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2018 Visualize This winners announced!

WestGrid is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Visualize This! Challenge. First place was awarded to Philippe Nazair, a Data Visualization Developer at Université du Québec à Rimouski and part of the MERIDIAN consortium.

A video of his entry is embedded below, or you can click here to watch it directly on Vimeo.


Second prize was awarded to Usman Alim and Roberta Cabral Ramos Mota from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary, and third place went to Catherine Winters from the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab at Simon Fraser University. You can view other videos and more detailed descriptions of the submissions on the Visualize This website.

Now in its third year, Visualize This! is a Canada-wide competition that aims to celebrate the innovative ways visualization can help researchers explore datasets and answer important scientific questions. The 2018 competition launched on October 1 and participants had two months to create a compelling visualization for two contributed datasets -- one based on a molecular dynamics simulation, and the other provided by humanities researchers with The Orlando Project.

Canada's research community showed it was up for the challenge, with researchers in backgrounds ranging from biological sciences and chemistry, to engineering and mathematics, to political science and libraries, registering for the competition.

"This year's Visualize This! Challenge was unique in that it showcased the value and application of data visualization solutions across disciplines," said Alex Razoumov, WestGrid's Training and Visualization Coordinator, and the Team Lead for Compute Canada's national Visualization Team. "All of the submissions were created using open-source tools, and they will be added to Compute Canada's visualization gallery so that other members of the research community can learn from and re-purpose these creative approaches to tackle their own research challenges."

The top prize for this year’s competition – a 43” 4K Multi-Client Monitor – was generously donated by Dell EMC. We would like to acknowledge Dell EMC for their continued support of advanced research computing in Canada.

For more information on our next Visualize This! Challenge, to launch in October 2019, stay tuned to the Visualize This website and/or join the WestGrid mailing list.

If you would like to learn more about the data visualization support and services Compute Canada provides to researchers, please contact