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AISB event Bulletin Item

Call for Participation: Diagrams 2008


Call for Participation: Diagrams 2008

5th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams

Herrsching, Germany
September 19 - 21, 2008


If you plan to attend Diagrams 2008 then please see the important notes on accommodation below.

========= Keynote Speakers ===========

Diagrams 2008 is delighted to welcome three keynote speakers:

Professor John Etchemendy, University of Stanford
Talk: Heterogeneous Reasoning

W. Bradford Paley, Columbia University and Digital Image Design Incorporated
Talk: Rich Data Representation: Sophisticated Visual Techniques for Ease and Clarity

Professor Dr Wilhelm Schfer, University of Paderborn
Model Driven Development with Mechatronic UML

Abstracts for all three speakers are available:


========= Tutorials ===========

Cognitive Dimensions of Notations: Understanding the Ergonomics of Diagram Use
Alan Blackwell, University of Cambridge

Getting Started With Sketch Tools: A Tutorial on Sketch Recognition Tools
Beryl Plimmer, University of Auckland
Tracy Hammond, Texas A&M University

More information can be found at


========= Co-located Events ===========

IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human Centric Computing

ACM Symposium on Software Visualization

Workshop on Layout of Software Engineering Diagrams

Workshop on Sketch Tools for Diagramming

Workshop on Maintenance and Evolution in Model-Based Software Engineering

========= Conference Program ===========

In addition to the keynote talks and tutorials, Diagrams 2008 will include 25 paper presentations and many poster presentations.

The conference program is now available:


In addition, there will be a session including papers accepted for VL/HCC.

========= Registration ===========

Registration is open:


Early registration is open until July 27, 2008. Substantial discounts are offered to students and those who register, in addition to Diagrams, for the co-located conferences.

========= Accommodation ===========

Accommodation has been block booked at various hotels until the END OF JUNE.

A LIMITED amount of accommodation has been block booked at the conference centre until July 27.

For further information see:


Note that the famous Munich Oktoberfest starts during Diagrams 2008 and accommodation is, therefore, in short supply at this time. You are advised to book early.

========= About Diagrams ===========

Diagrams is an international and interdisciplinary conference series, covering all aspects of research on the theory and application of diagrams.

Recent technological advances have enabled the large-scale adoption of diagrams in a diverse range of areas. Increasingly sophisticated visual representations are emerging and, to enable effective communication, insight is required into how diagrams are used and when they are appropriate for use. The pervasive, everyday use of diagrams for communicating information and ideas serves to illustrate the importance of providing a sound understanding of the role that diagrams can, and do, play. Research in the field of diagrams aims to improve our understanding of the role of diagrams, sketches and other visualisations in communication, computation, cognition, creative thought, and problem solving. These concerns have triggered a surge of interest in the study of diagrams.

The study of diagrammatic communication as a whole must be pursued as an interdisciplinary endeavour. Diagrams 2008 is the fifth event in this conference series, which was launched in Edinburgh during September 2000. Diagrams attracts a large number of researchers from virtually all related fields, placing the conference as a major international event in the area.

Diagrams is the only conference that provides a united forum for all areas that are concerned with the study of diagrams: for example, architecture, artificial intelligence, cartography, cognitive science, computer science, education, graphic design, history of science, human-computer interaction, linguistics, logic, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and software modelling.

For the first time in its history, Diagrams will be co-located, running in conjunction with the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing and the ACM Symposium on Software Visualization as part of Visual Week. This co-location will provide a lively and stimulating environment, enabling researchers from related communities to exchange ideas and more widely disseminate research results. Cross-conference participation is encouraged and the program will include joint keynote speakers.

Diagrams 2008 will consist of sessions including presentations of refereed papers, posters and tutorial sessions.