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Visualization in Biomedical Computing '92

Dr James Coggins coggins at cs.unc.edu
Thu Sep 17 10:26:34 EST 1992

The Department of Computer Science
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
OCTOBER 13-16, 1992

The goal of the second conference on Visualization in Biomedical Computing 
(VBC'92) is to help define and promote the emerging science of visualization 
by bringing together a multidisciplinary,  international  group of researchers, 
scientists, engineers, toolmakers, and practioners engaged in all aspects of 
scientific visualization in biomedical computing.

Visualization in scientific and engineering research is a rapidly emerging 
discipline aimed at developing approaches and tools to allow researchers to 
"see" and comprehend the systems they are studying. Examples of 
approaches to scientific visualization include the presentation of information 
in three dimensions, development of dynamic methods to interact with and 
manipulate multidimensional data, and development of models of visual 
perception that enhance interpretive and decision-making processes. 
Examples of visualization tools include graphics hardware and software to 
display and animate information, as well as environments that facilitate 
human-machine interaction for the interpretation of complex systems. 
Examples of applications of visualization in biomedical computing include 
presentation of anatomy and physiology in 3-D, animated representation of 
the dynamics of fluid flow, and graphical rendering of biomolecular structures 
and their interactions. 

There will be single sessions of half-hour papers. The presentations by and 
discussions among participants should interest scientists, engineers, medical 
researchers, clinicians, psychologists, and students concerned with 

The technical program of VBC'92 will consist of:

	* One day of tutorial courses by leading experts
	* Single sessions of contributed papers representing both theoretical 
		and application areas of visualization in biomedical computing
	*Panels on issues that are controversial or of current interest, open 
		for discussion among all attendees
	*Technical exhibits by commercial vendors of visualization technologies

The remainder of the VBC'92 program includes a copy of the conference 
proceedings, continental breakfast each morning, refreshment breaks each 
day, a Tuesday evening reception and a Wednesday evening reception 
sponsored by Digital Equipment Corporation followed by dinner with a 
keynote speaker.  A tear-off registration panel is included with this program 

For complete conference program, registration, or other information, contact 
Mary Ducker as indicated at the end of this message.


Tutorial courses take place Tuesday, October 13, from 8:00 AM through 5:30 
PM.  Each course lasts one-half day (approximately four hours) and there are 
a total of four courses offered from which each registrant can choose two.  The 
four tutorials are:
Morning Sessions (parallel)
Session 1A  
	* Introduction to Volume Visualization and its Biomedical Applications
Session 1B  
	* Statistical Image Pattern Recognition
Afternoon Sessions (parallel)
Session 1C 
	* Advanced Techniques in Volume Visualization and Analysis
Session 1D  
	* Three-dimensional  Confocal Microscopy and Visualization

A single track of contributed papers will be offered, representing diverse 
theoretical and applications-related research topics in biomedical 
visualization. The presentation topics and their respective sessions are 
organized as follows:
Wednesday AM
	*  Keynote speaker 
	*  Volume Segmentation
Wednesday PM 
	*  Feature Analysis 
	*  Multi-Modality Registration
Thursday AM
	*  Processing and Transforms
	*  Rendering and Interpretation
Thursday PM
	*  Visualization Tools
	*  Visualization Systems
Friday AM
	*  Surgery and Treatment Planning
	*  Diagnosis and Interpretation
Friday PM
	*  Biology and Function
Full titles and the specific times of all presentations are found in the 
Preliminary Program. Contact Mary Ducker (see end of this message) to obtain
a Preliminary Program.

A panel discussion will take place in conjunction with the conference dinner 
on Wednesday evening.  The topic is:
	* Does Virtual Reality Have Any Real Virtue?

SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering is publishing the 
VBC'92 Proceedings. Non-attendees may obtain a copy of the Proceedings by 
contacting SPIE at PO Box 10, Bellingham, WA 98227-0010 USA, 206-676-
3290, FAX: 206-647-1445, email spie at nessle.wwu.edu or Telex: 46-7053.

