Dear colleague, apologies if you receive multiple copies of this
message. We have additional space for Showpieces (formerly called
"Demonstrations and Posters"), so we have extended the due dates for
Showpieces submissions to 5 May 2014. Please refer to details below or
visit .
For more details of VL/HCC 2014 and its scope, see
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
(VL/HCC) 2014

Call for Showpieces

Showpieces offer an interactive opportunity to show off your ideas
and/or accomplishments to the VL/HCC community. Formerly called "posters
and demonstrations", the category has expanded to also include videos,
downloadable apps, handouts, electronic devices, physical prototypes, or
any other artifacts that facilitate meaningful interactions with other
conference attendees.

Topics and purpose of showpieces
A broad range of topics are appropriate for showpieces. If an idea for a
showpiece seems borderline appropriate for this venue, feel free to err
on the side of sending in a submission. The following non-exhaustive
list illustrates the possibilities:

-       Current research in progress
-       Results presented in the main VL/HCC conference
-       Results already presented at another conference or published in a 
-       Existing commercial products and/or services
-       Efforts aimed at integrating research into education
-       Efforts aimed at commercializing research

Showpieces can help accomplish many purposes, such as:

-       Helping graduate student presenters to meet faculty from other
-       Demonstrating to industry sponsors that a specific line of research
has practical applications
-       Building community interest in a novel way of approaching a research 
-       Showcasing products or services available for sale
-       Starting conversations that could lead to new collaborations

Submitting a showpiece

Each submission will consist solely of a 2-page PDF file, following
standard IEEE Conference Proceedings format. In addition to the title
and author list, a submission must contain the following parts:

-       An abstract
-       A description of the showpiece’s topical content (e.g., a description
of a research result, an effort to integrate research with education, an
existing product, etc.), including any claims or conclusions that can be
drawn based on this work
-       An explanation of why this topical content will be of interest to the
VL/HCC community, including a statement about any aspects of the content
that are novel
-       A short summary of how the showpiece will present this topical content
(e.g., a video, poster, app, device, etc.)
-       References are not required but may be included if doing so helps to
communicate the topical content, claims, novelty, or relevance

The showpiece itself does not need to be submitted, nor does it need to
exist at the time when the 2-page PDF is submitted. For example, if the
showpiece will be a video, then the video does not need to be submitted
with the PDF. As another example, if the showpiece will be a new
physical device, then the device does not need to exist yet when the PDF
is submitted; in this case, Part 4 of the PDF above should simply
explain what showpiece will be created in order to present specific
topical content.

Submissions are due by 5pm Pacific Time on 5th May 2014, and should be
emailed as an attachment to The email should
specify one of the following three options for how the submission should
be reviewed and published:

-       "Please consider this as a publishable poster submission to be
published in the VL/HCC proceedings."
-       "Please consider this as a publishable poster submission, but do not
publish it in the VL/HCC proceedings"
-       "Please consider this as a non-publishable poster or other showpiece
submission, which will not be published in the VL/HCC proceedings"

The selection from this list will affect how the 2-page PDF is reviewed
and published (as explained below). If a submission email does not
specify one of the three options above, then the submission will by
default be considered as a publishable poster submission to be included
in the proceedings.

Reviewing — publishable vs. non-publishable Non-publishable poster or
other showpiece submissions will be peer-reviewed based on three
criteria: (a) relevance to the VL/HCC community, (b) intelligibility of
the submission, and (c) expected likelihood of generating discussion
with other VL/HCC attendees. Submissions accepted as non-publishable
submissions will not be included in the proceedings.

While the Showpieces category is now broader, the category still
maintains a venue for the submission of peer-reviewed, archival quality
posters. Specifically, publishable poster submissions will be
peer-reviewed based on the three criteria above as well as the
following: (d) apparent novelty, (e) significance, and (f) apparent
validity of any claims or conclusions stated in the submission. In other
words, publishable submissions should be "good enough" that they could
be included in the conference proceedings as archival 2-page papers.
(Note that submitters may opt to have publishable poster submissions
omitted from the proceedings, in case they wish to avoid any possibility
of a "prior-publication" issue with a future archival publication.) Note
that only posters can be included as publishable submissions. Other
kinds of showpieces should be submitted as a non-publishable submission.

If a submission fails to meet the six criteria, but it could be accepted
as a non-publishable submission, then a conference organizer will
contact the author by email to suggest switching the submission to a
non-publishable submission. For example, if a submission presents work
that already will be appearing elsewhere in the main conference, then
such a submission would be a reasonable non-publishable submission, but
it might not meet the novelty criterion required for a publishable

Publication and presentation
Publishable poster submissions that are accepted to be included in the
VL/HCC proceedings will appear on the IEEE Xplore Digital Library
website, provided that at least one author registers for the conference
and that the camera-ready copy is submitted by 16th May 2014.

The VL/HCC program will include one showpiece session. During this
session, showpieces will be presented in a large room simultaneously by
many different presenters, with each presenter allocated a specific
assigned space for presenting a showpiece. Internet connectivity,
chairs, and table space will be available, as well as wall or easel
space for hanging a poster. Showpiece presenters are expected to bring
all other materials and equipment required, including any computer
hardware required for presenting the showpiece.

For further information
Contact the Showpieces Chair at (and please
mention "VL/HCC Showpieces Question" in the subject line).

5th May 2014  --  Showpieces due
12th May 2014  --  Showpieces decisions
16th May  2014  --  Final camera-ready due at IEEE CPS
Dr Jim Burton
Senior Lecturer in Computing
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
University of Brighton

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