IEEE Visualization '96

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Phoenix, AZ
October 19 - 24, 1997

Visualization is a vital research and applications frontier shared by a variety of science, medical, engineering, business, and entertainment fields. The eighth IEEE Visualization conference focuses on interdisciplinary methods and supports collaboration among the developers and users of visualization methods across all of science, engineering, medicine, and commerce. The Conference Week will include tutorials, symposia, and mini-workshops Sunday through Tuesday, and papers, panels, case studies, and late-breaking hot topics presentations Wednesday through Friday.

For further information on the conference or on submissions, contact:

Robert Moorhead, Conference Co-Chair, Mississippi State University,
Phone: 601-325-2850, Fax: 601-325-7692, Email:
Nancy Johnston, Conference Co-Chair, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
Phone: 510-486-5093, Fax: 510-486-5548, Email:

or see: URL:

Paper Submissions (due March 31, 1997)

Papers are solicited that present research results related to all areas of visualization, including visualization tools and methods, and discipline-specific applications. Original papers should be limited to 5,000 words. The submission of images and/or NTSC VHS video to accompany the paper is recommended. Please submit 7 copies of all materials. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings; the videos may be included in the conference videotape.

Panel Proposals (due March 31, 1997)

Panels should address the most important issues in visualization today, with emphasis on research, applications, systems, and results. Panelists should be experts in their field who discuss the challenges of visualization. Panel sessions are 90-120 minutes in length, with 3-5 speakers in addition to the chair. Panel proposals should describe the topic to be addressed and identify the prospective panelists. Discussion of the panel topic among the audience and interactive debate among panelists are strongly encouraged. Panel Organizers should briefly describe how they intend to facilitate discussion in their panel proposals. Each panelist should include a position statement on the topic and a short biography, the total of which should be limited to 500 words. The statements will be included in the conference proceedings.

Interdisciplinary Case Study Proposals (due March 31, 1997)

Case studies is a forum for scientists, engineers, and physicians from various disciplines to discuss applications, experience, and challenges of visualization, and to present potential topics for future research. These sessions provide an interdisciplinary meeting point between scientists, engineers, software developers, and physicians from different areas such as astrophysics, atmospheric sciences, computational fluid dynamics, engineering, geology, medicine, anthropology, chemistry, etc. A short paper (1000 words, maximum 4 pages including images) of the accepted proposals will be included in the conference proceedings. Images and/or NTSC VHS video to accompany the paper are recommended; the video may be included in the conference videotape.

Late-Breaking Hot Topics Proposals (due May 15, 1997)

Submissions will be accepted on Late Breaking ``Hot Topics'' that pertain to all areas of Visualization. These submissions must be original, may show work in progress, and may not exceed 1000 words or a maximum of 4 pages including images. Images and/or NTSC VHS video to accompany the paper are recommended; the video may be included in the conference videotape. Accepted papers will be published and distributed at the conference. Authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to submit a revised paper and a new or revised video. It is expected that the submissions and review will be done electronically.

Tutorial Proposals (due March 31, 1997)

Half-day and full-day course proposals are invited for visualization systems, methods, and application areas. Tutorials will be offered Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Proposals should clearly identify the visualization proficiencies expected of participants at a beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. They should include an abstract of the tutorial topic, a description of the tutorial's organization including time allocation for major course topics, the duration (1/2 day or 1 day), the level of the tutorial, and the background and address information of each of the instructors. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the tutorial's importance and suitability for presentation in a tutorial format, the past experience and qualifications of the instructors, the overall balance in the tutorial program, and the likely attendance of the tutorial.

Mini-Workshop and Birds-of-a-Feather Proposals

Proposals may be submitted for mini-workshops and birds-of-a-feather (BOF) gatherings on visualization methods or application areas. They should deal with state-of-the-art topics and involve experts in the field. Proposals should describe the theme and goals of the mini-workshop or BOF and the activities planned, and should provide a brief description of the organizer's background. Proposals will be accepted until the space available is filled. The earlier you commit, the more visibility your function will have in the conference publicity.

Demonstration Proposals

Visualization '97 is a unique opportunity to present your products to visualization experts from a wide variety of fields. We invite demonstrations of commercial hardware, software, integrated systems peripherals, and literature. We encourage commercial demonstrators to have technical representatives in attendance. Call or write for a packet which includes fees for commercial demonstrations and past attendee demographics. Registration for the technical conference is included in the commercial demonstration fee. Commercial demonstrators confirmed before June 15, 1997 will be announced in the Advance Program. Demonstrations will be held on Wednesday and Thursday during the conference. Research groups from academia and research labs are also invited to demonstrate their work at Visualization '97. Proposals should summarize the work to be presented and identify the hardware/ software platform required. Proposals from non-profit organizations will be reviewed and accepted based on the space available and the anticipated level of interest in the research. Demonstration Proposals will be accepted until the space available is filled. The earlier you commit, the more visibility your demonstration will have in the conference publicity.