Second Keynote speaker at VINCI 2018 is Keynote Speech 2: Design after Nature Prof. Jon McCormack, Monash University, Australia

June 29th, 2018

We have the pleasure to present the second keynote speaker at VINCI 2018 Prof. Jon McCormack, Monash University, Australia on Design after Nature. You can find information on how to register for VINCI 2018 here

Abstract: Nature has driven us in what and how we create for millennia. Biomimetic approaches to human design are inspired by natural forms, shapes and processes. In computing, nature-inspired algorithms mimic collective behaviour or biological evolution to solve hard problems in search, optimisation and learning. In this talk I’ll show how I have developed a creative visual design practice informed by processes from biological development, the architecture of natural form, and evolutionary processes. My work began by devising advanced visual models of morphogenetic development in plants. Incorporating evolutionary processes allowed designs to emerge that would be difficult or impossible to discover independently, making them “beyond human design”. In later work, I have experimented with evolutionary ecosystems and processes such as niche construction to encourage diversity in the visual style of works generated by algorithmic processes. My most recent work looks at translating from the virtual back to the real, using digital fabrication technologies driven by generative computational processes. The goal is to build dynamic, responsive, intelligent physical systems that interact directly with living organisms, symbiotically affecting their growth and development. This leads to the creation of bio-machine hybrids – bringing the biomimetic concept full circle – and heralding a new form of co-design where human, machine and nature all contribute to the design process.

Photo of Jon McCormack

Short Bio: Jon McCormack is an Australian-based artist and researcher in computing. He holds an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Art (Film and Television) from Swinburne University and a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University. He is currently full Professor of Computer Science and director of sensiLab at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include generative art, design and music, evolutionary systems, computer creativity, visualisation, virtual reality, interaction design, physical computing, machine learning, L-systems and developmental models.

Since the late 1980s McCormack has worked with computer code as a medium for creative expression. Inspired by the complexity and wonder of a diminishing natural world, his work is concerned with electronic “after natures” – alternate forms of artificial life that may one day replace the biological nature lost through human progress and development. For more information about Jon Cormack see.

Prof. Min Chen, University of Oxford, UK, first keynote speaker at VINCI 2018

June 27th, 2018

We have the pleasure to present the first keynote speech at VINCI 2018 : Is Visualization Underpinned by Communication Theory? held by Prof. Min Chen from University of Oxford, UK. You can find information on how to register for VINCI 2018 here

Abstract: Seven decades ago, Claude Shannon’s landmark article “A Mathematical Theory of Communication” (1948) laid down the foundation of modern tele- and data communication, giving rise to information theory as an academic subject. In this talk, the speaker will describe the applications of information theory to visualization and demonstrate how information theory can explain numerous phenomena in visualization. In particular, the speaker will discuss an information-theoretic metric for analysing the cost-benefit of data intelligence workflows, elaborating the values of visualization in such workflows. The speaker will also outline conjectures that the metric may potentially have implications beyond data science.

Short Bio: Min Chen developed his academic career in Wales between 1984 and 2011. He is currently the professor of scientific visualization at Oxford University and a fellow of Pembroke College. His research interests include visualization, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and aspects of computer vision. He has co-authored some 200 publications, including his recent contributions in areas such as theory of visualization, video visualization, visual analytics, and perception and cognition in visualization. He has worked on a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary research topics, ranging from the sciences to sports, and from digital humanities to cybersecurity. His services to the research community include papers co-chair of IEEE Visualization 2007 and 2008, Eurographics 2011, IEEE VAST 2014 and 2015; co-chair of Volume Graphics 1999 and 2006, EuroVis 2014; associate editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics; and co-director of Wales Research Institute of Visual Computing. He is currently an editor-in-chief of Computer Graphics Forum. He is a fellow of British Computer Society, European Computer Graphics Association, and Learned Society of Wales. See also:

Call for Participation: VINCI 2018

June 25th, 2018

The 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI 2018) will be held in Växjö, Sweden, August 13-15, 2018

VINCI 2018 features high profile keynote speeches, state-of-the art technical sessions, and entertaining social programs, which will surely be interesting to our participants (the detailed symposium program can be found on

You can find information on how to register for VINCI 2018 here

Please note that the early registration period for VINCI 2018 lasts until July 1, 2018. Afterwards, the standard registration fees apply.


