Final CFP and Extended Deadlines: ICMI'05 Workshop on Multimodal Interaction for the Visualization and Exploration of Scientific Data

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ICMI'05 Workshop on Multimodal Interaction  for the Visualization and
Exploration of Scientific Data

in conjunction with
the Seventh International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces

October 3, 2005: Trento, ITALY

The ICMI'05 workshop on Multimodal Interaction for the Visualization and
Exploration of Scientific Data will take place in Trento, Italy on
October 3, 2005. It is aimed to bring together academic researchers and
practitioners from computer science, human-computer interaction, virtual
reality, artificial intelligence, software engineering and psychology to
discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by multimodal
interaction when it is applied to the field of scientific visualization.

Based on the combination of several modalities including graphical user
interface, speech, gestures, direct  manipulation, haptics, real time
video and audio; multimodal interfaces enable people's interaction with
the visual representations of simulated phenomena. This results in
interaction being more intuitive and flexible. The maturing virtual and
augmented reality techniques, together with emerging haptic interfaces
and multimedia networking  technologies open the way to new forms of
collaborative work and new domains of multi-participant systems,
including collaborative visualization.

When highly skilled and coordinated human communicative behavior
controls interactions, multimodal interfaces may improve the
accessibility for diverse users and contexts. Based on multimodal
communicative acts, social user interfaces (e.g., embodied agents) are
aimed at emphasizing 'human-to-human' properties of interaction and,
therefore, permit the building of a kind of relationship with an
interactive environment and other users to facilitate the exploration of
scientific data. To allow people to use their everyday skills and to
improve coverage, reliability and usability, researchers are designing
multimodal interfaces that automatically learn and adapt to important
user, task and environmental parameters.

The main research question that we would like to address is how to
efficiently integrate visualisation and modern  multimodal interaction
technologies to ensure good user experience. We will consider the impact
of the application field-orientation as well as domain-independent
criteria for choosing between modern interaction techniques and input

Therefore, we are seeking original contributions that deal with (but are
not limited to):

-    Interactive and multimodal data visualization
-    Multimodal and cross-modal haptic interfaces
-    Virtual exploration environments
-    Collaborative visualization in VR
-    Perceptual and attentive user interfaces
-    Embodied agents
-    Language driven interaction
-    Adaptive interaction for the effective exploration of scientific
-    Human factors in the computer-supported exploration
-    Design guidelines for interactive visualization tools
-    Multimodal interactive visualization applications and systems

Biomedicine, product design, manufacturing process control, phobia
therapy, surgical training, car, ship and flight simulators: these are
just a few domains where multimodal interaction and scientific
visualization have already been combined. To discuss existing solutions
we encourage both researchers and developers to contribute to this
workshop. During the workshop they will have the opportunity to show
their products (or research prototypes), while potential users can pose
their requests.

Paper Submissions:

We invite research papers (maximum 8 pages). Submitted papers must be
original, containing new and original results. All submissions will be
pre-reviewed and selected based on contribution to the workshop topic,
originality and the shared interests of participants. The workshop
submission will be accepted from the academic, industrial and commercial

Please send your submissions as a single PDF or PS file to and  by July 15, 2005.
For the format, we strongly recommend to use ACM SIG Proceedings


All papers accepted for the workshop will be published in the Workshop
Proceedings provided by ITC. Detailed information about the ACM SIG
Proceedings Templates recommended by ITC can be found on the web site:

In addition, a selected number of the accepted workshop papers will be
expanded and revised for the possible inclusion into the post-workshop
special issue of "Knowledge and Information Systems: An International
Journal" by Springer.

Important Dates:

Following the requests of potential workshop contributors the main
deadlines have been extended. Please note the changes:

Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2005 Acceptance notification: August
1, 2005 Camera-ready papers due to: August 20, 2005
Workshop: October 3, 2005


Co-chair: Elena Zudilova-Seinstra, University of Amsterdam (the
Co-chair: Tony Adriaansen, CSIRO (Australia)

Workshop Program Committee:

Yang Cai, Carnegie Mellon University (USA) Andrea Corradini, University
of Southern Denmark (Denmark) Vanessa Evers, University of Amsterdam
(The Netherlands) Pilar Herrero, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
(Spain) Chris Johnson, University of Utah (USA) Judith
Klein-Seetharaman, Carnegie Mellon University (USA) Piet Kommers,
University of Twente (the Netherlands) Anton Nijholt, University of
Twente (the Netherlands) Gregory O'Hare, University College Dublin
(Ireland) Binh Pham, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Daniela Maria Romano, University of Sheffield (UK) Corina Sas, Lancaster
University (UK) Kamran Sedig, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Peter Sloot, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) Robert van Liere,
Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (the
Maria Virvou, University of Piraeus (Greece)

Contact Information:

Elena Zudilova-Seinstra
Scientific Visualization and VR Group
Section Computational Science
University of Amsterdam
Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 525 7542
Fax: +31 20 525 7419

Tony Adriaansen
P.O. Box 76, Epping, NSW 2121, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9372 4326
Fax: +61 2 9372 4411

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