IWISC 2018

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IWISC 2018:
3rd International Workshop on Interactive and Spatial Computing

Richardson, TX, USA, April 12-13, 2018

Schedule

Thursday, April 12th
Time Session
8:30am – 9:00am Breakfast and Registration
9:00am – 9:15am Welcoming Remarks
9:15am – 10:30am Research Papers I: Grammars & Visualization
10:30am – 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Keynote I: Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Executive Vice-President, Arizona State University
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm – 2:15pm Research Papers II: Computer Vision and Detection
2:15pm – 2:45pm Coffee Break
2:45pm – 4:00pm Industry Talks
4:00pm – 5:15pm Posters & Demonstrations
5:15pm – 6:30pm Break and Transport to UT Dallas
6:30pm – 9:00pm Dinner Banquet @ UTD ECSN Atrium (utd.edu/locator/ECSN_2.120)
Friday, April 13th
Time Session
8:30am – 9:00am Breakfast and Registration
9:00am – 10:00am Keynote II: Dr. Joseph (Michael) Coyle, Program Manager, Computer Science, US Army Research Office
10:00am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 11:45am Research Papers III: Computational Geometry
11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch (provided)
12:45pm – 2:00pm Research Papers IV: Virtual Reality
2:00pm – 3:00pm Industry Panel: Research Challenges in Building Smart and Connected Communities
3:00pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30pm – 4:45pm Research Papers V: Multimedia
4:45pm – 5:00pm Awards Session and Closing Remarks

Program

Panch

Keynote I: Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan

Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development
Chief Research and Innovation Officer
Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC)
Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan leads the knowledge enterprise development at Arizona State University, which advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, global and economic development at ASU.

Panchanathan was the founding director of the School of Computing and Informatics and was instrumental in founding the Biomedical Informatics Department at ASU. He also served as the chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department.  He founded the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) at ASU. CUbiC’s flagship project iCARE, for individuals who are blind and visually impaired, won the Governor’s Innovator of the Year-Academia Award in November 2004.

In 2014, Panchanathan was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. National Science Board (NSB) and is Chair of the Committee on Strategy. He was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

Panchanathan is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is currently serving as the Chair of the Council on Research (CoR) within the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).  Panchanathan was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Multimedia Magazine and is also an editor/associate editor of many other journals and transactions.

Panchanathan’s research interests are in the areas of human-centered multimedia computing, haptic user interfaces, person-centered tools and ubiquitous computing technologies for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, machine learning for multimedia applications, medical image processing, and media processor designs. Panchanathan has published over 440 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored over 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry. He has been a chair of many conferences, program committee member of numerous conferences, organizer of special sessions in several conferences and an invited speaker, panel member in conferences, universities and industry.

Coyle

Keynote II: Dr. Joseph (Michael) Coyle

Program Manager
Computational Architectures and Visualization
Computing Sciences Division
U.S. Army Research Office

Dr. Coyle has been a civilian employee of the Army for over thirty years after receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics (Numerical Analysis) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was initially employed as a Mathematician at the Army’s Benet Laboratories in Watervliet, NY. Benet Laboratories is the R&D arm of the Watervliet Arsenal, our nation’s cannon manufacturer. While there he worked on and/or managed various projects in the Applied Math. and Mechanics branch and the Modeling and Simulation branch such as statistical analysis, finite element and stress analysis, gun and gas dynamics, and cannon barrel erosion. In August of 1999 he transferred to Army Research Office (ARO) to manage the Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science program in ARO’s Mathematics Division. ARO is the Army’s extramural funding agency for basic research. He now manages the Computational Architectures and Visualization program in ARO’s Computing Sciences Division. His program interests are in designs of both hardware and software components that efficiently optimize computational resources as well as algorithms that render massive data sets and perform large scale Army simulations both quickly and accurately. He has served on a number of Army and DoD technical assessment boards for various programs and centers such as the Naval Post Graduate School’s MoVES Institute, the Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies, and the Army’s High Performance Computing Research Center.

Overview of Computer Science at the US Army Research Office

The mission of the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) is to seed scientific and far reaching technological discoveries that enhance Army capabilities. Basic research proposals from educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private industry are competitively selected and funded. ARO’s research mission represents the most long-range Army view for changes in its technology and is the only Army organization that transcends all of its mission areas. ARO is divided into a number of scientific divisions and programs such as physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and mathematics in order to accomplish its mission and to better align with University Departments and interests. An overview of how ARO, in general, and the Computer Science Division of ARO, in particular, are organized will be presented as well as a description of the possible funding mechanisms available to the researcher. Special emphasis will be placed on the Computational Architectures and Visualization program and on Computer Science funding priorities through the presentation and discussion of division vision statements and individual program research thrusts.

