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    Article 4846 in sci.virtual-worlds (moderated):
    From: (Dr James Coggins)
    Subject: CONF: Visualization in Biomedical Computing '92
    Sender: (USENET News System)
    Organization: University of Washington
    Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1992 13:50:41 GMT


    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 visualization.

    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
    * Panels on issues that are controversial or of current
    interest, open for discussion among all attendees
    * Technical exhibits by commercial vendors of visualization

    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 announcement.


    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

    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 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 office.


    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

    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

    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 508-934-3627


    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
    IA IB 1C 1D


    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: +1(919)962-1869
    FAX: +1(919)962-1799