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Workshop 17-VisualCol

International Workshop on Visualization and Collaboration
(VisualCol 2012)


Call for Papers and Participation

As part of
The 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems
(CTS 2012)
http://cts2012.cisedu.info


May 21-25, 2012

The Westin Westminster Hotel
Denver, Colorado, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Submission Deadline: February 05, 2012

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


Brief Description:
In many collaborative situations, multiple distributed users simultaneously interact with and analyze complex information while sharing their results with others.  It is through such collaboration that multiple users bring their expertise to bear on a particular problem to analyze incomplete information and reach collaborative decisions.  Such collaboration is far more effective when users collaborate by interacting with meaningful visualizations that accurately depict shared information.  Visualizations must present information in a manner that is easily understood by individuals with different expertise and perspectives on the problem at hand.  Users must be able to interact with the visualization to highlight or manipulate information in a natural way that is readily observed by other participants. 

At the same time it is also important to understand the collaborative processes that users in collaborative environments carry out, and the outcomes of these processes, particularly in large-scale collaborations such as wikis, blogs, micro-blogging (twitter, identica etc), social networking and other Web 2.0 collaborative environments. Visualizations of collaborative structures, processes and outcomes help researchers, site administrators and end-users to perceive such patterns that are otherwise difficult to perceive given the vastness of the information involved. 

This workshop on Visualization and Collaboration – to be held as part of the 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2012) – will have a dual focus on visualization and its role in collaboration, as well as visualization of collaboration.  The objective is to highlight key issues and solutions for visualization in and of collaborative environments.  We invite original contributions from researchers and practitioners in academia, government, and industry in this emerging visualization specialty. 

Topics of Interest include (but are not limited to):
  1. Collaborative visualization architectures, technologies, or algorithms
  2. Visualization for managing collaborative environments
  3. Unique challenges in collaborative visualization
  4. Collaborative visualization solutions and applications
  5. Web-based collaborative visualization
  6. Visualization in collaborative decision making and support
  7. Collaborative data analysis and visualization
  8. Visualization in/of Social Networks and Media
  9. Visualization of collaborative structures, processes and outcomes of collaborative environments and social networks

Instructions for Authors
:
You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to visualization and collaboration technologies and systems.  Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.  Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses.  Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words.  The full manuscript should be at most 8 pages using the two-column IEEE format.  Additional pages will be charged additional fee.  Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to http://cts2012.cisedu.info/home/posters for the submission details) will also be accepted for submission.  Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments. 

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript via the Workshop submission Web page at  https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=visualcol2012.  

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the Workshop link above.  Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews.  Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, technical clarity and presentation.  Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted.  Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop. 

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings.  Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2012 Conference web site.  It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference.  The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed accordingly. 

If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the workshop organizers. 

Important Dates:
Paper Submission Deadline  ---------------------------------- February 05, 2012
Notification of Acceptance  ------------------------------------ February 19, 2012
Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due  ---------------- March 07, 2012
Conference Dates:  ----------------------------------------------- May 21 - 25, 2012

Workshop Organizers
      Robert P. Biuk-Aghai
         Department of Computer and Information Science
         University of Macau
         Macau, China
         Phone: + (853) 83 97 43 75
         Fax:     + (853) 28 83 83 14
         Email:   robertb@umac.mo
         URL:     http://www.sftw.umac.mo/~robertb/

International Program Committee
All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2012. 
  • Scott Hale, Oxford Internet Institute, United Kingdom
  • Masahito Hirakawa, Shimane University, Japan
  • Maolin Huang, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Tony Huang, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
  • Jen Lowe, Datatelling, California, USA
  • Quang Vinh Nguyen, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Kang Zhang, The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA


For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: http://cts2012.cisedu.info/  or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs: Geoffrey C. Fox at gcf@indiana.edu  and Waleed W. Smari at Smari@arys.org.

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