A short presentation of the keynote speakers and the abstract of their speeches will be presented here on the blog in the coming days so keep an eye out for more information

  • Keynote Speech 1: Is Visualization Underpinned by Communication Theory? will be held by Prof. Min Chen (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Keynote Speech 2: Design after Nature will be held by Prof. Jon McCormack (Monash University, Australia)


Here comes a list of the full papers and posters that will be presented during the conference Read the rest of this entry »

First PhD-course in Python (7,5 credits) available for sign up

June 20th, 2018

We are now offering the first PhD-courses of fall 2018 related to DISA, Python 7,5 credits. It’s also open for other potential PhD-students.

Course content

The first lectures will introduce the basics of Python programming, including different ways to run (e.g., Jupyter) and test programs. This part will also cover some of the standard modules, such as NumPy, Pandas, and MatPlotLib.

The rest of the course is structured around “How do you do X in Python,” where X is a topic such as Network Analysis, Text Mining, etc. Each topic will be covered by one or a few overview lectures that cover some of the essential algorithms in detail, how to implement them in Python, and which modules are available to use. The lectures will introduce some important computer science and computational ideas as well as programming best practices.

The course will also briefly cover how to use the DISA HPCC and how to run Python programs on multicore machines and a cluster of such machines.

After completing the course, the student should:

  • Be able to design algorithms to solve problems within their research domain and implement these using Python
  • Be able to reason about the performance of an algorithm and its implementation, as well as use various tools to optimize their implementation, including parallelization.
  • Know how to use essential Python modules, such as NumPy, SciPy, Scikits, Pandas, etc., as well as key modules within the topics (Xs) that the course covers.

Be able to reason about the benefits and drawbacks of Python as well as how it compares to other programming languages/environments and be able to argue for when and when not to use it.


A completed undergraduate program of at least 240 credits, including 60 credits at advanced level, or the equivalent. Some knowledge of programming and/or algorithms will be helpful.


The course will start on September 10th and finish by the end of October/beginning of November. The course will mainly have lectures (live and video), with meet ups every other week.


The registration needs to be finalized no later than August 31st. Register here.

If you have any questions please contact Morgan Ericsson.

Seminar invitation: Beyond programming as primary computing skill

May 18th, 2018

The Digital Humanities invite you to the seminar: Beyond programming as primary computing skill: the case of the PDF file format – Jean-François Blanchette

Jean-François Blanchette is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the computerization of bureaucracies, the evolution of the computing infrastructure, and the materiality of digital objects. He is the author of Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents (MIT Press, 2012) and co-editor of Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure (MIT Press, 2015). He is the director with Snowden Becker of the “On the Record, All the Time” project, which examines the impact of surveillance technologies to archival education and practice.

Abstract for the presentation:

LIS programs have been faced for years with the question of how to best teach students adequate information technology skills. In past decades, the answer often took the form of basic computing literacy (how to write an email, how to set up a basic database), but today, the consensus is that the most obvious representative of such a skill is the mastery of a programming language. Indeed, coding is supported today by a wide range of organizations as the most direct path of entry into the computing professions and as a requisite skill for all future workers in the knowledge economy.

In this presentation,  Jean-François Blanchette challenges this assumption as it applies to graduate students enrolled in LIS programs. He will argue that the teaching of coding aligns with a conception of computing primarily grounded in its mathematical character as an “engine of logic.” However, an equally important understanding of computing lies in its nature as an engineered system dedicated to the coordinated use of limited computing resources (processing, storage, networking). Of particular importance are the design strategies of modularity and hierarchical aggregation, which allows computing systems to allocate resources, manage complexity and technical change, while providing specific pathways for growth and functional evolution. These resources and strategies constitute the actual materials and tools used by engineers to design, operate, and maintain the extraordinarily complex assemblage of software and hardware components that constitutes networked computing.

For students, such as those in LIS, whose career success depends on the proper anticipation of the impact of information technology on their field of professional practice, such an understanding is more effective than learning to code. Using the PDF file format as example,  Jean-François Blanchette demonstrate how this approach can be used to anticipate the evolution of the format and its impact on, e.g., digital preservation, open data, accessibility, and the future of scholarly communication.


