Visual Analytics plays a major role in the analysis and decision-making processes for science, industry, and government organisations. It is one of the best ways we have for making sense of big and/or complex data sets. Reflecting its history of encouraging research into less-traditional approaches to visual analytics, this year BDVA has broadened scope to include the emerging field of Immersive Analytics. Immersive Analytics aims to support data understanding and decision making everywhere and by everyone, working individually or collaboratively. It aims to make embodied tools that are intuitive, engaging, and appropriately utilise all sensory channels. This may be achieved through the use of immersive virtual environment technologies, data physicalisation, natural interfaces or responsive analytics, but is not tied to the use of any particular technology.

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The international symposium will be the first time out of Australia held at the University of Konstanz on October 17-19, 2018. BDVA’18 will host an exciting programme with internationally renowned keynote speakers, special sessions, and workshops. BDVA’18 aims to:

  • provide early career scientists with an inspiring event allowing them to connect to relevant experts in the field.
  • provide an exciting venue for researchers to network and establish national and international collaborations; and
  • bring together leading experts from all relevant scientific domains to advance the understanding of immersive analytics, visual analytics, and visual data science of Big Data.

Like in previous years, accepted conference papers will be will be submitted for inclusion to IEEE Xplore. Selected papers will be published in related journals (tba).

Previous conferences:


The symposium will accept a range of manuscript types, including methods, systems, applications, evaluation techniques and theoretical work in the area of Immersive Analytics and Visual Analytics of Big Data. The scientific scope of the symposium includes, but is not limited to:

  • Theoretical Foundations of Immersive Analytics
  • Immersive Storytelling
  • Collaborative Visual and Immersive Analytics
  • Personalized Visual and Immersive Analytics
  • Use of Mixed Reality for Analytics including Situated Analytics
  • Visual, Audio, Haptic and Multisensory Data Presentation including Data Physicalization
  • Human-Computer Interaction including Use of Natural Interfaces for Analytics
  • Analytical Reasoning and Sense-making of Big or Complex Data
  • Scalable Visual and Immersive Analytics including HPC for Visualisation
  • Responsive Analytic Algorithms for Interactive Data Exploration
  • Big Data Management, Transformation, and Presentation
  • Context-driven User Querying
  • Semantics-driven Visual and Immersive Analytics
  • Applications and Case Studies


General Chair

  • Falk Schreiber, University of Konstanz, Germany

Program Chairs

  • M. Eduard Gröller, TU Wien, Austria
  • Kim Marriott, Monash University, Australia

Organising Chairs

  • Alexandra Diehl, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Björn Sommer, University of Konstanz, Germany

Financial Chair

  • Karsten Klein, University of Konstanz, Germany

Publication Chair

  • Ulrich Engelke, CSIRO Data61 Hobart, Australia

Publicity Chair

  • Alfie Abdul-Rahman, King’s College London, UK

Poster and Demonstrations Chair

  • Johanna Schmidt, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria

Workshops Chair

  • Mennatallah El-Assady, University of Konstanz, Germany

Steering Committee

  • Tomasz Bednarz, CSIRO Data61 & UNSW, Australia
  • Ulrich Engelke, CSIRO Data61, Australia
  • Julian Heinrich, Bayer Crop Science, Germany
  • Karsten Klein, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Quang Vinh Nguyen, Western Sydney University, Australia

Program Committee

  • Benjamin Bach, The University of Edinburgh
  • Fabian Beck, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Tomasz Bednarz, UNSW Art & Design, CSIRO Data61
  • Silvia Castro, Universidad Nacional del Sur
  • Jian Chen, The Ohio State University
  • Maxime Cordeil, Monash University
  • Tim Dwyer, Monash University
  • Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland
  • Ulrich Engelke, CSIRO
  • Martin Falk, Linköping University
  • Carla Freitas, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Issei Fujishiro, Keio University
  • Hans-Christian Hege, Zuse Institute Berlin
  • Nathalie Henry-Riche, Microsoft
  • Marcel Hlawatsch, University of Stuttgart
  • Tony Huang, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Daniel Keim, University of Konstanz
  • Andreas Kerren, Linnaeus University
  • Jinman Kim, The University of Sydney
  • Karsten Klein, University of Konstanz
  • Søren Knudsen, University of Calgary
  • Steffen Koch, University of Ulm
  • Nils Kriege, TU Dortmund
  • Michael Krone, University of Tübingen
  • Bongshin Lee, Microsoft
  • Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California, Davis
  • G.Elisabeta Marai, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Kresimir Matkovic, VRVis Research Center
  • Frank Maurer, University of Calgary
  • Quang Vinh Nguyen, Western Sydney University
  • Aruquia Peixoto, CEFET/RJ
  • Jonathan Roberts, Bangor University
  • Bahador Saket, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dieter Schmalstieg, Graz University of Technology
  • Heidrun Schumann, University of Rostock
  • Wolfgang Stürzlinger, Simon Fraser University
  • Shigeo Takahashi, University of Aizu
  • Bruce Thomas, University of South Australia
  • Manuela Waldner, Vienna University of Technology
  • Yingcai Wu, Zhejiang University
  • Anders Ynnerman, Linköping University
  • Kang Zhang, The University of Texas at Dallas

