Tech Talk: Two Talks! One Week!

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LATE NOTICE: The Simon Thompson talk has been moved to Thurs. April 1, at 10:30am.Please note the non-standard times for these talks.Galois is pleased to host two tech talks during the week of March 22, 2010.  The two talks are short (20-30 minutes each) talks back-to-back at 10:30am on March 24th. Details are below.Talks will be held atGalois Inc.421 SW 6th Ave. Suite 300, Portland, OR, USA(3rd floor of the Commonwealth building)These talks are open to the interested public.  Please join us!


Visualization and Diversity Information


  • Presenter: Prof. Ron Metoyer
  • Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
  • Time: 10:30am

Abstract: The term “diversity’’ is used in many ways in many domains.  People are concerned about the diversity of their work force, stock portfolios, student body, and forest insects, just to name a few.  In this talk, I will discuss a work-in-progress visualization technique specifically designed to communicate diversity information.  I will present the design concerns, resulting visualizations, and a study design for evaluating the method.  I will conclude with a discussion of a case-study application to moth species data.Bio: Ronald Metoyer is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University.  He earned a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he worked in the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center with a focus on modeling and visualizing the motion of pedestrians in urban and architectural scenes.  Dr. Metoyer currently co-directs the NVIDIA Graphics and Imaging Technologies Lab (GAIT) with his colleagues at OSU. His past research efforts have involved the investigation of techniques for manipulating motion capture data and for facilitating the creation of 3D content by end users with the goal of empowering domain experts to create compelling and interactive content for their domain specific needs.  In 2002, he received an NSF CAREER Award for his work in “Understanding the Complexities of Animated Content”.  Dr. Metoyer’s most recent research interests fall under the domain of information visualization.


TITLE: Scientific Data Visualization in a GPU World


  • Presenter: Prof. Mike Bailey
  • Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
  • Time: 11:00am

Abstract: One of the fun aspects of scientific data visualization is that there are no rules — anything that adds insight to the data display is fair game.  Add that to the fun of custom-programming the GPU, and you’ve really got something!This talk will discuss some of the uses of custom GPU programming to create better and more interactive visualization displays.  We will look at techniques in the realm of scalar visualization, vector visualization, volume visualization, and terrain mapping.Bio: Mike Bailey is a Professor in Computer Science at Oregon State University. He specializes in scientific visualization, 3D interactive computer graphics, GPU programming, stereographics, and computer aided geometric design.