Invited Speakers

EuroVis 2014 is eagerly and exuberantly looking forward to insightful speeches from:

EuroVis 2014 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Andrew Fitzgibbon,
Head of Computer Vision Group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge.

Title: "3D Vision in a Changing World"

Abstract:
Three-dimensional reconstruction from images has been a tremendous success-story of computer vision, with city-scale reconstruction now a reality. However, these successes apply almost exclusively in a static world, where the only motion is that of the camera. Even with the advent of realtime depth cameras, full 3D modelling of dynamic scenes lags behind the rigid-scene case, and for many objects of interest (e.g. animals moving in natural environments), depth sensing remains challenging. In this talk, I will discuss a range of recent work in the modelling of nonrigid real-world 3D shape from 2D images, for example building generic animal models from internet photo collections. While the state of the art depends heavily on dense point tracks from textured surfaces, I will talk about recovering shape from largely textureless objects such as dolphins, by incorporating the strong constraints given by the object's silhouette.

Bio:
Andrew Fitzgibbon is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where he heads the computer vision group. He is best known for his work on 3D vision, having been a core contributor to the Emmy-award-winning 3D camera tracker "boujou" (www.boujou.com) and Kinect for Xbox 360, but his interests are broad, spanning computer vision, graphics, machine learning, and even a little neuroscience. He has published numerous highly-cited papers, and received many awards for his work, including 9 "best paper" prizes, the Silver medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the BCS Roger Needham award. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, and of the International Association for Pattern Recognition. Before joining Microsoft in 2005, he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Oxford University, having previously studied at Edinburgh University, Heriot-Watt University, and University College, Cork.

EuroVis 2014 Capstone Speaker:

Professor John T. Stasko,
Director of the Information Interfaces Research Group
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Title: The Value of Visualization...and Why Interaction Matters

Abstract:
Visualization researchers need to do a better job communicating the value of our field externally. Visualization, by its very nature, provides inherent challenges to doing this. In this talk I will explain these challenges and articulate my views on the value of visualization, including its unique capabilities for data presentation and analysis. I will describe the advantages of interaction, and discuss in depth why interaction is so important to our field and how it has been under-utilized to date. Finally, I will present a number of new interaction ideas and techniques that can be integrated into our future systems.

Bio:
John Stasko is a Professor in and the Associate Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also is an Honorary Professor in the School of Computer Science at the Univ. of St. Andrews in Scotland. Stasko is an internationally recognized and widely published researcher in the area of human-computer interaction, with a specific focus on information visualization and visual analytics. He has been Papers/Program Co-Chair for the IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) Conference, the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Conference, and the ACM Software Visualization (SoftVis) Symposium. He also has served on numerous journal editorial boards including ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and Information Visualization. In Fall 2013 he was General Chair for the IEEE VIS meeting in Atlanta. Stasko was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011 and an IEEE Fellow in 2014. He received the IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2012.

To be announced: Invited speakers for co-located events.

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