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Death of the Desktop – The Future has Changed ...
Workshop on Envisioning Visualization Beyond Desktop Computing: Second Call
For Participation

Co-Located with IEEE VIS'14 | Paris 9-14 Nov, 2014

Workshop date: Sunday, November 9 (afternoon session)

(see below details and other possibilities for participation)
The one certain thing about the future - workshop submission deadlines will

PARTICIPATION: The workshop is open to all VIS 2014 attendees

FOR INQUIRIES: Yvonne Jansen <[log in to unmask]>

The Desktop computer is dead. Monitors sit on desks, unplugged – hosting
layers of Post-It notes or gathering dust as retro emergency low-light
mirrors. Visualization is colorful, big, tangible, nosy, interactive,
compelling and everywhere. It supports all sorts of creative activity and
is key to problem solving in education, science, government and industry.

But how?

What is your ‘imagined future’ for visualization?

We will be exploring possible visualization futures with short but rich
scenarios in which designers, practitioners and researchers creatively
explore opportunities for `beyond-the-desktop’ visualization. We will be
discussing these and using them, and other means of engaging with the
future, to develop the community’s perspective on the VIS of tomorrow and

In particular, we want to discuss open questions such as:

– how do we envision visualization systems in the next 5, 10, 25+ years?
– is it possible that desktop systems will indeed die out and that
visualizations will be primarily used through off-desktop technology?
– what would be the consequences of a concerted community focus on
non-desktop visualization?
– which advances would make such a radical change possible?
– how and where are the use of beyond-the-desktop displays most
appropriate? What datasets are most amenable to different types of
displays? Is beyond the desktop right for everyone (e.g., scientists, big
data analysts, social networkers, artists, shopping mall users)?
– what is the role and interplay of interaction and novel interaction
displays in “beyond-the-desktop” settings? Can these two considerations be
treated separately as research directions?
– what kind of social settings are possible and best supported by
“beyond-the-desktop” visualizations? What kind of collaborations are
afforded and best supported?
– is there a better name for this research theme than “beyond-the-desktop”?
What are unifying features of these currently non-standard displays that
could lead to a better descriptor for this research direction?
can we develop a vision for visualization that helps to set goals for
research to come?


We want to collect imaginative, creative, (even crazy) ideas and
speculations on:

– future designs and representations for beyond-the-desktop visualizations
serving any of a variety of purposes
– interaction techniques that take place in the physical world, or using
paradigms outside the “mouse and keyboard” setting
– technological solutions that could be utilized for beyond-desktop
visualizations in the future
– collaboration and social interaction around non-desktop visualizations
– comparative experiences of visualizations on desktop and outside the
desktop visualizations
– authoring methods for beyond-desktop visualizations

We encourage submissions in a variety of different formats:

SCENARIOS - submission deadline: OCT 12

Share your imagined future in the form of scenarios illustrating future
uses and forms of visualization

whether desired, difficult, droll, dystopian - or all of these - we
encourage an imaginative range of scenarios.
1+ pages in - upload directly through our webform at

[requirement to be considered for co-authorship of follow-up publications
- see workshop outcomes]


We invite everybody to engage in a pre-conference idea exchange on the
workshop website through various means. We will enable a webform to allow
submissions such as

– imaginary titles and abstracts
– short videos
– graphical mockups, e.g., in the form of sketches or drawings.


The workshop will be split in 3 parts:

– short presentations (up to 3min) similar to the fast-forward session to
get a quick overview of the richness of ideas
– discussion of future perspectives in the area of beyond-desktop
visualization. The goal is to identify open problems requiring further
investigations, and to converge on a research agenda or a vision for the
future of visualization.
– hands-on: creation of a wall-sized physical timeline of futures by
workshop participants to visualize the outcomes of the discussions together
with pre-conference submissions (see possible ways to participate)

In conjunction with planned exhibits for the 25 year anniversary of VIS, we
also plan to exhibit the created physical hypothetical timeline. After the
workshop, this timeline will be publicly presented as a continuation next
or near the exhibit for the past 25 years. All conference attendees are
then invited to add their own thoughts and visions for the future of


Before the conference:
from 1st October, everybody is invited to post ‘a future’ on this website
be it a short scenario, a sketch, a video, or a paper title or abstract for
a future article, or …
Until 12th October scenarios can be submitted - authors can choose whether
they want their contribution to be named or anonymous and whether they
would like it to be available on the website or just at the workshop.

During the conference:
workshop participants work towards the creation of a physical timeline
visualizing the variety of proposed futures. Posts from the website will be
integrated there as well.

After the conference:
together with the outcome of the open discussions, the collection of
visions will be published in a technical report or summarized in a more
prestigious publication (e.g. a visualization viewpoint article) to make it
more widely available. We will also explore the opportunity to write a STAR
report on beyond-the-desktop visualizations together with interested
workshop participants.

Yvonne Jansen, Petra Isenberg, Jason Dykes, Sheelagh Carpendale, Sriram
Subramanian, Dan Keefe

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