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AISB event Bulletin Item

First CFP: Diagrams 2010

Diagrams 2010
Sixth International Conference on the
Theory and Application of Diagrams

9-11 August 2010
Portland, Oregon, USA


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

Recent advances in technology have enabled the use of diagrams, sketches
and other visualizations to become an integral part of our lives. For
effective communication with these novel and sophisticated visual
representations, we need insight into how diagrams are used, how they
are represented, which types are available and when it is appropriate to
use them. These concerns have triggered a surge of interest in the study
of diagrammatic notations for communication, cognition, creative
thought, computation and problem-solving.

The study of diagrammatic notations and their use must be pursued as an
interdisciplinary endeavour. Diagrams is the only conference series 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.

Diagrams 2010 is the sixth event in this conference series, which was
launched in Edinburgh in 2000. Diagrams attracts a large number of
researchers from virtually all related fields mentioned, placing the
conference as a major international event in the area.

Diagrams 2010 will be co-located with the 32nd Annual Meeting of the
Cognitive Science Society (Cogsci-2010). This co-location will provide a
lively and stimulating environment, enabling researchers from related
communities to exchange ideas and more widely disseminate research

Diagrams 2010 will consist of sessions including presentations of
refereed papers, posters, and also tutorial and workshop sessions. For
the first time in history of Diagrams we will organize workshops and
postgraduate student sessions. We invite submissions of:

- long research papers (15 pages)
- short research papers (7 pages)
- posters (3 pages)
- tutorial proposals (1 page; see the conference web page for full
- workshop proposals (1 page; see the conference web page for full

that focus on any aspect of diagrams research. Long papers should
present original research results. Short papers and posters should
present original research contributions, position or problem statements,
summarise software to support the use of diagrams, or integrate results
published elsewhere which are of interest to the Diagrams community.

All submissions will be fully peer reviewed. The proceedings will be
published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science series,

Full details on the preparation of submissions can be found on the
conference web site

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- applications of diagrams
- computational models of reasoning with, and interpretation of,
- design of diagrammatic notations
- diagram understanding by humans or machines
- diagram aesthetics and layout
- educational uses of diagrams
- graphical communication
- heterogeneous notations involving diagrams
- history of diagrammatic notations
- information visualization using diagrams
- novel uses of diagrams
- psychological issues pertaining to perception, comprehension or
production of diagrams
- reasoning with diagrams
- software to support the use of diagrams
- theoretical aspects of diagrams including, for example, classification
and formalization
- usability issues concerning diagrams.

Important dates

Abstract submission: 8 January 2010
Paper, tutorial and workshop proposal submissions: 18 January 2010
Poster submission: 1 February 2010
Notification for workshops: 8 February 2010
Notification for papers and tutorials: 1 March 2010
Notification for posters: 8 March 2010
Camera ready copies due: 29 March 2010
Graduate symposium submissions: 5 April 2010
Notification for graduate symposium submissions: 19 April 2010
Diagrams 2010 conference: 9-11 August 2010


Conference Chairs:
Ashok Goel (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Mateja Jamnik (Cambridge University, UK)
N. Hari Narayanan (Auburn University, USA)

Workshop Chair:
Unmesh Kurup (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)

Tutorial Chair:
Stephanie Elzer (Millersville University, USA)

Graduate Symposium Chair:
Jim Davies (Carleton University, Canada)

Program Committee

Gerard Allwein (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
Michael Anderson (University of Hartford, USA)
Dave Barker-Plummer (Stanford University, USA)
Alan Blackwell (Cambridge University, UK)
Dorothea Blostein (Queen's University, Canada)
Paolo Bottoni (University of Rome, Italy)
Chandra B. Chandrasekaran (Ohio State University, USA)
Peter Cheng (University of Sussex, UK)
Phil Cox (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Richard Cox (University of Sussex, UK)
Frithjof Dau (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Max J. Egenhofer (University of Maine, USA)
Jacques Fleuriot (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Jean Flower (Autodesk, UK)
John Gero (George Mason University, USA)
Mark D. Gross (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Corin Gurr (University of Reading, UK)
Mary Hegarty (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
John Howse (University of Brighton, UK)
Hans Kestler (University of Ulm, Germany)
Zenon Kulpa (Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland)
John Lee (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Richard Lowe (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
Kim Marriott (Monash University, Australia)
Bernd Meyer (Monash University, Australia)
Nathaniel Miller (University of Northern Colerado, USA)
Mark Minas (Universitaet der Bundeswehr, Germany)
Nancy Nersessian (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Jesse Norman (University College London, UK)
Luis Pineda (Universidad Nacional Autunoma de Mexico, Mexico City)
Helen Purchase (Glasgow University, UK)
Peter Rodgers (University of Kent, UK)
Frank Ruskey (University of Victoria, Canada)
Atsushi Shimojima (Doshisha University, Japan)
Sun-Joo Shin (Yale University, USA)
Gem Stapleton (University of Brighton, UK)
Nik Swoboda (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
Susan Trickett (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
Barbara Tversky (Stanford University, USA)

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