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Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group

VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the B.C. Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.

VanBUG meets on the second Thursday of every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments

Meetings are held in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue at 6:00 pm and are free and open to all.

As a service to the community, other bioinformatics events are posted to the Calendar
Visit our sister groups for bioinformatics events in Montreal (MonBUG) and now Toronto (TorBUG)!

next speakers:

Tamara Munzner

Talk Title:
“Visualization Analysis and Design for Biology”

Thursday, October 8, 2015. 6:00pm

Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, UBC

Web-site: Tamara Munzner
Twitter: @tamaramunzner

Tamara Munzner is a professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Computer Science, and holds a PhD from Stanford. She has been active in visualization research since 1991 and has published over sixty-five papers and chapters. Her book Visualization Analysis and Design appeared in 2014. She co-chaired InfoVis in 2003 and 2004, co-chaired EuroVis in 2009 and 2010, and is chair of the VIS Executive Committee. She has worked on visualization projects in a broad range of application domains, including genomics, evolutionary biology, geometric topology, computational linguistics, large-scale system administration, web log analysis, and journalism.

Computer-based visualization systems provide visual representations of datasets designed to help people carry out tasks more effectively. They are suitable when there is a need to augment human capabilities rather than replace people with computational decision-making methods. Visualization usage can be analyzed in terms of why the user needs it, what data is shown, and how the idiom is designed. I will discuss this framework for analyzing the design of visualization systems and analyze a range of biology visualization applications through this lens.

Please note:
Trainees are invited to meet with the VanBUG speaker for open discussion of both science and career paths. This takes place 4:30-5:30pm in either the Boardroom or Lunchroom on the ground floor of the BCCRC

Recommended Readings
For the trainees who are enthusiastic to read about visualization, I suggest these two papers. I’ll briefly allude to the DSM one in the talk itself, and I won’t cover the Variant View system at all during the talk so it will be something extra.

  1. Design Study Methodology: Reflections from the Trenches and the Stacks. Michael Sedlmair, Miriah Meyer, and Tamara Munzner. IEEE Trans. Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. InfoVis), 18(12): 2431-2440, 2012.
  2. Variant View: Visualizing Sequence Variants in their Gene Context. Joel A. Ferstay, Cydney B. Nielsen , Tamara Munzner. IEEE Trans. Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. InfoVis), 19(12):2546-2555, 2013.


Introductory Speaker:
Bhav Dhillon (PhD Candidate, Dr. Fiona Brinkman’s Lab, SFU)

“Exploring the evolution of antimicrobial resistance using IslandViewer 3”

Bachelor’s degree from University of British Columbia with specialization in Microbiology and Computer Science. Joined the Bioinformatics training program in 2009, as a PhD student in Fiona Brinkman’s lab at Simon Fraser University where I’m developing computational tools to study the fascinating world of microbes and genomic islands.


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To view previous VanBUG posters and presentations, please see Archives

sponsored by:

CIHR Bioinformatics Training Program

Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops

Genome BC

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