Sketching, and Pen-based Design Interaction

AIEDAM Special Issue, Summer 2012, Vol.26, No.3

Edited by: Levent Burak Kara and Maria C. Yang

Sketching is a primary medium for ideation and communication among humans, and is widely used in tasks involving both synthesis (design, creation) and analysis (problem solving, modeling, editing, marking). With the increased availability of supporting digital tools, interest in sketch-based interaction has surged considerably, with researchers developing computational systems and applications capable of working from such input. The challenges along the way, however, have forced us take a closer look at our knowledge of sketching and our interactions with sketches, as we realize how little we understand the way they facilitate and contribute to our creative tasks.

This special issue aims to present new research that will push the field forward and establish the future directions in sketching and pen-based interaction. As such, we are interested in theories, methods, systems, and experiments that shed light on the knowledge contained and communicated in sketches, the role of sketches in design, creativity, and problem solving, and the utility of sketches in both human-human and human-computer interaction.

The issue aims to draw contributions from a variety of fields including engineering, computer science, cognitive sciences, psychology, architecture and art. Accepted papers are expected to provide new insights and approaches to existing problems, or identify new theories and problems that will fill the knowledge gap in the field. Both theoretical and computational studies are welcome.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Knowledge representation, capture, and reuse in sketching
  • Role of sketching in design, creativity, problem solving, and cognition
  • Sketch-based generative design
  • Sketching in collaborative design
  • Sketching and aesthetics
  • Sketch recognition
  • Sketch-based CAD and solid modeling
  • Novel sketch interfaces, visualization, and implications
  • Applications in engineering, computer graphics, art, architecture, medicine etc.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three expert reviewers, and a selection for publication made on the basis of these reviews. The criteria for acceptance will be based on the importance of the problem and the review of the literature, as well as the scientific approach, experiments/evaluations, and the significance of the results.

Information about the format and style required for AIEDAM papers can be found here.

Note that all enquiries and submissions for special issues go to the Guest Editors, and not to the Editor in Chief.

Important dates:
Expression of interest (abstract & title):As soon as possible
REVISED Submission deadline for papers:1 July 2011
Reviews due:15 October 2011
Notification and reviews to authors:25 October 2011
Revised version submission deadline:15 January 2012
Issue to publisher:1 March 2012
Guest editors:

Levent Burak Kara
Carnegie Mellon University
Mechanical Engineering Department
Scaife Hall 315
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-2509
lkara @

Maria C. Yang
Room 3-449B
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
(617) 324-5592
mcyang @