Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics

IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization 2002
(InfoVis 2002)

October 28-29, 2002
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, Massachussets


InfoVis 2002 Call for Papers

Introduction | Submission Categories | Submission Instructions | Submission Procedure | PDF Suggestions | Publication Procedure | Organizers
The IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization is the premier meeting in the emerging field of information visualization, involving the visual presentation of and interaction with abstract information spaces and structures to facilitate their rapid assimilation and understanding. Original papers are solicited in all areas of information visualization. In addition, we are encouraging submissions on bioinformatics, following the bio-visualization theme of our parent conference, Vis2002. In particular, the symposium is interested in all aspects of abstract visualization of digital biology information. Topics include:

Submission Categories

InfoVis 2002 Full Papers

due March 29, 2002

Full papers should be at most 8 printed pages. Full papers present previously unpublished, original results. Papers submitted as full papers may, at the discretion of the program co-chairs, be invited for publication and presentation as short papers.

InfoVis2002 Short Papers

due March 29, 2002

Short papers should be at most 4 printed pages. The short paper category is intended for two submission types: a) case studies describing how information visualization has contributed to working applications in real-life environments and b) technical notes that, though novel and of interest to the community, do not warrant a full paper submission. Clearly identify the type of your submission by including the prefix "Case Study:" or "Technical Note:" in the title of your short paper submission.

InfoVis 2002 Interactive Posters

due July 1, 2002 new Posters deadline extended to 16 August new

The interactive poster category includes both traditional posters and demonstrations of interactive systems, either live on a laptop or through video. We encourage both submissions of original unpublished work and submissions showcasing systems of interest to the information visualization community that have been presented in other venues.

All authors of accepted interactive posters are required to bring an explanatory hardcopy poster for display during the scheduled evening poster session, and be available for discussion at that time. Accepted authors who wish to also show demos of their work are encouraged to also bring a laptop to the poster session. Authors are required to present a very brief summary of their interactive poster at a short preview session earlier in the day. There will be a limited number of stations for showing videos during that session. Authors who wish to show a live demo but cannot provide their own machine should contact the posters chairs in advance of the submission deadline to discuss the logistics. All authors who plan to show live demos or video should clearly indicate this fact in their submissions.

Interactive poster authors must submit a 2 page extended abstract, and those who intend to show demos are highly encouraged to also submit an accompanying video. Clearly identify the type of your submission by including the prefix "Interactive Poster:" in the title of your extended abstract.

Submission Instructions

Please prepare your submission according to the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines at
http://www.computer.org/cspress/instruct.htm. A LaTeX style file and a Word template document are available.

All submissions, regardless of category, should include title, author(s), abstract, keywords, body, and references. Authors are encouraged to include full color illustrations. Submissions longer than the page limits will not be considered.

All submissions are to be made electronically in PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format). See the hints for creating PDF documents.

Submissions to any of the submission categories may be accompanied by supporting digital video material, to a maximum length of 5 minutes. Accompanying digital video material should be viewable with QuickTime Player or Windows Media Player and will assist in the review process.

Submissions are treated as confidential communications during the review process, so submission does not constitute public disclosure of any ideas therein. Submissions should contain no information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publications that are proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.

For detailed information concerning submission, please see the symposium web site, or email infovis@vis.computer.org.

Submission Procedure

Full Papers and Short Papers

Submit your full and short papers on the InfoVis Papers submission site:


Enter the submission category: full paper, short paper (case study), or short paper (technical note) as appropriate when asked for the subject area.

Interactive Posters

Submit your two-page extended abstract on the InfoVis Posters submission site:


The subject area is not used for poster submissions.

Accompanying Digital Video

First submit your Paper or Interactive Poster. The preferred method to submit accompanying digital video (maximum 5 minutes in length) is:
  1. Place your digital video clip on a publicly accessible web or ftp server of your choice.
  2. For papers, send email to Keith Andrews (kandrews@iicm.edu). For posters, send email to Alan Keahey (keahey@acm.org). The mail should contain the following details:
  3. The clip will be retrieved and you will be notified.
Should you not have access to a web or ftp server, please contact the appropriate chair as given above to make alternative arrangements.

Hints for Creating PDF Documents


A list of software and tools for creating PDF documents is available at

pdflatex (pdfTeX)

If you use pdflatex to create your PDF file, make sure that you are using Type1 vector fonts rather than ugly bitmap fonts. Adding the line
toward the beginning of your LaTeX source file usually does the trick.

Word and Acrobat

If you use Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker, change the conversion settings before you create the PDF file (the instructions here are for Acrobat PDFMaker 5.0 for Office): The default settings have downsampling and compression turned on, which decimates any images in your PDF file.


Accepted long and short papers will be published in an archival-quality proceedings directly from revised PDF files submitted by the authors. The proceedings will be printed with a high-resolution full color printing process. The accepted papers, along with supporting media, will also be included in the conference DVD. The IEEE Computer Society will distribute the proceedings.

Extended abstracts of accepted interactive posters will be distributed in the black and white InfoVis 2002 Interactive Posters Compendium, using revised PDF files submitted by the authors. The Posters Compendium will be available only at the conference. Abstracts and accompanying material such as digital movies will also be made available from the conference web site.

Symposium Committee

General Symposium Chair

Program Co-Chairs

Interactive Posters Co-Chairs

Publications Chair

Symposium Steering Committee

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