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***Call for VisWeek 2012 Panels, Tutorials, and Workshops***
With apologies for cross-posting

We solicit panel, tutorial, and workshop proposals for VisWeek 2012. All three tracks serve
distinct purposes and are intended to cover a wide selection of topics related to VisWeek,
including but not limited to
• Visual Data Mining
• Perception in Visualization
• Design Aspects of Visualization
• High Dimensional Visualization
• Large Data Visualization
• GPGPU Methods in Visualization
• Graphics Programming Tools (GPUs, toolkits, systems, etc.)
• Usability Testing and Evaluation
• Mathematics and Statistics, PDEs
• Principles and Foundations of Visualization
• Relevant application areas (Climate, Chemistry, Hydrology, CFD, Medicine, Genomics/
Proteomics, Molecular Biology, etc.)

We especially welcome late-breaking and current topics, since the nature of panels, tutorials,
and workshops is more conducive to emerging and not-yet-established areas. If you want to
contribute a short, exciting event to VisWeek, but aren’t sure where to send it, this is the call for
you! To obtain specific information about the requirements for each track, please visit .

We encourage potential contributors to submit one single proposal to the track which they
believe is best suited. If a proposal is especially strong but reviewers deem it better suited for a
different track, the committees will suggest that to the submitters.

VisWeek panels should address important and/or controversial applications and issues in
scientific and information visualization and visual analytics. In particular, we invite topics in
connection with application fields. Panelists should be experts in their fields who can discuss
the challenges of visualization, and engage the audience and fellow panel members in a
stimulating, interactive debate. Panel proposals should describe the topic to be addressed and
identify the prospective panelists. Panels are scheduled for the duration of a paper session;
proposals should target 75 minutes total duration, including question and discussion periods.

The deadline for panels is June 22nd, 2012.

Panel proposals should describe the topic to be addressed and identify the prospective
panelists. Each panelist should include a position statement on the topic and a short biography,
the total of which should be limited to 500 words for each panelist, up to a maximum of four
pages for the whole panel.

Panels are scheduled for the duration of an entire paper session; panel proposals should thus
be targeting one hour and 15 minute total duration, including question and discussion periods.
Panel organizers should also submit a short description of the panel format and schedule
(max. 1 page). This should be in a separate document from the proposal itself, and should
describe the order of topics to be discussed, time to be spent on panelist presentations, and
mechanisms for encouraging audience participation. Based on audience feedback, we strongly
recommend limiting the duration of panelist presentation in order to allow ample time for intrapanel
discussion and discussions between the panel and the audience. Demonstrations and
innovative formats for the panels are encouraged.

Panel Chairs:
Hamish Carr, University of Leeds
Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research
Margaret Varga, Oxford University
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VisWeek tutorials should provide background on new or established tools and application
domains necessary for research in data and information visualization and visual analytics.
We are soliciting half-day and full-day tutorial proposals. We welcome course proposals that
introduce emerging technologies to the visualization community, as well as proposals on more
traditional topics. In a nutshell, tutorials should teach attendees something new that is useful,
cool or otherwise noteworthy. Attendees’ backgrounds will vary widely, and tutorials should take
this into account. 

The deadline for tutorial proposals is June 22nd, 2012.

Tutorial proposals should include:
• The duration (1/2 day or full day)
• The level of the tutorial (beginning, intermediate, or advanced)
• An abstract of the tutorial topic
• A description of the tutorial's organization including time allocation and outline for major
course topics (500 word minimum)
• The background and contact information for each instructor.
Proposals should be submitted by email to [log in to unmask] Any questions concerning
submission, format, and content should be sent to the same address.

Tutorial Chairs:
Petra Isenberg, INRIA
Gordon Kindlmann, University of Chicago
Robert Kosara, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
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VisWeek workshops should provide an informal setting for participants to discuss advanced
technical topics in visualization, involve experts in the field, disseminate work in progress, and
promote new ideas. In contrast with tutorials, the presenters and audience for workshops should
interact bidirectionally: the audience is expected to engage and participate in determining
research questions, directions and ideas. We are soliciting half-day and full-day proposals.

The deadline for workshop proposals is June 22nd, 2012.

Proposals should include:
• title
• contact details of the organizers
• brief description of organizers' background, related publications and research
• goals, technical scope, the mission, or proposed focus
• planned activities
• length (full or half day)
• statement of the organization and development of the list of participants (intended size,
selection procedure)
• organization of facilities (room setup as a round table, lecture theater, or in a panel
• intended result and impact of the workshop results.
The proposal should not exceed 4 pages, and should be submitted via email directly to the
chairs at [log in to unmask]
Workshops will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
• potential for inspiring people, being influential, and opening new lines of research
• ability to attract people and make them excited about it
• appropriateness with visweek topics
• qualification of the organizers
• feasibility of the proposed plan (financial, time plan, etc.)
• coherence of the proposed topic
In addition the workshop chairs will try to balance the proposed topics in order to have an
heterogeneous program.

Workshop Chairs: 
Carlos Scheidegger, AT&T Labs-Research 
Chris Collins, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Danyel Fisher, Microsoft Research 
Tobias Schreck, Universitδt Konstanz 
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