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British HCI - V&I 2006


The 2006 Workshop on

Combining Visualisation and Interaction
to Facilitate Scientific Exploration and Discovery

to be held in conjunction with the
British HCI 2006 conference, London, UK

September 11, 2006



Recent developments in software and hardware led to the enormous
information explosion. As a result, new visualisation technologies have
been introduced to help scientists in dealing with large datasets. At the
same time, similar developments have pushed human-computer interfaces
beyond the common desktop PC configuration, into novel and multiple
display systems, virtual and augmented reality, haptic and multi-sensory
interfaces, embodied agents, multi-modal interaction and complex adaptive
systems. The effective integration of advanced visualisation and
interaction technologies has become a very important issue, especially in
the field of scientific computing.

The integration of visualisation and interaction technologies provides
exciting challenges and opportunities for HCI. Interactive visualisation
systems should be easy to use and not require sophisticated computer
skills from users, as many are rather domain-specific experts than
computer scientists. To permit users’ intuitive as well as collaborative
exploration, interaction and visualisation capabilities need to be
optimised so that access to the data and associated features will become
apparent. Also, it is becoming crucial to develop new design guidelines
and metrics for the usability evaluation of interactive visualisation
systems and environments. In fact, new visualisation techniques are rarely
compared with previous results and their effectiveness is seldom
quantified by user studies. Another concern is how to choose between
modern display configurations and input devices in order to ensure good
user experience while exploring complex data spaces and interacting with
other people.

The 2006 Workshop "Combining Visualisation and Interaction to Facilitate
Scientific Exploration and Discovery" (British HCI – V&I 2006) aims to
promote the importance of HCI and usability aspects in the visualisation
and exploration of complex data and sharing obtained knowledge with other
people. We encourage researchers and practitioners from a wide range of
disciplines to participate in the discussion of the following topics:

- How can interactive visualisation methods and tools be augmented to
address concerns of both scientific computing and HCI?
- What are the criteria for choosing between advanced projection equipment
and input devices?
- How can visualisation and multi-modal interaction techniques be
integrated to ensure a good user experience?
- Which research questions need to be considered when aiming to achieve
efficient HCI and ‘human-to-human’ interaction between scientists while
exploring complex data spaces?
- In what way can users expectations and the environment of use be
modelled when designing interactive visualisation systems?
- How can we define effective abstractions for the visualisation and user
interaction processes?
- What is the impact of the task or application field on interactive
- To what extent are usability problems independent of the context of use
and need to be taken into account when designing interactive visualisation

Please submit a short position paper or an extended research abstract of
maximum 4 pages to elenaz(at) and
tony.adriaansen(at) by June 6, 2006. In particular, we are seeking
for contributions that deal with but are not limited to:

    * Advanced visualisation algorithms and systems;
    * Novel display systems;
    * Augmented and virtual reality for exploring complex data spaces;
    * Collaborative visualisation in VR;
    * Multi-modal visualisation and interaction;
    * Haptic collaborative environments;
    * Adaptive interaction for effective data exploration and knowledge
    * Human factors in computer-supported exploration;
    * Social user interfaces;
    * Design guidelines for interactive visualisation tools;
    * Interactive visualisation applications and systems.

All accepted papers will be published in the dedicated workshop
proceedings. Also, following on from the example of previous related
workshops, a selected number of accepted contributions will be expanded
and revised for possible inclusion into a journal special issue, probably
in the Springer KAIS International Journal.

Main dates:

06 June – deadline for submission of short position papers and extended
research abstracts
16 June – review decisions
23 June - early registration deadline
16 July – camera-ready papers
11 September – workshop at British HCI 2006 (London, UK)

For more detailed information about the workshop, please visit:


Elena Zudilova-Seinstra, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Tony Adriaansen, ICT Centre CSIRO (Australia)

Program Committee:

Yang Cai, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
Paul Cairns, University College London Interaction Centre (UK)
Pilar Herrero, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)
Chris Johnson, University of Utah (USA)
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente (The Netherlands)
Gregory O'Hare, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Corina Sas, Lancaster University (UK)
Kamran Sedig, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Maria Virvou, University of Piraeus (Greece)

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