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InfoVis Papers

IEEE VIS 2016 is the premier forum for advances in visualization for academia, government, and industry. This event brings together researchers and practitioners with a shared interest in visualization solutions. The IEEE Information Visualization Conference (InfoVis), one of the three main conferences at VIS 2016, solicits novel research ideas and innovative applications in all areas of information visualization.


Abstract submission (MANDATORY) Monday, March 21, 2016
Paper submission Thursday, March 31, 2016
Notification of results of first review cycle Monday, June 6, 2016
Paper submission for second review cycle Monday, June 27, 2016
Final notification Monday, July 11, 2016
Camera ready copy Monday, August 1, 2016

All deadlines are at 5:00pm Pacific Time (PDT).


Papers accepted to IEEE InfoVis will appear in a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). This journal special issue will have the publication date of January 2017 and will be published online the first day of the conference (October 25, 2016); individual paper preprints will be available for online Early Access by September 1, 2016. Papers (including supplemental material) will undergo a revision and review cycle after initial notification of review results in order to ensure that they are acceptable for publication in the journal. The paper and supplemental material will also be submitted to the IEEE Digital Library, subject to its standard terms and conditions.


All three conferences at IEEE VIS 2016 (VAST, InfoVis and SciVis) use the Precision Conference System (PCS) to handle their submission and reviewing process. PCS is available at When submitting your manuscript, please make sure that you submit it to your intended conference by clicking the appropriate conference header in the conference system landing page. If you are unsure which venue you should submit to, you can use the call for papers on this website, as well as last year’s published proceedings as a guideline.


When preparing your submission, please make sure that you carefully read and adhere to the paper submission guidelines.


The IEEE InfoVis conference solicits research papers on diverse topics related to information visualization. Information visualization, broadly defined, involves the design of visual data representations and interaction techniques that support human activities, where the spatial layout of the visual representation is chosen by the designer. Papers may contribute novel visual encoding or interaction techniques, tools and techniques to support the visual data analysis process, evaluations of InfoVis techniques and tools, models or taxonomies related to InfoVis, systems that support visual data analysis, or experience applying information visualization to a domain-specific problem. Note that none of these guidelines are in any way prescriptive; in fact, many successful papers combine two contribution types, and the very best papers combine several.

Please note that topics primarily involving spatial data (such as scalar, vector and tensor fields) might be a better match for the IEEE SciVis Conference at IEEE VIS. Similarly, topics which clearly focus on visual analytics, e.g., the integration of computational solutions facilitated by visual interfaces, might be a better match for the IEEE VAST Conference, also at IEEE VIS.

Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

Information visualization techniques for

  • graphs, trees, and other relational data
  • high-dimensional data and dimensionality reduction
  • multivariate data and heterogeneous data
  • personal or social data (health, energy, finance, email, etc.)
  • text and documents
  • non-numeric data (categorical data, nominal data, etc.)
  • non-expert audiences
  • causality and uncertainty data
  • time-series data
  • any other non-spatial data
  • spatial data that is visualized with a new spatial mapping
  • streaming or time-varying data
  • very large data sets (scalability)

Techniques for interacting with visualizations or supporting the data analysis process, including

  • recordkeeping, sensemaking, and storytelling
  • collaboration support, either co-located or distributed
  • integration of visualization with other software tools
  • post-WIMP interactions (pen, touch, speech, gestures, etc.)
  • focus + context and overview + detail methods
  • zooming, navigation, and distortion techniques
  • brushing and linking
  • coordinated multiple views
  • data labeling, editing, and annotation

Integration of visualizations into the context of use, including

  • visual design and aesthetics
  • minimal attention contexts, e.g. ambient displays
  • mobile and ubiquitous
  • public environments

Information visualization fundamentals and methodologies

  • visualization systems
  • novel algorithms and mathematics
  • taxonomies and models
  • research methodology, discussions, and frameworks
  • cognition and perception issues


  • task and requirements analysis
  • metrics and benchmarks
  • qualitative and quantitative evaluation
  • laboratory and field studies
  • novel evaluation methods
  • usability studies and focus groups
  • case studies

Applied information visualization

  • reports of information visualization in domains where it has impact
  • using information visualization for education and teaching
  • design studies


Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland, College Park
Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research
Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California, Davis

Email: infovis_papers(at)