The Digital Humanities (DH) seminar series is aimed at providing a forum for relevant DH discussion in the region and beyond, inspiring collaboration with wider audiences about the emerging field of DH field and University’s DH Initiative, thus both strengthening the DH Initiative’s established network, as well as creating a space for collaboration between universities and cross-sectoral partners at national and international levels. Please find more information at their website.

The Seminars are open to everyone, but we would appreciate if you would register your attendance via

VINCI 2018 – CALL FOR PAPERS (extended deadline)

April 26th, 2018

The 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI 2018) will be given in Växjö, Sweden, August 13-15, 2018. The paper submission deadline is extended until May 04, 2018 (23:59 in AoE). A selection of best papers will be invited to a special issue published by the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing (JVLC) =================================================================

Visual communication through graphics or text has long been conducted among human beings of different backgrounds or cultures, and in recent decades between human and machine. In today’s digital world, visual information is typically encoded with various metaphors commonly used in daily life to facilitate rapid comprehension and easy analysis during the communication process. Visual information communication generally encompasses information visualization, graphical user-interfaces, visual analytics, and visual languages. Visual information is increasingly being used to facilitate human-human communication through the Internet and mobile devices.

The Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI) ( is the premier international forum for researchers and industrial practitioners to discuss the state-of-the-art in visual communication theories, designs, and applications. The 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI ’18) will be held on 13-15 August 2018, in Växjö, Sweden.

Papers can be submitted as full papers, short papers or posters. All accepted papers will be published by ACM Press and made available in the ACM Digital Library (EI indexed). Authors of selected full papers of high quality will be invited to submit revised versions of their works to a special issue of an SCI-indexed journal. In addition, revised versions of selected best papers in art and design will be invited for subsequent publication in a special issue of Leonardo (MIT Press, AHCI indexed).


We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on all aspects of visual information communication and interaction, either via images, computer graphics, animations, virtual reality, web, or other media. Research papers may address cognitive and design aspects, underlying theories, taxonomies, implementation work, tool support, and case studies. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

= Cognitive aspects of visual information comprehension = Empirical studies of novel visual metaphors = Visual interaction through multimodality = Visual approaches for knowledge discovery = Computational aesthetics = Visual and immersive analytics = Graph drawing and (multivariate) network visualization = Information visualization = Graphical user interface design = Aesthetics in visual communication = Influence of visual arts and design = Visual modeling languages and UML = Visual communication metaphors = Visual programming languages = Visualization on mobile devices = Visualization in virtual, mixed, and augmented reality = Applications like SoftVis, BioVis, GeoVis, … = Sketching, = Human-computer interaction


Submissions that address research and development, as well as experience reports and tool demonstrations on the above and other related topics are strongly encouraged. Papers can be submitted as full papers, short papers or posters. Each submitted symposium paper will be peer-reviewed by at least three International Program Committee members. All accepted papers and posters will appear in the proceedings of VINCI2018 published by ACM Press and made available in the ACM Digital Library (EI indexed). Moreover, authors of a number of selected full papers of high quality will be invited to prepare revised versions of their work for submission to a special issue of JVLC (SCI-indexed). In addition, it is planned that revised versions of selected best papers in art and design will be invited for the subsequent publication in a special issue of Leonardo (MIT Press; AHCI indexed).

Research papers and experience reports of up to eight (8), short papers of up to four (4), and tool demonstrations or posters of up to two (2) ACM double-column pages should be submitted here. Detailed information on the electronic submission can be found on the conference web page.


  • Paper submission deadline: May 4, 2018 (23:59 in AoE)
  • Notification of decision: May 28, 2018
  • Camera-ready copy due: June 15, 2018


  • General Chair: Andreas Kerren, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Program Chairs: Yina Li, University of Science and Technology of China, China Karsten Klein, Universität Konstanz, Germany
  • Proceedings Chair: Kostiantyn Kucher, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Local organization Chair: Rafael Messias Martins, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Program committee



Inbjudan forskningsseminarium “Hur kan vi förbättra digital samverkan i vården?”

April 5th, 2018

Digital samverkan spelar en viktig roll i personcentrerad vård för att knyta ihop vård-och omsorgsgivare med närstående. Samtidigt finns idag en frustration att ”systemen inte pratar med varandra” i de situationer där man fortfarande arbetar i digitalt isolerade öar.

