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Welcome to AZ VIS 2021!

The University of Arizona and Arizona State University are jointly organizing an IEEE VIS 2021 satellite event in Tucson, AZ, Oct. 24-29.

Who we are

This event will bring together multiple communities, including the HDC, VADER, and SVL visualization research groups.

Additionally, this event interfaces with the larger Data Science communities of both campuses, particularly the UA’s Data Science Institute and UITS Research Computing.

What’s happening during the week

Our satellite event will host viewing options for the virtual IEEE VIS 2021 Program, 8:00am-11:30am MST daily starting on Monday, October 25, in addition to local programming throughout the week.

Email Signup and IEEE VIS Registration

Please complete our sign up form to receive updates via our event mailing list.

Conference registration is free to students and will be handled by IEEE VIS. Register for IEEE VIS here


(Registering for the IEEE VIS conference will provide access to information about each of these events through the virtual conference website (

Day Times (MST) Event Rooms
Mon. 1:30pm-4:00pm Doctoral Colloquium (DC) (invite-only) HSIB 320/321
Tues. 7:30am-8:00am AZ VIS Local Opening HSIB 305
  8:00am-9:30am VIS Best Paper Session HSIB 305
  9:30am-10:00am Coffee Break  
  10:00am-11:00am VIS Keynote HSIB 305
  11:00am-1:00pm AZ VIS Showcase Lunch (VSL) HSIB Annex
  1:00pm-2:30pm AZ VIS Lightning Talks (LT) HSIB 305
    LT Program Schedule  
Wed. 8:00am-9:30am VIS Parallel Sessions  
    — Papers: Multi-View and Visual Environments HSIB 320
    — Papers: CG&A - Data Physicalization HSIB 321
    — Short Papers: AI+VIS HSIB 442
    — Panel: What is the Role of VIS in Combating COVID-19? HSIB 443
  9:30am-10:00am Coffee Break  
  10:00am-11:30am VIS Parallel Sessions  
    — Papers: Immersive Environments, Personal Vis,
     and Dashboards
HSIB 320
    — Papers: Multi-Dimensional Data HSIB 321
    — Papers: CG&A - Visualizing big issues: Culture,
     Climate Change, and Communities
HSIB 442
    — Arts Program: VISAP Session 1 HSIB 443
  11:30am-1:00pm AZ VIS Birds-of-a-Feather Lunch (BOF) HSIB Annex
Thurs.   Events Cancelled  
Fri.   Events Cancelled  

Local Programming

In addition to hosting events from the main conference we are organizing four different local events to highlight the exciting visualization work happening in southern AZ, build connections between the many communities, and offer opportunities for celebrating visualization.

VIS Showcase Lunch (VSL)

Find out more about the visualization researchers in our local southern AZ community in an informal setting where we eat, chat, and talk about recent work. Meet and mingle with VIS researchers from ASU and UA and share lunch on Tuesday.

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Lunch

Talk about specific VIS-related topics with those who share the same passions as you. We provide lunch, and you provide the discussion topics. We will group people by table based on topics of interest to discuss on Wednesday

Lightning Talks (LT)

An opportunity to present your work related to visualization! The talks are limited to three minutes each. You do not have to be a visualization specialist to participate. We invite talks from all visualization-interested parties across Arizona.

Preliminary Schedule for the LTs, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1:00-2:30pm:

Time Presenter Title
1:00pm Aditi Mishra Why? Why not? When? Visual Explanations of Agent Behavior in
Reinforcement Learning
1:05pm Dorsey Kaufmann Workshop to Prototyping: Identifying web viz requirements from
participatory stakeholder activities
1:10pm Yixuan Wang Cost-Benefit of Interactive Labelling System
1:15pm Brian Bollen Contour Tree Edit Distance
1:20pm Jinbin Huang Visualization on Multi-modality
1:25pm Winslow Burleson UArizona Holodeck: A Convergence Catalyst for Research, Education,
and Innovation
1:30pm Tiankai Xie Explaining Vulnerabilities to Adversarial Machine Learning through
Visual Analytics
1:35pm Sayef Azad Sakin Designing scalable timeline charts for millions of tasks
1:40pm Devin Bayly The Future of Research Technologies Remote Display
1:45pm Kairong Jiang Error Diagnosis for Volume Rendering Surrogates
2:00pm All Informal discussions between presenters and audience

Doctoral Colloquium (DC)

Participating Ph.D. students present their proposed dissertation work and receive feedback from leading visualization researchers. We invite contributions from student communities involved in all areas of visualization.

Event Logistics


We are reserving space for the week in the Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB).

For our out-of-town visitors, we can work with you to handle reservations at nearby hotels such as Aloft Tucson University and Tucson Marriott University Park.

Code of Conduct

All attendees of AZ VIS are subject to the IEEE VIS Code of Conduct and IEEE Code of Conduct.

Local Organizers

Organizational Chairs

Joshua A. Levine (UA, HDC) (for inquiries, contact
Ross Maciejewski (ASU, VADER)
Nirav Merchant (UA, DSI)
Maliaca Oxnam (UA, DSI)

Organizational Committee

Devin Bayly (UA, UITS)
Chris Bryan (ASU, SVL)
Katherine Isaacs (UA, HDC)
Stephen Kobourov (UA, HDC)
Carlos Scheidegger (UA, HDC)

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The venue for this event was sponsored by University of Arizona Health Sciences administration

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.