Call for Papers

                               DIAGRAMS 2006

                      Fourth International Conference
                    Theory and Application of Diagrams

                          Diagrams and Education

                 Stanford University, California, USA
                              June 28-30, 2006


There are downloadable versions of the conference poster as a pdf file.
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Diagrams is an international and interdisciplinary conference series
on the theory and application of diagrams from any field of enquiry.

  From early history, diagrams have been pervasive in human
communication. Recent advances in multimedia technology have
introduced increasingly sophisticated visual representations into
everyday life. The study of diagrammatic communication as a whole must
be pursued as an interdisciplinary endeavor. Research in the field of
diagrams aims to improve our understanding of the role of diagrams and
sketches in communication, cognition, creative thought, and
problem-solving. These concerns have triggered a surge of interest in
the study of diagrammatic notations, especially in academic
disciplines dealing with cognition, computation and communication.

Diagrams 2006 is the fourth event in this conference series, which was
launched in Edinburgh in September 2000, and has since emerged as the
major international conference on this topic. Diagrams is the only
conference that provides a unified forum for all areas that are
concerned with the study of diagrams: architecture, artificial
intelligence, cartography, cognitive science, computer science,
education, graphic design, history of science, human-computer
interaction, linguistics, philosophy and logic, and psychology, to
name but a few.

We especially solicit papers in the area of Diagrams and Education. We
anticipate invited speakers and at least one session devoted to this
important area of diagram use. We construe the topic broadly to
include: uses of diagrams in all subject areas and phases of education
from primary schools to professional development, and the topic of
education for diagrammatic literacy.

We invite submissions of full research papers (15pp approx.), extended
abstracts (3pp approx.), tutorial proposals, and annotated diagrams
(see below). The tutorials will provide introductions to diagram
research in various disciplines in order to foster a lively
interdisciplinary exchange. Information regarding invited speakers can
be found on the conference website.

Diagrams 2006 will inaugurate a new feature: the collection of a
corpus of diagrams from researchers in the field. This corpus will
contain diagrams of interest which are annotated in terms of their
communicative content, aesthetic or design features, features of the
underlying representational system, subject domain of origin, etc. It
is anticipated that the corpus will be web-based and that researchers
will be able to interactively contribute annotated examples in order
to develop the collection as a community resource. The corpus will be
exhibited at Diagrams 2006 and we expect that it will also be
published by CSLI Press.

All submissions will be fully peer reviewed and accepted papers and
abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings, which will
be included in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science
series. Full details of the preparation of submissions can be found on
the conference web site at

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

diagram understanding by humans or machines
reasoning with diagrammatic representations
educational uses of diagrams
education for diagrammatic literacy
diagram usage in scientific discovery
history of diagrammatic languages and notations
formalization of diagrammatic notations
novel uses of diagrammatic notations
design of diagrammatic notations
interactive graphical communication
psychological issues pertaining to perception, comprehension, and
production of diagrams
computational models of reasoning with and interpretation of diagrams
role of diagrams in applied areas such as visualization
spatial information and diagrams
usability issues concerning diagrams
design with diagrams

Important Dates

4 January 2006: notice of intent to submit research papers
13 January 2006: deadline for regular research paper and tutorial
proposal submission
27 January 2006: deadline for annotated diagram and extended abstract
17 February 2006: notification for tutorial proposals and research papers
3 March 2006: notification for annotated diagrams and extended abstracts
24 March 2006: camera ready copies due for all submission types
28-30 June 2006: Diagrams conference

Diagrams 2006 - Organization

General Chair

Dave Barker-Plummer (Stanford University, USA)

Program Chairs

Richard Cox (University of Sussex, UK)
Nik Swoboda (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)

Program Committee

Gerard Allwein (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
Michael Anderson (University of Hartford, USA)
Alan Blackwell (Cambridge University, UK)
Dorothea Blostein (Queen's University, Canada)
Paolo Bottoni (University of Rome, Italy)
B. Chandrasekaran (Ohio State University, USA)
Peter Cheng (University of Sussex, UK)
Max J. Egenhofer (University of Maine, USA)
Sara Fabrikant (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA)
George W. Furnas (University of Michigan, USA)
Corin Gurr (University of Reading, UK)
Volker Haarslev (Concordia Univesity, Canada)
Pat Healey (Queen Mary's College, London, UK)
Mary Hegarty (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
John Howse (University of Brighton, UK)
Roland Hubscher (Bentley College, USA)
Mateja Jamnik (Cambridge University, UK)
Yasuhiro Katagiri (ATR Media Information Science Labs, Japan)
Stephen Kosslyn (Harvard University, USA)
Zenon Kulpa (Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland)
John Lee (Edinburgh University, UK)
Oiver Lemon (Edinburgh University, UK)
Stefano Levialdi (University of Rome, Italy)
Richard Lowe (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
Kim Marriott (Monash University, Australia)
Rich Mayer (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Bernd Meyer (Monash University, Australia
Mark Minas (Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen, Germany)
N. Hari Narayanan (Auburn Univesity, USA)
Jesse Norman (University College of London, UK )
Helen Purchase (Glasgow University, UK)
Dan Schwartz (Stanford University, USA)
Atsushi Shimojima (Advanced Insititute of Science and Technology, Japan)
Sun-Joo Shin (Yale University, USA)
Andre Skupin (San Diego State University, USA)
Keith Stenning (Edinburgh University, UK)
Barbara Tversky (Stanford University, USA)

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