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Workshop: On Novel Directions in Vision Science and Visualization Research

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Description: Interdisciplinary work across vision science and visualization has provided a new lens to advance research methods and the empirical understanding of how people see and make sense of visualized data. By studying how people leverage visual cognition to perceive and interpret visualized data, researchers gain direct insight into how well visualizations achieve user goals. Topics in vision sciences, such as memory, ensemble coding, numerical cognition, saliency, color perception, search, and pattern recognition map directly to common challenges encountered in visualization research. Designers can use insights from vision research to inform effective visualization designs, which can in turn inspire new opportunities to understand how such visualizations work. Building on the growing interest in work at this intersection from both the vision science and visualization communities, this 2nd biennial workshop provides a venue to bring new researchers to IEEE VIS. We aim to discuss innovative discoveries at this intersection, share cutting-edge research methods/findings/proposals, and inspire new collaborations by leveraging the unique affordances of a hybrid conference, providing a platform for diverse voices.

Keynote Speakers: Announcement coming soon 🙂

How to Participate

We are excited to announce two submission tracks this year. Authors can contribute short papers and/or abstracts to be workshopped with peers during the event. Read more about both options below.

Short papers

Short Research Papers (accepted May 25 – July 15, 2021):

These should comprise of empirical studies grounded in theories from perceptual or cognitive science. Short papers might include the use of a novel evaluation technique, or a perception or visual cognition study that has direct implications for visualization research or design. Studies should aim to make progress towards the greater goal of collaboration and academic reciprocity between vision scientists and visualization researchers. Research papers must present new work, meaning that the results must not be published in an existing peer reviewed venue. They should be four page max + up to 2 pages of references. Accepted short research papers will be presented as a 10-minute talk.

Short Position Papers (accepted May 25 – July 15, 2021):

These are problem discussions or statements describing the author’s relevant experience and ideas in regards to topics such as: applications of perceptual theory towards vision science, novel operationalizations of visual or cognitive phenomena that can be studied in perception experiments, visualization designs that have the potential to pose interesting questions for vision research, the role of vision in visualization, methods pertaining to collaborative efforts from these fields, etc. Position papers are often framed in the context of a brief review of literature, or are written as a review supporting a proposal for future work. They should be four page max + up to 2 pages of references. Accepted short position papers will be presented as a 10-minute talk.

Experiment Proposal Workshopping

Abstract Submissions (accepted September 1 – October 1, 2021):

  • Do you have a vision-related visualization research question that you’ve been wanting to solve, but aren’t quite sure how to execute?
  • Do you have a cool visualization technique that needs a perceptual evaluation?
  • Do you have a dream VISxVISION collaboration that you’ve been wanting to pitch?

…then this is the workshop for you!

We are seeking open and actionable research proposals to be workshopped in collaborative breakout sessions during our event. Proposals should include supporting literature and concrete problem statements, but do not need to include specific methods or analysis plans – this is what groups can discuss and plan together during the session. Abstracts should highlight research-in-progress, reviews, methodological questions or proposals, or experiments in preparation for journal submission, and must be 300 words or less.

The workshopping session will involve small group discussions, aimed to help researchers improve their ideas and facilitate a more intimate social and academic connection amongst attendees. Abstract submissions will be shared during the event; authors will give a ~2 minute presentation explaining their experiment proposal to facilitate subsequent conversations around their research ideas.

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