Activities and Outtings

Past Events

VIS Summer Camp 2016 in Eugene, Oregon
VIS Summer Camp 2017 in Park City, Utah
VIS Summer Camp 2018 in Denver, CO
VIS Summer Camp 2019 in Nashville, TN


Dates: August 3-6, 2021
Location: Minneapolis, MN
House Info: We have a giant house in the city (


Travel to Minneapolis, MN: We recommend that you arrive on August 3rd (Tuesday), any time in the afternoon (we don't know when the check-in time is, but we're guessing some time around 2pm). You should plan on leaving on the 6th (Friday), also some time in the morning or early afternoon. The general schedule is that we'll have a social meet-and-greet on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday are full workshop days. On Friday we'll use the morning to clean up and checkout (we assume check-out is around noon).

Travel to camp house: On your own

3123 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Food: There are restaurants everywhere in Minneapolis.

Rooming Situation: There should be a room for everyone.

Cost: NSF will be paying for the house. Depending on the budget other expenses might be covered as well.


"Sessions" approximately distribute time into 3 chunks (AA,BB,CC)

  • - AA minutes of "listen" (presentation and/or introduction)
  • - BB minutes of "talk" (discussion split in blocks of breakout groups and discussion rejoinder)
  • - CC minutes of "social" (breaks, unstructured talking, snacking, stretching, resting)

In addition, you will decide the content for Wednesday's Unconf. Bring ideas!

*** Disclaimer: The schedule is subject to change ***

Day/Time Activity
Tuesday (Aug 3) Afternoon: Arrive!
Meet and Greet (Also, trips to the grocery store to stock the fridge)!!
Check-in time: ??
Wednesday (Aug 4)
8:30AM - 9:30AMBreakfast + opening remarks/ground rules
9:30AM - 11:00AMSession: Intro 12-min Talks 1-3 (40, 30, 20)
40 minutes presentation, 30 minutes QA and discussion, 20 minutes break
11:00AM - 12:30PMSession: Intro 12-min Talks 4-6 (40,30,20)
12:30PM - 2:00PMLunch
2:00PM - 4:00PMSession: Intro 12-min Talks 7-10 (50,40,30)
4:00PM - 6:00PMSession: Challenges and Tricks of Being a Professor (10,80,30)
6:00PM - 6:30PMUnconf Setup and Planning
6:30PM - Dinner
Thursday (Aug 5)
8:30AM - 9:30AMBreakfast + Morning Reflections
9:30AM - 11:00AMUnconf Session 1 (5,70,15)
11:00AM - 12:30PMUnconf Session 2 (5,70,15)
12:30PM - 2:00PMLunch
2:00PM - 3:30PMUnconf #3 (5,70,15)
3:30PM - 5:00PMUnconf #4 (5,70,15)
5:00PM - 6:00PMLong Break + Collect Feedback and Thoughts on Future Summer Camps
6:00PM - Dinner
Friday (Aug 6)
8:00AM - 9:30AM Breakfast
10:00AM - Clean up and Leave
Check-out time: ??

Some Possible Unconf Topics

  • - Guest counselor presentation.
  • - Tenure Process
  • - Teaching/Service considerations
  • - CRII and CAREER Proposal Discussions
  • - "Next big thing"
  • - Small Group Collaboration (Write your next VIS paper)
  • - VIS community structure / elections
  • - New area model
  • - Unknown unknowns
  • - Examples from 2019 Summer Camp


Name Affiliation
Remco Chang Tufts
Kristi Potter National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Carlos Scheidegger Arizona
Joshua Levine Arizona
Arvind Satyanarayan MIT
Lace Padilla UC Merced
Daniel Haehn UMass Boston
Chris Bryan Arizona State
Morteza Karimzadeh Colorado Boulder
Carsten Görg Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Federico Iuricich Clemson
Dominik Moritz CMU
Yeaseul Kim Wisconsin Madison
Emily Wall Emory
Cindy Xiong UMass Amherst