Awards and Rating


As in recent years, the contest offers the opportunity to transfer cutting-edge visualization research to a specific, real-world application scenario. Beyond the mere achievement of having solved an inherently tricky problem, we put out a number of other incentives to join the contest.

First of all, we are delighted to announce that we are directly collaborating with the editorial staff of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (CG&A) in order to get the winning entry published as a peer-reviewed, full paper. While recent contests' results have successfully been published as part of CG&A's "Visualization Viewpoints" column edited by Theresa-Marie Rhyne, this year, we aim at a regular paper publication. Specifically, the submission of the winning entry will be treated as an extended abstract for a CG&A submission. With winning the contest, it will successfully have completed the first of two review cycles. After the contest results have been announced, the winners will be asked to submit a revised and extended version of their submission. This paper will then undergo another formal review by CG&A. In order to ensure CG&A's high publication standards from the get-go, Theresa Marie-Rhyne has agreed to serve as an additional judge on the jury for the 2014 IEEE Scientific Visualization Contest.

Additionally, the winning entry will win a high-end NVIDIA Quadro K5000 graphics board. The bord is sponsored by NVIDIA as part of their continuing support of the visualization community.

Finally, the contest will be quite visible at VIS14. All positively reviewed entries will be published via the electronic conference proceedings. The contest winners will be recognized with a certificate during the contest session, where they will also be given the opportunity to present their work. In addition, the winning entry will present a poster during VIS' regular poster session. To this end, one complimentary conference registration for VIS will be given to the contest winner.


A jury of domain experts and visualization researchers will carefully judge each submission. Since the main goal of the visualization contest is to promote the transfer of cutting-edge visualization research to concrete application domains, the rating will favor the domain experts' assessments by a weighting of 75:25. Hence, successful entries will first and foremost provide an insightful visualization that actually helps atmospheric researchers gain insight from the presented data.


The jury consists of three domain experts and two visualization researchers. These are (in alphabetic order):

Christoph Garth is an assistant professor at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. His research focuses on vector field visualization, parallel visualization of very large datasets, material interface reconstruction, query-driven techniques and uncertainty visualization. Christoph received his PhD in 2007 from the University of Kaiserslautern working on the visualization of features in simulated fluid flows.

Sabine Griessbach is a Post Doc at the Simulation Laboratory "Climate Science" at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Research Center Jülich, Germany. Her research interests include remote sensing of aerosol and clouds, radiative transfer modeling, and atmospheric modeling. She holds a MSc. degree in meteorology (Dipl. Met.) from Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and a PhD in physics from Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Bernd Hentschel is a senior researcher with the Virtual Reality Group, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His research interests include the analysis of domain-specific features in large simulation data, parallel visualization algorithms, and immersive visualization. During his studies he has closely collaborated with domain scientists in order to find ways to leverage the benefits of virtual reality-based user interfaces for complex visual data analysis problems. He holds a MSc. degree in computer science and a PhD, both from RWTH.

Lars Hoffmann is the team leader of the Simulation Laboratory "Climate Science" at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Research Center Jülich, Germany. His research interests include Earth system modeling and atmospheric remote sensing. He holds a MSc. degree (Dipl. Phys.) and a PhD in physics, both from Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Theresa-Marie Rhyne is a recognized expert in the field of computer-generated visualization and a consultant who specializes in applying artistic color theories to visualization and digital media. In the 1990s, as a government contractor with Lockheed Martin Technical Services, she was the founding visualization leader of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Scientific Visualization Center. In the 2000s, she founded the Center for Visualization and Analytics and the Renaissance Computing Institute's Engagement Facility (renci@ncsu) at North Carolina State University. Rhyne is the editor of the Visualization Viewpoints Department for IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications Magazine. She received an MS in civil engineering from Stanford University and is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Marc von Hobe is a senior researcher at the Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Research Center Jülich, Germany. His research interests are the measurement of atmospheric trace constituents and the use of observations in process studies. His current focus is on the atmospheric sulfur cycle, and in particular the role of sulfur compounds as precursors for stratospheric aerosol. He holds a BSc. degree in environmental chemistry and a PhD in environmental sciences, both from University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.