Are You Visualizing Your Data? Discover Why You Should

Visualization is the process of making images from data. With data sets growing dramatically in size and complexity, visualization is becoming an increasingly important tool for helping researchers in the computational sciences spot trends, represent phenomena, and explain results. In this panel session, researchers from a range of disciplines will present a short overview of why and how they use visualization in their research. At the end of the session panel members will interact with session attendees to discuss the advantages and issues of using visualization as a tool in the computational sciences.


Faisal Beg, Associate Professor, School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University

Faisal Beg is the Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Option, as well as Co-Director of the Medical Image Analysis Laboratory, and is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. His research interests include computational anatomy, algorithms for segmentation and non-rigid registration of medical images, statistical shape analysis of anatomical shapes, and time series of functional and structural images.

Eirikur Palsson, Mathematical Biology, Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Eirikur Palsson’s research is focussed on mathematical models in molecular and cellular systems, and competition of organisms in ecological systems. His main focus is studying cell signaling and cell movements, and how these processes combined with cell mobility and adhesion, lead to the formation of a fully formed organism. He is also working on models studying resource competition in marine systems, under limited nutrients conditions.

Mario Costa Sousa, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary


Mario Costa Sousa is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary as well as an Alberta Innovates Academy / Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair in Scalable Reservoir Visualization. His research in interactive scalable reservoir modelling and visualization is providing new insights into understanding reservoir models, and providing better computer tools for visual analysis and interpretations for improved technical-economic decision making. Costa Sousa’s other area of focus is the R&D of illustrative graphics (modeling and rendering) and visualization techniques and systems that are able to capture the expressiveness of traditional Scientific-Technical-Medical (STM) illustrations.


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60 minutes

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Brian Corrie, Visualization Coordinator, WestGrid; Technical Director, IRMACS Centre