Det är inte en teknisk fråga att ”systemen inte pratar med varandra”. Det finns idag inga tekniska hinder för kommunikation mellan system. Vi behöver börja i en annan ände. Interoperabilitet handlar om samarbete mellan olika aktörer och deras behov att kommunicera med varandra, vilket kommer att öka drastiskt, säger Sten-Erik Öhlund, forskare och konsult vid CGI.

Fredagen den 13 april kommer Sten-Erik att presentera och diskutera sin forskning om interoperabilitet och de utmaningar som finns för att förbättra förmågan
att samverka digitalt, allt för en framtida bättre personcentrerad vård.

  • När? Fredag 13 april Klockan 10.00-11.30 (Från kl 9.30)
  • Var? eHälsoinstitutet, Kalmar Bredbandet 1, Varvsholmen
  • Anmäl dig genom att skicka ett mejl till eller ring 0480-49 71 62 (senast 11/4)

Se tidigare liveinspelade forskningsseminarium & vårens program 2018


Vetenskapsrådet satsar på tvärvetenskaplig forskning

April 3rd, 2018

Vetenskapsrådet utlyser nästa år bidrag till tvärvetenskapliga forskningsmiljöer. Utlysningen öppnar den 18 april så missa inte möjligheten till nya finansieringsmöjligheter. Enligt planen som presenterats på Vetenskapsrådets hemsida så kommer utlysningen omfattar 20 miljoner årligen i upp till sex år och cirka 4-6 bidrag kommer kunna beviljas. Vetenskapsrådet planerar att utlysa bidraget vartannat år.

Syftet med satsningen är att ge forskargrupper möjligheten att utveckla tvärvetenskaplig forskning och tvärvetenskapliga forskningsmiljöer där nydanande kunskap kan förväntas. Forskargrupperna ska kombinera teorier, metoder, sakkunskap och/eller data från olika discipliner på ett sådant sätt att de öppnar upp för nya forskningsområden och forskningsansatser. Det här är en spännande möjlighet som bör passa flera av områdena inom DISA.

Vi stödjer redan idag i stor utsträckning tvärvetenskaplig forskning inom ramen för flera av våra andra utlysningar. Men vi ser ett behov av en särskild satsning som ger forskargrupper från vitt skilda områden möjligheten att samarbeta över en längre tid och skapa de bryggor mellan discipliner som behövs för tvärvetenskapliga forskningsgenombrott, säger Sven Stafström, generaldirektör vid Vetenskapsrådet.

Här hittar du mer information om utlysningen.



March 28th, 2018

The findings, experiences, and ideas that emerge from research have traditionally been utilized through academic publication and teaching programs. However, academic impact alone is no longer enough for a successful research career. With the growing emphasis in the research funding landscape on maximizing impact beyond academia, it is increasingly important that researchers reach wider society by embedding non-academic impact strategies in their projects, by working with a range of non-academic partners, and by using ever more innovative methods of dissemination and utilization. This course showcases a range of approaches researchers can employ to ensure that their research has impact and relevance beyond universities. It will also provide students with tools that will help them best communicate the value of their work to research funding agencies and potential investors.

The course is offered to PhD students in all disciplines from Linnaeus University and three other universities. The course consists of three mandatory seminars in the autumn of 2018 (Örebro, Östersund and Stockholm) provided by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Karlstad University. The innovation office Fyrklövern covers the cost of your course travel and accommodation. The course is taught in English.

You can apply to the course from 1st March at 9:00 AM. Please send your application to by 11th May. You should provide your name, department, contact details, and a short description (max. 100 words) of your research project. Please ensure that you obtain your supervisor’s approval for attending the course, and also state their name in your application email.

For more information see course description or contact Mathias Gaunitz, Grants and innovation office at Linnaeus University


Conference: VINCI, August 13-15 2018

March 26th, 2018

Welcome to the 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI ‘18) that is arranged in Växjö August 13-15, 2018.

The Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI) is the premier international forum for researchers and industrial practitioners to discuss the state-of-the-art in visual communication theories, designs, and applications.

For more information and registration:

Registration latest on August 1, 2018.