Contact & Venue

Contact, Venue & Hotel Reservations


Please contact the Organisers via email and we will redirect the question to the corresponding persons:
Email Contact

Conference Room

Please look for the lecture room C 425 in the main building. Starting from the main entrance you will find direction signs towards the room. Line 9 (A or B) is stopping in front of the main entrance, Line 11 a few meters down the road.


The University of Konstanz is located at the lovely Lake of Konstanz (German: Bodensee) with a lot of sights just around the corner. Most-importantly: traveling to this place is very convenient via Zurich airport!

Konstanz Info

More info on the beautiful city of Konstanz you can find here:



Directly from Zurich Airport (ZRH) there are a number of convenient train connections to Konstanz Train Station which take around 1 to 1.5 h. It might be a good idea to buy your train tickets in advance to avoid queuing up. A potential route example:


Potential alternatives are Stuttgart Airport (STR) which takes around 3 h by train, or Munich Airport (MUC) which takes 5 h by using, e.g., FlixBus (from München ZOB to Konstanz Döbeleplatz, https://flixbus.de).

Hotels & Reservations

Please make sure to book your hotel early! Konstanz is a beautiful place visited by many tourists. Rooms are assigned on first come first serve basis. Also, you can book in advance, the cancellation deadline is usually one day before arrival! Just ask the hotel for cancellation deadlines. Please also note the different registration deadlines. We have reserved the following contingents for you:

B & B Hotel Konstanz

Contingent: 50 rooms
Single Room: 83.00 EUR/Night
Double Room: 93.00 EUR/Night
Registration deadline: 01.10.2018
Breakfast Buffet: 8.50 EUR/Morning (preorder fee)
Cancellation deadline: 1 day before arrival
Contact: konstanz@hotelbb.com
Reference*: “BDVA 2018”
Hotel website**: www.hotelbb.de/en/konstanz
Bus connections:
1. Line 6, from “Stromeyersdorf” towards “Litzelstetten/Zum Purren”, change at “Bahnhof Wollmatingen” to Line 11 towards “Staad/Autofähre”, leave at “Universität West” (ca. 29 min)
2. Line 6, from “Stromeyersdorf” towards “Marktstätte/Bahnhof”, change at “Sternenplatz/Spanierstraße” from “Sternenplatz” (using the underpass!) to Line 9 towards “Universität”, leave at “Universität” (ca. 26 min)

Apartment Hotel Konstanz

Contingent: 10 rooms
Single Rooms: 85.00-115.00 EUR/Night
Registration deadline: 30.09.2018
Contact: locher-krausse@konstanz-info.com
Cancellation deadline: 1 day before arrival
Reference*: “BDVA 2018”
Hotel website**: www.apartment-hotel-konstanz.de
Bus connections:
Line 9a/9b/9c from “Zähringerplatz” towards “Universität”,
leave at “Universität” (ca. 15 min)

Hotel Graf Zeppelin

Contingent: 10 rooms
Single Rooms: 80.00-90.00 EUR/Night
Registration deadline: 30.09.2018
Contact: locher-krausse@konstanz-info.com
Cancellation deadline: 1 day before arrival
Reference*: “BDVA 2018”
Hotel website**: www.hotel-graf-zeppelin.de
Bus connections:
Line 9a/9b from “Konstanz Bahnhof” towards “Universität”,
leave at “Universität” (ca. 20 min)

* Please provide the reference in your email when booking!
**Please always use the provided contact info for booking, do not use the provided websites or booking.com before the deadlines.


Aqua Hotel and Hostel

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DJH Youth Hostel

(walking distance to the university)

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