The registration fee for members of co-operating or co-sponsoring 
organizations is $295.00 before September 14, 1992.  For non-members before 
this date, the registration fee is $340.00.  After this date the member 
registration fee is $340.00 and the non-member registration fee is $380.00. 
The student rate is $50.00. The registration fee includes conference 
registration, a copy of the proceedings, refreshment breaks, opening night 
reception, lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the conference 
reception and dinner. The student fee covers conference registration, 
refreshment breaks, and receptions.  Copies of the proceedings will be 
available for purchase at $80.00 each. 

The tutorial registration fee is $175.00 per tutorial for attendees registering 
prior to September 14, 1992, and $215.00 per tutorial after this date. 
Attendees registering for two tutorials will receive the discounted rate of 
$275.00 before September 14. The tutorial registration fee for students is 
$95.00 per tutorial or $150.00 for two tutorials prior to September 14, and 
$125.00 per tutorial or $190.00 for two tutorials after this date. The tutorial 
registration fee includes course notes, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

VBC'92 will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at The Friday Continuing 
Education Center, a non-smoking facility,  located three miles from the heart 
of the University of North Carolina campus. In October daytime 
temperatures are in the low 70s and nighttime lows  are in the upper 40s. 
Rainfall averages 2.7 inches in October with approximately seven rainy days.  

Hotel arrangements are to be handled by the individual directly with the 
Omni Europa Hotel in Chapel Hill. To make reservations, contact the Omni 
Europa at One Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, 919-968-4900 or FAX 
919-968-3520. To receive the conference rate of $80.00 (single or double), 
please refer to VBC'92 and make reservations by September 21, 1992. 
Students will receive a special student rate. Please ask for this rate, and be 
prepared to present a valid student identification at check-in. The Omni 
Europa provides a complimentary shuttle  from the airport for all hotel 
guests.  These arrangements should be made directly with their reservations 

The local airport is Raleigh-Durham International.  Arrangements have been 
made with American Airlines to provide North American conferees with 
special fares:  5% saving off any published fare, including excursion fares, 
within the US valid from October 11-October 18, 1992. Prices will vary 
according to availability and dates of travel. To make your reservations, call 
1-800-433-1790 and refer to STAR FILE SO4027D.

Two related conferences will be held in Boston, MA the week following VBC'92.  

Boston Workshop on Volume Visualization
October 19-20, 1992
Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, MA
Sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH in cooperation with the IEEE Computer 
Society's TCOG, scientists from all disciplines involved in the visual 
interpretation of volumetric data are invited to attend. For registration 
information,  contact
Edward Council
PO Box 9296
Lowell, MA  01853
volviz92 at cs.ulowell.edu

Visualization '92
October 19-23, 1992
Park Plaza Hotel
Boston MA
Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society's TCOG, this conference focuses on 
interdisciplinary methods and provides a forum for research collaboration 
among developers and users of visualization techniques. For registration 
information, contact
Georges Grinstein
grinstein at cs.ulowell.edu 

Please print or type the following information:
Name (for badge) ___________________________________
Affiliation (for badge) ________________________________
Address __________________________________________
Phone ___________________   Email __________________  
Conference Registration
			received by         received after 	Please
			September 14         September 14	Total
Member			$295			$340	       $ ______
    Organization  ____________________________________
    Membership #  ___________________________________                                                               
Non-member 		$340			$380	       $ ______
Student			$ 50			$ 50	       $ ______
Tutorial Registration
                       received by	     received after                       
                      September 14           September 14           Total
Regular Fees
   One Tutorial		$175			$215	       $ ______
    Two Tutorials	$275			$350	       $ ______
Student Fees
    One Tutorial	$ 95			$125	       $ ______
     Two Tutorials	$150			$190	       $ ______
Please circle tutorial(s) you plan to attend
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TOTAL REGISTRATION FEES DUE	            		       $ ______
Please make check or money order payable (in US currency) to VBC'92. 
We cannot accept credit cards.

Deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, October 6. No refunds can be given 
after that date. On-site registration will be available.

For a complete conference program, to register for the conference, or for any 
other information, please contact

		Mary Ducker
		CB #3175, Sitterson Hall
		University of North Carolina
		Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3175 USA
		VOICE:   919-962-1869
		FAX:	     919-962-1799
		EMAIL:  ducker at cs.unc.edu 

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