CFP for VAHC 2015 has been posted

vis_logoVAHC 2015 will return to IEEE VIS, the conference that hosted the very first workshop back in 2010.  The workshop will take place in late October in Chicago, Illinois.

The 6th Annual VAHC marks the start of what we hope is an alternating schedule where the workshop will move back and forth between IEEE VIS and AMIA.  This year is also an important year because VAHC papers will now be officially archived through the ACM Digital Library.  So prepare your submissions now!  Papers are due in July.

For more details, see the workshop website or read the CFP which I’ve included below.


Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC)
(In conjunction with IEEE VIS 2015, Oct 25th or 26th, Chicago, IL)
*** Paper Submissions due July 17th, 2015 ***


The 2015 Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC 2015) is the sixth annual workshop that provides an opportunity for participants to discuss state-of-the-art data visualization techniques and review how such techniques can be applied to healthcare data. The primary objective of the annual workshop is to bring together medical experts, leading scientists, and visionaries to discuss visualization techniques that can be applied to healthcare data and discuss the areas of healthcare that need more attention from the visualization and visual data mining communities. The workshop will allow participants to showcase their ongoing work on visual analytics of healthcare-related data through podium, posters, or demo presentations as well as to learn more about emerging techniques, software applications, and datasets.

This year the VAHC 2015 workshop is co-located with the IEEE VIS conference in Chicago, Illinois. To formalize the community, the VAHC workshop and the workshop on Visualizing Electronic Health Record Data — EHRVis ( have merged and plan on hosting events at IEEE VIS and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium, alternating yearly.


We will welcome discussions of the use of visual approaches, interaction design, statistical methods, and machine learning for healthcare data analysis. Participants may address the needs of a variety of users, including clinical researchers, epidemiologists, public health analysts, pharmaco-vigilance experts, physicians, hospital-based quality assurance officers, insurance claim analysts, and patients.

Topics of interests include but are not limited to:

  • Visual Analytics of health data (e.g., in surgery, radiology, Electronic Health Records, emergency room and operation room, patient safety, Public Health Data, patient-generated health data, clinical data, drugs)
  • Visual Analytics for forecasting and tracking of health data (e.g., pandemic forecasting and tracking, outcome forecasting or prediction)
  • Improving patient understanding and/or physician-patient communication with Visual Analytics
  • Dashboards for health data (e.g., Public Health Surveillance programs)


We encourage a diverse range of submissions and demonstrations from academic, healthcare organizations, and industry that addresses any of the topics listed above.  Submissions can be for (1) paper / podium presentations, (2) poster presentations, or (3) live & interactive demonstrations.

  • Paper: Papers are limited to eight pages. Accepted papers will be published on the ACM Digital Library.
  • Poster: Poster abstract submissions are limited to two pages.
  • Demo: Demonstration abstract submissions are limited to two pages.

Note that posters and demos will NOT appear in the ACM Digital Library, they will only be posted on the VAHC website. Contact vahc.sig at if you have any questions.


Deadline for submission:     July 17th, 2015
Notification of acceptance:  August 28th, 2015
Camera-ready papers due:     Sept 18th, 2015
VAHC 2015 workshop:          October 25th or 26th, 2015 (to be determined by VIS 2015)


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