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ICMI 2005 Workshop on Multimodal Interaction  for the Visualization and
Exploration of Scientific Data 

in conjunction with the Seventh International Conference on Multimodal

October 3, 2005 Trento, ITALY

The ICMI 2005 workshop on Multimodal Interaction for the Visualization
and Exploration of Scientific Data will take place in Trento, Italy on 
October 3, 2005. It is aimed to bring together academic researchers and
practitioners from computer science, human-computer interaction, 
virtual reality, artificial intelligence, software engineering and
psychology to discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by
multimodal interaction when it is applied to the field of scientific

Based on the combination of several modalities including graphical user
interface, speech, gestures, direct  manipulation, haptics, real time
video and audio; multimodal interfaces enable people's interaction with
the visual representations of simulated phenomena. This results in
interaction being more intuitive and flexible. The maturing virtual and
augmented reality techniques, together with emerging haptic interfaces
and multimedia networking  technologies open the way to new forms of
collaborative work and new domains of multi-participant systems,
including collaborative visualization.

When highly skilled and coordinated human communicative behavior
controls interactions, multimodal interfaces may improve the
accessibility for diverse users and contexts. Based on multimodal
communicative acts, social user interfaces (e.g., embodied agents) are
aimed at emphasizing 'human-to-human' properties of interaction and,
therefore, permit the building of a kind of relationship with an
interactive environment and other users to facilitate the exploration of
scientific data. To allow people to use their everyday skills and to
improve coverage, reliability and usability, researchers are designing
multimodal interfaces that automatically learn and adapt to important
user, task and environmental parameters.

The main research question that we would like to address is how to
efficiently integrate visualisation and modern  multimodal interaction
technologies to ensure good user experience. We will consider the impact
of the application field-orientation as well as domain-independent
criteria for choosing between modern interaction techniques and input

Therefore, we are seeking original contributions that deal with (but are
not limited to):

-    Interactive and multimodal data visualization
-    Multimodal and cross-modal haptic interfaces
-    Virtual exploration environments
-    Collaborative visualization in VR
-    Perceptual and attentive user interfaces
-    Embodied agents
-    Language driven interaction
-    Adaptive interaction for the effective exploration of scientific
-    Human factors in the computer-supported exploration
-    Design guidelines for interactive visualization tools
-    Multimodal interactive visualization applications and systems

Biomedicine, product design, manufacturing process control, phobia
therapy, surgical training, car, ship and flight  simulators: these are
just a few domains where multimodal interaction and scientific
visualization have already been  combined. To discuss existing solutions
we encourage both researchers and developers to contribute to this
workshop. During the workshop they will have the opportunity to show
their products (or research prototypes), while potential users can pose
their requests.

Paper Submissions:

We invite research papers (maximum 8 pages). Submitted papers must be
original, containing new and original results. All submissions will be
pre-reviewed and selected based on contribution to the workshop topic,
originality and the shared interests of participants. The workshop
submission will be accepted from the academic, industrial and commercial

Please send your submissions as a single PDF or PS file to
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For the format, we strongly recommend to use ACM SIG Proceedings


All papers accepted for the workshop will be published in ACM SIG ICMI
2005 Workshop Proceedings. Detailed information about the ACM SIG
Proceedings Templates can be found on the web

In addition, a selected number of the accepted workshop papers will be
expanded and revised for the possible inclusion into the post-workshop
special issue of "Knowledge and Information Systems: An International
Journal" by Springer.

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: July 5, 2005
Acceptance notification: July 25, 2005
Camera-ready papers due to: August 15, 2005
Early registration to the Workshop & ICMI 2005 due to: August 31, 2005
Workshop at ICMI 2005: October 3, 2005


Co-chair: Elena Zudilova-Seinstra, University of Amsterdam (the
Co-chair: Tony Adriaansen, CSIRO (Australia)

Workshop Program Committee:

Yang Cai, Carnegie Mellon University (USA) Andrea Corradini, University
of Southern Denmark (Denmark) Vanessa Evers, University of Amsterdam 
(The Netherlands)
Pilar Herrero, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)
Chris Johnson, University of Utah (USA) Judith 
Klein-Seetharaman, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
Piet Kommers, University of Twente (the Netherlands)
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente (the Netherlands)
Gregory O'Hare, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Binh Pham, Queensland University of Technology (Australia) 
Corina Sas, Lancaster University (UK) Kamran Sedig, University of
Western Ontario (Canada)
Peter Sloot, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
Robert van Liere, Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (the
Maria Virvou, University of Piraeus (Greece)

Contact Information:

Elena Zudilova-Seinstra
Scientific Visualization and VR Group
Section Computational Science   
University of Amsterdam
Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 525 7542
Fax: +31 20 525 7419
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Tony Adriaansen
P.O. Box 76, Epping, NSW 2121, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9372 4326
Fax: +61 2 9372 4411
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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