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Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 16:21:21 -0500
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1st Announcement 

IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics and Technology 2006

A tale of Alderwood 


The VAST Contest is a participation category of the IEEE VAST 2006
Symposium <> .  It
continues in the footsteps of the InfoVis contests with its purpose to
promote the development of benchmarks for visual analytics and establish
a forum to advance evaluation methods. The dataset consists mostly of
news stories from Alderwood's city newspaper, along with some multimedia
materials and background information.  The goal is to determine if
inappropriate activities are taking place and to provide evidence based
hypotheses and conclusions. Participants will have several months to
prepare their submissions.  Selected entries will present at the
conference, and some teams will be invited to participate in a special
workshop before the conference, during which professional analysts will
interact with the winners' systems and provide personal feedback. 

Important dates

February 15th              Release of dataset
July 15th                     Deadline for submission
August 14th                 Acceptance notification
Oct 31st - Nov 2nd        IEEE VAST Symposium in Baltimore, MD

Contest Chairs 

Georges Grinstein, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Catherine Plaisant, University of Maryland
Jean Scholtz, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mark Whiting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory



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