Winners of 10th Annual International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge Announced
More than 200 entries received from 18 countries
The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the journal Science, today announces the 53 winners and honorable mentions of the International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge, a highly competitive contest jointly sponsored by NSF and Science. Science magazine is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
This latest competition received more than 200 entries from 18 countries, including entries from 19 U.S. states and Canadian territories. The Feb. 1, 2013, issue of Science features the winning submissions, which are also accessible to the public at NSF's website.
"It's the 10th year of this challenge, and each year, partnering with Science magazine, we receive beautiful and compelling visualizations that enhance public understanding of science," said Judith Gan, NSF's director of Legislative and Public Affairs. "Researchers are generating more information than ever before, and visualization techniques are evolving to meet the challenge of conveying this information in comprehensible ways, as well. This year's many outstanding contributions are evidence of this continuing adaptation necessary to illuminate increasingly complex information."
"This year's winning entries are a spectacular collection. Each one exposes a hidden facet of the natural world, or puts scientific concepts in a new light. And they use cutting-edge techniques to draw the viewer in," said Colin Norman, Science magazine's news editor. "That's exactly what we were hoping for when we joined with NSF a decade ago to launch the science and engineering visualization challenge."
Winning entries feature owls that can perform 270-degree neck rotations, biomineral crystals found in a sea urchin's tooth, a realistic video simulation of a human heart, a flash game about Special Relativity and other compelling visualizations.
A committee of staff members from Science and NSF screened the entries and sent finalists to an outside panel of experts in scientific visualization to select the winners. In addition, as was the case for the first time last year, the public participated in the voting process, selecting their favorite images as People's Choice awardees. The challenge received more than 3,150 public votes.
The winning entries are featured by category at the links below in NSF's International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Special Report, where several winners are featured in a video produced by NSF.
The 2012 winning entries are included in five categories:
First Place & People's Choice:
Pupa U. P. A. Gilbert and Christopher E. Killian--University of Wisconsin-Madison
Honorable Mentions (2-way tie):
Kai-hung Fung--Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (Hong Kong)
Viktor Sykora--Charles University (Czech Republic)
Emmett McQuinn, Pallab Datta, Myron D. Flickner, William P. Risk and Dharmendra S. Modha--IBM Research-Almaden (San Jose, Calif.)
Honorable Mention and People's Choice:
Maxime Chamberland, David Fortin and Maxime Descoteaux--Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Lab (Quebec, Canada)
Fabian de Kok-Mercado, Michael Habib, Tim Phelps, Lydia Gregg and Philippe Gailloud--Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, Md.)
Mark Nielsen and Satoshi Amagai--Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Chevy Chase, Md.)
Will Stahl-Timmins, Clare Redshaw, Mathew White, Michael Depledge and Lora Fleming--University of Exeter Medical School (England, U.K.)
Debbie Denise Reese, Robert E. Kosko, Charles A. Wood and Cassie Lightfritz--Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, W.Va.)
Andy Hall--TestTubeGames (Cambridge, Mass.)
Gayatri Mehta--University of North Texas (Denton, Texas)
First Place & People's Choice:
Guillermo Marin, Fernando M. Cucchietti, Mariano Vazquez and Carlos Tripiana--Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Barcelona, Spain)
Honorable Mentions (3-way tie):
Christine E. Farrar, Zac H. Forsman, Ruth D. Gates, Jo-Ann C. Leong and Robert J. Toonen--University of Hawaii, Manoa
Thomas Brown--Nucleus Medical Media (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Michael Rubinstein, Neal Wadhwa, Frédo Durand, William T. Freeman, Hao-Yu Wu and John Guttag--MIT (Cambridge, Mass.)
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