3rd Workshop on
Visualization for AI Explainability

October 26, 2020 at IEEE VIS in Salt Lake City, Utah Online

The role of visualization in artificial intelligence (AI) gained significant attention in recent years. With the growing complexity of AI models, the critical need for understanding their inner-workings has increased. Visualization is potentially a powerful technique to fill such a critical need.

The goal of this workshop is to initiate a call for "explainables" / "explorables" that explain how AI techniques work using visualization. We believe the VIS community can leverage their expertise in creating visual narratives to bring new insight into the often obfuscated complexity of AI systems.

Example interactive visualization articles that explain general concepts and communicate experimental insights when playing with AI models. (a) A Visual Exploration of Gaussian Processes by Görtler, Kehlbeck, and Deussen; (b) The Beginner's Guide to Dimensionality Reduction by Conlen and Hohman; (c) What if we Reduce the Memory of an Artificial Doom Player? by Jaunet, Vuillemot, and Wolf; (d) Communicating Model Uncertainty Over Space by Pearce; (e) The Myth of the Impartial Machine by Feng and Wu; (f) FormaFluens Data Experiment by Strobelt, Phibbs, and Martino.

Important Dates

Note: Dates have been revised due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

July 24, 2020 August 24, 2020, anywhere: Explainables Submission
August 9, 2020 Sepember 24, 2020: Author Notification
September 6, 2020 October 13, 2020: Camera-ready Copy for Accepted Submissions
September 20, 2020 VIS Registration is Free for 2020
October 26 -- Workshop in Salt Lake City online at IEEE VIS 2020

Program Overview

All times in MDT (UTC -6) on October 26, 2020.
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12:00 -- 12:05 Welcome from the Organizers
12:05 -- 1:00 Keynote: Thomas Wolf (Huggingface Inc.)
Facilitating interactive explanations with open-source libraries: An introduction to transfer learning in NLP and HuggingFace
1:00 -- 1:30 Session I
Comparing DNNs with UMAP Tour -- Mingwei Li and Carlos Scheidegger
How Does a Computer "See" Gender? -- Stefan Wojcik, Emma Remy, and Chris Baronavski
1:30 -- 2:00 Break
2:00 -- 2:30 Session II
Théo Guesser -- Théo Jaunet, Romain Vuillemot, and Christian Wolf
Shared Interest: Human Annotations vs. AI Saliency -- Angie Boggust, Benjamin Hoover, Arvind Satyanarayan, and Hendrik Strobelt
A Visual Exploration of Fair Evaluation for ML - Bridging the Gap Between Research and the Real World -- Anjana Arunkumar, Swaroop Mishra, and Chris Bryan
2:30 -- 3:00 Session III
Anomagram: An Interactive Visualization for Training and Evaluating Autoencoders on the task of Anomaly Detection -- Victor Dibia
What Does BERT Dream Of? -- Alex Bäuerle and James Wexler
Active Learning: A Visual Tour -- Zeel B Patel and Nipun Batra
3:00 -- 3:05 Closing Session
3:05 -- 4:00 VISxAI Eastcoast party: location coming soon

Call for Participation


Submission instructions

Explainable submissions (e.g., interactive articles, markup, and notebooks) are the core element of the workshop, as this workshop aims to be a platform for explanatory visualizations focusing on AI techniques.

Authors have the freedom to use whatever templates and formats they like. However, the narrative has to be visual and interactive, and walk readers through a keen understanding on the ML technique or application. Authors may wish to write a Distill-style blog post (format), interactive Idyll markup, or a Jupyter or Observable notebook that integrates code, text, and visualization to tell the story.

Here are a few examples of visual explanations of AI methods in these types of formats:

While these examples are informative and excellent, we hope the Visualization & ML community will think about ways to creatively expand on such foundational work to explain AI methods using novel interactions and visualizations often present at IEEE VIS. Please contact us, if you want to submit a original work in another format. Email: orga (at) visxai.io.

Note: We also accept more traditional papers that accompany an explainable. Be aware that we require that the explainable must stand on its own. The reviewers will evaluate the explainable (and might chose to ignore the paper).

In previous years, the best works were invited to submit their extended work to the online publishing platform distill.pub to generate a cite-able publication for authors. See https://distill.pub/2019/visual-exploration-gaussian-processes/.

Hall of Fame

Each year we award one Best Submission and two Honorable Mentions. Congrats to our winners!

VISxAI 2019
VISxAI 2018

Organizers (alphabetic)

Adam Perer - Carnegie Mellon University
Duen Horng (Polo) Chau - Georgia Tech
Fernanda Viégas - Google Brain
Fred Hohman - Georgia Tech
Hendrik Strobelt - MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab
Mennatallah El-Assady - University of Konstanz

Program Committee

Marco Angelini
Jürgen Bernard
Nan Cao
Dylan Cashman
Marco Cavallo
Jaegul Choo
Tommy Dang
Angus Forbes
Sebastian Gehrmann
Fred Hohman
Iris Howley
Denis Parra
Arjun Srinivasan
Yang Wang