SBIM 2011 Call for Participation

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 Vancouver, Canada and will be co-located with the 9th Symposium on Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR 2011) and the 8th Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging (CAe 2011). The symposium will include paper presentations (dual track), coffee breaks, demonstrations, a social event, and a keynote talk by Jeff Han. 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

Paper Submission

Technical papers should present original, unpublished work. The manuscripts must be written in English, must be formatted according to the EG publication guidelines (see the templates for LaTeX and Word), and should be no longer than 8 pages. The submission is double-blind, so please format your paper accordingly. For word processors other than LaTeX, a rebuild of the provided template is necessary.

The LaTeX package is available at

Please also note that 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.

Paper submissions should be made via the SBIM conference management system at When starting a new submission, please select the “Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling” track. Accepted technical and art papers will be presented at the symposium and appear in the proceedings. The proceedings will be published in the Eurographics Workshop and Symposia Series, and will be listed in the Eurographics and ACM Digital Libraries.


Please submit demos by email to Beryl Plimmer at (beryl at The subject of the email should say: SBIM2011 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: Monday 02 May 2011 (extended)
Paper acceptance notification: Monday 06 June 2011
Final papers and auxiliary material due: Monday 13 June 2011
Conference: Friday 05 – Sunday 07 August 2011