BPK Research Day 2018

April 06, 2018

The BPK Research Day Organizing Committee is excited to announce that the 9th Annual BPK Research Day will take place on Friday, April 6th, 2018. The event will be held at the SFU Burnaby Campus within the Applied Sciences Building Atrium and Seminar Room 9896.   

Research Day is an excellent opportunity for BPK students and post-docs to showcase their research by participating in poster competitions, a three-minute thesis competition (3MT), an image contest, or by giving an oral presentation. Prizes will be awarded for top posters, 3MT presentations, and images.

All trainees involved in research within BPK, either at the post-doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate level (honours thesis, directed studies, URSA, co-op, etc.) are encouraged to participate.


9:00 - 9:30 am Registration & Coffee

9:30 - 9:45 am Welcome & Introductions

9:45 - 10:45 am Student Oral Presentations

10:45 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 - 12:00 pm Keynote: Dr. Ronald A. Rensink

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm Three-Minute Thesis Competition

2:00 - 3:30 pm Poster Session 1

3:30 - 5:00 pm Poster Session 2

5:00 - 5:30 pm Awards

5:30 pm Club Ilia Social

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ronald Rensink

(11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Visual Analytics - An Introduction

The era of big data is here:  The amount of available data in the world has now reached a level where unaided analysts can no longer effectively cope with it, and this amount continues to increase exponentially.  What to do?

An emerging way to handle such large datasets is visual analytics, where humans analyze datasets via the use of interactive visualization systems.  The goal of these systems is to present the data in visual form, such that the analyst can use their visual system to do much of the analysis—e.g., spot trends or outliers.  The result is a system that effectively amplifies their intelligence.

This talk will present some of the basic elements of visual analytics, and show how it can help researchers “detect the expected and discover the unexpected”.

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Dr. Ronald A. Rensink is an Associate Professor in the departments of Computer Science and Psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His research interests include visual perception (especially visual attention), information visualization, and the science of magic. He obtained a PhD in Computer Science from UBC in 1992, followed by a postdoc in Psychology at Harvard University. He is currently part of the UBC Cognitive Systems Program, an interdisciplinary program combining Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Trainee Image Contest

The deadline for image contest entries is Friday, March 23rd, 2018

The BPK Research Day 2018 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the return of the  Image Contest for this year’s BPK Research Day

The Image Contest is a great opportunity for young and seasoned researchers to present their research in a creative way and have a little fun in the process. You do not have to submit an oral or poster presentation for Research Day to submit an image. All you need to do is submit an IMAGE with a CAPTION (as short as possible) that best illustrates your research. Images will be displayed during Research Day and attendees will vote for the winner! There are great prizes up for grabs and the winners will be announced on the day. 

Simply send your image (.jpeg, .png, .gif, .eps, .ai, .psd) to me, Amanda Bakkum, at abakkum@sfu.ca by 23rd March 2018. Please also note that submitted images will be credited and may be used in BPK promotional material, websites, social media, at events and on digital signage.

A poster with previous image submissions is attached if you need some inspiration. Remember to BE CREATIVE!!! (Dogs pictures are accepted and highly encouraged!)

For any questions, feel free to contact Amanda B. at abakkum@sfu.ca  

On behalf of the BPK Research Day Organizing Committee, we look forward to receiving your submissions!

Three-Minute Thesis  

Three-Minute Thesis Information and Instructions

  • Presentations will be just three minutes
  • Presenters are allowed one static slide (no transitions, no animations, no videos)
  • Slide size must be widescreen (16:9)
  • Slide must be sent to Brooke Hockin and Tim Ainge by 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 5th (brookeh@sfu.ca and tainge@sfu.ca)
  • Presentation time will commence when presenter starts speaking
  • Presenters will be notified when they have 1 minute remaining and 30 seconds remaining
  • All presentations must occur at the front of the room next to the screen
  • Presentations must only be spoken word
  • No additional props are permitted
  • No additional electronic media are permitted
  • No laser pointers or presentation remotes permitted