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2019-05-31  Initial publication of the Wisdome contest webpage

In conjunction with the joint conferences Eurographics & EuroVis in Norrköping, Sweden in 2020, we invite you to join the Wisdome Contest.  The Visualization Center C in Norrköping houses one of the premier dome theatres in all of Europe and is operated in close conjunction with Linköping University, providing an optimal constellation to provide a venue for communicating scientific content to a wide audience using this display method.  We encourage a wide array of submissions that not only cover various academic fields, but also enable the participation of interested non-academic institutions, such as other digital science centers.  Movie submissions should aim to educate the general public about science in general, a particular scientific aspect or discovery, or scientific methods in general.  These submissions should be predominantly aimed at the educated general public that might visit a science center and wishes to learn more about the world around us.  Award winning categories for this contest are: the use of the dome surface, visual quality, technical excellence, creativity and storytelling, use of sound and music, and audience engagement.

Call for Submissions

Submissions to the Wisdome movie contest must contain two parts.

  1. A description of the submission of 2 pages in length + 1 extra page for references, using a LaTeX template that will be published on this page at a later stage.  This description should summarize the scientific aspect that is visualized in the submission, provide necessary background for the topic, and describe the design methodologies behind the submission.
  2. The submission of a pre-rendered movie that can be played on a dome theatre (see Technical Details below).  The submission should be about 5 minutes long, with a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes and must be submitted using a full-dome fisheye projection.

Assessment Criteria

Submissions will be assessed by the refereers according to the following criteria:

  • Use of the dome surface;  How is the learners experience enhanced by the use of a planetarium dome surface compared to watching the same content on a flat screen display.  Aspects of this criterion are the increase of available display surface area, the ability of creating a shared virtual reality space between all participants, and the ability to present a different viewpoint to different learners.
  • Use of sound and music;  How both sounds and music are used in the narration to guide, explain, and engage the audience.  And, how does technical aspects such as sound quality, mixing, and the use of directional sound and music, change and impact the experience and influences the consumption of the movie.
  • Visual quality;  This criterion captures the overall quality of the visuals.  Please note that this does not include, for example. the use of special effects without having an impact on the story telling, but rather captures the overall theme of the submission
  • Creativity and Story telling;  The overall novelty and creativity of the submission.  Does the submission present a unique viewpoint on the scientific subject and does it use this viewpoint to explain the concept in a novel way.  How is the flow of  the narration designed, is it easy to follow for the laymen or is it easy to “get lost” in the explanations.
  • Engagement;  this judges the level of engangement of the user.  How likely are visitors to continue with their own research on the scientific topic after watching the submission.  Are there open questions that might provide an interesting point of self-study for the learner.  How enganged are they during the watching of the submission?
  • Technical excellence;  How is the overall production quality of the submission.  Are there issues with the frame rate of the movie, are there smooth transitions between scenes, fluid camera movements that aid in watching of the material?

Submission Guidelines

Important Dates

Date
2020-02 Submission deadline
2020-04 Notification
2020-05-24 Wisdome Contest Date

Technical Details

This section contains necessary technical information for the movie submission.  Since the target display device for all submissions are dome theatres and planetarium domes, videos have to be prepared in a fisheye projection to be showable in these venues.  The following two images show examples of this rendering technique.

Submissions to this contest have to be submitted as fisheye images with a resolution between an minimum of 4096×4096 and a maximum of 8192×8192.  Technical help on how to render or reproject fisheye content will be continuously posted here and on the accompanying GitLab page

Video Submission

  • 4K vs 8K dome masters
  • compressed vs uncompressed

Softwares

  • Cubemap -> Fisheye
  • Unreal Engine blueprint

Organizers

Program chairs

Steering Committee