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                                  Workshop on Sketch tools for diagramming

**New** A selection of the best papers from the special track on
sketch computing of the 2008 Int'l Workshop on

                     Visual Languages and Computing (VLC'08) and this
workshop will be invited for submission to a special

                      issue of the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing.


     This workshop is associated with the 2008 IEEE Symposium on

      Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC'08)

and co-located with Diagrams'08 and Software Visualisation'08 (SoftVis'08)


Workshop Date:        September 15th 2008

Location:             Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany


VLHCC Homepage:




     Submission: June 22, 2008

     Notification: July 21, 2008

     Final version: August 18, 2008

     Workshop: September 15, 2008

Diagrams are widely used as abstract models of systems. Most diagrams are

conceived and created with an old-fashioned pen on a piece of blank paper

or a whiteboard. Sketch diagramming tools provide the unrestrained space

of paper and the document preparation support of computers. However there

are many outstanding challenges before we can provide 'really good'

sketch tools for tasks such as diagramming

The goal of the workshop is to foster interaction between the sketch tools,

visual languages, and diagrams communities to facilitate an exchange of

results and challenging problems. From the sketch tool perspective there

are three big challenges: an interface that is as easy to use as paper;

reducing the error rates for recognition engines; and toolkits to reduce

the effort required to integrate sketching into existing diagramming tools.

Researchers working with sketch tools, ink recognition, and diagramming

tools are invited to contribute to this workshop. Anticipated submissions

are position papers with emphasis on results from actual research.

Appropriate submissions include both papers describing completed research

results as well as work-in-progress papers, presenting preliminary or

intermediate results.

General topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:


User interfaces for sketch tools

Sketch recognition algorithms

Diagram syntax and semantics for sketch recognition

User study tools for sketch recognition systems

Software architecture for effective sketch recognition

Sketch toolkits

Applications of sketch toolkits to particular problems

Pen-based diagramming tools

Visualization of hand-drawn diagrams (effects of diagrams' visual fidelity)

Comparative studies between diagramming tools (traditional paper,
widget and/or sketch)

We especially solicit submissions in these areas, and plan to organize

discussions on these subjects at the workshop. If you submit a paper in

these areas, please indicate it in the keywords. The program chairs are happy

to advise on the appropriateness of a particular subject.

Program committee


Beryl Plimmer, (New Zealand), Co-chair

Tracy Hammond, (USA), Co-chair

Christine Alvarado (USA)

Mark Apperley (New Zealand)

Alan Blackwell(UK)

Gennaro Costagliola (Italy)

Richard Davis (USA)

John Hosking (New Zealand)

James Landay (USA)

Moira Norrie (Switzerland)

Michael Oltmans (USA)

Sashi Raghupathy (USA)

Janet Read (UK)

Metin Sezgin (UK)

Jean Vanderdonckt(Belgium)

Olya Veselova (USA)

Submission selection process


Authors are invited to submit by June 22, 2008.Submissions are to be lodge

through the submission system in PDF form. All submissions will undergo a

review process by the program committee. Electronic submission will be

required, except by special arrangement with the program chairs. Authors

will be notified of acceptance by July 21, 2008.

Final, camera-ready versions of accepted papers must be submitted by
August 18, 2008.

Format of submissions


Submissions should be a maximum of 10 pages in the IEEE 2 column paper format.

For further information

Please email

beryl at or

hammond at

Dr Beryl Plimmer

Department of Computer Science

University of Auckland

Private Bag 92019

Auckland 1142

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