2012-05-23: CFP: Touching the 3rd Dimension: Special Section, Elsevier Computers and Graphics

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Elsevier Computers & Graphics
Special Section on Touching the 3rd Dimension
Call for Papers

Papers are invited for a Computers & Graphics journal Special Edition on Touching the 3rd Dimension. This special edition seeks outstanding new research contributions that address the challenge of extending the fluidity and immediacy of today’s flat surface computing graphics and interfaces to the physical, organic 3D space we live in.

In recent years the use of interactive 3D computer graphics has become increasingly important in applications ranging from entertainment to engineering to medicine. However, current user interfaces often lack adequate support for 3D interactions: 2D desktop systems are often limited in cases where natural interaction with 3D content is required, and 3D user interfaces consisting of stereoscopic projections and tracked input devices are rarely adopted by ordinary users.

Touch interaction has received considerable attention and success for 2D interfaces; the fluidity and immediacy of many of today’s 2D touch-based interfaces is often extremely compelling. Research in Touching the 3rd Dimension seeks to understand the extent to which the fluidity, immediacy, and physicality of today’s best 2D surface computing interfaces can be extended to work with 3D datasets, applications, and physical spaces.

To highlight the most exciting research in this emerging area, this special issue seeks new high-quality contributions described in excellent research papers, systems papers, survey papers, and user study/evaluation papers. All submissions will be reviewed by at least four expert reviewers. Papers should address one or more of the following topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related topics are also welcome:

  • 3D Interaction
  • Multi-touch Technology
  • Stereoscopic Displays
  • Adaptive and Perception-inspired Interfaces
  • Gesture-based Interfaces
  • Psychophysiological Studies related to 3D
  • Tangible and Passive Haptics
  • 3D GUI Design and User Experience (UX)


  • Manuscripts due: September 1, 2012
  • Initial decisions due: October 1, 2012
  • Revised manuscripts due: November 1, 2012
  • Final decisions on papers due: November 21, 2012
  • Final versions due: December 10, 2012
  • Publication: On-line January 2013 On paper: issue 37(2) March 2013


Computers & Graphics is an Elsevier publication.
For paper formatting and submission instructions please refer to http://ees.elsevier.com/cag.
Register/log on to EES before submitting your paper. When prompted to specify the paper type, select: “Special section”, “Touching the 3rd Dimension”.


  • Prof. Dr. Frank Steinicke, University of Würzburg, Germany, frank.steinicke@uni-wuerzburg.de
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Keefe, University of Minnesota, USA, keefe@cs.umn.edu
  • Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, DFKI GmbH, Germany, krueger@dfki.de
  • Dr. Jean-Baptiste de la Rivière, IMMERSION SAS, France, jb.delariviere@immersion.fr
  • Dr. Hrvoje Benko, Microsoft Research, USA, benko@microsoft.com

Online version of the call for papers: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-and-graphics/call-for-papers/special-section-on-touching-the-3rd-dimension/