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October 4, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's Dailey, students present paper

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A Slippery Rock University professor and two students will be rubbing elbows in San Francisco with some pretty heavy hitters Oct. 21-23 - think Adobe, Google, IBM and NVidia for starters.

David Dailey, SRU professor of computer science, will lead a campus contingent to The Graphical Web being hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Dailey, Dan Miller, an SRU computer science major from Oil City, and Kyle Marich, an information technology major from Enon Valley, will be presenting a paper titled "Breaking the Rectilinear Mold: Spicing Up Our Communicative Choreography."

"The work presents new approaches to Web design, that for the first time break from the traditional CSS Box Model, in which all Web content is typeset within rectangles. This allows, for the first time since the development of the printing press, modes of presentation resembling 'illuminated manuscripts' such as found in the 'Book of Kells' and other documents popular in the medieval era," Dailey said.

"Our approach also enables the simplified design of typefaces that are web-based and respond to what we call 'the Paris street model of graphical layout.' This method relies on the generation of lines tangent to a small collection of circles drawn and placed by the web developer. It also permits computational techniques for subdividing the screen into convex polygons based on the resultant line arrangement," he said.

Among the other conference topics are "How cupcakes, Alice in Wonderland and baby elephants are moving the web forward," offered by Arno Gourdol, who leads the Web Platform and Authoring team at Adobe; "Adventures in d3.js," offered by Ian Johnson a Lever, software developer and data visualization engineer; "An Introduction to Diffusion Curves," presented by Nikos Andronikos, a senior software engineer with Canon Information Systems Research in Australia; and "A tool for UI Application development," by
Andrew Sledd, chief technology officer at Ikivo AB.

Dailey is one of the four-person organizing team that has partnered with the HTML5 Developers Conference.

SRU and Adobe, Google, IBM and NVidia are sponsoring the event that features presentations from those companies along with other such leading names as Intel, PayPal, Microsoft and INRIA.

"SRU joins Stanford University, the University of Groningen, the University of San Francisco and Telecom Paris Tech as the five universities whose papers were accepted for publication and presentation at the conference," Dailey said.

The Graphical Web, formerly known as the "SVG Open," conference showcases the many new open source web technologies that have become available for presenting visual information throughout the technology, data visualization and graphics industries.

The program offers presentations for both beginner and advanced levels, Dailey said. It is an opportunity for the communities that design these open standards, those that implement them as software products and those from many fields who use these standards to create art, science and data visualizations.

"The conference allows everyone to see the best practices, future directions, unsolved problems and a lot of very intriguing visual content," he said.

Those attending the Graphical Web Track portion of the conference can also attend sessions in the main HTML5 Developers Conference.

Dailey has been recognized worldwide as an expert in scalable vector graphics, best known as "SVG." He was among those involved in the forerunner to this year's conference when it was known as the "SVG Open."

Scalable vector images allow graphics to be scaled to any size (postage stamp to bill board) without losing image quality. The SVG system uses vectors rather than pixels in creating images.

The SRU professor, who joined the faculty in 1999, wrote a users' book of standards regarding use of SVG in computer programs and his first book, "SVG Primer for Today's Browsers," published by the World Wide Web Consortium in 2008, earned him the 2010 SRU's President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement.

He has been involved, including presenting and organizing, in international graphics conferences for a number of years and has been invited to lecture in China and India as well as to teach for the European Union.

He is also the author of "Building Web Applications with SVG: Add Interactivity and Motion to Your Web Applications" published by Microsoft Press and co-authored with Jon Frost, a senior .NET developer who has worked with SVG for more than a decade and who initiated the book "Learn SVG: The Web Graphics Standard" and Domenico Strazzullo, author of Pergola, a JavaScript library for SVG and the open-source project GEMi, a Web operating system, and founder and editor-in-chief of SVG magazine,

Dailey earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado. In addition to computer science classes, he has taught mathematics and psychology at universities in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Alaska as well as at Vassar, Williams and Bay Path College.

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