SCI mourns the passing of friend and mentor Bill Lorensen
The SCI Institute faculty, staff, and students were shocked and saddened to learn that our great friend and mentor Bill Lorensen passed away on December 12 from complications of colon cancer. Typically for Bill, he was optimistic and good humored to the end.
Bill was a visionary researcher who enthusiastically shared his technical gifts with everyone. He loved thinking and working on interesting problems in visualization and software and found true joy in collaborating with researchers at every level and in every area. Bill’s humor was infectious and he told a great story, especially over an after-work beer, another of Bill’s passions.
Chris Johnson and Chuck Hansen Inducted into The IEEE Visualization Academy
Chris Johnson and Chuck Hansen will be inducted into The IEEE Visualization Academy (or in short Vis Academy) during the opening session of the VIS 2019 conference in Vancouver, BC, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. The Vis Academy was established in 2018 by the IEEE vgtc Executive Committee, with the inaugural “class” of inductees to include all the Visualization Career Awardees and all the Visualization Technical Achievement Awardees, from 2004 to 2019, for a total of 32 inductees. Induction into the Vis Academy is the highest and most prestigious honor in the field of visualization.
Announcing Intel Graphics and Visualization Institutes of XeLLENCE
In order to better ensure advanced graphics and visualization capabilities are broadly available to the professional rendering, scientific visualization and virtual design communities, I am thrilled to announce that Intel is supporting the establishment of Intel® Graphics and Visualization Institutes of XeLLENCE (Intel® GVI). Three world class founding institutions have been selected:
- Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI) at University of Utah, supported by Dr. Chris Johnson.
- Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at University of Texas, Austin with Kitware, Inc, supported by Dr. Paul Navratil and Dr. Berk Geveci.
- Visualization Institute of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS), supported by Dr. Ing. E. h. Thomas Ertl and Dr. rer. nat. Guido Reina.
HCI Announces Computational Oncology Research Initiative (CORI)
It is our distinct pleasure to announce that Howard Colman, MD, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Medicine (Oncology) has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the Computational Oncology Research Initiative (CORI), a new collaboration between Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.
Biomedical engineers in the laboratory of Christopher R. Butson, PhD at the Scientific Computing & Imaging (SCI) Institute are part of a team currently investigating the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients suffering from traumatic brain injury. The goal of this investigational therapy is to restore function through electrical stimulation. The first subject in this trial study is a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car accident 18 years ago. Since undergoing DBS surgery, she has shown considerable improvements in her daily life, from experiencing less fatigue to improved cognitive function. This study demonstrates the potential impact of DBS therapy for others living with debilitating brain injuries.
Fellows are nominated each year by their peers and represent the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community. They are considered the life-blood of AIMBE and work towards realizing AIMBE's vision to provide medical and biological engineering innovation for the benefit of humanity.
School of Computing professor Charles Hansen has been appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Computing at the University of Utah. The title of Distinguished Professor is a rare and prestigious honor granted by the University of Utah to faculty who meet the highest standards of scholarship, international stature, and dedication to teaching and service.
New Texas supercomputer to push the frontiers of science
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it has awarded $60 million to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin for the acquisition and deployment of a new supercomputer that will be the fastest at any U.S. university and among the most powerful in the world.
The new system, known as Frontera (Spanish for "frontier"), will begin operations in 2019. It will allow the nation's academic researchers to make important discoveries in all fields of science, from astrophysics to zoology, and further establishes The University of Texas at Austin's leadership in advanced computing.
The SCI Institute is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members.
Timo Heister joins us as an assistant professor of mathematics. Timo is an applied mathematician and a computational scientist. His research centers around numerical analysis and the numerical solution of partial differential equations using the finite element method, which are used as mathematical models throughout the natural and biomedical sciences and engineering.
The University of Utah has announced that Christopher Johnson, Ph.D., will be stepping down from his role as director of the university's Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute. Johnson, a pioneer in the fields of visualization, scientific computing, and image analysis, will remain on the U's faculty as a distinguished professor of computer science and SCI Institute faculty member.