Volunteer Spotlight: Ming Lin

Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics Editor-in-Chief Ming Lin discusses her interest and accomplishments in the field of computing as well as being a Computer Society volunteer.

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Q. What motivated you to become an IEEE Computer Society volunteer?

A. As a member of the IEEE Computer Society, I feel compelled and obligated to serve my community whenever possible and it is also a pleasure to be able to follow in the footsteps of so many others who have built up this excellent service tradition within our field. Furthermore, this is also a perfect time to serve in such a position when there are so many exciting developments in visual computing.

Q. What has been the best part of being a CS volunteer?

A. The IEEE Computer Society (CS) is one of the largest societies within the IEEE. Being a CS volunteer allows me the opportunity to interact not only with my fellow members in my field, but also those in closely related areas. This position also offers a diverse view of "Computing" as a field, as well as important news, events, and development within IEEE CS and related professional societies.

Q. Why do you think it is important to get involved with a nonprofit organization?

A. Volunteers are essential for the health and vibrancy of every nonprofit professional society, in order to run, facilitate, and coordinate its societal events, publications, services, and activities. Without passionate volunteers, a nonprofit organization may have difficulty to continue operating at a reasonable cost, while providing the best service possible for its members and the field.

Q. What do you like best being an EIC?

A. As the EIC of TVCG, I have a more global perspective of current research activities and emerging scientific trends across different areas of computer graphics and visualization. It also gives me an opportunity to help shape the journal to better serve our community at large, chart the appropriate course for TVCG in this rapidly evolving field and the era of digital publishing, assist in adapting a more agile publishing mechanism for timely dissemination of scientific discovery,and perhaps contribute to fostering future research directions within our field.

Q. What benefits have you seen with TVCG's transition to OnlinePlus this year?

A. OnlinePlus reduces the production and delivery cost of scientific publications, thereby lowering the subscription fees for TVCG subscribers. It also helps to reduce the overall time of production cycle, leading to more rapid dissemination of new articles. With the ability to easily to provide supplementary visual contents (such as images, video, and data) which are regarded as essential elements of research in visualization and computer graphics, OnlinePlus is a "greener" and "more universal" way to deliver technical contents to TVCG readers.

Q. Where do you see your field of study in the next 10 years?

A. The field of computer graphics and visualization has revolutionized the way we interact with computers and related applications. From desktop and mobile graphical user interfaces, computer-aided design and manufacturing, digital cinematography, 3D feature animation, medical imaging, scientific visualization, engineering analysis, gaming, entertainment, training and education, information visualization, visual analytics, etc., the impact of computer graphics and visualization is ubiquitous. When computing is evolving by leaps and bounds (e.g., Moore's Law), it is difficult to envision how the field of computer graphics and visualization will be in the next 10 years. But, I hope to see the field continue to quickly adapt to the future technology trends, such as many-core computing, mobile devices, and novel user interfaces that combine visual displays with multitouch, audio, gesture and voice interfaces; and these could in turn lead to a new set of algorithms, systems, and applications. If the past is any indication of the future, I believe that our field will become even more multidisciplinary in terms of intellectual development and more diverse in its possible impact, as the number of application areas it serves continues to expand beyond our imagination!

Q. How do you balance life and work?

A. I don't. Work is an integral part of my life; and my life experience affects my outlook and approaches to research, education, and service to my community and society.