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We cordially invite you to join us for CANVAS 2014, the Canadian Visual Analytics School. This is a five-day conference event, providing people with the opportunity to network and learn about cutting-edge visual analytics research and its applications in the field.

Where: University of British Columbia, Forestry Sciences Centre

When: July 28-August 1st, 2014

Register here:
NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email, don't worry - you're still on our registration list. 

  Entire Week
Summer School
Industry Days
1-Day Pass
Industry Rep (non-VIVA member) $200.00 $100.00 $100.00 $50.00
Industry Rep (VIVA member) $150.00 $75.00 $75.00 $37.50

Please be advised that registering on and after July 28 is possible but will cost 15% more than the amount indicated on this page.

The event: The first three days of the event will feature presentations from leading researchers in the field of visual analytics. The keynote speakers for the first three days are John Stasko (Georgia Tech), Leland Wilkinson (SkyTree), and Wolfgang Stuerzlinger (York). The final two days will bring together industry and academia to focus on how the science and the tools of VA can best address industry problems.

Panels: CANVAS is also hosting a series of panels to discuss issues in Visual Analytics. These panels will help create new ties between academia, industry partners and VA tool vendors and developers; leading to research opportunities among academia and industry and to internships, co-op and applied research opportunities.


Event Schedule:

Schedule A

  CANVAS2014 Summer School VA Industry Workshop
Time Monday, July 28 Tuesday, July 29 Wednesday, July 30 Thursday, July 31 Friday, August 1
08:00-09:00 Welcome

Evangelos Milios (Dalhousie) - tbd (Remotely)
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Orland Hoeber (URegina) -
Supporting search with visual analytics
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Panel 1:  Tool Users + Universities

Panel 2: Tool Vendors + Tool Users

Fred Popowich (VIVA) -
Status of VA in Canada
Participants will discuss the need for collaborative research programs, HQP opportunities and product development. Participants will discuss the capabilities of VA tools currently available and the requirements for future VA tools.
09:00-10:00 Sara Diamond (OCAD) - Data representation: Visualization, tangible/haptic interfaces and audio

Ronald Rensink (UBC) -
Visual analytics and visual intelligence

Christopher Collins (UOIT) -
Semantics and sentiment in visual text analytics

10:00-10:30 Break



Break Break
10:30-11:30 CANVAS Keynote:

Academic Keynote:

Academic Keynote:

Industry Keynote: Industry Keynote:

John Stasko (GeorgiaTech) - Visual analytics for investigative analysis and exploration of documents and data

Leland Wilkinson (SkyTree) - Exploring huge collections of scatterplots and images

Wolfgang Stuerzlinger (York) - tbd

Valerie Lavigne (DRDC) -
VA Research at DRDC: Maritime Domain Awareness, Social Network Analysis and Semantic Text Exploration

Alan Keahey (IBM) - tbd


Nathalie Henry Riche (MSFT) - tbd

Sheelagh Carpendale (Calgary) - tbd

Margaret-Anne Storey (UVic) - Visualization for software analytics

BRAVA-CANVAC workshop:

Ahmad Yaghoobi (Boeing) - tbd

12:00 UFSCar - Junia - tbd (Remotely)

12:30-13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Faculty / Industry / Individual / Simple Student Participants:

see below (Schedule C)

13:30 UBC - Sid Fels, Roberto Calderon, Dawood Al-Masslaw - tbd

Panel 3: Tool Vendors + Universities

14:15 OCAD - Sara Diamond, Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan - tbd Participants will focus on the need for training visual analysts and job/research funding opportunities.

15:00 Dalhousie - Derek Reilly, Bonnie MacKay - tbd

15:30-16:30 15:45 BRAVA Project Panel - tbd CANVAS Postscript:
David Kasik (Boeing)
16:30-17:00 End of Day End of Day End of Day

End of Day

After 17:00 Reception 17:00-19:00
Location: FSC MacMillan Bloedel Atrium
Free play in VARI lab
Location: UBC VARI lab, MacMillan bldg. #378D

CANVAS dinner 17:30-21:00
Location: Point Grill

  Pub evening 19:00-22:00
Location: Point Grill

All talks/panel on Schedule A will be held at the Forestry Sciences Centre (FSC), Room #1005.

Schedule C: CANVAC Panel Discussions

Time Monday, July 28 Tuesday, July 29 Wednesday, July 30
12:30-13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30-14:30 Panel I:
VA + Big Data + Visualisation

Panel II:

Panel III:
VA Education + Training + Certification

10-min position statements
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10-min position statements
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10-min position statements
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14:30-15:00 Break Break Break
15:00-16:30 Panel discussion
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Panel discussion
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Panel discussion
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16:30-17:00 End of Day End of Day End of Day


CANVAS is sponsored by the Canadian Network for Visual Analytics Centres (CANVAC) and the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA).

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We look forward to having you join us in Vancouver for CANVAS 2014.


The CANVAS 2014 Team