• The Diagrams Conference Best Paper Award goes to Mike Stieff, Mary Hegarty and Bonnie Dixon for their paper titled Alternative Strategies for Spatial Reasoning with Diagrams.
  • The Cognitive Science Society Best Student Paper Award goes to Peng Wu for the paper titled Recognizing the Intended Message of Line Graphs. Sandra Carberry, Stephanie Elzer and Daniel Chester are co-authors on this paper.
  • Updated program can be found here.
  • Important information about arriving in Portland for Diagrams 2010 appears below this news section.
  • Online registration is now closed; if you would like to register, contact diagrams2010@diagrams-conference.org. There will be no on-site registration.
  • We thank the US National Science Foundation (NSF) for substantial financial support for PhD students participating at the Graduate Symposium at Diagrams 2010!
  • We thank Georgia Tech GVU Center for sponsoring the Diagrams Banquet at the Portland Art Museum!
  • We thank the Cognitive Science Society for partial support for Diagrams 2010 in the form of a Best Student Paper Award!
  • Professor Thomas Barkowsky, University of Bremen, and Professor Randall Davis, MIT, will give keynote addresses at Diagrams 2010.

Welcome to Diagram 2010!

The conference will be held at Portland State University (PSU) Ondine Building, 1912 Southwest Sixth Ave., Portland. Conference accommodation is at Broadway Building, 625 Southwest Jackson Street.
You may locate both in the campus map.

Those attendees arriving before Sunday August 8 must contact Doug at PSU Summer Housing ( shc@pdx.edu | +1 (503) 725.4336) and make arrangements to pick up the room key because Broadway does not have a staffed front desk. Student volunteers will be in the lobby of the building during Sunday August 8.

Attendees driving to Portland may park in the Parking Structure 1 at the intersection of SW Sixth and SW Hall streets. Parking is $11 per day, except for Sundays when parking is free.

Portland has an excellent public transportation system. A map is available here and a trip planner is available here.
Take red line from the airport, switch to yellow or green line and get off at the PSU station, and walk a few blocks to Broadway. The service is called MAX.

The Diagrams Conference Series

Diagrams is an international and interdisciplinary biennial conference series, covering all aspects of research on the theory and application of diagrams.

Diagrammatic representations are wide-ranging and open-ended, including sketches, drawings, charts, graphs, maps, geometric models, and other visualizations and animations. Diagrammatic representations significantly impact many aspects of human life and society ranging from art to design to science, from media to communication to education. The emerging science of visual analytics, which focuses on interactive use of diagrammatic representations for supporting human problem solving, is just one topical example of the need for studying diagrammatic representations and reasoning. In fact, there is a need for transformative advances in (1) understanding diagrammatic reasoning in humans, (2) understanding the use of diagrammatic representation for communication and collaboration among humans, (3) developing techniques for automated diagrammatic reasoning, and (4) designing interactive environments for use of diagrammatic representations for supporting human reasoning.


Diagrams 2010 will be co-located with the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (Cogsci-2010). This co-location will provide a lively and stimulating environment, enabling researchers from related communities to exchange ideas and more widely disseminate research results.

Dates of Events

Diagrams 2010: 9-11 August 2010

CogSci 2010: 11-15 August 2010

Conference Location

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA


The conference proceedings will be published by Springer as part of their Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.