Schloss Dagstuhl


GI-Dagstuhl Research Seminar:

Human-Centered Visualization Environments

5-8 March 2006, Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany
Organizers:  A. Kerren (Univ. of Kaiserslautern, DE), A. Ebert (Univ. of Kaiserslautern, DE), J. Meyer (Univ. of California - Irvine, US)


Information Visualization (InfoVis) is in the focus of many computer science researchers. This kind of visualization combines several aspects of different research areas, such as Scientific Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, Data Mining, Information Design, Graph Drawing, or Computer Graphics. In contrast to Scientific Visualization, it focuses on the visualization of abstract information, i.e., there is no possibility to map this information into the physical world in most cases.

Mostly, researchers try to find the best visual representation of the given information. That is the core problem of each visualization but sometimes the seemingly best representation does not suffice if the human information processing and the human capability of information reception are not adequately taken into account. Additionally, these aspects depend on the data to be visualized and on the user's background. During the development process of Human-Centered Visualization Environments, users as well as tasks/functions of the visualization tool should play the same decisive role as the visual representation (e.g., 2D versus 3D). Human-Centered Visualization is one of the large challenges of Information Visualization, Software Visualization, and many application areas such as the visualization of biological/biochemical or geographical information.

In this context, new developments in the areas of graphical input/output devices and interaction techniques are becoming more and more important. For example, visualizations on mobile devices or complex 3D-displays (Cave or Powerwall) offer new possiblities, but introduce also new problems that have to be analyzed.

Aim of this Seminar

There are several aims of this seminar. On the one hand, the scientific fundamentals of the topic should be elaborated and the participants should be sensitized for difficulties that occur during practical application. On the other hand, all participants get to know each other; they can identify common research interests as well as urgent needs for research in special subareas of the seminar topic. This could be a promising base for future cooperations.

All participants should be (primarily young) researchers in Computer Science or related disciplines working, starting to work, or simply being interested in the seminar's area (PhD students, fresh PhDs; also established researchers might apply), i.e, both basis technologies and application areas. Topics from the area are assigned to the participants who will prepare a comprehensive overview paper on the selected topics. As first starting point for this overview, they will get original papers from the organizers. During the seminar, this work will be presented (with software demonstrations if possible) and discussed. The official language of the seminar is English.

All seminar papers should also be in English. After the seminar, they will be reviewed by the organizers, harmonized, and combined into a seminar proceedings. We plan to publish this proceedings as Springer LNCS Tutorial if the paper quality suffices. In order to ease the publication process, we encourage the papers to be written using LaTeX.

Time Schedule and Deadlines

Further Information

Location and Travel Information

The seminar is organized as GI-Dagstuhl Research Seminar No. 06102 from March 5, 2006 (Sunday, arrival) to March 8, 2006 (Wednesday by 6 p.m. approximately) in the International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany. See the seminar program for detailed times. It will be possible to stay till Thursday if needed.
Dagstuhl lies about halfway between Saarbrücken and Trier and is ideally suited for a research seminar because of its excellent library and special atmosphere. Travel information can be found at the Dagstuhl page.
Registration fee for each participant will be 40 EUR/day (30 EUR/day if he/she will share a double room); this includes accommodation, all meals, and coffee/tea breaks. Private expenses (telephone, drinks in the evening, copies, etc.) have to be paid at the end of the seminar separately. This extremely low fee is made possible through the sponsorship of the Gesellschaft für Informatik.

About this Series

Since 1997, the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) organizes research seminars on hot topics in computer science that are not appropriately represented in textbooks, yet. They are targeted at graduate students and recent PhDs who are interested in learning actively about new developments. Participants are selected mainly according to scientific qualification, i.e., not because of their special area of research, in order to widely spread such developments among academic institutions. The number of participants is typically limited to 20.

So far, other GI research seminars have been or are being organized on the following topics: