2012 International Workshop on Visual Languages and Computing

in conjunction with

The 18th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, USA, August 9 to 11, 2012

(URL: http://www.ksi.edu/seke/dms12.html)

Theme: Effectiveness of Visual Languages

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


Visual languages mediate human and computer interaction. For some visual languages this mediation is straightforward; using a mouse to access a drop-down menu is well-known to computer users. For others, this mediation can be enriched via sketch and gesture recognition. This is made possible by advances in commodity hardware. More formal visual languages allow experts to accurately specify complex systems, such as software architecture or chemical molecules. A visual language can also encompass complex human-computer interaction such as navigating a set of semantically linked videos. Indeed, precision of semantics underlies visual languages and computation.

Aspects of visual computing are multi-faceted 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 2012 International Conference of Distributed Multimedia Systems (http://www.ksi.edu/seke/dms12.html).

For this year's special theme we request high-quality submissions on visual languages that increase the efficacy of various tasks, or on the effectiveness of visual languages themselves. 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 2012. 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 2012 paper submission page: http://conf.ksi.edu/vlc2012/submit/SubmitPaper.php (submission site will be open Jan 1, 2012).



Levent Burak Kara, Carnegie Mellon University, USA


A. J. Delaney, University of Brighton, UK; PC co-chair
Metin Sezgin, Koc University, Turkey; PC co-chair


A. J. Burton, University of Brighton, UK; PC co-chair


Danilo Avola, University of Rome, Italy
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
Filomena Ferrucci, University of Salerno, Italy
Manuel J. Fonseca, INESC-ID, Portugal
Vittorio Fuccella, University of Salerno, Italy
Joaquim A Jorge, Instituto Suoerior Tecnico, Portugal
Levent Burak Kara, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Robert Laurini, University of Lyon, France
Ian Oliver, Nokia, Finland
Joseph J. Pfeiffer, New Mexico State University, USA
Beryl Plimmer, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Tevfik Metin Sezgin, Koc University, Turkey
Gem Stapleton, University of Brighton, UK
Stefano Valtolina, University of Milan, Italy
Giuliana Vitiello, University of Salerno, Italy

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