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PPIG Workshop 2012, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK  5th-th-7th September.


Full Papers                     10th July
Short Papers/Work in progress   8 August
Doctorial Consortium            31st July

The Psychology of Programming Group (PPIG) invites abstracts for the 2012 
meeting, to be held at Newcastle University, UK.

PPIG wants papers on the psychological aspects of every area of software 
development: education, language design, software engineering,
programmer team working etc. Papers can adopt a strictly theoretical approach, 
be entirely empirical, or feature a mix of both - whatever is appropriate.
The list of possible themes has grown over the years and currently looks like 
this :

        Empirical studies of programming
        Programming education and skills acquisition
        Human centred design and evaluation of programming languages, tools and 
        Programming and human cognition
        Human Computer Interaction issues in programming
        Team/co-operative work in programming
        End user programming
        Distributed programming, globalisation, work in large teams
        Free/libre open source software development
        Software engineering methods, planning, estimation, agility etc.
        Gender, age, culture and programming
        New paradigms in programming
        Code quality, readability and re‐use
        Mistakes, bugs, and error handling
        Working with notation
        Specialist and domain centred programming tools and languages
        Unconventional interactions and quasi‐programming

However, we are open to any new ideas and topics.


Full papers should be 12 pages or less; Short Papers and Work in Progress 
reports are also welcome. To format
your paper, please use the PPIG Word Template or the LaTeX template, which will 
be available from the website which will be online shortly
The programme committee will review all submitted papers and, based on their 
each accepted paper will be classified as a "Full Technical Paper" or a "Work 
in Progress Report". All papers
accepted for presentation at PPIG 2012 will appear in the workshop proceedings 
and be archived on the PPIG

Authors may also submit a Short Paper or a Work in Progress Report, clearly 
marked as such, to describe
conjectural, late‐breaking or tentative results. The refereeing process will be 
suitably lighter.
Papers for the workshop should be submitted to with 
a subject line reading
"PPIG2012 Paper Submission: [Title of Paper]" and have a PDF version of the 
paper paper as an attachment.

Doctoral Consortium

The PPIG Workshop will again hold a doctoral consortium. The event is for
research students at all stages of doctoral study. The event will include brief 
introductions by each of the
students (about 10 minutes, plus time for questions, depending on the numbers 
involved) and sessions on
the process and practice of Ph.D. research. Experienced researcher will take 
part as 'discussants' to give
other perspectives and to provide feedback on individual research programs.

Submission: applications must provide an overview of your research (max 5 
pages) and be submitied by email
to with the subject  'PPIG2011 doctoral consortium 
submission'. The submission should be
in PDF format.

10 July: submission of draft papers
10 August: authors will be notified
22 August: final camera‐ready copy to be received

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