First Call For Papers: 2020 ICA Workshop on Analytical Reasoning

2020 ICA Workshop on Analytical Reasoning

Cartography, Visualization, Design

Date: Monday 14 September 2020

Location: University of Warsaw, Poland

It has been 15 years since visual analytics was first established as the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive maps and visualizations. Since then, new models have been proposed to understand cognitive reasoning processes, new technologies have been released to support interactive, mobile, and immersive mapping, and new methods have been developed to examine and evaluate user experiences with analytical support systems. We call for research papers in cartography, visualization, and allied design fields to capture the state-of-science on visuospatial analytical reasoning.

Analytical Reasoning goes beyond simply noticing a pattern, and invokes a complex set of processes that aim to explain what has been seen, or to predict what will happen next. Creating the conditions in which users are able to reason about spatial information is a difficult task, and there are many challenges to overcome. This workshop invites short reports on ongoing and emergent work that aims to tackle one of the many dimensions in cartography that relate to supporting analytical reasoning. Broadly speaking, we are seeking work that focuses on understanding users, their cognitive processes, and/or their interactions with visual representations and computational methods via maps or geographic visualization. We welcome research that tackles these and related problem areas through computational, representational, or contextual methodological lenses. This workshop will provide a forum in which new approaches and ideas can be discussed and where new research collaborations can be formed. 

Early stage work is explicitly encouraged, especially by junior scholars or those who might be new to cartography.

This workshop represents the joint efforts of the University of Warsaw Department of Geoinformatics, Cartography, and Remote Sensing in collaboration with the International Cartographic Association Commissions on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, Visual Analytics, and User Experience (UX)


We invite two kinds of contributions. First, we seek two-page short papers on completed research. Two-page short papers should be prepared using the CHI format, with accepted papers receiving 20 minutes for presentation and discussion. Second, we seek 150-word abstracts on work in progress or early graduate proposal ideas. Short abstracts will receive 5 minutes for a lightning talk presentation with discussion following all lightning talks. Select papers may be encouraged for expansion into a special journal issue, depending on participation.

Short papers and abstracts will be reviewed by two program committee members to gauge appropriateness for the workshop.

Relevant Topics Include:

  • Geovisualization and visual analytics
  • Storytelling for improved comprehension of geographic processes
  • User experience design for expert systems
  • Visuospatial cognition and reasoning
  • Models of spatial cognition
  • Models of human visuospatial reasoning
  • Individual and group differences in spatial abilities
  • Wayfinding and navigation
  • Reasoning on the go with augmented and mixed realities
  • Thematic map design
  • Visual variables and visual semiotics
  • User perspectives on thematic cartography
  • Human-computer interaction 
  • Immersive analytics
  • Understandable machine learning
  • Algorithms and spatial decision making
  • Spatial decision support systems


Papers and abstracts should be submitted using our EasyChair site located at:

2-page paper deadline: 15 May 2020

Short abstract deadline: 1 June 2020

Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2020

Registration deadline: 31 July 2020

If you need a visa to Poland to participate, or have other questions about the workshop, please contact the local organizers at


Please visit our workshop website for registration details: 

Every effort is being made to offer this workshop at a low cost, and we expect registration fees to be minimal with an optional group dinner taking place in the evening after the workshop concludes.

Commission on Visual Analytics Activities at the 2019 ICC in Tokyo

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics welcomes you to join special sessions and activities at the upcoming 2019 International Cartographic Conference to be held from July 15th – 20th in Tokyo, Japan.

The preliminary conference program has been posted here, and you will see several sessions sponsored by our Commission taking place on Friday, July 19th:

T27-1 Social Applications of Geovisual Analytics
Room: Conference Room 2 (Plaza Heisei)
Datetime: Fri 19th July 10:50-12:10
Chair: Anthony Robinson (The Pennsylvania State University)
T27-1-1 Visual Analytics for Regional Economic Environment Factors Based on a Dashboard Design
Chenyu Zuo, Linfang Ding, Liqiu Meng
T27-1-2 Reasoning about Socio-Economic Data: A Visual Analytics Approach to Bayesian Network
Ekaterina Chuprikova, Liqiu Meng
T27-1-3 Geovisual analysis of VGI for understanding people’s behaviour in relation to multifaceted context
Natalia Andrienko, Gennady Andrienko, Siming Chen, Dirk Burghardt, Alexander Dunkel, Ross Purves

T27-2 Design & Computation in Geovisualization
Room: Conference Room 2 (Plaza Heisei)
Datetime: Fri 19th July 14:50-16:10
Chair: Arzu Coltekin (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland)
T27-2-1 On the relevance of cartography — An interaction design perspective
Sebastian Meier, Jordi Tost, Frank Heidmann
T27-2-2 Given the problem of projection, are heat maps an oxymoron?
Daniel Strebe
T27-2-3 The Levenshtein distance as a measure of mirror symmetry and homogeneity for binary digital patterns
Godfried Theodore Toussaint

T27-3 Visualizing Flows & 3D Geovisualization
Room: Conference Room 2 (Plaza Heisei)
Datetime: Fri 19th July 16:40-18:00
Chair: TBD (TBD)
T27-3-1 Creating Maps of Artificial Spaces for Exploring Trajectories
Gennady Andrienko, Natalia Andrienko
T27-3-2 Workflow for 3D geovisualization of the data obtained with the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Augmented Reality
Łukasz Halik, Maciej Smaczyński, Beata Medyńska-Gulij
T27-3-3 Geovisualization of complex origin-destination flow maps using Discrete Global Grid Systems
Paulo Raposo
T27-3-4 Using Focus + Context Techniques to Visualize Building Information Model in virtual Geo-Environment
Shen Ying, Chengpeng Li, Weiyang Li, Naibin Chen, Zhigang Zhao

In addition, we would love to see you at our Commission Meeting, which will be held on Friday, July 19th – 12:10 – 13:30 in Plaza Heisei Conference Room 2.

Announcing a Geovisual Analytics Workshop at GIScience 2018

New Directions in Geovisual Analytics: Visualization, Computation, and Evaluation

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics is pleased to announce a Call For Papers for a pre-conference workshop to be held in conjunction with GIScience 2018 in Melbourne.

The theme of this workshop is New Directions in Geovisual Analytics: Visualization, Computation, and Evaluation.

Visit the GVIZ 2018 Workshop Website Here

This workshop focuses on eliciting and sharing nascent challenges in visual design, evaluation, and computation related to geovisual analytics. The core concept of this workshop is to focus on exploring ideas for new approaches – not simply to recap what has already been accomplished. Toward that end, workshop participants will be asked to submit extended abstracts that describe new research directions in visualization, evaluation, or computation (and may synthesize across these areas as well). We especially encourage high-risk ideas that have a potentially high-return in terms of scientific and social impact. Potential topics may include:

• New visual representation types in geovisual analytics
• Novel computational and visual methods for handling massive, streaming, spatiotemporal data
• Opportunities for integrating immersive environments and geovisual analytics
• Artistic approaches for expressing or interacting with big spatial data
• New approaches for integrating users in the design of geovisual analytics systems
• Ideas for integrating sensemaking into geovisual analytics

This workshop will have a discussion-centric format. Accepted talks will be given in short formats (10min or 5min in length) with an emphasis on having ample discussion and networking time connected to each series of talks.

The workshop will be held August 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Extended abstracts (no longer than six pages using the GIScience 2018 format) will be due April 27, 2018.

A dedicated workshop website can be found here: