Google joins SRU to sponsor Graphical Web Conference


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Google Inc., the worldwide Internet services provider, has signed on as a sponsor for this year's Graphical Web Conference being organized by Slippery Rock University in downtown Pittsburgh Sept. 23-26.

"This is certainly exciting for us," said David Dailey, SRU professor of computer science and chief organizer of the conference. The theme is "The Graphical Web: Motion, Meaning, Stories, Standards Pictures for everyone," and "having Google's support is critical."


The four-day conference, which is expected to draw 200-250 graphic experts and programmers from around the world, will be at Pittsburgh's Fairmont Hotel.

"The Graphical Web is an annual, global conference that showcases the many new open source technologies that have become available for presenting visual information on the Web," Dailey, a recognized expert in the area of scalable vector graphics, said.

Google, the multinational corporation that specializes in Internet-related services and products based in Mountain View, Calif., has been a platinum sponsor for several consecutive years, Dailey said. "They also operate a large branch operation in Pittsburgh and will join us in this year's programs."

Alex Danilo, a developer advocate for Chrome at Google, will deliver a keynote address for Google. "Alex has been involved with W3C Web standardization for more than a decade and prepared a You-Tube retrospective about last year's conference in England," Dailey said.

The video is available at:

Dailey and SRU computer science students have attended previous Graphical Web conferences in Paris, Zurich, Tokyo and Winchester, England. Daily, at last year's session, proposed hosting this year's event in Pittsburgh, where the idea was approved.

Deborah Whitfield, SRU professor of computer science, will again serve as treasurer of the event.

SRU, has been involved as a sponsor along with organizations such as Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, NVidia, Canon, Harvard University and the W3C, for the past several years, Dailey said. "The conference will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the innovative things happening on our campus to both some of the heavy-hitters in the high-tech industry as well as potential students, their parents and regional teachers thinking about technology and their futures."

This year's conference will showcase best practices, new opportunities and future directions in the fast-changing world of web graphics and will be of direct appeal to a wide range of professionals throughout the technology, data visualization and graphics industries, he said.

Dailey said the conference would be of interest to a broad range of attendees, from graphics professionals right through to data journalists keen to understand the potential of new technology to enrich storytelling on the Web.

The first three days will be conference sessions, with keynote talks from industry experts, with the final day reserved for training sessions and workshops on the latest graphics technologies and techniques.

Sessions will be available for beginners to experienced professionals.

The conference issued a call for submissions, including presentations, workshops and panel discussions about interactive and animated Web-based visualizations and graphically rich applications earlier this year.

"Topics are ranging from, but not limited to, art and design, integrated Web experience, web apps and user interfaces, the sciences, mapping, data visualization, 3d visualization, WebGIS/Web Mapping and all other uses of interactive open Web graphics. We are also interested in technical presentations about the implementations and usage of open Web graphic technologies, such as SVG, Canvas, WebGL, CSS' and HTML5 audio/video," Daily said.

"Case studies are welcome as long as the primary focus is not about the marketing of a specific product or services," he said.

Proposals are being accepted through May 18. Accepted abstracts, papers and presentations will be published in Web proceedings and/or video recordings.

Dailey will update those attending on his favorite topic, SVG, the graphical standard that is becoming widely adopted in the world of graphics. The system uses vectors rather than pixels to create graphics. By using SVG, images can be enlarged to any size without loss of clarity. Dailey frequently uses the example of explaining how a postage stamp image can be enlarged to billboard size without distortion.

The SRU professor has written two books on the subject. His first, "SVG Primer for Today's Browsers," published by the World Wide Web Consortium in 2008, earned him the 2010 President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement at SRU. He also authored "Building Web Applications with SVG: Add Interactivity and Motion to Your Web Applications," published by Microsoft Press.

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.

Karl E. Schwab