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AISB event Bulletin Item

Diagrams 2008: First Call for Papers

1st Call for Papers: Diagrams 2008

September 19 - 21, 2008


We are delighted to announce that Professor John Etchemendy, Provost of
Stanford University, will be a keynote speaker at this event.

Diagrams 2008 Chairs


Diagrams 2008: 5th International Conference on the Theory and
Application of Diagrams

Herrsching, Germany
September 19 - 21, 2008

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

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. 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

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, diagrams
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: 20th March 2008

Paper and tutorial submission: 1st April 2008

Poster submission: 11th April 2008

Notification for papers/tutorials: 16th May 2008

Notification for posters: 23rd May 2008

Camera ready copies due: 13th June 2008

Visual Week: 15th - 21st September 2008

Diagrams conference: 19th - 21st September 2008 


General Chair
Gem Stapleton, University of Brighton, UK

Program Chairs
John Howse, University of Brighton, UK
John Lee, University of Edinburgh, UK

Local Chair
Mark Minas, Universitt der Bundeswehr, Germany

Publicity Chair
Andrew Fish, University of Brighton, UK

Web Site
Aidan Delaney, University of Brighton, UK

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)
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)
Stephanie Elzer (Millersville University, USA)
Yuri Engelhardt (University of Amsterdam)
Jacques Fleuriot (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Jean Flower (Autodesk, UK)
David Gooding (Bath University)
Corin Gurr (University of Reading, UK)
Mary Hegarty (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Mateja Jamnik (Cambridge University, UK)
Yasuhiro Katagiri (Future University, Japan)
Hans Kestler (University of Ulm, Germany)
Zenon Kulpa (Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland)
Oliver Lemon (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Stefano Levialdi (University of Rome - "La Sapienza", Italy)
Richard Lowe (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
Grant Malcolm (University of Liverpool)
Kim Marriott (Monash University, Australia)
Bernd Meyer (Monash University, Australia)
Nathaniel Miller (University of Northern Colerado, USA)
N. Hari Narayanan (Auburn University, USA)
James Noble (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ)
Jesse Norman (University College London, UK)
Jon Oberlander (University of Edinburgh)
Luis Pineda (Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mxico, Mexico City)
Helen Purchase (Glasgow University, UK)
Thomas Rist (Fachhochschule Augsburg)
Peter Rodgers (University of Kent, UK)
Frank Ruskey (University of Victoria, Canada)
Atsushi Shimojima (Doshisha University, Japan)
Sun-Joo Shin (Yale University, USA)
John Sowa (VivoMind Intelligence Inc.)
Keith Stenning (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Nik Swoboda (Universidad Politcnica de Madrid, Spain)
Gabi Taentzer (Technical University of Berlin)
Susan Trickett (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
Barbara Tversky (Stanford University, USA)