2011 International Workshop on Visual Languages and Computing

in conjunction with

The 17th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems

Convitto della Calza, Florence, Italy August 18 to August 20, 2011

(URL: http://www.ksi.edu/seke/dms11.html)

Theme: Sketch and Gesture based Interaction

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 the representation or modeling 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 2011 International Conference of Distributed Multimedia Systems (http://www.ksi.edu/seke/dms11.html). This year's special theme will be on Sketch and Gesture based computer interaction, in which we seek research that further the usage of such technology in single or multi-user environments including design, scientific visualization, engineering, medicine, education, personal computing, and entertainment. This theme is open to new visual technologies in both 2D and 3D (real, virtual, or augmented reality) environments, where each environment continues to present unique challenges in creating, interacting and visualizing information. In addition to the special theme, we continue to solicit papers on all aspects and approaches to visual languages and computing, 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:


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 DMS 2011. 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 via the VLC 2011 paper submission page: http://conf.ksi.edu/vlc2011/submit/SubmitPaper.php (submission site will be open Jan 1, 2011).



Giuseppe Santucci, santucci 'at' dis.uniroma1.it, University of Rome, Italy


Levent Burak Kara, lkara 'at' cmu.edu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA


Christine Alvarado, Harvey Mudd College, USA
Dorothea Blostein, Queen's University, Canada
Jeff Browne, UC Santa Barbara, USA
Alfonso F. Cardenas, University of California, USA
Gennaro Costagliola, University of Salerno, Italy
Philip Cox, Dalhousie University, Canada
Sergiu Dascalu, University of Nevada, USA
Aidan Delaney, University of Brighton, UK
Vincenzo Deufemia, University of Salerno, Italy
Ellen Do, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Filomena Ferrucci, University of Salerno, Italy
Manuel J. Fonseca, INESC-ID, Portugal
Luoting Fu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Vittorio Fuccella, University of Salerno, Italy
Gabe Johnson, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Joaquim A Jorge, Instituto Suoerior Tecnico, Portugal
Levent Burak Kara, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Robert Laurini, University of Lyon, France
Edward Lank, University of Waterloo, Canada
Joe LaViola, University of Central Florida, USA
Joseph J. Pfeiffer, New Mexico State University, USA
Beryl Plimmer, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Tom Stahovich, UC Riverside, USA
Gem Stapleton, University of Brighton, UK
Stefano Valtolina, University of Milan, Italy
Maria Yang, MIT, USA
Giuliana Vitiello, University of Salerno, Italy
Ersin Yumer, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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