The posters program offers a timely venue for significant new visualization work. Posters have been an integral part of many areas of scientific research, but have only recently been revived at Visualization. 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 (see also the Frequently Asked Questions below). Case studies in all areas of science, engineering, and medicine are welcome.

Review criteria are interest to the community, originality, significance, and presentation quality. Submissions will be limited to two printed pages and an optional draft of the poster. Submissions should include a concise description of the idea, the results or findings, supporting imagery and figures, and a discussion of the implications of the work to visualization. Full literature searches are not expected, although relevant citations should be included. Submissions must be in final form; those accepted will be distributed to attendees on paper and on the conference dvd-rom as submitted -- no revisions will be possible. Any optional drafts of posters are submitted for review purposes only and will not be distributed. To facilitate dissemination, discussion, and access, posters will be on display during the entire conference. Authors will be expected to set up their posters the first morning, take them down the final afternoon, be available at their poster during assigned poster sessions during the conference, and give a one-minute presentation at a poster summary session.

Abstracts will be accepted electronically in PDF. The draft of the poster may be in either Powerpoint or PDF. Both should be submitted using the Poster Submission Page ( The final poster size should not exceed 60 inches wide x 40 inches tall (approximately 150 cm x 100 cm).

For more information please contact David Laidlaw at, Victoria Interrante at, or Robert Kosara at

Deadline: August 1, 2004

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 a paper presentation, and you can get in contact with people working in a similar field, or who are interested in your work.

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, technically, is a poster?
A poster is usually printed onto a large piece of paper, which covers most or all of the posterboard it is mounted on. Traditionally, posters were formed from a collection of individual letter-size sheets of paper, each containing a slide or image. With typesetting applications, it is often possible to create a single large-format document and print it in "tiles" on letter-size sheets that can be mounted side by side on posterboard to form the document. If you have access to a large-format printer, printing directly on a large piece of paper is certainly preferable, however. At the conference, you will mount your poster onto a posterboard for display on the wall of the session space. Posterboards will be supplied by the conference organizers.

If a poster has multiple authors, do we all need to stand by the poster during our session?
During the session, the poster must be staffed at all times by at least one person. You do not all need to stand by the poster throughout the session. In fact, you may wish to "tag team," taking turns manning your own poster and seeing the other posters in the session.

Will I have a table to put my laptop or other gear on?
Yes, during your session you will have a table to stand at and put things on.

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 sessions are in unsecured open areas. Take your laptop and all your gear with you.