Computational Aesthetics 2013 — Call for Papers

NEW: Paper submission deadline extended to Tuesday 9 April 2013.

Computational Aesthetics (CAe) bridges the analytic and synthetic by integrating aspects of computer science, philosophy, psychology, and the fine, applied & performing arts. It seeks to facilitate both the analysis and the augmentation of creative behaviors. CAe also investigates the creation of tools that can enhance the expressive power of the fine and applied arts and furthers our understanding of aesthetic evaluation, perception, and meaning. The Computational Aesthetics conference brings together individuals with technical experience of developing computer-based tools to solve aesthetic problems and people with artistic/design backgrounds who use these new tools. Refereed CAe papers and artworks aim to facilitate a dialog between scientists and engineers who are creating new tools, and also artists and designers who use them. Presentations will provide a snapshot of the latest technical breakthroughs and the most recent artistic or design achievements in applying computer-based techniques to solve aesthetic problems.

CAe 2013 is part of Expressive 2013, a joint symposium that combines CAe with Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR) and Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modelling (SBIM). It will be co-located with SIGGRAPH 2013 and will take place in Anaheim, California, 19–21 July 2013. A single registration for Expressive 2013 will include all three symposia.

Invited talks and artists talks will be shared among the conferences, and sessions will be mixed. Participants will be able to freely switch between the sessions to not only see the talks of their own field of work but also be inspired but talks from related domains. The submission, reviewing, and publishing process for the event will be handled jointly by the three conferences.

Technical submissions are invited across the broad range of areas covered by Computational Aesthetics. Specific technical areas include, but are not limited to:

  • computational analysis and modeling of creative behavior (AI, A life);
  • artistic image transformation techniques (colors, edges, patterns, dithering);
  • image style and salience analysis (paintings, photographs, others);
  • visualization (perceptual or aesthetics based);
  • sketching, simplification techniques (artistic, cognitive);
  • composition, visual balance, layout;
  • non-photorealistic and illustrative rendering addressing computational aesthetics;
  • empirically based metrics of aesthetical attributes;
  • applied visual perception (color appearance, spatial vision, and other aspects);
  • measuring and describing aesthetics; and
  • computational tools for artists.

Successful submissions can, for example, describe novel technical approaches that address one or more of the areas mentioned above (or beyond). However, we are equally interested in papers that discuss the use of existing techniques but combine them in an interesting new way or apply them in a new context that addresses problems in computational aesthetics.

Technical Paper Submissions

Technical papers should present original, unpublished work. There is no absolute maximum length for paper submissions; please use the SIGGRAPH length guidelines. In particular, note that papers longer than 8–10 pages must make a very significant contribution to be accepted. The manuscripts must be written in English, and should follow the ACM SIGGRAPH-sponsored conference formatting instructions, including a title page with an abstract and keywords, and a bibliography. The submission is electronic in PDF format; supplemental video and images may also be submitted. Research papers are reviewed double-blind and so must be anonymous when submitted.

Please also note that only PDF files will be accepted for your submission. 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.

Accepted conference papers will be published as a single conference proceedings by ACM and will be available online via both the ACM Digital Library and the Eurographics Digital Library.

Unlike previous years, there will not be an official process to consider CAe 2013 papers for journal publication.

Posters, demos, and artwork: You are invited to submit to these programs at anytime before June 2nd; every effort will be made to return a response within two weeks.

Important Dates

Papers submission deadline: April 9, 2013 (extended)
Acceptance notification: May 13, 2013
Camera-ready deadline: May 20, 2013
Conference: July 19–21, 2013

All deadlines are at 17:00 (5pm) Pacific Daylight Time.


Conference Chairs:
Forrester Cole (NPAR track chair), Pixar Animation Studios, USA
Donald House (CAe track chair), Clemson University, USA
Levent Burak Kara (SBIM track chair), Carnegie Mellon University, USA

General chair:
Cindy Grimm, Oregon State University, USA

Posters Chairs:
Metin Sezgin, Koç University, Istanbul


Paper submissions should be made via the conference management system at under the “CAe” track.