How to Submit
How to Submit
SC’s Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase (SciViz) provides a forum for the year’s most instrumental videos in HPC. New this year, we will delineate between two categories of submissions: explanatory and exploratory visualizations. Explanatory submissions aim to convey a science story in a manner accessible by a broad audience. Exploratory visualizations illuminate research discoveries in a format targeted towards science domain experts. While an exploratory submission may not have the same level of professional polish as an explanatory submission, its impact stems from the scientific insights gleaned or the scale of the visualization achieved.
Six finalists will compete for the Best Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase Award, and each finalist will present the work behind their video in a 15-minute presentation. There will also be a live display for the duration of the conference so that attendees can experience and enjoy the latest in science and engineering HPC results expressed through state-of-the-art visualization technologies. Presenters will participate in the Posters Reception on Tuesday to answer attendees’ questions.
In addition, the six finalists for the Best Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase Award will be invited to submit an extended manuscript to a special virtual issue of Parallel Computing.
Preparing Your Submission
A SciViz submission has two main components: a video (up to 1GB in size) and a manuscript of up to six pages including references. The manuscript should indicate whether the submission is explanatory or exploratory, describe the scientific story conveyed by the video, how the visualization helps scientific discovery, and the “state-of-the-practice” information behind making the video.
The video should be in MP4, MOV, or AVI format and use a codec that will play in typical desktop computer media players. There is no hard limit on video length, but typical videos are less than 10 minutes long, and the submitted file should be no more than 1GB.
The manuscript must be no more than six pages including references and should be uploaded as a PDF for the initial submission.
Where to Submit
SciViz videos and manuscripts are submitted via the SC submissions website.
Videos are judged by overall quality, how they illuminate science, and for creative innovations in the production process. Each submission is peer-reviewed by the SciViz Committee. Submission reviews are single-blind (reviewers will see author names, but authors will not see reviewer names).
This year entrants will specify whether their submission is an explanatory or exploratory visualization. Explanatory submissions aim to convey a science story in a manner accessible by a broad audience. Exploratory visualizations illuminate research discoveries in a format targeted towards science domain experts. While an exploratory submission may not have the same level of professional polish as an explanatory submission, its impact stems from the scientific insights gleaned or the scale of the visualization achieved.
All submissions will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- What is the impact of the science story and/or research discovery?
- How effective is the visual communication of the data to its target audience?
- How relevant to the HPC community is the visualization?
- What visualization techniques were necessary to create the movie?
- What is the scale of the visualization?
Best Visualization Award Selection
A select committee will choose the winner of the Best Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase Award from among the six finalists. The judges will make their decision after both the Poster Reception and the Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase Finalist Presentations have occurred. The winner of the Best Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase Award will be presented during the Thursday Awards Ceremony.
Conflict of Interest
Please review the SC Conference Conflict of Interest guidelines before submitting your video and manuscript.
Please see the IEEE guidelines on identifying plagiarism. Authors should submit new, original work that represents a significant advance from even their own prior publications.
If your SciViz submission is accepted, the presenter must register for the Technical Program in order to attend the SC Conference and present the work.
Finalizing Accepted SciViz Submissions
If your submission is accepted, the authors can finalize the video content and the manuscript, incorporating feedback from reviewers.
SC does not include SciViz accepted submissions in the SC proceedings.
The six SciViz finalists will be invited to submit an extended manuscript to a virtual issue of Parallel Computing. There will be a separate review process when submitting to the journal.
Schedule and Location
SciViz videos will be displayed Tuesday–Thursday, November 17–19, 2020.
Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase videos will be displayed on high-resolution 1920 x 1080 (16:9) monitors.
SciViz Finalist Presentations
SciViz finalists will give 15-minute presentations in a session held Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
The Posters Reception on Tuesday evening provides food and drink to registered Technical Program attendees. This reception includes the Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase videos. Presenters must be available to answer questions and discuss their work for the duration of the reception.
A select judging committee attends the finalist presentations and the Posters Reception to judge the SciViz finalists. After these two events, the committee convenes to select a single Best Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase winner, who is announced at the Thursday Awards Ceremony. The winner receives a certificate and a cash prize award.
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