ArgVis — COMMA Workshop on Argument Visualization

Perugia Panorama

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, ArgVis 2020 will take place as a virtual workshop via zoom. The deadline has been extended by two weeks.

Important Dates

The virtual ArgVis workshop will take place on zoom as part of COMMA 2020 on September 08 2020.

Analyzing and visualizing argument structures is a notoriously difficult task, as the data consists of large relational structures. Scalable (interactive) visualization techniques have been shown to reduce the cognitive effort when analyzing such complex structures. By bridging the gap between the argumentation and visualization communities, we aim to foster novel approaches facilitating argument visualization.

The workshop aims to bridge the gap between researchers from computational argumentation and information visualization. In particular, we want to raise awareness for the challenges that argumentative data and its annotation brings with it (e.g. the multidimensionality of the feature set, its uncertainty) and explore how information visualization can support their solution. At the same time, information visualization can push the state of the art by tackling exactly those challenges and testing their efficacy in user studies.

  1. Spell out existing challenges in argumentation theory and argument mining and discuss how can they be translated into subproblems that information visualization can help solving.
  2. Showcase how information visualization facilitates argument analysis.
  3. Propose new ways of making argumentative data accessible for the general public with methods from information visualization.
  4. Discuss the background and design justifications for systems presented in the COMMA 2020 demo track.
  5. Enable inter-disciplinary collaboration

Date and Location

September 08 2020; online via zoom.

Call for Submissions

We invite papers, which have to be in English and formatted according to the IOS style (template), in the following two categories:

Short Papers Short papers present a novel approach to the visualization of arguments, showcase the applicability of existing visualization research to the field of argumentation, or highlight initial results of ongoing work. Short papers are 4 to 6 pages, excluding references.

Position Papers Position papers present novel positions, theories and concepts that provide opportunities for future research. While these ideas do not have to be already implemented, they should be grounded on previous research in related fields. Position papers are 4 pages in length, excluding references.

Submission will be handled through the EasyChair conference management system. All papers will be peer-reviewed by the international program committee to ensure their quality and relevance to the workshop. The workshop proceedings containing all accepted papers will be published via CEUR-WS. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and attend the workshop to present the paper.


Topics of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to:

Paper Submission

Paper submissions must be in PDF format following the IOS style (template). All submissions must be double-blind.

Papers should be submitted via EasyChair ( by July 15, 2020 (AoE, 23:59 UTC-12). Notifications will be sent on August 15, 2020.


Program Committee