Making visible the invisible: Data Visualisation in Art, Design and Science Collaborations (Mar 2011, Huddersfield UK)

A two-day conversational* conference on interdisciplinary collaboration in data visualisation
University of Huddersfield, UK, March 10th-11th 2011
1st Call for Abstracts, 300 word limit, Submission deadline: December 6th 2010

In recent years numerous visualisations involving scientific data and scientific themes have emerged from interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, scientists and designers. Works reach across diverse media, ranging from applied screen-based applications to experimental physical installations. While some are intended to inform by making the complex and abstract clear and visual, others focus on the aesthetic quality of the experience. What many of the works have in common is being the outcome of collaboration across disciplines.

This event seeks not only to contribute to the debate around data visualisation but also to a better understanding of what makes interdisciplinary collaborations successful. We wish to provide a platform for open dialogue and discussion across disciplinary cultures and seek a better understanding of the critical requirements for interdisciplinary collaboration. We ask what are the most fruitful conditions for interdisciplinary collaboration? How can trans-disciplinary understanding be best facilitated?

We are seeking contributions that advance the state of data visualisation through interdisciplinary collaborations. In particular approaches which include:

  • Sensual, aesthetic, poetic and conceptual approaches
  • The role of inter-, trans-, or meta-disciplinary collaboration
  • Methods, case studies or frameworks that facilitate dialogue and exchange across disciplines
  • Themes around sustainability, ecological literacy or climate change
  • Physical installations that transcend screen-based modalities
  • Sonic visualisation and sonification
  • Interactive and immersive visualisation,
  • Affective visualisation (real time representation of affective data)
  • Aesthetic and semantic investigation of data sets
  • Novel interfaces for navigation of data
  • Human statistical data (such as bio-signal, biological, birth-rates, energy consumption)
  • Astrophysical and cosmological data and simulations (such as solar wind, cosmic radiation, planetary motions, large scale structures, N-body simulations, gravitational waves)
  • ‘Displays’ that make use of natural forces such as light, water, fog, wind etc. as outputs
  • Pollution and environmental data (weather, gravity, volcanoes, earthquakes)
  • Visualisation / mappings of complex networks or processes
  • Live data (local and remote)
  • Neuro-plastic applications
  • Open APIs, open platforms, open formats, open hardware

Other relevant works concerning the processes of interdisciplinary exchange and scientific data visualisation not directly included in the above categories are also welcome for submission.

Abstract submissions

Your abstract should not exceed 300 words and be in rtf format.
Please provide up to six keywords and one figure.
Please write so that everyone can understand. Reviewers will be from multiple disciplines.

Please submit your abstract via Easychair > ADS-VIS2011:
Abstract submission deadline is December 6th, 2010, 24:00 h GMT

All submissions will be reviewed and feedback given to the authors.
Notice of acceptance will be given December 20th. Once accepted, final submission date of a 3000 word (short) paper is February 16th.

6-12-02010 | Your abstract 300 words
20-12-02010 | Notification of acceptance
16-02-02011 | Paper submission, 3000 words

Publication: Submissions of final papers (3000 words) will be considered for a publication under the University of Huddersfield imprint after peer-review. Each primary author of a peer-reviewed & accepted submission will receive a printed copy. A digital copy of accepted submissions will also be made available on the University of Huddersfield repository.
Journal Publication: In 2011 The Intellect Journal “Studies in Culture and Innovation” will consider extended papers of up to 7000 words for publication after peer-review.

* Conversational conferences are described here:

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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