IEEE VisWeek 2008 – Workshops overview
The IEEE Visweek 2008 had a bunch of wonderful workshops. I particularly enjoyed the ‘Understanding Federal Funding: Agencies, Initiatives, and Peer Review‘ workshop which was led by Terry Yoo who represented National Institutes of Health (NIH). The other workshop participants were Christine Chalk from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Larry Rosenblum from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
They basically said that given the state of the economy, it is almost certain that the funding situation is going to be bad for the next fiscal year. But given that, I really enjoyed the advice they had for the audience. Terry spoke about how its important to find the right institute within the NIH to apply to. He stressed on the fact that its extremely important to send your grant to the right place to ensure that you get funding for your research. Here’s a list of the institutes that comprise NIH. Christine spoke about DOE’s diverse funding opportunities but how sometimes they get less applications than they expect. Its definitely something to remember for all those who can apply for funding to the DOE.
Larry Rosenblum probably gave some priceless advice regarding how a grant should be written and what are the ‘donts’ about a grant. He gave some excellent examples of things that worked in grants. All their slides can be downloaded at http://erie.nlm.nih.gov/~yoo/edu/tutorials/vis2008/index.html
The next workshop that I was very excited about was the ‘From Theory to Practice: Design, Vision and Visualization‘ which was organized by Lyn Bartram, Maureen Stone and Diane Gromala. They have some slides online at http://www.stonesc.com/Vis08_Workshop/. I look forward to some more such endeavors from the community. We need many more such discussions to make sure that no one ever uses a rainbow colormap again :)
Some of the other interesting workshops that were conducted can be found at http://vis.computer.org/VisWeek2008/session/workshops.html. Unfortunately, I couldnt attend them but will definitely hope to look at some of the slides from those workshops. If any of you attended those workshops, pls feel free to comment on them in the comments section.