Welcome to SIGRAD 2014The annual meeting of the Swedish Computer Graphics Association (SIGRAD) – taking place at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.
The association‘s mission is to be a meeting point for researchers and industry professionals who are interested in computer graphics and adjacent areas, such as visualization and human-computer interaction (HCI). In recent years, the association‘s activities were focused on the organization of the annual conference, which attracts a growing number of participants. The rapid development of computer graphics technologies and the acknowledged need for visual computing solutions has led to a growing interest in graphical computing in both commercial and academic areas. Started in Sweden in 1976, SIGRAD has become an annual appointment for the Nordic community of graphics and visual computing experts with a broad range of backgrounds. Through more than three decades, SIGRAD has offered a forum to present and disseminate new technological results, new paradigms and new visions advancing the state-of-the-art of visual computing.
SIGRAD 2014 offers a strong scientific program that well represents current research and developments in the field in our part of the world. Leading researchers, from 6 different countries will present their recent work; there will be 14 papers. Peer reviewing was carried on by a highly qualified group of researchers of the Program Committee; we engaged 38 reviewers from 11 countries on 4 continents. Each paper was reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee, one of them playing as Associate Chair. The various sessions explore research questions and solutions in several domains, and cover a wide combination of subjects.
We are especially honored to welcome our invited speakers: Albrecht Schmidt (professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of Stuttgart, Germany) who gives an opening keynote called “The World around us is the User Interfaces - From Graphical User Interfaces to Interaction with the Ubiquitous Computing”. Yossi Somer (CEO of Animaze Technology AS, Oslo) who gives an industrial keynote called “Revolutionizing a booming 3D industry: The global evolution”. Niklas Elmqvist (professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the Pivot Laboratory at Purdue University, USA) who gives a vision keynote called “Visualization is Dead! (Long Live Visualization!)”. Frédéric Vernier (professor of computer science, South-Paris University, France) who gives a closing keynote on “Information Visualization at Tabletops”.
Besides the keynotes, we invited two more speakers: Ulf Assarsson (professor of Computer Graphics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden), who presents “Experiences from publishing research at Siggraph” and Karthik Ramani (professor of Mechanical Engineering and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, USA), who presents his work on “Using Hands: Sketching, Shaping and Building to Create”.
We would also like to thank those who have contributed behind the scenes to the conference organization: the Visual Arena staff (Thomas Hanson, Mia Leterius, and Åsa Andblad), Pawel Wozniak (student volunteers organization), the economic officers of the Department of Applied IT at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers (Pia Ovik and Sanna Erling Glyssbo), our universities information officers (Hanna Nordqvist, Karin Lundberg, and Peter Larsson), and the controller of the IT Faculty (Margaretha Jansson). For their session chairing engagement during the conference, we would like to thank Alexandru Dancu, Daniel Sjölie, Erik Sintorn, Mohammad Obaid, and Pawel Wozniak. We also thank student volunteers Chen Chen, Dan Dolonius, Jesper Molin, Lars Lischke, Matz Johansson, and Petras Sukys.
Finally, we are highly thankful to our partners: Visual Arena Lindholmen offers us to use their well-equipped, staffed studio. The researchers of the t2i Interaction Laboratory at Chalmers provided significant support in realizing this event. The colleagues at the Division of Interaction Design enabled us to have institutional support along the way, which was also the case for the Department of Applied IT, both at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers. Finally, we have largely benefited from the research network within the Marie Curie Actions of FP7/2007-2013/, REA grant number 290227, DIVA.
Researchers from Chalmers, Sweden and NUS Singapore are partly supported by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) through the Strategic Grant for Internationalization; grant number 2012-019. Finally, we have received generous support from the IT Faculty at University of Gothenburg, as well as from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR), grant number 91294, and to some extent from EON Reality Inc.
Morten Fjeld, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, General Chair
Daniel Sjölie, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Co-Chair
Mohammad Obaid, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, Co-Chair
Erik Sintorn, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, Co-Chair