[visionlist] VisXVision Workshop: Deadline Extended to July 20

Cindy Xiong cxiong at u.northwestern.edu
Mon Jul 15 09:41:47 -04 2019

**The deadline for the Vis X Vision Workshop on Novel Directions in Vision
Science and Visualization Research has been extended to July 20. **

Following the last three years of interdisciplinary events at both VSS and
the visualization conference IEEE VIS, we are holding the first official
event for vision scientist and visualization researcher collaboration,
interaction, and peer reviewed research-sharing at IEEE VIS 2019 in
Vancouver. The specific goal of this workshop is to provide a forum where
vision science and visualization researchers can share cutting-edge
research at this interdisciplinary intersection, in preparation for
publishing and presenting it at both IEEE VIS, as well as in the
upcoming Journal
of Vision Special Issue <https://visxvision.com/journal-of-vision/> on
Vision and Visualization.

The workshop will feature short paper and abstract talks (~10 minutes each)
as well as poster presentations with accompanying lightning talks (1 minute

Finally, we are excited to announce invited talks by Jeremy Wolfe
<http://search.bwh.harvard.edu/new/index.html> (Harvard), Timothy Brady
<https://bradylab.ucsd.edu/> (UCSD), and Darko Odic
<http://cogdev.psych.ubc.ca/> (UBC):

*Visual Search–Jeremy Wolfe*

*If you want people to find “it”, what should “it” look like? *

Decades of research on visual search have given us quite a good
understanding of how people look for targets in scenes containing
distracting items. Knowing how people search is not the same as knowing how
to design searchable visual stimuli, especially if we want users to be able
to search those stimuli for a variety of different targets. Still, the
topics of search and searchability must be related so we will explore what
the rules governing the deployment of visual attention might suggest to the
creators of new visualizations.

*Working memory– Timothy Brady*

*How much visual information we can hold in mind at once: The role of
visual ensembles & semantic knowledge.*

When processing complex visual displays, people often need to hold
information actively in mind to facilitate comparison or integration.
Decades of research have shown that our ability to hold information
actively in mind is incredibly limited (e.g., we can miss large changes to
scenes if we happen to not be holding in mind the right information), and
simple rules like people can remember 3-4 things are popular ways to
conceive of these limits. In this talk, I discuss what aspects of visual
information people can easily hold in mind; what things are extremely
difficult to hold in mind; and how these limits relate to visualization

*Visual magnitudes– Darko Odic*

*How perception perceives number, time, and space.*

The perception of visual magnitudes – length, area, time, number, etc. –
has been one of the foundational questions since the dawn of empirical
psychology, stretching back from Weber and Helmholtz to today. In this
talk, I will share a number of insights, new and old, about how we perceive
number, time, and space representations throughout our entire lifespan,
focusing especially on issues that might be relevant for data
visualization. I will first discuss findings about how our perceptual
system deals with competing magnitude dimensions: situations in which,
e.g., both number and length are competing for attention. Next, I will
share several findings demonstrating that surface area perception is
susceptible to various surprising inconsistencies and illusions, whereby we
perceive collections of objects to be cumulatively smaller than they really
are. Finally, I will share findings on how perceptual magnitude
representations allow us to easily find the maximal and minimal element in
a set.

*Call for Papers*

Authors may submit either short research papers, short position papers, or
abstracts for lightning talks and poster presentations. The paper length
should match its contribution to the field and be between 2 to 4 pages
(plus 1 page of references).

All submissions should be formatted in the VGTC conference paper style.
Suitable templates, in LaTeX and Word, can be downloaded from
<http://junctionpublishing.org/vgtc/Tasks/camera.html> The submission,
however, must be made in PDF format. Authors can decide whether they want
to reveal their names on the submission (single-blind) or submit it
anonymously (double-blind).

Suggested topics of interest include:

   - applications of perceptual theory to visualization research
   - novel evaluation techniques founded in vision science
   - vision science projects that have the potential to be applied towards
   - visualization designs and tasks that pose interesting questions for
   perception research
   - novel operationalizations of visual or cognitive phenomena that can be
   studied in perception experiments

*Timeline for submissions*
*Submission*: July 20
*Notification*: August 5
*Camera Ready*: August 24
Submit to the Workshop on VisXVision at
*Submission Types*

The workshop calls for contributions from all areas of visualization and
vision science. We accept 3 types of submissions—research, position, and

*Short Research Papers*
These should comprise of empirical studies grounded in theories from
perceptual or cognitive science. These 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. These 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 + 2 page references. Accepted short research papers
will be presented as a 10-minute talk.

*Short Position Papers*
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 + 2 page references. Accepted
short position papers will be presented as a 10-minute talk.

These may cover any of the aforementioned topics, or other related areas.
Abstracts should highlight research-in-progress, reviews, or experiments in
preparation for journal submission, and must be 300 words or less. Abstract
submissions will be considered for both research talks as well as poster
presentations. Authors should specify which presentation format they prefer
in their submission by writing “talk preferred”, “poster preferred”, or “no
preference” under the title.

*Benefits of submitting a short paper: *Short papers can be a useful way
for researchers to present early data, meta analyses, preliminary
positions, or smaller chunks of a project. For instance, a short paper may
contain just set of experiments that clearly demonstrates a specific effect
or phenomenon, but may not investigate its underlying mechanisms or
explanations. Short papers may be submitted to showcase a follow up or
extension of a known method or phenomena in either vision science or
visualization research. Short papers’ reviews follow the same
scientifically rigorous expectations as journal articles, but give
researchers an opportunity to get feedback on more focused aspects of their


Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE Digital Library, including
the assignment of DOIs to individual papers. Per IEEE Xplore rules,
VisXVision papers will be considered archival and can be referenced. The
content of these papers may be sufficiently extended and modified for
publication at other venues. Reuse of the content in a follow-up
publication for ACM and IEEE venues is allowed provided that the paper is
extended by at least 30%. Policies around shared material with a workshop
paper at other venues will likely vary from journal to journal. We
encourage you to reach out to contacts at any venues of concern.

While the policies at various venues are beyond our control, we’ve updated
our publication process in the following ways to try to reduce barriers to

1.     Archive Optional: As part of the camera-ready revisions, you may
elect to have either your workshop paper formally archived or have only the
abstract archived. The full text of papers with abstract-only archived will
be made available to workshop participants through a password-protected
site. Note that this would not change the submission process nor the kind
of presentation your work will be considered for.

2.    Supplementary Materials: If you wish to provide additional materials,
you may include them either through an OSF repository or as a direct email
to visxvision at gmail.com.
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