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Dates & Deadlines

  • October 26, 2016 - Official announcement of the 2017 IEEE SciVis Contest
  • July 31, 2017 - Deadline for Contest entry submissions
  • August 31, 2017 - Team notification
  • October 4, 2017 - Official announcement of the end results at IEEE Vis 2017



In order to demonstrate your approach, you are expected to submit:

  • A 3-page mini-paper in PDF format describing your visualization and analysis techniques. Please visit this site for a summary of the formatting guidelines of the manuscript.
  • Additional images (beyond those in the paper) which explain how your visualizations help answering the questions. The images should be appended to the 3-page document (thus, your whole PDF document should have more than 3 pages). You are invited to use captions in order to explain your images. The PDF document should be no bigger than 50 MB in size.
  • An MPEG, AVI, or Quicktime video (duration at most 10 minutes) showing the system, methods, or processes in action. This will be most helpful for demonstrating the effectiveness of your approach. You have the opportunity to submit 2 videos: one high-quality video for the review process and one compressed video (up to 100 MB) for the electronic proceedings of IEEE VIS 2017.
  • You may choose to make your paper and video anonymous. However, in that case we will not make it publicly available. Otherwise, your submission will be published on our webpage and in the electronic proceedings of the IEEE VIS 2017.
  • The 3-page write-up should not try to give any background information on the dataset – this will be the same for each contestant anyway. Instead, we would like to learn the important information on what novel visualization ideas you have come up with, how the visualizations were created, what insights scientists might be able to gain from your visualizations, etc.
  • We will definitely not be running any software as part of the evaluations. Instead, your paper, images, and videos should convey everything we should know about your work.


For the winning entry we expect the following additional requirements:

  • At least one member of the winning team must register for the conference and be present at the contest's award ceremony. (Note that one free conference registration goes along with winning the contest).
  • A team member should present the overall approach in a short talk (10 mins) at the award ceremony.
  • The work should also be demonstrated on a poster which will be part of VIS' main poster session. During this session, a team member should attend the poster.


Submission Procedure

Please use the link that was sent to you via email after the registration for this contest. Please tar or zip all your material into one large file and rename it in the following way: "<university/organization name>_<first authors name>.zip" and simply upload it into our cloud. The upload folder is write only, but you will receive a confirmation notice if the upload was successful.