CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Death of the Desktop Workshop
Death of the Desktop – Envisioning Visualization without Desktop Computing
Half-day Workshop, Co-located with IEEE VIS 2014
Paris, France, November 10th 2014

Organizers: Yvonne Jansen, Petra Isenberg, Jason Dykes, Sheelagh
Carpendale, Sriram Subramanian, Daniel Keefe

The Desktop computer is dead. Monitors sit on desks, unplugged - hosting
layers of Post-It notes or  gathering dust as a retro emergency low-light
mirror. 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 scenarios 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 to develop the community’s perspective on the future
of VIS. For the detailed workshop description, submission details, and
program please visit the workshop  website at:

In particular, we wish 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?

How to participate:
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 (deadline: Aug 31)
Send us your imagined future in the form of scenarios illustrating future
uses and forms of visualization
- whether desired, delivered, disappointing or dystopian we encourage an
imaginative range of scenarios.
- 1+ pages in any format (e.g. TVCG or any other)
- requirement to be considered for co-authorship of follow-up publications
(see workshop outcomes on website)
- submission by email to Yvonne Jansen <[log in to unmask]>

***Short Statements & Sketches (submission phase: September – November)
We invite everybody to engage in a pre-conference idea exchange on this
webpage through various means. We will enable a webform to allow
submissions such as
- an imaginary title and abstract
- a short video
- graphical mockups, e.g., in the form of sketches or drawings.

***Physical Timeline and STAR Contributions (during the Workshop and After)
During the conference: workshop participants work towards the creation of a
physical timeline visualizing the variety of proposed futures. Posts from
this 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.

For further details and contact, see:

Organizers: Yvonne Jansen, Petra Isenberg, Jason Dykes, Sheelagh
Carpendale, Sriram Subramanian, Daniel Keefe

-- Liz
G. Elisabeta Marai
Robotics Institute
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

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