Live report: VIS 2015 – Rejuvinated Medical Visualization Tutorial


Steffen Oeltze-Jafra

Steffen Oeltze-Jafra

This year IEEE VIS (the conference formerly known as VisWeek) 2015 takes place in Chicago, also known as the “Windy City”. On the first day, I attended a very interesting tutorial about medical visualization entitled “Rejuvenated Medical Visualization”. This tutorial was opened by Steffen Oeltze-Jafra, the organizer of this event. He welcomed the audience and introduced the other speakers in the tutorial: Anders Ynnerman, Stefan Bruckner and Helwig Hauser.

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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 😉

MICCAI 2015 – Tutorial on Advanced Medical Visualization report

Update: The slides of all talks are now available here!

MICCAI 2015! This year, MICCAI (International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention) takes place in Munich almost during the Oktoberfest. Sauerkraut, Weißwurst, Beer, and Science. What a great combination! The first day, MICCAI started with a few satellite events. Among these events, for us most relevant: the Tutorial on Advanced Medical Visualization. Most of the big shots in the medical visualization area contributed to this event and talked about ongoing research and the current state of the art in medical visualization. Anna Vilanova and Bernhard Preim were the hosts of this tutorial and introduced it.

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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!