technische Forschung ein, veranschaulicht aber auch anhand zahlreicher Beispiele und interaktiver Demos die vorgestellten Konzepte und zeigt, wie sie die Zukunft des visuellen Lernens gestalten.

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Katja Bühler

Katja Bühler studied Mathematics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology completing her degree in 1996. Following a one year research exchange at Centro de Computación Gráfica y Geometría Aplicada, Universidad Central de Venezuela, funded by the German DAAD, she moved to Austria to work towards a doctorate in computer science at the Institute of Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology, awarded to her by TU Wien in 2001. There she held also a position as assistant professor until 2002. She seamlessly continued her career as a senior researcher at VRVis and external lecturer at TU Wien. In 2003, she was promoted to Head of the Biomedical Image Informatics Group at VRVis. 2010-2020 she coordinated in addition the research area Complex Systems. In 2021 Katja Bühler took on the role of scientific director of VRVis. Katja Bühler has many years of experience in developing innovation and research strategies and in leading their implementation as international basic and applied research projects in close cooperation with industry and science at international level. Her scientific roots are to be found in reliable computing and numerics, geometry processing and visualization. Learn more about Katja Bühler, her projects, awards and publications.

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