VSCSE: Science Visualization

Event Date: 

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:00am to Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 4:00pm


This two-day training will cover all aspects of visualizing data from a broad variety of domains. We will kick off the training with an introduction to visualization. We will follow by teaching best practices when dealing with diverse data (abstract and spatial), demonstrating a variety of methods and techniques on those data sets, and demonstrating a range of freely available software. We will take real world problems for which visualization is needed and take the attendees through the process of visualizing this data and gaining insight.

Register here - if you are unable to attend all parts of the class you may still register and attend the portions you can.

Course Schedule and Topics:

Monday, August 25, 2014

10:00-11:15 Introduction to Visualization

  • Goal of visualization: to conveying information
  • Examples
  • Illustration vs. exploration
  • Static vs. interactive
  • Info-vis vs. Sci-vis data

11:30 - 12:30 Intro to Information Visualization

  • What is info-vis data?
  • High-level commercial tools 
  • Low-level tools

12:30-1:00 lunch

1:00 - 2:15 Intro to Scientific Visualization 

  • Data as a function mapping a domain into a range 
  • 2-, 3- and 4-D meshes
  • Attributes on meshes
  • File Formats

2:30 - 4  Scientific Visualization with Paraview

  • Introduction to Paraview
  • Lab - visualizing a complex dataset (potentially hands on)
  • Animation
  • Re-using visualizations on new datasets


Day 2:

10 - 11:30  Scientific Visualization with VisiT

  • Introduction to VisiT
  • Lab - visualizing a complex dataset (potentially hands on)
  • Animation
  • Re-using visualizations on new datasets

11:45 - 12:30 Scripting

  • Paraview
  • Visit

12:30 - 1:00 lunch

1:00 - 2 Parallel Visualization

  • Architecture
  • Running Paraview and Visit in parallel
  • Optimizing

2:15 - 4 Remote Visualization at TACC and special topics

  • Systems
  • Remote Access
  • Immersive Visualization


If the you would like to follow the Paraview and VisIt labs hands-on, you should install Paraview v. 4.1.0 from http://www.paraview.org/download/

and Visit v. 2.7.4 from https://wci.llnl.gov/codes/visit/executables.html  on your personal systems.  Stay tuned, there may be datasets to download.

Ben Rogers
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Event Location: 

University of Iowa: IATL Building, Room 438
205 North Madison Street
52242 Iowa City , IA
Iowa US