Main track

Diagrams is the only conference series that provides a united forum for all areas that are concerned with the study of diagrams and has a multidisciplinary emphasis.

– Abstract-submissions, as well as Long, Short and Poster submissions:
Abstract acceptance leads to a full oral presentation. This category was introduced in 2018 specifically targeted at disciplines where conference publication is not considered high status.
– Special Themes with dedicated submission tracks: Philosophy of Diagrams and Psychology of Diagrams.
– Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards.
– Graduate Symposium with possibility of funding (separate call).
– Workshops and tutorials (separate call).
– Low cost registration and accommodation.
– Tallinn is a vibrant cultural capital.


Diagrams 2020 is the eleventh conference in the biennial series that started in 2000. The multidisciplinary nature of Diagrams means it encompasses: architecture, art,
artificial intelligence, biology, cartography, cognitive science, computer science, education, graphic design, history of science, human-computer interaction, linguistics,
logic, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and software modelling.
The conference attracts a large number of researchers from these interrelated fields, positioning Diagrams as the major international event in the area.

Diagrams 2020 will be hosted by Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia.
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and a beautiful seaside city. It has a well preserved medieval old town which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is ideally located and designated for those who wish to explore Estonia’s vibrant cultural life, digital society and natural sites. Tallinn is easily accessible by flight from international cities, either directly or by transiting through Helsinki (Finland) and Riga (Latvia).


Topics of Interest (Main Track)

Conference topics include, but are not limited to:

– applications of diagrams,
– computational models of reasoning with, and interpretation of, diagrams,
– design of diagrammatic notations,
– diagram understanding by humans or machines,
– diagram aesthetics and layout,
– educational uses of diagrams,
– evaluation of diagrammatic notations,
– graphical communication and literacy,
– heterogeneous notations involving diagrams,
– history of diagrammatic notations,
– information visualization using diagrams,
– nature of diagrams and diagramming,
– novel technologies for diagram use,
– philosophy of diagrams (separate call),
– psychological issues pertaining to diagrams (separate call),
– reasoning with diagrams,
– semiotics of diagrams,
– software to support the use of diagrams, and
– usability and human-computer interaction issues concerning diagrams.

In addition to the main track, Diagrams 2020 will have the special tracks of philosophy of diagrams and psychology of diagrams. If the main research contribution of your submission is considered to be on either of these themes, you are strongly encouraged to submit to the respective special track, each of which has a dedicated program committee.

Submission Categories

Diagrams 2020 will include presentations of refereed Papers, Abstracts, and Posters, alongside tutorials, workshop sessions, and a graduate symposium.

We invite submissions for peer review that focus on any aspect of diagrams research, as follows:

– Long Papers (16 pages)
– Abstracts (3 pages)
– Short Papers (8 pages)
– Posters (4 pages – this is both a maximum and minimum requirement)

All submissions should include diagrams where appropriate. Submission of Long Papers, Abstracts, Short Papers, and Posters should be made to either the main conference track, or one of the special session tracks, on the philosophy of diagrams and the psychology of diagrams.

Long Papers and Short Papers should report on original research contributions.

Submissions to the Abstracts category should report on significant research contributions, which may have been published elsewhere (such submissions must clearly cite prior work) or are intended to be published elsewhere. The contribution should be of a similar level to that expected of a Long Paper. Submissions to the Abstracts category will not be included as an archival contribution in the proceedings, but will be made available in hard-copy form at the conference. Accepted Abstract submissions will be offered the same presentation time in the program as Long papers. High quality Abstract submissions that nonetheless fall short of the standard required for full acceptance may be accepted for a short presentation. The Abstracts submission category is not intended for work-in-progress; the Poster submission category should be used for work-in-progress.

Posters may report on original, yet early stage, research or on previously published research that is of interest to the Diagrams community (such submissions must clearly cite prior work).


The Proceedings will be published by Springer in their Lecture Notes
in Computer Science series, and will contain the Long Papers, Short Papers, and Posters.

Formatting Guidelines

All submissions must follow Springer’s LNCS formatting guidelines:

Springer guidelines.

How to Submit

Submissions should be made by the respective deadline via EasyChair:


Program Committee (more members may be added)

Mohanad Alqadah, Umm Al-Qura University
Lisa Best, University of New Brunswick
Andrew Blake, University of Brighton
Michael Burch, University of Stuttgart
Richard Burns, West Chester University
Peter Coppin, OCAD University
Gennaro Costagliola, Università di Salerno
Aidan Delaney, Bloomberg
Jacques Fleuriot, University of Edinburgh
Mateja Jamnik, University of Cambridge
Yasuhiro Katagiri, Future University Hakodate
John Lee
Sven Linker, University of Liverpool
Emmanuel Manalo, Kyoto University
Kim Marriott, Monash University
Mark Minas, Universität der Bundeswehr München
Helen Purchase, University of Glasgow
Peter Rodgers, University of Kent
Stephanie Schwartz, Millersville University
Atsushi Shimojima, Doshisha University
Gem Stapleton, University of Kent
Ryo Takemura, Nihon University
Yuri Uesaka, University of Tokyo
Petrucio Viana, Federal Fluminense University
Michael Wybrow, Monash University
Reinhard von Hanxleden