International Workshop on Visualization and Collaboration
(VisualCol 2016)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of
The 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems
(CTS 2016)

October 31 - November 04, 2016
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Orlando, Florida, USA
In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Paper Submission Deadline: July 29, 2016 - Extended

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters 

Brief Description
In many collaborative situations, multiple distributed users simultaneously interact with and analyze complex information while sharing their results with others. It is through such collaboration that multiple users bring their expertise to bear on a particular problem to analyze incomplete information and reach collaborative decisions. Such collaboration is far more effective when users collaborate by interacting with meaningful visualizations that accurately depict shared information. Visualizations must present information in a manner that is easily understood by individuals with different expertise and perspectives on the problem at hand. Users must be able to interact with the visualization to highlight or manipulate information in a natural way that is readily observed by other participants.

At the same time it is also important to understand the collaborative processes that users in collaborative environments carry out, and the outcomes of these processes, particularly in large-scale collaborations such as wikis, blogs, micro-blogging (twitter, identica etc), social networking and other Web 2.0 collaborative environments. Visualizations of collaborative structures, processes and outcomes help researchers, site administrators and end-users to perceive such patterns that are otherwise difficult to perceive given the vastness of the information involved.

This workshop on Visualization and Collaboration – to be held as part of the 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2016) – will have a dual focus on visualization and its role in collaboration, as well as visualization of collaboration. The objective is to highlight key issues and solutions for visualization in and of collaborative environments. We invite original contributions from researchers and practitioners in academia, government, and industry in this emerging visualization specialty.

VisualCol Topics of Interest include (but are not limited to):  

  • Collaborative Visualization Architectures, Technologies, or Algorithms
  • Visualization for Managing Collaborative Environments
  • Unique Challenges in Collaborative Visualization
  • Collaborative Visualization Solutions and Applications
  • Web-based Collaborative Visualization
  • Visualization in Collaborative Decision Making and Support
  • Collaborative Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Data Analytics Visualization
  • Visualization in/of Social Networks and Media
  • Visualization of Collaborative Structures, Processes and Outcomes of Collaborative Environments and Social Networks 
  • Interface and Interaction Design Supporting Collaborative Visualization and Sense-making
  • Collaborative Visual Analysis Spaces using Large Displays and Mobile Devices

You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to visualization & collaboration technologies and systems and related topics. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters (please specify).  For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for posters submission details) will also be considered. Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments. 

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the workshop EasyChair paper submission site at Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission. Authors are encouraged to submit supplementary files, such as photos and videos. If the submission is for a poster paper or short paper, indicate that as well on the manuscript and in the submission form's Notes field. 

Please upload your paper in PDF format via the submission link above. If your submission is supported by supplementary materials, please upload all supplementary files to either Dropbox or Google Drive and send an email with the link to one of the organizers. Please make sure your materials are shared with the organizers before the paper submission deadline. The organizers' contact information can be found under WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS. Please also include a link to the materials in the pdf submission if you want the supplemental materials to be published together with the paper.

Each submission will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and presentation, and references. Submission implies the willingness to register and present the paper, if accepted. Therefore, at least one of the authors of each accepted paper will need to register and attend the CTS 2016 conference to present the paper.

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2016 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly. 

If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the organizers.

Paper Submission Deadline: ------------------------- July 29, 2016 - Extended
Acceptance Notification: ----------------------------- August 19, 2016
Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ------ September 02, 2016 
Conference Dates:  ----------------------------------- October 31 - November 04, 2016

   Haeyong Chung                                          Wenwen Dou 
      Department of Computer Science                                 Department of Computer Science
      The University of Alabama                                           University of North Carolina - Charlotte
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Mai Elshehaly
                                             Keqin Wu 
      Department of Computer Science                               Center for Weather and Climate Prediction 
University of Maryland Baltimore County                     NOAA
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International Program Committee*:  
All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2016 and will be published as part of the CTS 2016 Proceedings.
  • Robert P. Biuk-Aghai, University of Macau, Macau, China
  • Denis Gracanin, Virginia Tech, VA, USA
  • Uta Hinrichs, University of St Andrews, U.K.
  • Shaimaa Lazem, City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications, Egypt
  • Teng-Yok Lee, Mitsubishi Electric Research, MA, USA
  • Xia Lin, Drexel University, PA, USA
  • Zhanping Liu, Old Dominion University, VA, USA
  • Kresimir Matkovic, VRVis, Austria
  • Charles Perin, University of Calgary, Canada
  • William Ribarsky, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Jibonananda Sanyal, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA
  • Michael Sedlmair, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Simon Su, US Army Research Lab, MD, USA
  • Maoyuan Sun, Virginia Tech, VA, USA
  • Seungwon Yang, Louisiana State University, LA, USA
  • Cha Zhang, Microsoft Research, WA, USA
  • Ying Zhu, Georgia State University, GA, USA 

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs.