- Abstract Submission
- June 25, 2009, 11:59 PM EST
- Full Paper Submission
- July 2, 2009, 11:59 PM EST
- Notification of Acceptance
- Aug. 31, 2009
- Camera-Ready Copy
- Sept. 13, 2009
- Conference Date
- Nov. 4-6, 2009
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments
Cartography and Information Presentation: A Graphics/Visualization Perspective
Wednesday, Nov 4, 9:25-10:25
The purpose of a map is to present information about the earth.
For millennia cartographers have perfected the craft of map-making,
in the process discovering many design principles
that now form the basis of cartographic information presentation.
One of the challenges facing all of us
is how to integrate these traditional principles
into modern geographic information systems.
Not surprisingly, many of these cartographic principles
apply to other forms of visualization.
The first part of the presentation describes how cartographic thinking
has informed information visualization.
Information visualization research has benefited
enormously from the work of great cartographers
including Jacques Bertin and Eduard Imhof.
The second part presents examples where
ideas from information visualization,
and progress in automating graphic design,
have led to new ways to make maps.
A major goal of future research should be to enable
computers to present information effectively
using a well-designed and beautiful map.
Biography: Pat Hanrahan is the CANON Professor of Computer Science and Electrical
Engineering at Stanford University where he teaches computer graphics.
His current research involves visualization, image synthesis, virtual
worlds, and graphics systems and architectures. Before joining Stanford
he was a faculty member at Princeton. He has also worked at Pixar where
he developed volume rendering software and was the chief architect of the
RenderMan Interface - a protocol that allows modeling programs to
describe scenes to high quality rendering programs. Previous to Pixar
he directed the 3D computer graphics group in the Computer Graphics
Laboratory at New York Institute of Technology. Professor Hanrahan has
received three university teaching awards. He has received two Academy
Awards for Science and Technology, the Spirit of America Creativity
Award, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the SIGGRAPH
Stephen A. Coons Award and the IEEE Visualization Career Award.
He was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering
and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.