Two open PhD positions in Visualization at the University of Bergen (Norway)

We have received word from Veronika Solteszova that the University of Bergen is looking for two PhD students in the Department of Informatics. The exact topic of the PhD will be decided on with the advisor, but biomedical, visual analytics and visual computing are among the list of possible topics. More information about the position is available here. You can read all about the full advertisement and apply online here. The application deadline is the 1st of April 2016 (no joke!), so do not delay and apply now if you are interested in this amazing opportunity to work in one of the most awesome visualization groups in the world! 

Call for Participation: MedVis-Award 2016

The 7th “Karl-Heinz-Höhne Award for Visualization in Medicine” (in short medvis-award) is now accepting submissions. Besides eternal glory, the top contestants of this biannual competition will receive in total 1.000 EUR, donated by BrainLAB AG. You can only apply if you are a young scientist with a diploma thesis or with up to two publications (published or to be reviewed) in the field of medical visualization. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Find out more about the award here and check out previous winners here.

The submission deadline is the 4th of May (May the 4th be with you!) and the lucky winners will be receiving their award at VCBM 2016 in Bergen, Norway 🙂

Better than the rainbow: The Matplotlib alternative colormaps

I know our post on or rather against the use of rainbow colormaps is one of the most well-read on our blog. It gets referenced quite a bit and is even used in visualization lectures. It’s been a while since it was written though, and now it seems like a good time for an update featuring the beautiful alternative colormaps now included in Matplotlib. Let’s start with a little teaser image:

Two classics and four new colormapsa pplied to medical data!

Two classics and the four new colormaps applied to medical data!

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Announcing VCBM & MedViz 2016!

It’s no secret the Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM) is one of my favorite events for some years already, all medical visualization all the time! Since last year, it turned into an annual workshop, which means we get to enjoy another VCBM in 2016 already, from the 7th of September until the 9th. This edition promises to be extra epic for several reasons, outlined below:

  1. It will be in Bergen, Norway. Bergen, for those of you that never visited, is a truly amazing city situated between majestic mountains and a beautiful harbor. You could do worse! “The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway”, people!
  2. Additionally, also speaking from personal experience, the Bergen Vis group is filled with awesome people that do great research.
  3. If this is still not convincing you of the epicness, next year the 10th annual Medviz conference will be held at the same time!

‘So where do I sign up?’ I hear you thinking. The official website describing all the details is here, there is a Facebook page for you to like (if not love!) here and even a Facebook event here!

VIS 2015 preview – What to see, what to wear?

Attending VIS 2015 in Chicago this year? Lucky you! We’ve compiled an overview of papers that sound relevant to our medical visualization interests and have some recommendations on what workshops, tutorials and sessions to attend to maximize your medvis experience. Can’t make it this year? No worries, there will be a full conference report afterwards.


  • On Sunday there’s a workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (8:30am–5:55pm) in the Empire if VA is your jam.
  • If VA is not your jam, I recommend going to this tutorial:
    Rejuvenated Medical Visualization—LargeScale, Whole-Body Visualization, Visualizing Physiology, Non-standard imaging and Simulations, and Cohort Studies featuring Steffen Oeltze-Jafra, Anders Ynnerman, Stefan Bruckner and Helwig Hauser from 8:30am–12:10pm at the Monroe. Check the trailer: 
  • In the afternoon you can then stay in the Monroe for the tutorial on Direct Volume Interaction for Visual Data Analysis with Alexander Wiebel, Tobias Isenberg, Stefan Bruckner and Timo Ropinski from 14:00-17:55. There’s a video too: 


  • If you’re interested in uncertainty visualization, there is a full day
    workshop (8:30am-5:55pm) in the Empire room: Visualization for Decision Making Under Uncertainty featuring Kristin Potter, Ruediger Westermann, Christoph Heinzl, Mike Kirby, Ross Whitaker, Eduard Groller, Torsten
    Möller and Stefan Bruckner.
  • If you’re up for some Paraview in the afternoon there is a tutorial (2:00pm-5:55pm) in the Adams room, appropriately entitled The ParaView Tutorial
  • In the evening (7:00pm-9:00pm) there is a Practicioner event in the Empire, featuring a talk on “Visual Exploration in Surgery Monitoring for Coronary Vessels”: 



  • Wednesday morning you have a difficult choice to make ^^, both the SciVis and VAST sessions look interesting:
    • SciVis in the State: Tasks and Applications (8:30am-10:10am):
      • A Classification of User Tasks in Visual Analysis of Volume Data (C)
        Authors: Bireswar Laha, Doug Bowman, David Laidlaw, John Socha
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      • Using Maximum Topology Matching to Explore Differences in Species Distribution Models (C)
        Authors: Jorge Poco, Harish Doraiswamy, Marian Talbert, Jeffrey Morisette, Claudio Silva
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      • Visual Verification of Space Weather Ensemble Simulations (C)
        Authors: Alexander Bock, Asher Pembroke, M. Leila Mays, Lutz Rastaetter, Anders Ynnerman, Timo Ropinski
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      • A Visual Voting Framework for Weather Forecast Calibration (C)
        Authors: Hongsen Liao, Yingcai Wu, Li Chen, Thomas M. Hamill, Yunhai Wang, Kan Dai, Hui Zhang, Wei Chen
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      • Real-time Uncertainty Visualization for B-Mode Ultrasound (C)
        Authors: Christian Schulte zu Berge, Denis Declara, Christoph Hennersperger, Maximilian Baust, Nassir Navab
    • At the same time, the VAST session in the Red room, Visual Analytics in Medicine and Healthcare, also looks tempting (8:30am-10:10am):
  • The SciVis sessions after the morning session are
    Feature Extraction and Flows (10:30am-12:10pm) and Maps, Geometry and Terrain (4:15pm-5:55pm), neither of which seem to contain any medvis.


Friday: Kai Lawonn will be representing team at the event, so be sure to go say hi to him if you see him (you might get one of the extremely-limited-edition business cards ;)). Besides representing, he’s also presenting his work Tuesday morning in the ‘SciVis Intro + Biomedical and Molecular Visualization
(I)’-session, so don’t miss that one either ^^. I would like to wish all attendees a great time at VIS! Good luck and have fun! For those left behind like me, I can only wish Scivis does a little tweeting for a change 😉

Conference Report: EG VCBM 2015 Chester (UK)

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM) 2015 conference for the third and potentially, but not hopefully, last time. This year it was held in Chester (UK) at The Riverside Innovation Centre at the University of, you guessed it, Chester! In this conference report I will summarize some personal highlights. Repeating last year’s tradition, I again tweeted a picture for almost every talk. I still don’t think Twitter is really gaining traction among the scivis community, and I wonder what it would take to change it (or if it even needs to change ^^). As every year, given the theme of the conference almost every talk is relevant to our medical visualization interests, but I would like to briefly summarize only a couple of them here. Check the full list of papers and posters presented here if this is not enough to satiate your VCBM-craving-needs. Continue reading

PhD position available at the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany

The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in Germany has an open position for a PhD Student in Computer Graphics, AR / VR at the Computer-Assisted Surgery group at the Faculty of Computer Science. The research focus is the image guided minimal invasive therapy, especially the development of visualization and interaction techniques for Augmented / Virtual Reality.

Check out the full job description and apply here. The application deadline is the 10th of October, so don’t delay and start sending in those applications!