Call for Participation » VAST Papers

IEEE VAST, founded in 2006, is the first international symposium dedicated to advances in Visual Analytics Science and Technology. The scope of the symposium, co-located with the annual IEEE Visualization Conference and the IEEE Information Visualization Conference, includes both fundamental research contributions within visual analytics as well as applications of visual analytics, including applications in science, security and investigative analysis, engineering, medicine, health, media, business, and social interaction. We invite you to participate in IEEE VAST 2008 by submitting your original research, application, or evaluation paper by March 31, 2008.

Papers are solicited that present original research results clearly related to visualization problems. Original papers are limited to 8 pages. The submission of a video (up to 5 minutes in length) to accompany the paper is encouraged. Papers, videos, and supporting materials will be submitted electronically. Note that submission of an abstract for papers is mandatory by March 21, and full papers are due 10 days later.

Visual Analytics is the science of analytical reasoning supported by highly interactive visual interfaces. People use visual analytics tools and techniques in all aspects of science, engineering, business, and government to synthesize information into knowledge; derive insight from massive, dynamic, and often conflicting data; detect the expected and discover the unexpected; provide timely, defensible, and understandable assessments; and communicate assessments effectively for action. The issues stimulating this body of research provide a grand challenge in science: turning information overload into the opportunity of the decade. Visual analytics requires interdisciplinary science, going beyond traditional scientific and information visualization to include statistics, mathematics, knowledge representation, management and discovery technologies, cognitive and perceptual sciences, decision sciences, and more. Your submission should help develop and/or apply Visual Analytics, clearly showing an interdisciplinary approach.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • Visual representations and interaction techniques including the principles for depicting information, new visual paradigms, statistical graphics, geospatial visualizations, the science of interaction, and approaches for generating visual analytic visualization and interactions,
  • Data management and knowledge representation including scalable data representations for high volume and stream data, statistical and semantic signatures, and synthesis of information from diverse data sources,
  • Analytical reasoning including the human analytic discourse, knowledge discovery methods, perception and cognition, and collaborative visual analytics,
  • Presentation, production, and dissemination methods including methods and tools for capturing the analytics process, and story telling for specific and varying audiences, and
  • Evaluation methods, security & privacy, interoperability, and technology practice & experience,
  • Mathematical foundations of data tranformations to allow interactive visual analysis,
  • Algorithms and technologies which are fundamental for visual analytics, including user and device adaptivity, web interfaces and mobile devices,
  • Applications of visual analysis techniques, including but not limited to applications in science, engineering, humanities, business, public safety, commerce, and logistics as far as they contribute to Visual Analytics

Papers will be submitted electronically here. Submissions are limited to 8 pages. Please click here for formatting guidelines and here for guidelines on supplementary materials.

VAST 2008 will use a double-blind review process for the first review cycle. Therefore authors should NOT include their name or institution on the cover page of the initial submission, and should make effort to ensure that no self-revealing information in the texts (such as drawing explicit connection with authors' previous work, or making acknowledgments to colleagues). Authors should also avoid posting their submitted manuscript on the web until the notification date of the first review cycle.

The submission of a video (up to 5 minutes in length) to accompany the paper is encouraged. Papers, videos, and supporting materials will be submitted electronically. Note that submission of an abstract for each paper is mandatory by March 21, 2008 and full papers are due 10 days later. All submissions must be original works that have not been published previously in any conference proceedings, magazine or journal. Concurrent submissions are strictly not permitted. If it is determined that a manuscript is simultaneously under the consideration by another publication venue (e.g., conference, journal, edited book) during the review process of IEEE VAST 2008, the manuscript will immediately be rejected.

» Important Dates

Abstracts due (mandatory): Friday, March 21, 2008 5:00pm PDT

Full papers due: Monday, March 31, 2008 5:00pm PDT

Notification of Acceptance Expected: June 1, 2008

Final revisions due: July 1, 2008

» Cochairs

Thomas Ertl, University of Stuttgart
David Ebert, Purdue University

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