Ivan Sutherland, a University of Utah computer science luminary who taught the likes of Ed Catmull, Alan Kay and was co-founder of the computer graphics firm, Evans & Sutherland, was honored with the Washington Award from the Western Society of Engineers. The award was handed out Feb. 23 during National Engineers Week at the 2018 Chicagoland Engineering Awards Benefit in Rosemont, Ill.
The Washington Award is given out annually to a professional engineer whose work has advanced the welfare of society. It was established in 1916.
Widely regarded as "The Father of Computer Graphics," Sutherland is known for his pioneering research in the development of graphics along with colleague David C. Evans, who became the University of Utah's first chair of the computer science department.
Sutherland earned his bachelor's in electrical engineering from then Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), a master's from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor of computer science at the U from 1968 to 1974 during the department's historic period in computer science which generated other well-known legends such as John Warnock, Jim Clark, Nolan Bushnell, as well as Catmull and Kay.
Enabling Reproducibility of Interactive Visual Data Analysis
Reproducibility and justifiability are widely recognized as critical aspects of data-driven decision making in fields as varied as scientific research, business, healthcare, or intelligence analysis. This project is concerned with enabling reproducibility and justifiability of decisions in the data analysis process, specifically as it relates to visual data analysis. Visualization is an important tool for discovery, yet decisions made by humans based on visualizations of data are difficult to capture and to justify. This project will develop methods to justify, communicate, and audit decisions made based on visual analysis. This, in turn will lead to better outcomes, achieved with less effort and cost. The increasing use of visual analysis tools for decision making will make data analysis accessible to a broad variety of people, as visual analysis tools are generally easier to use than scripting languages and do not require extensive computational and statistical training. This research and its related activities increase accessibility and enhance the data analysis infrastructure for research and education.
ViSUS LLC is one of 16 start-ups selected to exhibit in the NSF SBIR (“America’s Seed Fund”) pavilion at the 2018 CES Eureka Park.
"With access to more than 3,500 financial professionals, 7,000 members of the media, key investors and suppliers, Eureka Park provides startups with a unique opportunity to showcase their ingenuity" [CES].
Air Quality & U, Empowering Citizens through Science
Miriah Meyer and Kerry Kelly talk with KRCL's RadioActive, hosted by Billy Palmer and Lara Jones, on Air Quality and You: Empowering Citizens Through Science.
Low-cost commodity sensors are changing how cities and citizens measure and manage air quality. Through a suite of projects at the U we are building infrastructure that will enable real-time, fine-grained estimates of air quality both inside and outside of homes across Salt Lake City. In this presentation we’ll talk about the science of air quality, the computational challenges of developing rigorous air quality estimates, and our efforts to engage with citizens across the city.