VLC’2007 – International Workshop on VisualLanguages and Computing

Hotel Sofitel, San Francisco Bay, 6-8 September 2007

Organized by Knowledge Systems Institute

Digital Arts and Sciences Lab, UF, and Visual Computing Lab, UT-Dallas


Gennaro Costagliola, Univ. di Salerno, Italy

Giuliana Vitiello, Univ. di Salerno, Italy

Monica Sebillo, Univ. di Salerno, Italy


Paul Fishwick, Univ. of Florida, USA

Kang Zhang, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, USA


Alfonso F. Cárdenas, Univ. of California, USA

Maria Francesca Costabile, Univ. of Bari, Italy

Philip Cox, Dalhousie Univ. , Canada

Stephan Diehl, University of Trier , Germany

Jing Dong, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, USA

Filomena Ferruci, Univ. of Salerno, Italy

Maolin Huang, Univ. of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Jun Kong, North Dokota State Univ., USA

Zenon Kulpa  Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland

Robert Laurini, Univ. of Lyon, France

Benjamin Lok, Univ. of Florida, USA

Kim Marriott, Monash Univ., Australia

Rym Mili, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, USA

Piero Mussio, Univ. of Milan, Italy

Marc Najork, Microsoft, USA

Luca Paolino, University of Salerno, Italy

Minho Park, Stephen F. Austin State Univ., USA

Joseph J. Pfeiffer, New Mexico State Univ., USA

Hyunju Shim, Samsung Corporation, South Korea

Nenad Stankovic, Aizu Univ., Japan

David Stotts, Univ. of North Carolina, USA

Noam Tractinsky, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel

Athanasios Vasilakos , University of Western Macedonia , Greece


Paper submission:    20 April 2007

Decision notification:   15 May 2007

Camera-ready copy:   15 June 2007

Early registration:        15 June 2007


Visual computing involves theory, methods and application of enhancing the visual space, along with human interaction, within the field of computing. One may visualize unstructured data, simple information structures, and more complicated structures such as automata, programs, and databases. Moreover, visual computing is a field that involves representation of artifacts and their behaviors or executions. Thus, it is possible to visualize heaps, their execution or entire programs in which the heap plays an algorithmic role. The ways in which the human interacts with the heap through pure visualization, touch, or sound becomes a relevant issue. The concept of transformation is integral to visual computing, where it is often convenient to transform one type of object into another sometimes for a specific group or individual.

Aspects of visual computing are multi-facetted in goals that are to be achieved during information or language design. The following represents a short list of qualities that are of importance to the study within visual computing: efficiency, aesthetics, pleasure, emotion, engagement, immersion, collaboration, and culture. Aspects of art, engineering, and science play key roles where certain practitioners focus on design and engineering of visual interactions whereas others analyze and study these interactions (i.e., science).

The International Workshop on Visual Languages and Computing will explore these issues, and will be held in conjunction with the 2007 International Conference of Distributed Multimedia Systems ( to be held in San Francisco Bay Area, USA. 6-8 September 2007. 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. The following topics are of special interest:

      Visual Languages

      Visual Programming

      Visual and Spatial/Temporal Reasoning

      Visual Computing for Expert Communities

      Visual Computing on Sensed Data

      Gestural Computing

      Aesthetic Computing

      Ambient Information Interaction

      Visual Computing in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

      Fusion of Vision with Audio and Other Modalities 

      Human-Machine Interface Design

      Human Vision Systems and Models

      Visualization of Computational Processes

      Large-Scale Scientific Visualization

      Parallel/Distributed/Neural Computing and Representations for Visual Information

      Pictorial Databases and Information Systems

      Biomedical Imagery

      Computer-Assisted Visual Art and Design


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 DMS2007. 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. VLC’2007 paper submission page:


Paul Fishwick

Computer & Information Science and Eng. Dept.

University of Florida

P.O. Box 116120, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Tel: +1-352-3921414

Fax: +1-352-3921220


Kang Zhang

Dept. of Computer Science

University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, TX 75083-0688, USA

Tel: +1-972-8836351

Fax: +1-972-8832349