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VAST Challenge 2016 Mini-Challenge 1 Submission Instructions

Deadline

All entries must be submitted by July 12, 2016, by 11:59pm PDT. Any entry received after that time will not accepted.

Participants are permitted to submit multiple entries, but each entry must contain the complete set of required materials as specified below.

If problems are detected with your entry (such as exceeding word, image, or video limits), the primary point of contact for the entry will be contacted to rectify the entry. These changes must be received no later than July 14. If the entry is not received by this time or the detected problems have not been rectified then the entry will not be accepted for the Challenge.

Required Materials

Your completed submission package is due on July 12, 2016. Your submission package consists of a completed summary form, as well as the following supplementary information that is linked from the submission form.
  1. A high-resolution image of your display design
  2. A four-minute video showing your design (Optional, but recommended)
  3. Annotated storyboards (Optional, but recommended)

Please complete the summary form as follows:
  1. Rename the summary form file to “index.htm”. Make sure to leave the form in “.htm” format. Use Microsoft Word or other word processor to edit the form.
  2. Name your entry using a composite of your team’s organization, primary contact's last name, and the challenge you are entering. For example, for a submission from the University of Maryland for Mini-Challenge 1, from a team led by Dr. Jones, please use UMD-Jones-MC1. If you are submitting multiple entries, please add a number to the end of the file name (e.g. UMD-Jones-MC1-1).
  3. Provide a list of team members, their affiliation, and email addresses. Designate one team member as the Primary Contact. The primary contact must be able to respond to questions and communications related to the submission.
  4. Indicate if this is a student team. A student team is defined as one led by a student and worked on by students. Class projects are good examples of submissions that would be provided by student teams.
  5. Provide a list of any software tools used in creating the design.
  6. Provide an estimate of the number of hours spent by the entire team working on this submission.
  7. Indicate whether you give your permission for your submission to be posted in the publicly-accessible Visual Analytics Benchmark Repository.
  8. Provide a link to your high resolution image showing your design. This image should show the investigator’s full analytical display. This image should be in a common image format, such as TIFF, JPG, or PNG. It is recommended that you restrict the file size of this image to no greater than 20MB.
  9. If size permits, include this image in your electronic submission package. If not, post it on the internet and provide a link. Please verify the link is active throughout the contest period, as it may be downloaded at various times by different VAST Challenge Committee members and reviewers. If you do not have a site on which you can post your image, please contact vast-challenge at ieeevis.org to discuss other approaches.
  10. Provide your optional explanatory video. Participants are encouraged to include a 4 minute video with voice narration. The video is your chance to fully explain all of the features of your design. The video should be in .wmv format. If size permits, include this video in your electronic submission package. If not, post it on the internet and provide a link. Verify the link is active throughout the contest period, as it may be downloaded at various times by different VAST Challenge Committee members and reviewers. If you do not have a site on which you can post your video, please contact vast-challenge at ieeevis.org to discuss other approaches. The following are useful things to include in your video.
    1. The motivation and inspiration for your design.
    2. An explanation of the important design decisions you made.
    3. The important visual features and interactions included in your design.
    4. An explanation of how interacting with your display will provide investigators with the ability to understand current situations as they evolve, look at past data that puts current data in context, and investigators anticipate what might happen next, and reconsider recent data in light of new events.
    5. Any important assumptions you made in developing the design.
  11. Provide optional storyboards. Participants are encouraged to submit storyboards that illustrate the expected interactions with the investigator’s analytic display. These storyboards should be annotated to highlight the design and explain how the interactions are used to support the investigator’s task.
    1. Storyboards should be submitted in a single file. It is preferred that storyboards be in PDF format. If size permits, include the storyboards in your electronic submission package. If not, post them on the internet and provide a link. Verify the link is active throughout the contest period, as it may be downloaded at various times by different VAST Challenge Committee members and reviewers. If you do not have a site on which you can post your storyboards, please contact vast-challenge at ieeevis.org to identify alternate approaches.
  12. Provide a description of your design using no greater than 1000 words and 10 images. Describe the important features of your design, including both display features and interactions. Describe how it will enable investigators to quickly understand new situations, think deeply to develop and test their theories as part of their investigation, and rapidly reorient their investigation when data or assumptions change.

Packaging and Submitting Your Entry

  1. Rename the summary form to "index.htm" and save it on your local computer. Use this form to provide your answers either by adding text to the form itself or by linking to the separate files you need to provide.
  2. Create a folder on your computer with the same name as your entry name. Save the completed answer form (index.htm), your design image, your optional video and storyboards, and your other images in this folder as well. The index.htm file should contain link to all your materials. Use relative links so they will still work when your materials are moved to another folder.
  3. Zip the entire directory and save it in a file using the same entry name, for example, UMD-Jones-MC1.zip. If your zip file is greater than 50 MB in size, please post your video or other large materials on the internet instead of including it in your zip file. The submission system can only accept files smaller than 50 MB.
  4. IEEE VAST Challenge 2016 uses the Precision Conference System (PCS) to handle the submission and reviewing process. PCS is available at https://precisionconference.com/~vgtc/. If you do not already have a login for the system you must register first. Once you are logged into your account please choose VAST 2016 Challenge under “new submissions” and follow the instructions.

Optional Two-Page Summaries

Participants may publish two page summaries of their submission in the Conference Proceedings. These summaries allow the contestant to give a general overview of their approach and tools, highlight novel features, provide references to papers and other relevant work and describe any new discoveries made while working through the Challenge problem.

The two-page summary must be formatted according to the general IEEE VGTC Guidelines. They are submitted separately from your entry. They are due on August 21, 2016.


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