[Infovis] CFP: VIS 13 workshop -- Public Health's Wicked Problems: Can InfoVis Save Lives?

John Stasko john.stasko at cc.gatech.edu
Thu Aug 1 03:01:14 CEST 2013

Announcing a Call for Submissions for a workshop on

Public Health's Wicked Problems: Can InfoVis Save Lives?

In conjunction with
October 13-18, 2013
Atlanta, GA, USA



Public health is charged with assessing current and emerging health 
threats and issues, developing effective population-based policies and 
interventions to address these problems, and monitoring delivery and 
outcomes of public health actions. Many public health problems, such as 
the obesity epidemic, HIV/STI transmission, and environmental hazards 
are called “wicked” due to their complexity and multi-layered causal 
factors at individual, group, and social levels. Such problems must be 
tackled with a mix of interventions that can include changes in health 
care delivery systems, community and neighborhood planning, social and 
educational institutions, and social and individual behavior change 
programs. Other public health actions require rapid response and public 
engagement using the best data possible as it emerges in real-time, such 
as emerging infectious diseases, outbreaks, and emergency operations to 
protect public safety.

To make decisions about when and where to deploy resources that produce 
the greatest net benefits in complex or rapidly evolving situations, 
public health practitioners need new tools to integrate multiple sources 
of data from formal disease surveillance systems, secondary sources of 
geographic and demographic data, and new data streams such as real-time 
social media content. The field of information visualization, in which 
datasets are explored, analyzed, and presented through a range of 
graphical means, could offer entirely new ways of representing, seeing, 
and solving population-based health problems.

--Call for Participation--

The goal of the workshop is to bring together world-class public health 
and information visualization experts and curious learners to discuss 
how the fields can come together to generate new tools for emerging and 
longstanding public health problems.

All registered attendees of IEEE VIS are encouraged to attend the 
workshop, with a special invitation to public health professionals who 
are interested in data visualization techniques to attend the conference 
in Atlanta.

We are soliciting full papers and extended abstracts/presentations 
across the range of focus areas of visualization, from issues in data 
collection for maximizing visualization opportunities, to analysis 
techniques, traditional and novel presentation formats, and data 
storytelling.  Submissions should focus on the use of visualization to 
identify, analyze, and solve public health and related health system 

--Scope and Topics--

We invite original research, case studies/practice reports, systematic 
reviews, evaluation studies, methodology innovations, or commentary on 
the following topics of specific interest, while welcoming work on all 
aspects of public health and information visualization.

--Challenges and opportunities in public health/health data collection 
for public health visualization applications
--Data visualization tools and techniques for public health analysis and 
--Collaboration between public health domain and data visualization experts
--Approaches to analyzing effects of structural and social determinants 
of health (SDH)
--Evaluation studies of the use of visualization in public health 
--Uses of information visualization to communicate public health 
priorities and potential interventions

--Submission Guidelines--

Submissions for papers can be 4-8 pages long, with the length of 
submission appropriate to the contribution; extended abstracts for 
presentation should be 2 pages long. All submissions will be 
peer-reviewed by the workshop organizers.

***Please email your submissions to publichealthinfoviz at gmail.com.***

All submissions should be formatted in the IEEE VIS format style. Use 
instructions found on this page: 
http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~vis/Tasks/camera.html.  Submissions must be made 
in PDF.

--Key Dates--

Deadline for submissions: September 6, 2013
Notification of acceptance: September 16, 2013
Workshop: October 13 or 14, 2013 (pending)


Susan J. Robinson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
SJRobinson at cdc.gov
Marty Cetron, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MCetron at cdc.gov
Hazel Dean, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HDean at cdc.gov
David S. Ebert, Purdue University, ebertd at ecn.purdue.edu
Bradford Hesse, National Cancer Institute, NIH, hesseb at mail.nih.gov
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, ben at cs.umd.edu
John Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology. stasko at cc.gatech.edu

Workshop Contact Email
Please contact Susan Robinson, SJRobinson at cdc.gov.

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