For the first time, IEEE VAST will have a Poster Program. The VAST
Poster Program provides a forum for researchers to present work that
is in progress and not sufficiently mature for a regular paper
submission yet. To be accepted, posters must have topics relevant to
the visual analytics research agenda. (See
here for details of the agenda.)
Posters offer a venue for preliminary findings, research exploring new
problems or application areas, student projects, and any work that
might particularly benefit from discussion with others in the
field. In addition to having a two-page article in the electronic
proceedings, authors will present a large poster summarizing their
work and will be available to discuss it during the conference poster
for formatting guidelines and instructions.
Deadline: June 30, 2007 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time
To submit your poster, please click here.
Information for Authors
Submissions should include a concise description of the idea, the
results or findings, supporting imagery and figures, and a discussion
of the implications of the work to visual analytics. Full literature
searches are not expected, although relevant citations should be
included. Poster authors must submit a 2-page summary in the same
two-column format as is required for papers, and an optional draft of
the poster layout (in PDF format). Submissions must be in final form;
those accepted will be distributed to attendees as part of the
electronic proceedings as submitted -- no revisions will be
possible. Any optional drafts of posters are submitted for review
purposes only and will not be distributed. Those who intend to show
demos are highly encouraged to also submit an accompanying
video. Clearly identify the type of your submission by including the
prefix "Interactive Poster:" in the title of your summary.
Authors of accepted posters are required to bring an explanatory
hardcopy poster for display during the scheduled evening poster
session, and be available for discussion at that time. Accepted
authors who wish to also show demos of their work are encouraged to
also bring a laptop to the poster session. Authors who wish to show a
live demo but cannot provide their own machine should contact the
posters chairs in advance of the submission deadline to discuss the
logistics. All authors who plan to show live demos or video should
clearly indicate this fact in their submissions. Authors are also
required to present a very brief one-minute summary of their
interactive poster at a short preview session earlier in the day.
Poster Review Process
Each poster will be read and evaluated by the Poster Chairs. Review
criteria are: interest to the community, originality, significance,
and presentation quality. Submissions will also be evaluated based on
whether the content is suitable for VAST and not a repetition of the
work of others. There will be two categories for submission: student
and general. Student posters are strongly encouraged and several slots
will be reserved for student submissions. Authors of posters that are
not accepted will receive summary reviews of their poster from the
chairs explaining the decision and providing feedback.
Best Poster Awards
We will have two categories for Best Poster: general and student. The
poster co-chairs will select a set of finalists in each category. A
special Best Poster Committee will be assigned to select the
winners. The Best Poster Committee will make their decision during the
symposium based on the 2-page submission as well as the final poster
and discussion as observed during the poster session. Again, we
encourage students to submit posters since their will be a separate
award category for students.
For more information, contact the
VAST Poster Chairs:
David Gotz, IBM Watson Research Center
Greg Schmidt, Spatial Data Analytics
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of a poster?
There are different reasons for submitting your work as a
poster. Maybe the work wasn't quite mature enough at the papers
deadline, but you would like to show it to your colleagues. Or you
want some feedback on what others think about it. Maybe the work was
interesting but not of such a great value that it would warrant a
paper (student projects often fall into this category). Or you may
have some late breaking results you want to show the world before
writing a complete paper. A poster presentation provides you with the
chance to get more feedback than with a paper presentation, and you
can get in contact with people working in a similar field, or who are
interested in your work.
What are my responsibilities as a poster author?
To facilitate dissemination, discussion, and access, posters will be
on display during the entire conference. Authors will be expected to
set up their posters the first morning of the conference, and take
them down the final afternoon. Posters are also presented in person,
first in a one minute summary at the fast-paced poster summary
session, and then by standing with the poster during the poster
session itself to describe the work and to answer questions. If the
poster has multiple authors, not all authors need to be there, however
the poster must be staffed by at least one person at all times during
the poster session. Multiple authors may wish to "tag team," taking
turns at their own poster and then seeing the other poster
What makes for a good poster?
The main points of the poster should be easily readable from about
three meters away. The poster may also have more dense text, suitable
for viewers who come for a closer look, standing perhaps one meter
away. Consider also that the material on the poster should be useful
for you to illustrate key points when discussing your work
individually with attendees during your session. And don't forget to
include your name, affiliation, and contact information on the
poster. At the poster session, you should have your business card or a
leaflet ready to give to interested people.
What is the expected physical format of a poster?
Posters are usually printed with a large-format printer onto a large
piece of paper, which covers most or all of the poster board it is
mounted on. A less attractive (though time-honored) option is to form
the poster from a collection of individual letter-size sheets of
paper, either as the individual pages of the presentation, or as
"tiles" of a single large-format document. At the conference, you will
mount your poster onto a poster board for display. Poster boards and
push-pins will be supplied by the conference organizers.
Will I have an internet connection for my laptop?
Probably not. It's best not to plan on having an internet connection
during your session.
Will AC power be available for my laptop or other devices?
Sorry, we can t promise AC power outlets. Charge your batteries before
Can I leave my laptop or other equipment there before or after the session?
The poster session is in an unsecured open area. Take your laptop and
all your gear with you.