The IEEE VGTC Doctoral Dissertation Recipients

2013 Contest Winner Announcement
Oct 14, 2013
The 2013 IEEE VGTC Visualization Pioneers Group (VPG) Best Dissertation Award was given to Dr. Alex Endert of Virginia Tech. Dr. Zhicheng Liu of Georgia Tech was awarded an Honorable Mention. The contest results were announced at the VPG reception on Oct 14 in front of over 50 members and guests at the IEEE VIS conference held in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Endert is currently a research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. Dr. Chi is a research scientist at Adobe Research in San Francisco, CA. VPG congratulates Alex Endert, the winner of the 2013 contest.

2013 Contest Finalists Announcement

Oct 8, 2013
IEEE Visualization Pioneers Group (VPG) received 11 best dissertation contest submissions from US, Canada, Europe, and Asia back in July 2013. Working together with IEEE VGTC, VPG invited panelists from US, Canada, and Europe to participate in the dissertation review process. As in most review processes, panel membership is anonymous. Panelists’ background interests and experience cover SciVis, InfoVis, and Visual Analytics, with three members from academia, one from industrial R&D, and one from industry. The panel adopted a conflict of interest policy similar to that of the US National Science Foundation. The panel chair presented the recommendations to the chair of IEEE VGTC on Oct 1, 2013. The panel identified four finalists and from these chose the best, and awarded an honorable mention as well. The four finalists of the 2013 contest are (in alphabetical order of the student last name):
1.     Jaegul Choo, Georgia Tech, advisor: Hansun Park
2.     Alexander Endert, Virginia Tech,  advisor: Chris North
3.     Tiago Etiene, University of Utah, advisor: Claudio Silva
4.     Zhicheng Liu, Georgia Tech, advisor: John Stasko
The winner of the contest, and the honorable mention award will be announced at the VPG reception held on Monday, Oct 14 at IEEE VIS 2013.