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Meet the Founders: How to Start and Sustain a Business in the Visualization Space

Thursday, Oct 25: 2:20-4:00pm Estrel Rm IV

Robert Kosara, Tableau Research\ Lisa Avila, Kitware\ Jeffrey Heer, University of Washington\ Anders Ynnerman, Linköping University

Visualization is not just an academic pursuit, there are also a number of successful companies that have come out of visualization research or are closely related. This panel brings together some of the founders of these companies to discuss how start a small business based on research and how to sustain and keep building it as a business. We will talk about what were good and bad decisions, what was easier and harder than expected, and be open to questions from anybody who might be considering starting their own (or is just curious).

Perspectives in Color Research for Scientific Visualization: Understanding the Lenses and Languages

Wednesday, Oct 24: 2:20-4:00pm Estrel Rm IV

Francesca Samsel, University of Texas at Austin\ Roxana Bujack, Los Alamos National Laboratory\ Lyn Bartram, Simon Fraser University\ Karen Schloss, Institute of Computer Science, Leipzig University\ Gerik Scheuermann, University of Wisconsin

To date most of the design, construction, and evaluation of colormaps and tools have been developed within individual disciplines. Our panelists bring expertise that originates outside of computer science disciplines onto the visualization challenges. Each panelist will introduce their field, expertise, and its potential to contribute to scientific visualization. The panel has been designed to address our broader goals: highlighting a range of expertise beyond computer science; creating language toward common terminology to facilitate dialogue; listening to and understanding the domain sciences needs; and identifying opportunities for collaborative research avenues.

Succeeding by Failing: The Iceberg in VIS Careers

Tuesday, Oct 23: 2:20-4:00pm Estrel C

Luana Micallef, Iniversity of Copenhagen\ Tatiana von Landesberger, TU Darmstadt\ Carla C. Schubert\ Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary\ John Stasko, Georgia Tech\ Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland, College Park\ G. Elisabeta Marai, Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago\ Helwig Hauser, University of Bergen\ Daniel Archambault, Swansea University

The academic competitive environment and its ‘acceptance & rejection’ culture lead to high pressure and stress for researchers at all career stages. We will discuss such threats, coping mechanisms and ways how our community can help. Example topics include: work-life balance, dealing with rejections, providing supportive reviews, funding pressures, career prospects in times of uncertainty, and many more topics depending on the audience. Our panelists include: visualization professors with diverse expertise and seniority levels, and a psychologist/psychotherapist who also conducts research and treats academics with related psychological problems. Voice your first-hand experiences, questions and comments anonymously at and participate in our follow-up meetup!