Call for Papers

Information Visualization

Special Issue of IEEE CG&A, January/February 2002
Guest Editor: Tamara Munzner

Submissions due: 31 May 2001
Acceptance notices: 23 August 2001
Final revisions due: 1 October 2001

Computer-based information visualization, or "infovis", draws on ideas from several intellectual traditions, including computer graphics, human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, semiotics, graphic design, cartography, and art. A distinct field centered around helping people explore or explain data by designing software that exploits the properties of the human visual system has emerged over the past several years. New methodologies and techniques are critical for helping people keep pace with the torrents of data. One of the few quantities increasing faster than the speed of computer hardware is the amount of data to be processed.

The theme for the January/February 2002 issue of IEEE Computer Graphics and its Applications is information visualization. The design challenge of finding a spatial mapping for an abstract dataset that is cognitively useful for a specific task is considerable. We solicit papers that describe innovative results in this area. Potential topics for articles include:

Papers should be less than ten magazine pages, where a page is 900 words or five images. Cite only the ten most critical references, and consider providing background in sidebars for non-expert readers. Color images may be interspersed through the body of the paper. Detailed CG&A style and length guidelines are available at

Send final submissions in PDF format via email to the guest editor, Tamara Munzner (, by 31 May 2001. Please also direct any correspondence prior to submission to the guest editor:

Tamara Munzner
Compaq SRC, 130 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
phone: +1 650 853 2253, fax: +1 650 853 2235

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