Call for Participation
Information visualization and visual analytics tools have tended to focus on data that is important to science, finance, business, and government. These tools have typically been designed for experts, including scientists, financiers, and other professionals. However, individuals are now increasingly able to collect and manipulate large volumes of data about themselves (e.g. biometric data, exercise, sleep, and nutrition data) as well as data about topics that interest them (neighborhood statistics, sports metrics, environmental data, etc.). This "personal data" is creating new opportunities for both visualization and visual analytics, and presents a variety of new research and design challenges. Recently, the visualization community has started to consider the emerging and important case of "personal visualization" and examine the challenges and potential associated with collecting, visualizing, and making sense of personal data.

This workshop, held in conjunction with the 2015 IEEE VIS conference in Chicago, will examine the opportunities and challenges for personal visualization and personal visual analytics. The venue will provide an opportunity to discuss the current landscape of personal visualization tools and approaches as well as highlight ongoing work in this new area.

We welcome submissions both as papers and as posters/demos.


Authors should submit a 2-4 page position paper in TVCG format which describe a personal visualization challenge, informed by their own research, observations, or thinking about personal visualization and analytics. Position papers should clearly identify one challenge and discuss implications for the visualization community.


Authors wishing to demo should submit a 2-page description of the work in TVCG format, accompanied by an A0 poster and/or a plan for an interactive demonstration. Posters and demos should present new or ongoing research on the topic of personal visualization. Example demonstrations might include tools the authors have built for themselves, for relatives, or for novice communities, while poster submissions might include design ideas and early sketches describing new personal visualization tools and concepts.


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • Defining and exploring the relationship between personal visualization and parallel research areas such as personal informatics that focus on collecting personal data.
  • Providing approaches for visualizing and making sense of large quantities of multi-dimensional, temporal, multi-variate personal data.
  • Examining the role of communities, sharing, and privacy in personal analytics.
  • New application areas that involve personal data (health and well-being, environmental concerns, sport monitoring, etc.).
  • Designing visualization and analysis tools for non-expert.
  • Exploring the relationship between personal visualization tools and data portraits, data sculptures, and other artistic representations of personal information.
  • Evaluation tools and strategies for measuring the impact of personal visualization.
  • Visualization designs that consider factors such as pleasure, gamification, and engagement with personal data.
The organizers will review all submissions and will invite a subset of the authors to present their work during the workshop sessions. Authors of position papers will do a short (3 to 5 minutes) presentation; authors of posters/demos will do a very short (1 to 2 minutes presentation) and present their posters/demos during the breaks (note that these times are not definitive and subject to change). The reviewing process will favor diversity in order to cover the topic widely, and will select participants based on a number of criteria, including: originality of the submission, cohesiveness of vision, and quality of previous publications related to the workshop topic.

To submit, email submissions in PDF format to with the subject "Personal Visualization 2015" by August 31, 2015. Note that at least one of the authors of each paper or poster/demo that is accepted must attend the workshop and must register for one or more days of the VIS conference. Please provide in your email the name and email of the main contact/presenter of the submission. Also indicate the type of your submission: paper, poster or demo.

Important Dates

Submissions Deadline:
August 31 2015
September 14 the latest
Sunday, October 25 2015, 8:30--12:10