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Donna Cox

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Earth Sciences

ACE - Atlas of the Changing Earth

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Aug 2019 - Dec 2020

2019

Kalina Borkiewicz, A. J. Christensen, Helen Nicole Kostis, Gregory W. Shirah, and Ryan Wyatt (2019): Cinematic Scientific Visualization: The Art of Communicating Science, Association for Computing Machinery, ACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Courses, pp5, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Kalina Borkiewicz, J. P. Naiman, Haoming Lai (2019): Cinematic Visualization of Multiresolution Data: Ytini for Adaptive Mesh Refinement in Houdini, Astronomical Journal, American Astronomical Society, Vol 158, Num 1, pp10
Kalina Borkiewicz, A. J. Christensen, Drew Berry, Christopher Fluke, Gregory W. Shirah, and Kel Elkins (2019): Cinematic Scientific Visualization: The Art of Communicating Science, Association for Computing Machinery, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Courses, pp107, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2018

A. J. Christensen, Venkatraman Srinivasan, John C. Hart, and Amy Marshall-Colon (2018): Use of computational modeling combined with advanced visualization to develop strategies for the design of crop ideotypes to address food security, Nutrition Reviews, Vol 76, Num 5, pp332-347

2017

Amy Marshall-Colon, Stephen P. Long, Douglas K. Allen, Gabrielle Allen, Daniel A. Beard, Bedrich Benes, Susanne von Caemmerer, A. J. Christensen, Donna J. Cox, John C. Hart, Peter M. Hirst, Kavya Kannan, Daniel S. Katz, Jonathan P. Lynch, Andrew J. Millar, Balaji Panneerselvam, Nathan D. Price, Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, David Raila, Rachel G. Shekar, Stuti Shrivastava, Diwakar Shukla, Venkatraman Srinivasan, Mark Stitt, Matthew J. Turk, Eberhard O. Voit, Yu Wang Xinyou Yin, and Xin-Guang Zhu (2017): Crops In Silico: Generating Virtual Crops Using an Integrative and Multi-scale Modeling Platform, Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers, Vol 8, pp786
Kalina Borkiewicz, A. J. Christensen, and John E. Stone (2017): Communicating Science through Visualization in an Age of Alternative Facts, Association for Computing Machinery, SIGGRAPH '17: ACM SIGGRAPH 2017 Courses, pp8, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
J. P. Naiman, Kalina Borkiewicz, and A. J. Christensen (2017): Houdini for Astrophysical Visualization, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol 129, Num 975, pp058008

2019

Donna Cox, Robert Patterson, Kalina Borkiewicz, A. J. Christensen, Stuart Levy, Jeffrey Carpenter, Thomas Lucas, Melih Sener, John Stone, Barry Isralewitz, Sarah T. Stewart (2019): Cinematic Scientific Data Visualization for CADENS, 2019 Blue Waters Annual Report, pp212-213

2018

Donna Cox, Robert Patterson, Kalina Borkiewicz, A.J. Christensen, Stuart Levy, Jeffrey Carpenter, Thomas Lucas, Melih Sener, John Stone, Robin Canup (2018): Cinematic Scientific Data Visualization for CADENS, Blue Waters annual-book summary slide
Donna Cox, Robert Patterson, Kalina Borkiewicz, A.J. Christensen, Stuart Levy, Jeffrey Carpenter, Thomas Lucas, Melih Sener, John Stone, Robin Canup (2018): Cinematic Scientific Data Visualization for CADENS, 2018 Blue Waters Annual Report, pp182-183

2017

2016

Donna Cox (2016): Visualization for Public Outreach, 2016 Blue Waters Annual Report, pp20-21

Robert Patterson, D. Cox, A. J. Christensen, K. Borkiewicz, S. Levy, J. Carpenter, M. Sener, J. Stone, and B. Isralewitz: “Birth of Planet Earth” Fulldome Excerpt: Photosynthesis in a Chromatophore


12th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SA '19); Brisbane, Australia, Nov 20, 2019

Robert Patterson, D. Cox, A. J. Christensen, and K. Borkiewicz: Visualizing “Birth of Planet Earth” for Fulldome Theaters


12th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SA '19); Brisbane, Australia, Nov 19, 2019

Melih Sener, Stuart Levy, A. J. Christensen, Robert Patterson, Kalina Borkiewicz, John E. Stone, Barry Isralewitz, Jeffrey Carpenter, and Donna Cox: An Accessible Visual Narrative for the Primary Energy Source of Life from the Fulldome Show Birth of Planet Earth


Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC '19); Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., Nov 19, 2019

Donna J. Cox: Revolutions in Mapping the Digital Universe: Stories of Satellites, Supercomputers, and the Art of Data Visualization (keynote session)


12th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SA '19); Brisbane, Australia, Nov 18, 2019

Robert Patterson, D. Cox, A. J. Christensen, K. Borkiewicz, S. Levy, and J. Carpenter: “Birth of Planet Earth” full-dome excerpt: the collision that formed the moon


12th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SA '19); Brisbane, Australia, Nov 17, 2019

Jasmine Y. Shih, K. Borkiewicz, A, Christensen, and D.Cox: Interactive cinematic scientific visualization in unity


SIGGRAPH '19 (International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques); Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., Jul 29, 2019

Thomas Lucas and Donna Cox: Birth of Planet Earth


System Earth program at Zeiss-Großplanetarium; Berlin, Germany, Mar 27, 2019

Kalina Borkiewicz, A. J. Christensen, Stuart Levy, Robert Patterson, Donna Cox, and Jeff Carpenter: Scientific and Visual Effects Software Integration for the Visualization of a Chromatophore


11th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SA '18); Tokyo, Japan, Dec 5, 2018

Donna J. Cox, and Robert M. Patterson, Stuart A. Levy, Jeffrey D. Carpenter, A. J. Christensen, Kalina M. Borkiewicz, Nathan J. Goldbaum, Mark R. Krumholz, and John C. Forbes: Milky Way Analogue Isolated Disk Galaxy


Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC '17); Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., Nov 14, 2017

Donna J. Cox, and Robert M. Patterson, Stuart A. Levy, Jeffrey D. Carpenter, A. J. Christensen, Kalina M. Borkiewicz, Brian W. O'Shea, John H. Wise, Hao Xu, and Michael L. Norman: First Light in the Renaissance Simulation Visualization: Formation of the Very First Galaxies in the Universe


Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC '17); Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., Nov 14, 2017

Kalina Borkiewicz, A. J. Christensen, and John E. Stone: Communicating Science Through Visualization in an Age of Alternative Facts


44th SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH 2017); Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., Jul 31, 2017

Birth of Planet Earth


Jun 26, 2018

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? (Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum)


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Collision that Formed the Moon


Feb 28, 2018

Over five decades ago, Apollo astronauts brought back to Earth a wide variety of rocks from the Moon. Analysis of these rocks gave rise to a set of ideas describing the origin of the Moon called the Giant Impact Theory. In the last decade, scientists like Robin Canup have been testing a number of predictions of this theory using a new generation of powerful supercomputers. In this video, Dr. Canup showcases her recent results. The visualization is a work in progress produced for the upcoming giant screen fulldome film "Birth of Planet," with funding from the National Science Foundation.


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NCSA Wins Best Visualization Award at Supercomputing ‘17


Nov 20, 2017

Director, Donna Cox of the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois took home the Best Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Award at SC 17 in Denver. The visualizations were created by Donna Cox, Robert Patterson, Stuart A. Levy, Jeffrey D. Carpenter, AJ Christensen and Kalina M. Borkiewicz. The scientific simulation was run on the Blue Waters supercomputer by Michael Norman & Hao Xu, UC San Diego; Brian O’Shea, Michigan State U.; John Wise, Georgia Tech; Kyungjin Ahn, Chosun U.


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Grand Journey to Understand the Evolution of the Universe


Oct 27, 2017

There is a strand in contemporary astronomy that aims to survey and map the universe on larger and larger scales, going all the way back to the beginning of time. In this video, Josh Frieman, Director of the Dark Energy Survey and Astrophysics Professor at the University of Chicago, describes the promise these projects hold for understanding the hidden dynamic of the cosmos, including the identity and influence of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and whether Albert Einstein's theories are correct.


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"Seeing the Beginning of Time" Features the Dark Energy Survey


Jun 14, 2017

“Seeing the Beginning of Time” takes viewers on a visually compelling journey through deep space and time. The 50-minute, 4K science documentary was co-produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Thomas Lucas Productions as part of a National Science Foundation supported project called CADENS (Centrality of Advanced Digitally Enabled Science). Donna Cox, director of NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL), leads the CADENS project to help raise public awareness about computational scientific discovery.


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‘Solar Superstorms’ invited to show at SIGGRAPH 2016


Jul 8, 2016

The Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois was recently invited to present its recent film “Solar Superstorms” at the 2016 SIGGRAPH Conference. This conference will be the 43rd annual international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques, and will take place July 24-28 in Anaheim, California.


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Scientific visualizations heat up new documentary that helps explain sun’s strange phenomena


May 20, 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF), the supercomputer company Cray Inc., and Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Gary Peters of Michigan invite members of the media to attend a special screening of the documentary "Solar Superstorms" May 25 at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. High-velocity jets, fiery tsunamis that reach up to 100,000 kilometers and rising loops of electrified gas -- NSF and Cray Inc. ask what's driving these strange phenomena that take place on the sun and how might they affect planet Earth? Without question, these occurrences are beautiful, but every year, they cost the United States billions of dollars.


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Journey Into The Sun's Guts With Benedict Cumberbatch As Your Guide


Jul 1, 2015

Without the sun, life on Earth would be impossible. It provides food for the plants that feed us, and warmth so that we don’t freeze to death. But the sun has a dark side. It is, after all, a giant ball of fire in the sky, whose 27 million degree Fahrenheit surface is tossed about by burning tsunami waves 62,000 miles high. And at pretty much any point, it could burp out rivers of charged particles that could paralyze technology on Earth. A new documentary premiering tonight asks the question, “What can cause our normally benign sun to erupt in such fury that it can threaten the world's power and technological infrastructure?" according to a press release.


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Solar Superstorms show Highlights Extremely Powerful Computer Simulation, Visualization


Jul 1, 2015

A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary narrated Benedict Cumberbatch about the dynamics of the sun that features data-driven visualizations produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign debuted on June 30, 2015, at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before rolling out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world. "Solar Superstorms" was produced as part of a project called CADENS (Centrality of Digitally Enabled Science). Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), CADENS spotlights the new knowledge produced thanks to the massive computing and data analysis capabilities now available to scientists, engineers and scholars.


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Computational science and data visualization take the spotlight in new Solar Superstorms documentary


Jun 29, 2015

A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary about the dynamics of the Sun that features data-driven visualizations produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will debut June 30 at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before rolling out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world. "Solar Superstorms” was produced as part of a project called CADENS (Centrality of Advanced Digitally Enabled Science). Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, CADENS spotlights the new knowledge produced thanks to the massive computing and data analysis capabilities now available to scientists, engineers, and scholars.


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NCSA welcomes new interns!


Jun 3, 2015

31 undergraduate students are starting (or continuing) internships at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) this summer. They are pursuing research and development projects with NCSA staff and affiliated U of I faculty members.


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18 general, 9 exploratory allocations on Blue Waters awarded to Illinois researchers


Nov 24, 2014

Eighteen researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received allocations on the Blue Waters petascale supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). A portion of available time on Blue Waters is reserved for University faculty and staff projects like these that require the system’s unique capabilities. Ten of the awards will continue projects already running on Blue Waters, related to a wide variety of topics like tornadoes, steel casting, and cell function, among others. Eight allocations are for new projects.


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26 Illinois undergrads selected for internships with NCSA


Oct 15, 2014

Twenty-six University of Illinois undergraduate students have been selected for 2014-2015 internships at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). These talented undergraduates were selected through NCSA's SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program. They will pursue research and development projects—from developing an app to display crystal structure data to enhancing the experience of dance, theater and music performances—with mentors from NCSA and related University programs.


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Skilling at Fermilab: Supercomputer aids scientists tracking supertornadoes, severe weather


Apr 23, 2014

When a supertornado tears through a town and demolishes every building in sight, the funnel cloud and its trail of destruction is clear to the naked eye. But when a computing data network uses a supercomputer the size of two football fields to collect the data and digitize its images, scientists learn more about what creates and sustains these destructive storms – and helps predict them. WGN chief meteorologist Tom Skilling hosted two presentations from various scientists and meteorologists at Fermilab Saturday at the 34th annual tornado and severe weather seminar, which included the effects of climate change on weather. ... Donna Cox, leader of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, presented the University of Illinois' supercomputer, Blue Waters. Cox said Blue Waters is the fastest supercomputer on any university campus and one of the fastest in the world.


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