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*************** CALL FOR PAPERS  ******************

Workshop on Collaborative Visualization on Interactive Surfaces - CoVIS'09:

Approx. October 11, 2009, Atlantic City, New Jersey

In conjunction with VisWeek 2009 (Vis, InfoVis, VAST):


Submission deadline:            August 1st, 2009
Notification of acceptance:     August 26th, 2009
Final camera ready submissions: September 14th, 2009
Workshop: TBD - approx.         October 11th, 2009


It is common for small groups of people to gather around visual displays
of information to discuss or interpret the information to form decisions. Groups 
can share the task load of exploring large and complex datasets and can share 
various interpretations of a dataset when working together. However, tools to 
support synchronous collaboration between several people in their data analysis 
are still relatively scarce. Traditionally, visualization and visual analytics 
tools have been designed from a single-user perspective and for desktop 
computers. While hardware such as multi-touch displays and network capabilities 
have emerged that lend themselves especially well to collaboration, software 
support for collaboration around visualizations is still relatively scarce. One 
of the reasons is that single-user systems do not necessarily translate well to 
collaborative scenarios or interactive surfaces and require specific re-design.

The design of digital systems for collaboration around visualization and
visual analytics systems, therefore, poses additional challenges: we need to 
understand  (a) how people collaboratively work with visual representations of 
data and which methods they use to solve information analysis tasks as a team, 
and (b) what the exact design requirements are for collaborative visual analysis 

In this workshop we would like to discuss these challenges and discuss
the role of interactive surfaces as an emerging technology for supporting 
collaborative visualization and visual analytics settings.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* the design of information visualization, scientific visualization, or visual 
analytics interfaces and environments for co-located collaborative work,
* design of interactive visual representations for collaborative work on 
interactive surfaces,
* the use of interactive surfaces to visualize and interact with information and 
* social components in collaborative visual analysis environments,
* aspects of cognition in multi-user visualization and visual analysis environments,
* evaluation of collaborative information visualization, scientific 
visualization, and visual analytics systems,
* multiple and coordinated views for collaborative visualization and 
dataanalysis systems,
* design of multi-display environments for information analysis work,
* collaborative visualization and visual analytics applications,
* collaborative sensemaking, and
* experience with traditional collaboration in information and data intensive 


The main objective of the workshop is to bring people from academia and
industry with relevant backgrounds together (a) to discuss ongoing research work 
in the field of multi-user collaborative visualization and visual analytics and 
(b) to jointly investigate how interactive surfaces can contribute to this area. 
This includes the analysis of problems encountered in the field, the 
presentation of specific solutions, and the discussion of special 
characteristics compared to the core research areas. The workshop is intended to 
be a platform to exchange information and experiences, to stimulate discussion, 
and to identify novel aspects and ideas to the topics above. During this 
workshop, we would like to identify a number of open problems that need further 
investigation and identify priorities to target research in this direction.

We would like to put an emphasis on the following two (interrelated) questions:

* What are the existing challenges inherent in designing interfaces
   for visualizing, exploring, and analyzing data in a collaborative
* What unique challenges exist in building visualization systems for
   collaborative environments?


Prospective participants are invited to submit position papers of up
to four pages in length which outline one or more potential
topics/solutions to discuss during the workshop. Accepted Papers will
be published in the technical report series of LMU Media
Informatics. This means that they will receive an ISSN number.

Papers should be formatted according to the IEEE Vis/InfoVis 2009 format:

Submissions should be sent to Dominikus Baur:

Petra Isenberg, University of Calgary (Primary Contact)
Michael Sedlmair, BMW Group - Research and Technology
Dominikus Baur, University of Munich
Tobias Isenberg, University of Groningen
Andreas Butz, University of Munich

Anastasia Bezerianos, Ecole Centrale Paris
Nathalie Henry, Microsoft Research
Stacey Scott, University of Waterloo
Michael Haller, Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences
Johannes Schöning, DFKI Saarbrücken
Shahram Izadi, Microsoft Research
Raimund Dachselt, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
Daniel Keim, University of Konstanz
David S. Ebert, Purdue University
Melanie Tory, University of Victoria

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:

For more information, please see the workshop web site:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Butz
Institut fuer Informatik
LFE Medieninformatik
Amalienstrasse 17
80333 Muenchen
Tel.: +49-89-2180-4665
Sekr.: +49-89-2180-4650
Fax: +49-89-2180-4652
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