Introduction

Michael Anderson

The explosion of graphical and visual information has made research in DR even more important five years alter its first symposium. The complete dominance of graphical user interfaces, the burgeoning of visual languages, the rapid growth of geographic and molecular structure databases, and the massive graphical content of the World Wide Web exemplify the urgency of this research. Herbert Simon, in the forward to "Diagrammatic Reasoning: Cognitive and Computational Perspectives", states "In a society that is preoccupied with 'Information Superhighways', a deep understanding of diagrammatic reasoning will be essential to keep the traffic moving on those highways, and even more, to give us tools to help cope with, and even make constructive use of, the mass of information that we now know how to generate." We intend the current symposium to be a step towards that deep understanding.


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