Call for Papers

SBIM 2012, Call for Papers

Advances in pen-based computer hardware have enabled digital sketch-based interfaces to emerge as a powerful way to combine the quick and intuitive feel of paper with the power of computation. However, fully realizing the potential of these sketch-based systems requires effective input devices, user interface design and underlying algorithms to analyze the input. The goal of this symposium is to explore models, algorithms and technologies needed to enable effective sketch-based interfaces. It investigates novel methods for classification and recognition of hand-drawn shapes, and ways of using these techniques for creating or editing digital models, text, mathematics, and 3D shapes. Likewise, the symposium explores the application of sketch-based interfaces to 3D computer graphics, animation, CAD, and computer games, as well as other specific applications such as diagram editing, note taking and novel input devices. Finally, the symposium welcomes empirical user studies aimed at clarifying the nature of sketch-based interfaces and comparing them to other interaction techniques.

Created in 2004, SBIM provides a unique venue for researchers, students and practitioners interested in sketch-based techniques to interact with one another, share lessons learned, show new results and discuss open issues. This year, the symposium will be held in Annecy, France as part of Expressive 2012. The symposium will include paper presentations, coffee breaks, demonstrations, a social event, and a keynote talk by Bob Sumner from Disney. All are welcome to attend SBIM; submission of a paper is not required for attendance. The proceedings will be published in the EG Symposia series and made available online through the Eurographics and ACM Digital Libraries.

Authors are invited to submit original papers on topics in pen-based 2D and 3D modeling, sketch recognition, and pen-based interface design, including, but not limited to:

  • Multimodal interfaces for sketching
  • Novel sketch input and editing devices
  • Novel pen-based interaction techniques
  • Low level ink processing and pen stroke segmentation
  • Sketch parsing, classification and recognition
  • Sketch-based interfaces for CAD systems
  • Sketch-based modeling and editing of 3D shapes
  • Sketch-based control of animations
  • Sketch-based interfaces for other applications (surface editing, diagram creation, mathematical annotations, games, etc.)
  • Rendering techniques for sketch-based systems (NPR)
  • Sketches for Medical and Volume data editing
  • Sketch-based retrieval of multimedia information
  • Usability studies of sketch-based systems
  • Studies of the impact of sketching on creativity and design
  • Multi-touch interfaces and applications

Technical Paper Submissions

Technical papers should present original, unpublished work. The manuscripts must be written in English. The submission is double-blind, so please format your paper accordingly. We encourage all submissions to be formatted according to the EG publication guidelines (see links below). While there is no page limit, we strongly encourage all submissions to be no longer than 10 pages.

SBIM 2012 Latex package

SBIM 2012 Word template

Submissions will be accepted through the EG online submission and management system:

SBIM 2012  paper submission system

Only PDF files (try to keep the file size below 10 MB) will be accepted for your submission. If you use the LaTeX template you can use dvips and ps2pdf or simply pdflatex, if you use other word processors you can install a PDF printer (for more support on how to produce PDF files see here). In particular, make sure that all fonts are embedded in your PDF file. Additional material such as additional images or videos may be submitted as PDF or as a zipped archive (ZIP files) with a maximum size of 30 MB. For videos please ensure that a commonly available format and codec is used. For example, make sure that the video plays with VLC which is available on most platforms.

This year, SBIM welcomes the submission of SIGGRAPH 2012 rejected papers.  Along with their papers, authors must also submit the reviews from SIGGRAPH. These papers will be peer reviewed by the SBIM committee (see below for deadline).

The authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a special section in Elsevier’s “Computers and Graphics” journal with a fast-track review process.


Prepare a 2-page abstract using the Eurographics document style guidelines for SBIM 2012.  Submit the 2-page abstracts to Metin Sezgin at (mtsezgin at by May 7, 2012. Please ensure the attached file is below 3 MB, please add “SBIM Poster Final” to the Subject line. Accepted abstracts will be included as part of the electronic conference proceedings, but will not be included in the digital libraries and will not count as formally published. The actual posters to be presented at the conference will be of up to size A0. Authors of the accepted posters should prepare a PowerPoint slide highlighting their work for the “Posters Fast Forward.”


Please submit demos by email to Metin Sezgin at (mtsezgin at The subject of the email should read: SBIM2012 demo submission. The email should contain either a weblink or ftp information from which to download both the demo and any instructions for running the demo.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: March 14,16 March 17* 21:00 (9pm) Pacific Daylight Savings Time, 2012
Short track for SIGGRAPH rejected papers, with reviews: April 3, 2012
Hotel reservation: April 3, 2012
Paper acceptance notification: April 23, 2012
Final papers and auxiliary material due: May 1, 2012
Poster submission deadline: May 7, 2012
Conference: June 4-6, 2012

All deadlines (except paper submission as indicated above) are at 17:00 (5pm) Pacific Daylight Savings Time.

* In response to multiple requests from paper authors for additional time to polish their work we have stretched the deadline to the final and fullest extent possible.