IEEE Vis 2015 – Call for papers
25 – 30 October, 2015
Chicago, Illinois, USA

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What you will find in this email:
1. Call for papers
2. Co-located symposia and workshops
3. Tutorials
4. Panels (!!! NEW !!!)
5. VAST and SciVis contest
6. Doctoral Colloquium
7. Art Program  (!!! NEW !!!)
8. Location
9. Chairs

Please note that some deadlines are much earlier than previous years.


IEEE VIS 2015 is the premier forum for advances in visualization. The event-packed week brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to explore their shared interests in tools, techniques, and technology. We invite you to participate in IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis), and IEEE Scientific Visualization (SciVis) by sharing your research, insights, experience, and enthusiasm.

We solicit high quality papers in all areas related to all areas of visualization including information visualization, scientific visualization, and visual analytics in three tracks. This year, the scientific visualization conference (SciVis), as well as The Visualization Analytics Science & Technology COnference will include both TVCG track and conference-only track. For more information, visit

26th IEEE Scientific Visualization Conference (SciVis) CFP:
21st IEEE Information Visualization Conference (InfoVis) CFP:
10th IEEE Visual Analytics Science & Technology Conference (VAST) CFP:

Paper abstracts submission (mandatory): March 21, 2015
Paper submission: March 31, 2015

The 6th IEEE Sympoisum on Large-scale Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV):
Data Science Symposium: TBD
Visualization for Cyber Security Workshop (VizSec):
VAST Challenge Workshop: (Contact:

We solicit workshops related to all areas of visualization including information visualization, scientific visualization, and visual analytics. The workshops venue at IEEE VIS 2015 provides an informal setting for participants to discuss advanced technical topics in visualization, involve experts in the field, disseminate work in progress, and promote new ideas. Workshops should emphasize emerging ideas, concepts, or technologies that are currently too nascent or too interdisciplinary for a full symposium, or bring together experts on a subject to create a report, white-paper, or proposal requiring interactive work sessions that is of potential interest to a substantial segment of the visualization community.  A distinction that separates workshops from tutorials is that the information flow for a workshop should not be directed solely from the presenters to the audience. Rather, workshops should engage the participation of all attendees. Workshops at IEEE VIS are open to all registered attendees and ‘invitation only’ workshops will not be approved.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2015

The VAST Challenge provides realistic problems and datasets to showcase the effectiveness of tools and methods in the domain of visual analytics. The contest collects several entries of varying complexity, aimed at allowing students, researchers, practitioners, and industry to benchmark their tools in a replicated way.

Submission deadline: TBD

Tutorials are intended to cover a wide selection of topics related to IEEE VIS 2015 and provide background on new tools and application domains necessary for research in data and information visualization and visual analytics. Tutorial attendees come from diverse backgrounds, including volume visualization and rendering, information visualization, geographic visualization, visual analytics, high performance computing, and scientific application communities.  We are soliciting half-day tutorial proposals in the areas of visualization systems, mathematical foundations, methods, and application areas. We welcome course proposals that introduce emerging technologies to the visualization community, as well as proposals on more traditional visualization topics. Topics can include–but are not limited to–any of those listed in the calls for papers for VAST, InfoVis, and SciVis. Tutorials with an application focus are also encouraged.  For more information, visit

Submission deadline: April 30, 2015 (Please note the new date)

Panels address important and/or controversial applications and issues in scientific and information visualization and visual analytics today. In particular, we invite topics in connection with interesting application fields. Panels bringing together potential users of visualization technology (e.g. practitioners and industry professionals) and leading researchers, or panels consisting of experts in fields that might teach us important concepts (e.g. perceptual psychology, visual design, color theory, user-interface design) are welcome. For more information, please visit

Submission deadline: June 15, 2015

The 2015 IEEE Scientific Visualization Contest will be an official part of IEEE VIS 2015. Each year, the contest presents researchers from the visualization community an opportunity to transfer the latest developments in visualizing a challenging application scenario.  For more information, visit

Submission deadline: TBD

The doctoral colloquium (DC) is a single-day invitation-only event taking place the day before IEEE VIS where Ph.D. students in any visualization field—preferably those at the proposal defense stage or equivalent—present their proposed dissertation work and receive feedback from leading senior visualization researchers. We invite contributions from the scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics student communities. For more information, visit

Submission deadline: May 10, 2015

The theme for VISAP’15 is data Improvisations. Artists and visualization researchers share common goals: to make things visible which are normally difficult to see; and to enable reasoning about information that we might otherwise remain ignorant of. For more information, visit

Submission deadline: June 15, 2015

The conference venue, the Palmer House Hilton, is a historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the third largest city in the United States and home to world-class architecture, museums, parks, and restaurants.

Michael E. Papka, Argonne National Laboratory and Northern Illinois University
Maxine Brown, University of Illinois at Chicago

Gautam Chaudhary, Alcon LenSx Inc.
Terry Yoo, National Institutes of Health

Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research (InfoVis)
Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California, Davis (InfoVis)
Melanie Tory, University of Victoria (InfoVis)
James Ahrens, Los Alamos National Laboratory (SciVis)
Huamin Qu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (SciVis)
Jos Roerdink, University of Groningen (SciVis)
Gennady Adrienko, Fraunhofer IAIS and City University London (VAST)
Min Chen, Oxford University (VAST)

Geovis 2015 at the Geospatial Week 2015

We are organizing a workshop at the Geospatial Week 2015 — that’ll be in southern France late September/early October.

