Visualization Technologies: From Data Collection to Display

(Pictured above, left to right: Steve DeMello of CITRIS;  Ulrich Leiner and Jürgen Rurainsky of Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute; Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Grallert; Michael Witte of Fraunhofer HHI; and Paul Wright of CITRIS.)

Visualization Technologies for Vital Application Areas

The visualization of data is one of our most powerful tools. It enables a remarkable degree of data compression and lets us see important relationships or interconnections that we might otherwise miss. Visualization is relevant to every sector of the economy.

A joint conference, held in conjunction with Fraunhofer HHI and Detecon, took place on May 26, 2011 on the UC Berkeley campus. More than 100 attendees heard from top-level industry executives and researchers about setting the agenda for the future of this exciting space.

The conference focused on the need of industry to collect, transmit and analyze huge amounts of data and covers various aspects of video communications, including Generating of Data, Communications, Immersive Multimedia Displays and Industry Cases. It addressed a broad range of applications and services, including video processing and delivery, service issues and perspectives on areas of future development.

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9:30 AM     Welcome
Paul Wright – Professor in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and Director of CITRIS
Daniel Kellmereit – CEO of Detecon, Inc.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Grallert – Mng Dir Fraunhofer Institute for Telecom & Professor

9:45 AM     Visualization’s deepest secrets–How and why seeing your data reveals inner truths
Dan Russell – Research Scientist at Google

10:05 AM     Visualization & Supercomputing
Hank Childs – Computer Systems Engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

10:25 AM     Facilitating Interactions Between People and Data
Maneesh Agrawala – Assoc Prof in Electrical Eng & Computer Science, UC Berkeley

11:00 AM     Teleimmersive Heritage
Maurizio Forte – Professor School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

11:20 AM     Image Processing for Dimensions, Networks and Consumers
Jürgen Rurainsky – Leading Researcher, Image Processing, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz

11:40 AM     A New Dimension for Data Exploration
Dr. Ulrich Leiner – Head Interactive Media at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

1:10 PM     Immersed in N-Dimensions – Using the Creative Process as A Computational Framework for Unfolding Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics
JoAnn Kuchera Morin – Director of CREATE at UC Santa Barbara

1:30 PM     The Impact of Visualization on Industries
Daniel Kellmereit – CEO Detecon, Inc.   

1:50 PM     Introduction to Health Care Speeches
Bernt Klein – Senior Vice President Americas, Detecon, Inc.

2:00 PM     Visualization in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery
Jonathan Sorger – Intuitive Surgical Inc., Director Medical Research

2:25 PM     Towards Cost Efficient Medical Innovations
Frank Menzler – Senior Director USA at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, USA

2:50 PM     The Impact on Visualization in Healthcare
Ash Shehata – Global Director of Internet Business Solutions Health Care at Cisco

3:55 PM     Start-up Demos
•    Quantifind
Quantifind is a Palo Alto-based startup focusing on data analytics. The QuantiFind engine automatically extracts data from unstructured content, contextualizes the data, and derives meaning from large scale data aggregation.
•    Cooliris
We demonstrate a new visual approach to communication that combines the latest mobile and web technologies with a real-time data backend under development at Cooliris. Our mission is to make communication more efficient, flexible, and personally relevant.
•    Zite
Zite is a personalized iPad magazine that can learn a user’s reading habits and personalize content based on their interests. Dynamic learning enables the app to keep track of the kinds of stories users choose to read and give them constantly updated feeds based on what they’ve demonstrated they’re interested in.
•    Moonshadow Mobile
Moonshadow has developed patent-pending database technology that powers data retrieval up to 100 times faster than traditional solutions. This remarkable speed breakthrough enables blazingly fast geospatial visualization of “big data” in ways that simply were not possible before. Moonshadow visualizes “big data” over Google and Bing maps, translating the raw language of data into useful answers for enterprises, SMBs, non-profits, political organizations/campaigns, government agencies and end users.

5:00 PM     Enterprise Visualization in Product-Centric Industries
Rozita Naghshin – Senior Product Manager Auto Vue (Visualization) at Oracle

5:20 PM     Witnessing the Invisible; Storytelling for Understanding and Design
Carlos Olguin – Head of Nanotechnology Group at Autodesk