Workshops will be take place on the days either side of the main conference.


The 3rd International Workshop on Euler Diagrams

Date: 2 July 2012
Organisers: Peter Chapman and Luana Micallef

Euler diagrams represent relationships between sets, including intersection, containment, and disjointness. These diagrams have become the foundations of various visual languages and have notably facilitated the modelling of, and logical reasoning about, complex systems. Over the years, they have been extensively used in areas such as biosciences, business, criminology and national security to intuitively visualize relationships and relative cardinalities of sets. This widespread adoption has allowed analysis of complex collections of data. This workshop will cover all aspects of Euler diagram research, particularly in areas such as:

1. theoretical advances: drawability, layouts, logic and reasoning
2. software support: diagram generation, automated reasoning, and data exploration,
3. real-world applications: system modelling, information visualization, and education,
4. cognition and perceptual principles: readability, aesthetics, and evaluation including comparison to other representations.

More details on how to participate are on the Euler Diagrams Workshop website.


Technology-Enhanced Diagrams Research

Date: 2 July 2012
Organisers: Richard Cox and Jonathan San Diego


It is an understatement to say that technology has enabled methodological innovations in diagram and spatial reasoning research. New technologies offer opportunities for recording data through video screen recordings; spatial navigation in real and virtual realities, visual attention monitoring, diagram activity on graphics tablets, and recording body position and gestures via position sensors and accelerometers.

Whilst the rich data that these techniques yield offer exciting potential for research innovation, researchers face new methodological challenges due to its sheer volume and the challenge of triangulating data from multi-sources.

In this workshop, experienced diagrams researchers will share their knowledge and experiences of diagrams research using innovative technologies including haptic devices, interactive surfaces, eye trackers and virtual reality systems. Interactive sessions on the use of computer-based tools for synchronising and analysing multi-source data will be offered. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore and observe the methods in action and discuss their potential for methodological innovation.

The Technology-Enhanced Diagrams Research Workshop website has more information.


Accessible Graphics: Graphics for Vision Impaired People

Date: 6 July 2012
Organisers: Cagatay Goncu and Kim Marriott

This workshop aims to bring together researchers in the diagrams community who have an interest in cognitive benefits of graphics and accessible graphics with wider accessible graphics community, including researchers and developers of new interface technologies (haptic, audio, etc) that can support accessible graphics as well as practitioners from organizations responsible for providing accessible graphics.

The workshop will consist of short presentations and demonstrations by workshop attendees intermixed with breakout discussions of topics such as:

  • How best to preserve the cognitive benefits of visual graphics in accessible representations.
  • How to provide low-cost, portable accessible graphics.
  • How to support interaction and dynamic content in accessible graphics.
  • Collaborative use of graphics between sighted and blind people in educational and work places.

More details are on Accessible Graphics Workshop website.