Thematic Background

Visualization as a tool for analysis, exploration and communication has become a driving force in the task of unravelling the complex urban fabrics that form our cities. Yet, there is a crucial need to bridge the gap between the flood of urban data and the capacity of decision makers to integrate that data into effective and informed decisions. The CityVis workshop wants to critically assess this notion and ask how data and data visualization can be used to serve and better understand or even organize urban processes, focusing on an explicitly “human-centric” perspective. This perspective should support and improve the understanding and the utilizations of data for all stakeholders - from governments and companies to citizens.

Workshop focus

We are interested in bringing together multidisciplinary perspectives, especially on the human-centric component of urban visualizations. We invite innovative ideas, design concepts, requirement analysis and work-in-progress relating to the following technical scope:

  • Urban data as the basis for urban data visualization (e.g. Sensor Networks, Quantified self, citizen science, Open data portals, Open (data) standards, Big data & real-time data challenges)
  • Human visualization interaction & user-centric design (e.g. Co-creation design methods, Visualization for decision support and decision making, Evaluation methods, Stakeholder- & requirement analysis, Visualizations for experts vs. general public
  • Visualization challenges (e.g. Uncertainty visualization, Spatio-temporal visualization, Network visualization)
  • Visualization contexts (e.g. Visualization of urban processes, Right to the city, production of space, Governance, participation and transparency, Visualizing plans, design, scenarios or futures)
  • Disruptive technologies (e.g. Open source, open analytics and open workflows, Machine learning, AI, tangible interfaces)

During the workshop, participants will be given a brief introductory presentation by the organizers to outline the workshop scope, followed by a selection of case study presentations (chosen from the accepted papers). The rest of the workshop will consist of interactive activities, making use of creative design thinking techniques, to encourage participants to collaboratively try to refine the definition of the urban data visualization theme. Through this first interactive workshop, we aim to establish a definition, goals, and challenges for urban visualizations.

The CityVis workshop is open for all IEEE Vis Participants.*

Submission of Abstracts

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts on case studies in the domain of urban visualization, in particular focusing on the human perspective and relating to the technical scope / related topics mentioned above (see Workshop Focus).

Abstracts must consist of no more than 5,000 characters (approx 2 pages). There is not a standard structure, but we encourage you to include sections on: Research Purpose, Background, Design/Methodology/Approach, Originality/Value, Practical Implications, Impact. Please also add 4-5 Keywords.

The submitted abstracts will undergo a double-blind peer review through the program chairs. All accepted abstracts will be made available via the workshop website (open access) and made available through the conference USB stick. Furthermore, all accepted abstracts will be included in printed workshop proceedings and provided to all workshop participants.

Please send your abstracts as PDFs to


  • 15.06. Deadline for structured abstracts
    (5.000 characters, 2 pages)
  • 15.07. 20.07 Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • 15.08. 20.08 Deadline for camera-ready abstracts
  • Monday, Oct 22nd: 2:20pm-6:00pm Workshop
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* Promoting interdisciplinarity

We are happy to provide the opportunity to financially support up to three active participants from outside the visualization community to apply for a one day fee waiver. We are especially interested in supporting activists and local government administratives, who are not able to provide the participation fee. If you can’t afford the participation fee, please send us a short message to explain why you think you should be supported (


  • Sebastian Meier (Technologiestiftung Berlin)
  • Nina Hälker (HafenCity University Hamburg)
  • Sarah Goodwin (RMIT/Monash University Melbourne)

Program Committee

  • Bleisch, Susanne (FHNW Northwestern Switzerland)
  • Davern, Melanie (RMIT University)
  • D'Ignazio, Catherine (Emerson College)
  • Dörk, Marian (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam)
  • Garreton, Manuela (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
  • Griffin, Amy (RMIT University)
  • Laramee, Robert S. (Swansea University)
  • Nagel, Till (University of Applied Sciences Mannheim)
  • Nieße, Astrid (University Hannover)
  • Noennig, Jörg Rainer (TU Dresden)
  • Pettit, Christopher (The University of New South Wales)
  • Prang, Holger (TU Berlin)
  • Saldarriaga, Juan Francisco (Columbia University)
  • Turkay, Cagatay (City, University of London)
  • Williams, Sarah (MIT Media Lab)
  • Wood, Jo (City, University of London)
  • Xu, Wenfei (MIT Media Lab)
  • Ziemer, Gesa (HafenCity University Hamburg)


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