VLC'2004 - International Workshop on Visual Languages and Computing

Hotel Sofitel, San Francisco Bay, 8-10 September, 2004

Organized by Knowledge Systems Institute
Visual Computing Lab, UT-Dallas


Visual computing is computing on visual objects. Some visual objects such as images are inherently visual in the sense that their primary representation is the visual representation. Some visual objects such as data structures are derivatively visual in the sense that their primary representation is not the visual representation, but can be transformed into a visual representation. Images and data structures are the two extremes. Other visual objects such as maps may fall somewhere in between the two. Visual computing often involves the transformation from one type of visual objects into another type of visual objects, or into the same type of visual objects, to accomplish certain objectives such as information reduction, object recognition and so on.

In visual computing it is important to ask the following question: who performs the visual computing? The answer to this question determines the approach to visual computing. For instance it is possible that primarily the computer performs the visual computing and the human merely observes the results. It is also possible that primarily the human performs the visual computing and the computer plays a supporting role. Often the human and the computer are both involved as equal partners in visual computing and there are visual interactions. Formal or informal visual languages, and the means of accepting imprecise, fuzzy and inexact information from the human are usually needed to facilitate such visual interactions. With the advances in bio-computing it is conceivable that visual computing may involve animals, robots, cyborgs and other hybrid life forms so that visual languages can be either natural or artificial.

The International Workshop on Visual Languages and Computing is intended to explore the issues mentioned above. It will be held in conjunction with the 2004 International Conference of Distributed Multimedia Systems (http://www.ksi.edu/seke/dms04.html) to be held in San Francisco Bay Area, USA. 8-10 September 2004. Papers on all aspects and approaches to visual languages and computing are solicited, including interactive visual computing, computer-empowered visual computing, human-empowered visual computing, transformation algorithms for visual computing, and visual languages for visual computing. Of special interest are the following topics:

- Visual Languages
- Visual Programming
  o Visual and Spatial/Temporal Reasoning
  o Visual Computing for Expert Communities
  o Visual Computing on Sensed Data
  o Gestural Computing
  o Visual Computing in Bioinformatics
- Multi-Media Communications
- Information Retrieval Systems and Algorithms
- Cognitive Aspects of Human-Machine Systems
  o Cognitive Vision
  o Fusion of Vision with Audio and Other Modalities
- Human-Machine Interface Design
- Human Vision Systems and Models
- Visualization of Computational Processes
- Large-Scale Scientific Computing
- Parallel/Distributed/Neural Computing and Representations for Visual
- Pictorial Databases
- Pictorial Information Systems
- Processing Advanced Applications in Geographic Information Systems
- Pictorial Archiving and Communication Systems
- Biomedical Imagery
- Industrial Automation
- Computer Animation
- Computer-Assisted Visual Arts


Submissions that address research and development on the above and other related topics are strongly encouraged. All the submitted papers will be reviewed by the international Program Committee members. Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of DMS2004. A selection of the best papers will be invited for subsequent publication in a special issue of the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing. Papers of up to six (6) IEEE double-column pages should be submitted electronically. Detailed information on electronic submission will be provided at the VLC'2004 Web site at: http://viscomp.utdallas.edu/vlc04. For further information, contact:
Kang Zhang
Visual Computing Lab
Dept of Computer Science
University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX 75083-0688

Tel: +1-972-8836351 (direct)
Fax: +1-972-8832349 (dept.)
Email: vlc04@utdallas.edu


Paper submission:         31 March 2004
Notification of decision: 1 June 2004
Camera-ready copy:        1 July 2004
Early registration:       1 July 2004


Alfonso Crdenas, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Piero Mussio, University of Brescia, Italy


Kang Zhang, University of Texas at Dallas, USA


Tim Arndt, Cleveland State University, USA
Alberto Del Bimbo, Universita di Firenze, Italy
Marc H. Brown, Vendavo Inc., USA
Shi Kuo Chang, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Ralph Doerner, Fraunhofer AGC, Germany
Jing Dong, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
George Furnas, University of Michigan, USA
Stephen Guest, Groupworks, USA
Erland Jungert, Swedish Defence Research Establishment, Sweden
Dieter Kranzlmller, University of Linz, Austria
Zenon Kulpa, Inst. of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland
Wei Lai, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Robert Laurini, University of Lyon, France
Stefano Levialdi, Universita di Roma, Italy
Kim Marriott, Monash University, Australia
Rym Mili, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Nick Mirenkov, University of Aizu, Japan
Marc Najork, Microsoft, USA
Joseph J. Pfeiffer, New Mexico State University, USA
David Stotts, University of North Carolina, USA
Genny Tortora, Universita' di Salerno, Italy
Guido Wirtz, Bamberg University, Germany