SBIM 2013 — Call For Papers

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

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.

SBIM 2013 is part of Expressive 2013, a joint symposium that combines SBIM with Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR) with Computational Aesthetics (CAe). 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.

Topic areas of the conference include but are 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

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. Papers should follow the ACM SIGGRAPH-sponsored conference formatting instructions, including a title page with an abstract and keywords, and a bibliography. 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. Meta and Production papers are reviewed single-blind and the author’s reputation and institution are a factor that reviewers may consider.

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 SBIM 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 “SBIM” track.