Invited Speakers


David S. Ebert

Mobiquitous Graphics and Visualization: More Than Just Fun and Games?

With the mobile and ubiquitous revolution of computerized applications, what role and challenges are created for graphics and visualization? Some of the earliest and most popular mobiquitous graphics applications have been mobile games and maps. In this talk, I'll describe some opportunities for creating integral and essential applications for graphics and visualization in mobile and ubiquitous environments, including guidance for emergency responders, maintenance and repair personnel, and diners in restaurants. I'll also address challenges and trends that go beyond just traditional graphics and incorporate broader computer science issues. Creating useful, effective applications for these environments requires not only developing novel, adapted rendering techniques, but also power- and network-aware techniques. Moreover, the users, their tasks, their device characteristics, and their environment must be considered to create usable applications that can harness the full power of computerized mobiquity.


David Ebert is a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, a University Faculty Scholar, Director of the Purdue University Rendering and Perceptualization Lab (PURPL), and Director of the Purdue University Regional Visualization and Analytics Center (PURVAC), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security's Regional Visualization and Analytics Center of Excellence. Dr. Ebert performs research in novel visualization
techniques, computer graphics, visual analytics, volume rendering, information visualization, perceptually-based visualization, illustrative visualization, and procedural abstraction of complex, massive data.
Ebert has been very active in the graphics and visualization community, teaching courses, presenting papers, co-chairing many conference program committees, serving on the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee, serving as Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, serving as a member of the IEEE Computer Society's Publications Board, serving on the National Visualization and Analytics Center's National Research Agenda Panel, and successfully managing large projects to develop more effective methods for visually communicating information.



Dr. Patricia M. Jones

Looking Across NASA: A Perspective

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) depends on advanced information technology to accomplish its missions of exploration, science, and aeronautics research. In the context of selected examples from NASA visualization and human-computer interactive systems, we examine assumptions about meaning, collaboration, media richness, and media fluency.


Dr. Patricia M. Jones is currently the acting Chief of the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field California, where she leads 100 researchers working on a wide range of human factors issues, from flight deck automation, human factors requirements for space flight, and aviation safety systems to basic research on perceptual and cognitive mechanisms of human performace. She has been at NASA Ames since 2001 when she was the Deputy Division Chief. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Aviation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has published over 60 technical papers in human-automation interaction and cooperative systems. She received the B.S. degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986 and the M. S. and PhD degrees in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988 and 1991. She is a senior member of IEEE and a member of HFES and ACM.

Sponsored by the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society