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From: David Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 11:13:18 -0400

From: "Janet Cooperman"<JCooperm () nas edu>

The National Research Council's Academy Industry Program is sponsoring a
Forum on Imaging and Visualization on October 29-30, 1997 in Irvine,
California.   As you will see from the agenda below, we have an outstanding
array of speakers and topics.  Wm. A. Wulf was a member of the planning
committee for this Forum.  I am writing to ask if you might post this on
your Interesting People list.  The purpose of the Forum is to examine, in a
forward-looking manner, the emerging technologies and broad applications of
imaging and visualization that cut across industry sectors.   Registration
information is included at the bottom of this message.  For further
information, please call 202/334-2431.  Thank you in advance for your help.


                               Sponsored by
                       The Academy Industry Program
                     of the National Research Council

                      Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
              National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
                             100 Academy Drive
                                Irvine, CA

                            October 29-30, 1997

                        Revised Preliminary Agenda
                       (confirmed speakers in bold)

     The Academy Industry Program of the National Research Council is
sponsoring this forum on imaging and visualization to examine, in a
forward-looking manner, the emerging technologies and broad applications of
imaging and visualization that cut across industry sectors. The forum will
bring together technologists and practitioners with experience in different
aspects of imaging and visualization technologies for the purpose of
mutually informing one another and creating new knowledge and bold new
ideas.   A primary objective will be to achieve cross-fertilization among
people working across technical and application boundaries within industry,
academe and the federal government.

Wednesday, October 29


           F. Sherwood Rowland, Foreign Secretary, National Academy of
Sciences; Donald
          Bren Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of
California at                 Irvine
        James W. Meyer, Chief Technical Officer and Director of Research,
Eastman Kodak            Company, and chairman of  Program Committee, Forum
on Imaging and                     Visualization

8:30 a.m.   SESSION 1. What Do We Mean by Visualization?  The Nature of

        A roadmap session that will answer this question: Why is
        visualization important, what can it do, and what is its power?

          Polly Baker, Research Scientist, National Center for
        Supercomputing                   Applications, University of
        Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          Stuart Card, Xerox Research Fellow, Xerox Palo Alto Research
          Ben Shneiderman, Director, Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory,
                    University of Maryland
          Richard Saul Wurman, Chairman and Creative Director, TED

10:00 a.m.     BREAK

10:30 a.m. SESSION 2:  What's New in Sensor and Display Technology?

        The first part of the session will be an overview of sensor
        technology types and their capabilities, with the objective of
        allowing participants to learn about new kinds of sensors, the use
        of multiple sensors, the synthesis of images, how data is gathered
        and technical hurdles.  The second portion will include a
        demonstration of exotic output technology.

              Sensors:  Richard S. Muller, Professor in the Graduate School
               of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and
               Co-Director, Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center

               Exotic Output:
               Elizabeth Downing, President and CEO, 3D Technology

12:00 Noon LUNCH

1:30  p.m.   SESSION 3: Medical Imaging

        The interface among medical imaging, virtual reality and

           Kirby G. Vosburgh, Manager, Electronics Systems Laboratory,
        General Electric

2:15 p.m. SESSION 4: Virtual Reality

        Discussion of the uses of immersive virtual reality, with emphasis
        on scientific visualization and virtual environments.

          Russell Taylor, Assistant Professor of Computer Science,
University of North                      Carolina

3:00 p.m.      SESSION 5: Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

        Presentation on the potential for geographic imaging and

          Michael F. Goodchild, Director, National Center for Geographic
Information and                    Analysis


        Small group discussions will be organized according to the
        interests of the participants.  Each discussion will be facilitated
        by one of the forum speakers, exhibitors or other experts. The
        break-out sessions will provide an opportunity for cross-industry
        discussion and networking.  This time will also afford an
        opportunity to view exhibits of sensor and display technology.

6:00 p.m. RECEPTION
6:30 p.m.- DINNER
9:00 p.m.   Keynote Speaker: To be announced

Thursday, October 30

8:00 a.m. BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m.      SESSION 6: Scientific Visualization

        Panel discussion on the uses of scientific visualization in dealing
        with large volumes of data in various applications in geophysics,
        meteorology and imaging the universe.

          Michael J. Bailey, Senior Principal Scientist, San Diego
Supercomputer Center
          Joseph W. Boardman, Chief Geophysicist, Analytic Imaging &
          Peter Smith, Principal Investigator, Imager for Mars Pathfinder,
University of                 Arizona

          Moderator: Curt Suplee, Science Reporter, The Washington Post

11:00 a.m.     SESSION 7: Engineering Visualization

          Applications of scientific visualization in manufacturing and
building products.

          Stephen T. Bryson, Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
          Albert M. Erisman, Director of Research and Technology, Shared
               Group, The Boeing Company

12:00 noon     BREAK-OUT SESSIONS: Scientific and Engineering Visualization

        Lunch will be provided in the break-out rooms, and facilitated by
speakers and exhibitors.

2:00 p.m. SESSION 8:  Animation and Entertainment

        Discussion on synthetic imaging and animation, and applications in
        entertainment and gaming.

          Robert Abel, Producer
          John Dykstra, Special Effects Supervisor, Batman Forever
          Bran Ferren, Executive Vice President, Creative Technology
Research and                       Development, Walt Disney Imagineering
          Ed Fries, General Manager, Entertainment Business Unit, Microsoft
          Bill Kroyer, Film Director, Warner Brothers Studios
          John P. Lasseter, Vice President, Creative Development, Pixar
Animation Studios

4:30 p.m.      ADJOURN

                           HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel &
Tennis Club, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA  92660.  Please
call 1-800-228-9290 or 1-714-640-4000 to make reservations. The Marriott is
offering a rate of $119 per night (including tax) for single or double
occupancy rooms. When making reservations, please specify that you are
attending the AIP Forum on Imaging and Visualization to receive the block
room rate.  This rate is guaranteed until October 15.  Located in Newport
Beach, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Tennis Club is 10 minutes from
the John Wayne/Orange County Airport and 10 minutes from the Beckman
Center.  A shuttle service will be provided daily from the hotel to the
Beckman Center for the Forum.

For more information on the Forum on Imaging and Visualization, please
contact Susan Goodman at (202) 334-2431, Email: SGoodman () nas edu or Shirley
Cole at (202) 334-1536, Email: SCole () nas edu 


                      Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
              National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
                            Irvine, California

                            October 29-30, 1997





City                                              State

Phone                               Fax

Please register me for the Academy Industry Program (AIP) Forum on Imaging
and Visualization:

Registration Fee:

___$300   Corporate, Non-AIP Member*

___$200   Government/University/Non-Profit

* The registration fee is waived for AIP Member corporations.

If two or more individuals attend from the same organization, they will
each receive a 20 percent discount on the registration fee.  Registration
fee includes all meals during the forum and transportation to and from the
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Tennis Club and the Beckman Center.

___  Enclosed is my check payable to the National Academy of Sciences

___  Please charge my credit card:

     Charge to: ___Visa         ___ MasterCard     ___ American Express

     Card Number:________________________    Expiration Date:__________

     Signature: ___________________________       Date: ___________

Tear along perforation and fax or mail this form (with payment) by October
15 to:

Shirley Cole
Forum on Imaging and Visualization
Academy Industry Program
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20418
Fax: 202-334-2229

Susan Goodman
Sgoodman () nas edu
National Academy of Sciences

Janet Cooperman Hiser
National Academy of Sciences
E-mail: jcooperm () nas edu

"Photons have neither morals or visas"  --  Dave Farber 1996

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