VizAfrica Botswana 2019

The VizAfrica 2019 Data Visualization Symposium will take place from 18th -19th November 2019 at the University of Botswana Gaborone, Botswana.

The VizAfrica 2019 Symposium Programme Committee is pleased to invite proposals for presentations and posters that present innovative discussions of visualizations in the sessions listed below.  The deadline for proposals is Monday 02 September: https://vizafrica.codata.org/2019-Botswana/submit/

Authors that are selected to give their presentation or display their poster at the VizAfrica 2019 Botswana Symposium will also be invited to submit a full paper to a special collection to appear in the CODATA Data Science Journal.

The symposium also includes a two weeks Summer School training from 11th -15th November 2019 on Data Science/Visualization.

 

Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability

The symposium is part of the University’s mission of improving economic and social conditions for Botswana while advancing itself as a distinctively African University with a regional and international outlook. In fulfilling its mandate in reaching out to and interacting with international community, the general public, entrepreneurs, scientists and policy makers on advances in technological innovations for social economic development and industrialization. 300 participants drawn from government ministries, universities, research organizations, corporate, small and medium scale industries (SMEs), policy makers in key sectors of the economy and from international organizations are expected to attend.

The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

Under this theme, the symposium has six session themes:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  2. Computer Graphics, Media and Animation
  3. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Data Analytics, Visualization and Internet of Things (IoTs)
  5. Policy Design, Analysis and Strategic Management
  6. E-health and Universal Health Coverage

All the six strands/sessions have: Research, industry, keynote speeches and panel discussions tracks.  Please see below for more information on the session themes.

VizAfrica Summer School, 11-15 November

To contribute to the wider adoption of visualization, the symposium brings together various actors to engage. In addition, the Summer School scheduled for 11th-15th November 2019, offer training in data analytics and visualization towards capacity building.

More information and a call for applications will be published soon.

Call for Presentations and Posters

The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

The VizAfrica 2019 Symposium invites papers that present innovative discussions of visualizations in the sessions listed below.  The deadline for proposals is Monday 02 August: https://vizafrica.codata.org/2019-Botswana/submit/

Session 1: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation 

This session invites papers that present innovative visualizations and related solutions in multi-disciplinary fields relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation associated with smart cities, smart energy, smart transport, smart fisheries and smart agriculture that make use of open data. Papers are welcome in all areas of climate visualization techniques, including but not limited to :

  • Visual representation of extreme climate events

  • Interactive exploration of climate simulation results

  • Visual analysis of precipitation patterns

  • Explainable AI for understandable prediction models

Session 2: Visualization Techniques

This session covers a wide range of techniques for scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics. VizAfrica 2019 aims at providing a platform for researchers, engineers, manufacturers, data scientists, information scientists, and industry experts to share their results in relation to visualization techniques. Papers in the following areas are relevant to this track: visualization foundations, visual encoding, and interactive visualization techniques, visualization systems and methodologies, interaction, evaluation and user studies, visual analytics, display techniques, computer graphics techniques.

Session 3: Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security

Agriculture, nutrition and food security is a key concern for sustainable development in Africa and many developing countries. Agriculture, nutrition and food security is a complex condition requiring a holistic approach to all forms of malnutrition, the productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, resilience of food production systems and the sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic resources.

This session invites abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of data and information visualization in agriculture, nutrition, food security and other related areas.

Session 4: Data and IoTs Application for Sustainable Development

Whereas data visualization has great potential for understanding trends and aid in decision making, its application has not been widely adopted.  Abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of data analytics and visualization for better understanding of trends and patterns of events leading to profound improvement in decision making are invited. Included are abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of visualization tools and theories for optimization of resources and achievement of UN SDGs, including national development goals e.g. Botswana National Development Plan (NDP) II (2017-2023) and the Botswana Vision 2036.

Session 5: Policy Design, Analysis and Strategic Management

Policy making is a complex activity that involves striking a balance between legal requirements, intended outcomes, the limits of scientific knowledge at any given time, and the public response to the policy. This session invites abstracts and papers in any of the following areas:

  • Data visualization and Decision making in organizations
  • Visual-based decision support technologies for policy analysis
  • Government transparency, open data, e-government and re-use of public sector information
  • Integrity and privacy issues in information gathering for policy analysis
  • Legal and regulatory aspects of exploiting public data and public information systems for policy making
  • Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation and Directive by the European Union
  • Multi-modality of information sources, methods for information aggregation and information fusion for policy making
  • Values and motivations underlying the use or non-use of public data and public information systems for policy making
  • Use of AI and Data Analysis in prevention of inequalities and injustices in society
  • Impact of quantum computing in policy formulation
  • Crowd sourcing governance
  • Citizen science 

Session 6: E-Health and Universal Health Coverage

A holistic approach focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting the universal well-being is required in order to achieve sustainable development. Healthcare is currently intertwined with computer science, social science, behavioral science and information science. Health innovations are geared towards resources, devices and techniques required to optimize acquisition, storage, retrieval processing and use of information in health and biomedicine.

This session invites abstracts and papers on research and case studies from the following topics:

  • Data Collection and Data Mining in e-Health Applications
  • Mobile and e-Health System Innovations
  • E-Health services, Internet of Things (IoT) and Fog Computing in Healthcare
  • Wearable and Implantable applications
  • E-Health Software Design visualization
  • Advances in sensor devices for biomedical monitoring
  • Health Data Acquisition, Management and Visualization
  • Body Area networks (architectures, protocols, scheduling, etc.)
  • Clinical Informatics and Health Information Systems
  • Healthcare Knowledge Management and Decision Support
  • Healthcare telemetry and telemedicine
  • Healthcare Modeling and Simulation
  • Remote diagnosis and patient management
  • All-pervasive and non-invasive health monitoring wireless systems
  • Personal Health Train (PHT) application
  • Imaging Science
  • Patient Diagnosis Methods
  • Patient Monitoring Systems
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Systems Physiology
  • Telemedicine
  • Computer-Aided Surgery

Guidelines on Abstracts

We recommend that the abstract be 600-1000 words

Posters

The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

Posters should address one of the following six sessions:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  2. Computer Graphics, Media and Animation
  3. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Data Analytics, Visualization and IoTs for Sustainable Development
  5. Policy Design Analysis and Strategic Management
  6. E-Health Universal Health Coverage

Guidelines on Posters

Posters will be an important feature of VizAfrica 2019 Bostwana. The Organisers and Programme Committee will endeavour to ensure that all poster presenters have an opportunity to give a lightning talk as well as participating in the poster reception.  Posters can often be a more effective way of communicating key technical features of a paper and providing a visual summary that really engages the viewer.

Poster proposals must be submitted to a specific session. Poster Proposals should be 600-1000 words. Please describe the subject of the proposed poster in as much detail as possible. Describe the structure of the poster. Above all, let us know:

  1. Why will this be an interesting feature of the symposium?
  2. Why is it particularly suited to a poster and/or demo session?
  3. Why the poster or demo will catch delegates' attention and why will they stop and listen to you?