Call for Participation » Vis Posters

The posters program offers a timely venue for significant new visualization work. Interactive poster sessions during the conference will provide a forum for presenting current research work and for discussing new ideas with your peers. On top of your poster display, a plenary fast-forward session will give you an opportunity to promote your poster and raise public awareness for your research work. Examples of appropriate visualization work include, but are not limited to, work in progress, research exploring new problems or areas, student projects, and any work that might particularly benefit from discussion with others in the field. Case studies in all areas of science, engineering, and medicine are welcome.

Submission Instructions

Submit your work by clicking here.

Information for Authors

Poster authors must submit a two-page summary in the same two-column format as is required for papers. Authors are also requested to submit a draft of the poster layout (in PDF). Those who intend to show demos are also highly encouraged to submit an accompanying video. Authors who mainly plan to show live demos or video are encouraged to submit through the Interactive demos and art section instead. Clearly identify the type of your submission by including the prefix "Poster:" in the title of your summary.

Please click here for summary formatting guidelines. The posters themselves have no predefined formatting, but dimensions may not exceed A0 paper size (841mm x 1189mm / 33.1" x 46.8"). The format for supplemental materials can be found by clicking here.

Poster Session

Authors of accepted posters are required to bring an explanatory hardcopy poster for display during the scheduled evening poster session(s), and be available for discussion at that time. Accepted authors who wish to also show demos of their work are encouraged to also bring a laptop to the poster session. There will be a limited number of stations for showing videos during the main poster session. Authors who wish to show a live demo but cannot provide their own machine should contact the posters chairs in advance of the submission deadline to discuss the logistics. All authors are also required to present a very brief one-minute summary of their poster at a short preview session earlier in the day.

Posters Review Process

Each poster will be read and evaluated by the Posters Chairs. Submissions will be evaluated based on whether the content is suitable for the venue and not a repetition of the work of others. Authors of posters that are not accepted will receive a summary review of their poster from the chairs explaining the decision and providing feedback.


Jörg Meyer, University of California, Irvine
Alark Joshi, Yale University

Important Dates

Deadline: July 1, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a poster?

There are different reasons for submitting your work as a poster. Maybe the work wasn't quite mature enough at the papers deadline, but you would like to show it to your colleagues. Or you want some feedback on what others think about it. Maybe the work was interesting but not of such a great value that it would warrant a paper (student projects often fall into this category). Or you may have some late breaking results you want to show the world before writing a complete paper. A poster presentation provides you with the chance to get more feedback than with a paper presentation, and you can get in contact with people working in a similar field, or who are interested in your work.

What are my responsibilities as a poster author?

To facilitate dissemination, discussion, and access, posters will be on display during the entire InfoVis conference. Authors will be expected to set up their posters the first morning of the conference, and take them down the final afternoon. Posters are also presented in person, first in a one minute summary at the fast-paced poster summary session, and then by standing with the poster during the poster session itself to describe the work and to answer questions. If the poster has multiple authors, not all authors need to be there, however the poster must be staffed by at least one person at all times during the poster session. Multiple authors may wish to "tag team," taking turns at their own poster and then seeing the other poster presentations.

What makes for a good poster?

The main points of the poster should be easily readable from about three meters away. The poster may also have more dense text, suitable for viewers who come for a closer look, standing perhaps one meter away. Consider also that the material on the poster should be useful for you to illustrate key points when discussing your work individually with attendees during your session. And don't forget to include your name, affiliation, and contact information on the poster. At the poster session, you should have your business card or a leaflet ready to give to interested people.

What is the expected physical format of a poster?

Posters are usually printed with a large-format printer onto a large piece of paper (A0 maximum, 841mm x 1189mm / 33.1" x 46.8"), which covers most or all of the poster board it is mounted on. A less attractive option is to form the poster from a collection of individual letter-size sheets of paper, either as the individual pages of the presentation, or as "tiles" of a single large-format document. At the conference, you will mount your poster onto a poster board for display. Poster boards and push-pins will be supplied by the conference organizers.

Will I have an internet connection for my laptop?

Probably not. It's best not to plan on having an internet connection during your session.

Will AC power be available for my laptop or other devices?

Sorry, we can't promise AC power outlets. Charge your batteries before the session.

Can I leave my laptop or other equipment there before or after the session?

The poster session is in an unsecured open area. Take your laptop and all your gear with you.

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