Take a look if you are working with imagery and complex visualizations (e.g. linked views, “hybrid” visualizations etc), and have an interest in tech/design/human factors:

  • Full paper & abstract submission: 15 April 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: 1st June 2015
  • Early-bird registration: 15 June 2015
  • Camera-ready due: 1st July 2015


An illustration of a “hybrid” visualization by Luca Dall’acqua (2013).

WebMGS 2015: Call for Papers

1-3 July, 2015, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

ISPRS WG IV/5, 4th International Workshop on Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services (Co-organized with ISPRS WGs II/3, II/6, II/7 & IV/II, University of Cagliari and Curtin University)



The WebMGS workshop series commenced in Como in 2010 followed by subsequent workshops in Vancouver, Canada in 2011 and Xuzhou, China in 2013. This 4th event will take place at the University of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy on 1-3 July 2015. This ISPRS WG IV/5 international workshop provides a dedicated scientific forum for researchers, professionals, government decision-makers and students to exchange and discuss current and state-of-the-art advances in web-based mapping, geoprocessing, geospatial information services and applications, particularly in dealing with big geospatial data. The workshop emphasizes a diverse range of topics related to new web-based developments of geospatial theories, technologies and solutions. Researchers will have the opportunity to share knowledge, exchange scientific ideas and results, and develop long term research collaborations.



The theme is focussed on web and cloud based mapping, architectures, services, analytics, ontologies, geovisualisation, collaboration, technologies, semantics and virtual globes, as well as related social and organizational issues. WebMGS 2015 will focus on, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Cloud and web-based multidimensional GIS
  • Neogeography and map mashups; new cartographic theories and interfaces for web mapping
  • Design, development and evaluation of web and cloud based architectures, services and applications
  • Mobile and location-based search and services; adaptive, context-aware, multidimensional, augmented reality
  • Web-based geoovisualisation and virtual geospatial environments for dynamics phenomena
  • Geospatial web semantics and ontology; intelligent web mapping/GIS services
  • Web/cloud based geospatial data discovery, access and utilization
  • Open source solutions and open standards/specifications
  • Quality assessment of web-based geospatial information sources, processes and applications
  • Development and use of virtual globes for geospatial data integration, visualization and analysis
  • Web/cloud-based SDSS, PPGIS, Geo-design and collaborative environments
  • Security, privacy, copyright, use policy and usability for geospatial web
  • Web mapping/GIS for educatication
  • Service chaining and web based geoprocessing workflows
  • Web/cloud based geospatial database management




Abstracts (Archives) due: Jan 15, 2015

Full papers (Annals) due: Jan 15, 2015

Acceptance notification: Feb 15, 2015

Early registration date: April 1, 2015

Final revised paper: April 1, 2015




Download the Call for papers, WebMGS 2015 CfP1

Web3D City Modeling Competition

The Web3D Consortium is pleased to announce a competition for the best browser-based 3D rendering of a city. We seek software solutions to stream a large 3D city model including textured buildings, terrain, sensor, and model data. As a minimum requirement, the implementation has to use some kind of a Web Service and be browser-based. On client side it has to be possible to select individual features (a building) and display further information about the selected feature. The Web Service and the streaming protocol have to be documented and open. For the streaming, an existing data format such as X3DOM, XML3D, KML might be used, but other solutions are possible as well. However, the streaming should not be a “black box” but should enable interoperability.

All competitors will be provided the same source data which are:

Criteria for judging will be based on:

  • Creativity in addressing a use case
  • Loading performance
  • Interactive performance
  • Diversity of data rendered
  • Interoperability and openness of the solution

The winner will receive financial support to attend the 20th International Conference on 3D Web Technology in Heraklian, Crete, Greece.

Submission date is 2015 April 12.

For more information,

Final Call for participation in workshop — Geodesign: Visualizing Cities

The workshop will take place as part of the Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications. Sunday, 5 October 2014, 9:00am – 17:00pm


This workshop offers an overview of the current state-of-the-art on multi-dimensional data visualization for urban management and planning. The existing 2D and 3D approaches are critically reviewed from function, as well as design perspectives, with human factors in mind. The first half of the workshop consists of two lectures that will provide participants with an introduction to geodesign and how it is used when visualizing virtual cities. The second half of the workshop will be a practical hand-on session where the participant can use the techniques they learned about and work with real world data.

Who Should Attend?

The session is open to all people with an interest in visualization, geodesign, and sustainable urban development.

For more information on the workshop,

To register for the conference and workshop,

The ISPRS Foundation offers travel grants to participate in the conference. Applications are due 7 August 2014. For more information on the travel grants,

Tutorial “Geometric Algorithms” at GIScience 2014

One of the tutorials at GIScience will be an introductory half-day course on
geometric algorithms focused on GIScientific applications. Please consider
this course for any of your students, or forward it to anyone who may be
interested. The tutorial will take place on September 23 in the morning.
This is the first day of GIScience 2014 in Vienna.

For more information, see:

The costs are 40 Euros, to be paid as part of the conference registration.