Tutorials - Call For Participation

Tutorials are intended to cover a wide selection of topics related to IEEE VIS 2020 and provide background on new tools, methods, systems, and application domains necessary for research in scientific visualization, information visualization, visual analytics, and topics that span multiple of these areas. Tutorial attendees come from diverse backgrounds, including, among others: volume and flow visualization, information visualization, geographic visualization, visual analytics, high performance computing, visual data science, and scientific application communities.

We are soliciting half-day tutorial proposals in the areas of visualization systems, mathematical foundations, research methods, design and development methodology, and application areas. Topics can include–but are not limited to–any of those listed in the calls for papers for VAST, InfoVis, and SciVis. Tutorials with an application focus and including hands-on demos are also encouraged. Successful proposals will receive up to 2 complimentary full week conference registrations for tutorial presenters.


Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the tutorial’s fit to VIS topics and suitability for presentation in a tutorial format, the past experience and qualifications of the instructors, the overall balance in the tutorial program, and the likely attendance of the tutorial. Repeated tutorial proposals should note in which years identical or similar tutorials have been presented, and will be judged in part by the attendance of the previous versions.

All tutorial proposals should include:

  • The level of background knowledge assumed by the tutorial (beginning, intermediate, or advanced);
  • An abstract of the tutorial topic;
  • A description of the tutorial’s organization including time allocation and outline for major course topics (500 words minimum);
  • The background and contact information for each instructor.

In addition, due to the possibility of a virtual conference in 2020, all proposals should include a description of how the organizers will adjust the tutorial to a virtual format.

Proposals should not exceed three pages, and should be submitted via PCS. Please note the formatting guidelines when preparing your submission. Authors of accepted tutorials are required to prepare a short summary for the printed program (~50 words).

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submission: Thursday, April 30, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • Notification: Thursday, May 28, 2020 Sunday, June 28, 2020
  • Final Submission of Summaries: Saturday, August 1, 2020 Monday, September 7, 2020

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


  • Jessica Hullman, Northwestern University
  • Kresimir Matkovic, VRVis
  • Hongfeng Yu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Feel free to address any questions concerning submission, format, and content to tutorials@ieeevis.org.