Industry Talks

Session Chair: Prabhakaran Balakrishnan
1. “The Connected Jobsite” by Shawn Dawson and James Wagner, Project Atlas
2. “VR & Innovation Explorations” by Justin Restivo, Citi Architecture and Technology Engineering (CATE)
3. “Machine Learning for Brain Imaging: Automatic Detection of Artifacts in Magnetoencephalography Using Convolutional Neural Networks” by Dr. Albert Montillo, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
4. “Virtual Reality: A New Dimension for Congenital Heart Disease” by Dr. Animesh (Aashoo) Tandon, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Industry Panel: Research Challenges in Building Smart and Connected Communities

Panel Moderator: Prof. Jack Snoeyink, UNC Chapel Hill
Panelists:
1. Sid Bala, Ph.D., Phazr
2. Ladan Pickering, Fujitsu
3. Kamakshi Sridhar, Ph.D., Sandvine
4. Kumaran Vijayasankar, Ph.D., Texas Instruments

Research Papers I: Grammars & Visualization

Session Chair: Kang Zhang
1. “Quantitative Spatial Semantics in A Graph Grammar Formalism” by Yufeng Liu, Xiaoqin Zeng and Kang Zhang
2. “Enhancements to A Shape Grammar Interpreter” by Xiaoyu Wang and Kang Zhang
3. “Visualization of Genome Rearrangements Using DCJ Operations” by Sruthi Chappidi and Sergey Bereg

Research Papers II: Computer Vision and Detection

Session Chair: Xiaohu Guo
4. “Simplified Heart-Rate Measurement from Video” by Juan L. Alonso- Cuevas and Raul E. Sanchez- Yanez
5. “Saliency improvement through Genetic Programming” by Diana E. Martinez- Rodriguez, Marco A. Contreras-Cruz, Uriel H. Hernandez-Belmonte, Sergey Bereg and Victor Ayala-Ramirez
6. “Exploring Functional Clinical Attributes For Macular Dystrophy Detection” by Rittika Shamsuddin, Yi- Zhong Wang and Balakrishnan Prabhakaran

Research Papers III: Computational Geometry

Session Chair: Benjamin Raichel
7. “Map-Matching Using Shortest Paths” by Erin Chambers, Brittany Terese Fasy, Yusu Wang and Carola Wenk
8. “Fast Frechet Distance Between Curves with Long Edges” by Joachim Gudmundsson, Majid Mirzanezhad, Ali Mohades and Carola Wenk
9. “Improved Line Facility Location in Weighted Subdivisions” by Ovidiu Daescu and Ka Teo

Research Papers IV: Virtual Reality

Session Chair: Ryan P. McMahan
10. “Physical Hand Interaction for Controlling Multiple Virtual Objects in Virtual Reality” by Mohamed Suhail Mohamed Yousuf Sait, Shyam Prathish Sargunam, Dustin T. Han and Eric D. Ragan
11. “Evaluating Joystick Control for View Rotation in Virtual Reality with Continuous Turning, Discrete Turning, and Field-of-View Reduction” by Shyam Prathish Sargunam and Eric D. Ragan
12. “LearnDNA: An Interactive VR Application for Learning DNA Structure” by Lakshmi Sharma, Rong Jin, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran and Murry Gans

Research Papers V: Multimedia

Session Chair: Sergey Bereg
13. “A Framework for Cost-Effective Communication System for 3D Data Streaming and Real-Time 3D Reconstruction” by Dang Huynh, Scott A. King and Ajay K. Katangur
14. “Classification of Multiple Sclerosis and Non-Specific White Matter Lesions using Spherical Harmonics Descriptors” by Yeqi Wang, Madison Hansen, Darin Okuda, Andrew Wilson and Xiaohu Guo
15. “Monitoring Task Engagement using Facial Expressions and Body Postures” by Akilesh Rajavenkatanarayanan, Ashwin Ramesh Babu, Konstantinos Tsiakas and Fillia Makedon

Posters

1. “Applying Algorithms to Visual Design Principles in M-Learning” by Elizabeth Berger and Ryan P. McMahan
2. “Improved line facility location in weighted subdivisions” by Ovidiu Daescu and Ka Yaw Teo
3. “EvalVR: Evaluation of User Experience of popular Virtual Reality Applications” by Sanika Gupta, Maher Abujelala and Fillia Makedon
4. “Computing Robust Principal Components by A* Search” by Baokun He, Swair Shah, Crystal Maung and Haim Schweitzer
5. “Automatic Labeling of Resting State fMRI Networks using 3D Convolutional Neural Networks” by Gowtham Krishnan, Prabhat Garg, Elizabeth Davenport, Ben Wagner, Christopher Whitlow, Joseph Maldjian and Albert Montillo
6. “Cognitive Demands on 3D Travel Techniques” by Chengyuan Lai and Ryan P. McMahan
7. “Robust Geometric Computations for Neutron Tracking” by David Millman and Jack Snoeyink
8. “Solving Generalized Column Subset Selection with Heuristic Search” by Swair Shah, Ke Xu, Baokun He, Crystal Maung and Haim Schweitzer
9. “Sparse Approximate Conic Hulls” by Greg Van Buskirk, Benjamin Raichel and Nicholas Ruozzi

Demonstrations

1. “Surgical Planning Using Virtual Reality” by Rohan Gupta, Anthony Lau, Adharsh Rajendran, Tanushri Singh, Pooshan Shah, Ryan P. McMahan, Tarique Hussain and Animesh Tandon
2. “Virtual Reality: Impacts on Eating Habits” by Xinyu Hu and Ryan P. McMahan
3. “VIGOR: Virtual Interaction with Gravitational Waves to Observe Relativity” by Midori Kitagawa, Monisha Elumalai, Michael Kesden, Mary Urquhart and Roger Malina
4. “Virtual Reality Demonstration for Training Robotic Operating-Room Staff” by Ryan P. McMahan, James Coleman Eubanks and Alec Moore
5. “Navigation Mechanisms for Collaborative, Mixed Reality Tours” by Shanthi Vellingiri and Balakrishnan Prabhakaran
6. “Brain Segmentation and Visualization Platform Demonstration” by Andrew Wilson, Xiaohu Guo, Yeqi Wang, Thomas Stanley and Asad Khan

Announcement

The University of Texas at Dallas Institute for Interactive and Spatial Computing (UT-DIISC) is pleased to announce the 3rd International Workshop on Interactive and Spatial Computing (IWISC 2018).

Interactive and Spatial Computing can be described as the science of people having convenient dialogues with intelligent machines/devices while using space as a medium for carrying out these interactions. Considering the broad scope, Interactive and Spatial Computing leverages on a wide range of research activities in a broad spectrum of disciplines such as computational geometry, computer graphics, high-dimensional data analysis, human-computer interaction, information visualization, multimedia, and virtual reality. These activities enhance knowledge and human performance through bioinformatics, physically based modeling and simulation, healthcare, training, and education applications. In turn, these applications usually require knowledge and expertise in other research areas such as medicine, learning/cognitive science, robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Call for Papers

The 3rd International Workshop on Interactive and Spatial Computing (IWISC 2018) will address the challenges and opportunities faced in this broad and yet important discipline. We solicit high quality, original research submissions in all areas related to Interactive and Spatial computing, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Computational geometry
  • Computer graphics
  • Geographic information systems
  • High-dimensional data analysis
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information visualization
  • Mixed realities
  • Multimedia

A Best Paper Award will be given for the most outstanding paper in terms of groundbreaking research, ingenuity, and importance. We are also organizing an Industry-Speaker Session with representatives from highly relevant companies.

Submission Deadlines

All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (GMT/UTC‐12:00).

  • January 22, 2018: Paper submissions due
  • February 26, 2018: Notification of results
  • March 5, 2018: Camera-ready material due

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Submissions should contain substantial scientific contributions to the field of Interactive and Spatial Computing. Each paper should be classifiable as one of the following:

  • Research papers should contribute state-of-the-art advances and provide results as evidence.
  • Application papers should explain how pre-existing ideas were applied to solve a novel problem.
  • System papers should indicate how developers integrated techniques and technologies to produce a novel system and provide evidence of the system’s effectiveness.

All papers should be prepared in the ACM SigConf format. LATEX and Word templates are available here: https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template
If you have any problems with the templates, please contact ACM’s TeX support team at Aptara (acmtexsupport@aptaracorp.com). If accepted, you will need to provide the source files and PDFs for ACM to process.

Papers should be 5-10 pages in length, excluding an optional appendix. The optional appendix must be clearly marked and can include supplementary materials, such as proofs, additional images, and links to videos. These supplementary materials will be considered at the discretion of the reviewers and will not be published in the proceedings.

IWISC 2018 will use a double-blind review process, in which both the authors and the reviewers remain anonymous to each other. Submissions must not contain information that unnecessarily identifies the authors, their institutions, or their places of work. Relevant previous work by the authors should be cited in the third person to preserve anonymity.

Papers must be submitted electronically, by the deadline above, through the EasyChair Conference System: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iwisc2018
Note, if you have not used the EasyChair system before, you will need to register for an account by clicking “Signup” in the upper right corner of the website.

Publication

The proceedings of IWISC 2018 will be published by ACM as part of the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) and will be available in the ACM Digital Library. The ISBN number assigned by ACM ICPS to IWISC 2018 is 978-1-4503-5439-4. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register, attend, and present at IWISC 2018.

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Poster & Demonstration Deadlines

All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (GMT/UTC‐12:00).

  • March 12, 2018: Poster and demonstration submissions due
  • March 19, 2018: Notification of poster and demonstration results

Posters

The 3rd International Workshop on Interactive and Spatial Computing (IWISC 2018) seeks poster submissions that describe works in progress, preliminary theories, experimental work, new concepts, late-breaking results, or work best communicated in conversation. Poster submissions should include the title of the poster, an abstract up to 250 words, and keywords to help categorize the work. Authors are also encouraged to submit a PDF, up to 2 pages, containing any additional materials (e.g., figures or tables) that will be included on the final physical poster. Accepted poster abstracts and additional materials will be made available on the conference website, but not published in the IWISC 2018 proceedings. At least one author of each accepted poster is expected to register, attend, and present at IWISC 2018. Note, authors will be responsible for bringing their own posters to the workshop. Poster abstracts and additional materials must be submitted electronically, by the deadline above, through the EasyChair Conference System: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iwisc2018.

Demonstrations

The 3rd International Workshop on Interactive and Spatial Computing (IWISC 2018) seeks submissions from research groups (academic, government, or industry) that can demonstrate an application, solution, system, or technology in a workshop setting. Demonstration submissions should include the title of the demonstration, an abstract up to 250 words, and keywords to help categorize the work. Authors are also encouraged to submit a PDF, up to 2 pages, containing any additional materials (e.g., images of the application, images of the setup) that help to convey the final physical demonstration. Accepted demonstration abstracts and additional materials will be made available on the conference website, but not published in the IWISC 2018 proceedings. At least one author of each accepted demonstration is expected to register, attend, and present the demonstration at IWISC 2018. Note, authors will be responsible for bringing their own equipment and materials to the workshop for the demonstrations. Demonstration abstracts and additional materials must be submitted electronically, by the deadline above, through the EasyChair Conference System: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iwisc2018.

Venue

IWISC 2018 will take place at the DoubleTree in Richardson, Texas. Please use this personalized group page to receive a discount when booking a room: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/D/DALRHDT-CSD-20180411/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Richardson

1981 North Central Expressway
Richardson, Texas 75080, USA
TEL: +1-972-644-4000

Registration

Registration fees are listed below. Please register here: bit.ly/iwisc2018.

Registration Fees (by April 1):
$225 Regular
$75 Student

Late Registration Fees (after April 1):
$275 Regular
$100 Student

General Chair

  • Prabhakaran Balakrishnan, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Technical Program Chair

  • Ryan P. McMahan, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Registration and Publication Chair

  • Benjamin Raichel, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Posters and Demonstrations Chair

  • Kyle Fox, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Publicity Chair

  • Sergey Bereg, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Local Arrangements Chair

  • Alec G. Moore, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Technical Program Committee

  • Victor Ayala-Ramirez, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Sergey Bereg, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Chidansh Bhatt, FXPAL, USA
  • Robert Biuk-Aghai, University of Macau, China
  • Michael Burch, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • K. Selcuk Candan, Arizona State University, USA
  • Sharon Chu, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Ovidiu Daescu, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Jie Gao, Stony Brook University, USA
  • Xiaohu Guo, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • ChengHsin Hsu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Anastasia Kurdia, Tulane University, USA
  • Shixia Liu, Tsinghua University, China
  • David Mount, University of Maryland, USA
  • Benjamin Raichel, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Suneeta Ramaswami, Rutgers University, USA
  • Raúl Enrique Sánchez Yañez, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Maria-Luisa Sapino, University of Torino, Italy
  • Haim Schweitzer, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Ooi Wei Tsang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Yusu Wang, Ohio State University, USA
  • Yin Yang, University of New Mexico, USA
  • May Yuan, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Kang Zhang, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Zichun Zhong, Wayne State University, USA

Contact

For questions regarding this Call for Papers, please contact the Program Chair, Ryan P. McMahan, at rymcmaha@utdallas.edu.

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