2008 International Workshop on Visual Languages and Computing (VLC 2008)

Workshop in DMS 2008

The 14th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems (DMS'08)

Hyatt Harborside at Logan Int'l Airport, Boston, USA, September 4 – September 6, 2008

(URL: http://www.ksi.edu/seke/dms08.html)

Organized by Knowledge Systems Institute, U.S.A.


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 2008 International Conference of Distributed Multimedia Systems (http://www.ksi.edu/seke/dms08.html). 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:


Sketch Computing, Prof. Gennaro Costagliola - Sketch Computing Call For Paper (http://www.ksi.edu/seke/vlc08sc.pdf)
VLC’2008 Special Track paper submission page:


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 DMS2008. 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’2008 paper submission page: http://conf.ksi.edu/vlc08/submit/SubmitPaper.php.



Paul Fishwick, Univ. of Florida, USA
Kang Zhang, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, USA


Giuliana Vitiello, gvitiello@unisa.it, Univ. di Salerno, Italy
Giuseppe Polese, gpolese'at'unisa.it, Univ. di Salerno, Italy


Paolo Buono, University of Bari, Italy
Kendra Cooper, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Philip Cox, Dalhousie University, Canada
Vincenzo Deufemia, University of Salerno, Italy
Stephan Diehl, University of Trier, Germany
Jing Dong, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Filomena Ferrucci, University of Salerno, Italy
Andrew Fish, University of Brighton, UK
Corin Gurr, University of Reading, UK
Chris Hundhausen, Washington State University, USA
Erland Jungert, Swedish Defence Research Establishment, Sweden
Jun Kong, North Dokota State University, USA
Zenon Kulpa, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Robert Laurini, University of Lyon, France
Benjamin Lok, University of Florida, USA
Kim Marriott, Monash University, Australia
Rym Mili, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Piero Mussio, University of Milan, Italy
Marc Najork, Microsoft, USA
Minho Park, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas, USA
Joseph J. Pfeiffer, New Mexico State University, USA
Steven P. Reiss, Brown University, USA
Hyunju Shim, Samsung Corporation, South Korea
Nenad Stankovic, University of Aizu, Japan
Gem Stapleton, University of Brighton, UK
David Stotts, University of North Carolina, USA
Nik Swoboda, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Athanasios Vasilakos, University of Western Macedonia, Greece