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OzViz 2015

posted Sep 10, 2015, 4:50 AM by Paul Bourke   [ updated Dec 2, 2015, 2:27 AM by Benjamin Simons ]

OzViz 2015 Workshop

1 - 2 December 2015

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UTS Data Arena
 University of Technology Sydney

Building 11, Room 405
(UTS Building Code: cb.11.00.405)

Workshop Programme (Tues/Wed)


The 15th annual OzViz workshop will be held in Sydney, at UTS.  OzViz is an informal get-together for researchers from around Australia and New Zealand to discuss Scientific Visualisation. It's an opportunity to meet with peers, see what the hot topics are and what is happening across Australia. Talks are short - just 20 minutes. This allows for a large variety of presentations and all attendees are encouraged to present.

It's a great opportunity to see new work in data visualisation, gain new ideas and techniques, meet others working in data visualisation, and to initiate future collaboration. We encourage participants to present and share a range of work such as on-going research, works-in-progress, visualisation breakdowns, student projects and finished projects.

Site Reviews

New for this year - we thought we'd start the workshop with rapid fire summary updates by a representative from each attending group. The format will be a 5 minute presentation with at most 5 slides. The intent is to summarise activities from 2015 at your site, this may include new capabilities, major projects and success stories. All attending groups are encouraged to participate, please send up to 5 images to Paul Bourke who will collect them into the one presentation.

UTS Data Arena

The UTS Data Arena (DA) will be running its demos. There will also be a session for delegates to display data and/or demo their software in the Data Arena. The Data Arena runs Omegalib. In true Hacker spirit, it'd be cool to see if you can get some of your work running in the DA. Contact Ben Simons for further details.

Lecture Theatre Venue

Lecture room 405 is in the brand new 'cheese grater'. The FEIT Building-11 is on Broadway in Ultimo, NSW.  Here's a google map for UTS. Building-11 is on Broadways (aka Parramatta Rd) between Wattle and Jones Streets, just down from the infamous Building-1. Here's a Google Street View of Building 11. Room 405 is most easily accessed from the Wattle Street entrance, where it is at ground level, 20m from the street entrance.

Lecture room 405 is a modern lecture theatre that seats about 150.  It has twin video projectors which take DVI/HMDI/VGA input.

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Workshop Dinner

[edit] Dinner was in Spice Alley, Kensington St.

There will be a workshop dinner (self-paid) on the evening of Tuesday 1-Dec. Possibly across the road at Central Park (they have great dumplings!) but we are open to suggestions too. Central Park Plaza  is literally across the road from the venue.

Penny Lane Cafe

Catering will be provided by the Penny Lane Cafe. They're directly upstairs at the venue, and have a bar where people can go for a coffee, drink, and meal afterwards.


UTS is situated in downtown Sydney City, very close to Central Railway Station and is easily accessed by public transport. Motor Vehicle Parking is limited, but exists.

There is a direct airport train which runs from Sydney Airport to Central Railway Station. It costs $17 per person. The airport train station is under-ground, under the airport (both International & Domestic). All Sydney trains stop at Central Railway Station.

Buses run regularly on Broadway. There is a specific UTS Bus Stop.

A Taxi from Sydney Airport to UTS is around $25.


The hotel nearest UTS is The Mercure. It is 3 mins walk to the venue, and 7 mins from Central Railway Station.

The Mercure Hotel (818 George St, Sydney) is the UTS preferred supplier for accommodation options in Sydney. If you are looking for accommodation for OzViz 2015, please contact the Mercure Hotel direct using this code UTS30112015.

Mercure Sydney Hotel -$198 Superior room
Rates are based on 1 or 2 guests staying in existing bedding
30th November – 3rd December 2015

Please note, rates quoted are subject to availability at time of booking.

Other hotel options include:

Budget Accomodation:


20 minutes goes really fast. :) Don't be shy! If you show what you've been doing it's more interesting for everyone and promotes discussion in the breaks. We are looking forward to seeing you in December!

It is a multidisciplinary event, with participants typically from a broad range of fields such as mathematics, geoscience, architecture, design, microbiology, medicine and astronomy presenting alongside computer graphics and visualisation experts.

Abstracts Requested!   Submission Deadline: Fri 13th November 2015

Please send a short abstract which describes your talk. Also include an image which can be printed alongside (min 600x600 pixels)
. Any subject related to Scientific Visualisation, Data Science, Virtual Reality, Info Viz, Visual Analytics,
Big Data, Human/Computer Interaction, Computer Visual Art, 3D Stereoscopy, and yes even Sonification is welcome. The main thing is to participate.


The workshop is FREE. Tea/Coffee & Light Lunch will be included.

Cohosted events

Attendees are invited to experience a true 4K dome installation at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at UNSW at the end of the conference on Wednesday the 2nd. This is the highest resolution dome in Australia, more information can be found here: DomeLab
If you would like to attend this informal event please contact Paul Bourke.

Join Us!

Everyone interested in Data Visualisation is welcome.
Please make a note in your diary now:    Tues+Wed  1-2 December  OzViz 2015.