This year BioVis 2013 offers participants the chance to engage in two contests. The contests are related, but independent, and will be judged with different criteria in mind. You can discuss the contests in the forum.
There is significant synergy between these topics. Every Redesign Contest entry is likely to be based in interesting design decisions, elucidation of which would make a good design-study entry for the Data Contest. Likewise, every Data Contest entry is likely to create images that are significant improvements over the original figure provided for improvement by the Redesign Contest.
We encourage participants to leverage their efforts by submitting entries to both contests. There will be significant opportunities for publication through both venues.
Identifying Protein Mutations and Their Discovering Their Effect on Function.
Can protein mutations be segregated by their impact on function? The data challenge contest asks you to develop a method to aid the working bio/life-sciences researcher in identifying important mutations within a larger set in a protein, provide biophysical insight into why those mutations affect function, and potentially suggest additional modifications to the protein that could be used to rescue functionality.
The contest admits entries of varied scope: from comprehensive solutions to focused treatments on specific parts of the problem. Visualization should play a central role in your proposal.
Challenging the Sequence Logo.
The redesign contest recognizes the importance of effective encodings and clear visual communication in display of complex quantitative information. It gives participants the opportunity to develop a practical replacement to the long-standing convention of sequence logos.