Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics

The Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics (VGTC) is a constituency of IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) that oversees various technical activities related to visualization, computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, and interaction..[1] VGTC is one of the 26 technical committees/councils of IEEE-CS that covers various specializations of computer science and computer engineering.[2]

Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics (VGTC)
TypeProfessional Organization
Computer graphics
Virtual reality
OriginsIEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS)
Area served
MethodConferences, Publications, and Industry standards, Certification and training
Key people
Claudio Silva (Current Chair)


Membership in VGTC is open and free of charge to researchers, practitioners and students. Membership in IEEE or the IEEE Computer Society is not required for membership, and members are eligible to serve in most positions including chairing annual conferences or serving on the executive committee.[3] Members are also able to nominate others for technical awards.

Visualization Pioneers GroupEdit

The Visualization Pioneers Group is open to members after 20 years of contributions to some aspect of visualization. Members commit to serving the visualization community, be it through conference or journal paper reviews, financial support for the mentoring program, or serving as a mentor. Members also pay USD $50 in dues per year.[4]


The VGTC has two flagship annual conferences. The annual executive committee meeting is held during the same week as IEEE Visualization.

IEEE VisualizationEdit

Also known, as VIS, the IEEE Visualization conference is considered one of the top-tier venues for presenting visualization research.[5]

IEEE VIS is a combination of conferences and symposia:

  • IEEE Information Visualization Conference (InfoVis - formerly Symposium on Information Visualization)
  • IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology Conference (VAST - formerly Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology)
  • IEEE Scientific Visualization Conference (SciVis - formerly Vis)
  • IEEE Large Scale Data Analysis and Visualization Symposium (LDAV)

Past conferences:

Future conferences:

IEEE Virtual RealityEdit

Past conferences:

Future conferences:


The VGTC also sponsors other related IEEE symposia:


The IEEE VGTC has run special issues of Computer and IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, and is the sponsor of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG).[7]


The IEEE VGTC grants awards for individuals who have made significant contributions to the community through their research and volunteer efforts. The Technical Achievement Awards are presented during the opening sessions of the annual Visualization and Virtual Reality conferences.[8] Members who have given outstanding service are routinely awarded with the IEEE Certificate of Appreciation and IEEE Meritorious Service Awards. Graduate student members are eligible for the IEEE VGTC VPG Doctoral Dissertation Award presented through the Visualization Pioneers Group annually at the IEEE VIS conference.[9]

Visualization Technical Achievement AwardsEdit

Virtual and Augmented Reality Technical Achievement AwardsEdit

IEEE Visualization AcademyEdit

The IEEE Visualization Academy (or in short Vis Academy) was established in 2018 by the IEEE VGTC Executive Committee, with the inaugural "class" of inductees to include all the Visualization Career Awardees and all the Visualization Technical Achievement Awardees, from 2004 to 2019, for a total of 30 unique inductees. Induction into the Vis Academy is the highest and most prestigious honor in the field of visualization.

The Vis Academy is a prestigious academy, the "visualization technology hall of fame" or the "visualization fellows assembly", and will highlight the accomplishments of the research leaders of the field of visualization that will indirectly underscore the accomplishments of the entire field. In addition to being an honorary academy, the academy will be called upon to provide technical leadership, mentoring and fostering new talents, and other community services, as necessary.

Members include: Stuart Card, Sheelagh Carpendale, John C. Dill, David S. Ebert, Thomas Ertl, Eduard Gröller, Markus Gross, Hans Hagen, Pat Hanrahan, Charles Hansen, Jeffrey Heer, Christopher R. Johnson, Ken Joy, Arie E. Kaufman, Daniel Keim, David Laidlaw, Kwan-Liu Ma, Bill Lorensen, Jock Mackinlay, Tamara Munzner, Gregory Nielson, Hanspeter Pfister, Frits Post, Lawrence Rosenblum, Ben Shneiderman, Claudio Silva, John Stasko, Amitabh Varshney, J.J. van Wijk, Anders Ynnerman


Executive CommitteeEdit



  1. ^ IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee,
  2. ^ Technical Committees & Councils, IEEE-CS,
  3. ^ "Membership". Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. ^ "IEEE VGTC Visualization Pioneers Group". IEEE VIS Pioneer. IEEE. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  5. ^ Kosara, Robert (11 November 2013). "A Guide to the Quality of Different Visualization Venues". Eager Eyes.
  6. ^ "IEEE Virtual Reality 2018, Germany". IEEE VR.
  7. ^ "Visualization and Graphics, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on". IEEE. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ "VGTC Awards". VGTC. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  9. ^ "The IEEE VGTC VPG Doctoral Dissertation Award". IEEE VIS Pioneer. IEEE. Retrieved 5 April 2017.