VL/HCC 2013
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing

September 15-19, 2013
San Jose, CA, USA


* Abstract submissions: 1 March 2013
* Paper submissions: 8 March 2013
* Notification of reviews: 10 May 2013
* Rebuttals due: 17 May 2013
* Notification of final decision: 31 May 2013
* Camera-readies due: 28 June 2013

From the beginning of the computer age, people have sought easier ways
to learn, express, and understand computational ideas. Whether this
meant moving from punch cards to textual languages, or command lines
to graphical UIs, the quest to make computation easier to express,
manipulate, and understand by a broader group of people is an ongoing
challenge. The IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric
Computing (VL/HCC) is the premier international forum for research on
this topic. Established in 1984, the mission of the conference is to
support the design, theory, application and evaluation of computing
technologies and languages for programming, modeling and
communicating, which are easier to learn, use, and understand by

We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts
to design, formalize, implement, and evaluate computing languages and
development tools that are easier to learn, easier to use, and easier
to understand. This includes languages and tools expressed not only as
text, but through any other means (visual, sketch-based, gesture-based,
or otherwise). This also includes languages and tools intended for a
wide range of audiences, including professional software developers,
novice programmers, or other any other people who find a need to
express computational ideas. We also seek papers that address
cognitive, social, cultural, and theoretical aspects of efforts to
lower barriers to computing.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
* -NEW- Crowdsourcing
* Design, evaluation, and theory of visual languages
* End-user development, end-user programming
* Novel user interfaces for expressing computation
* Human aspects of software development
* Debugging and program understanding
* Computer science education
* Software development tools
* Model-driven development
* Domain-specific languages
* Software visualization
* Query languages

We invite two kinds of papers (abstracts due 1 March 2013):
* full-length research papers, up to 8 pages
* short research papers, up to 4 pages

All accepted papers, whether full or short, should be complete
archival contributions. The contribution from full papers are more
extensive than those from short papers. Short papers are not works in
progress; incomplete or ongoing research should be submitted to the
Posters category (to be posted at
All submissions will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee.

Accepted papers will be distributed at the conference and will appear
in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. In 2011 the conference paper
format was changed by IEEE, so be sure you are using the new format,
which is available at:

=== A Note on Evaluations ===
Research papers are expected to support their claims with appropriate
evidence. For example, a paper that claims to improve programmer
productivity is expected to demonstrate improved productivity; a paper
that claims to be easier to use should demonstrate increased ease of
use. However, not all claims necessarily need to be supported with
empirical evidence or studies with people. A paper that claims to make
something feasible that was clearly infeasible might substantiate its
claim through the existence of a prototype. Moreover, there are many
alternatives to empirical evidence, including analytical methods or
formal arguments. We encourage authors to think carefully about what
claims their submission makes and what evidence would support them.

The conference also invites submissions for demos, posters, workshops,
and tutorials. More information will be posted on the VL/HCC 2013 web
site at

General Conference Chair
Allen Cypher - IBM Research-Almaden, USA

Technical Program Co-Chairs
Margaret Burnett - Oregon State University, USA
Stefan Sauer - Universitaet Paderborn, Germany

Posters and Demos Chair
Christopher Scaffidi - Oregon State University, USA

Speakers, Panels, Workshops & Tutorials Chair
Mary Beth Rosson - Pennsylvania State University, USA

Graduate Symposium Chair
Scott Fleming - University of Memphis, USA

Publicity Chair
James Lin - Google, USA

Proceedings Chair
Caitlin Kelleher - Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Jeffrey Nichols - IBM Research-Almaden, USA

Robin Abraham - Microsoft, USA
Simone D.J. Barbosa - PUC-Rio, Brazil
Robert Biddle - Carleton University, Canada
Paolo Bottoni - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Maria Francesca Costabile - University of Bari, Italy
Gennaro Costagliola - Universita di Salerno, Italy
Phil Cox - Dalhousie University, Canada
Juan de Lara - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Boris de Ruyter - Philips Research, The Netherlands
Robert DeLine - Microsoft Research, USA
Gregor Engels - Universitaet Paderborn, Germany
Claudia Ermel - Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Martin Erwig - Oregon State University, USA
Andrew Fish - University of Brighton, UK
Scott Fleming - University of Memphis, USA
Judith Good - University of Sussex, UK
Jeff Gray - University of Alabama, USA
John Grundy - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
John Hosking - University of Auckland, New Zealand
John Howse - University of Brighton, UK
Christopher Hundhausen - Washington State University, USA
Caitlin Kelleher - Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Andrew J. Ko - University of Washington, USA
Eileen Kraemer - University of Georgia, USA
Chun-Cheng Lin - National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
James Lin - Google, USA
Gerrit Meixner - DFKI – German Research Center for AI, Germany
Mark Minas - Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen, Germany
Emerson Murphy-Hill - North Carolina State University, USA
Brad Myers - Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Masao Ohira - Wakayama University, Japan
Ian Oliver - Nokia, Finland
Philippe Palanque - Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, France
Emmanuel Pietriga - INRIA, France
Alexander Repenning - University of Colorado, USA
Peter Rodgers - University of Kent, UK
Mary Beth Rosson - Pennsylvania State University, USA
Christopher Scaffidi - Oregon State University, USA
Jonathan Sillito - University of Calgary, Canada
Gem Stapleton - University of Brighton, UK
Simone Stumpf - City University London, UK
Steven Tanimoto - University of Washington, USA
Daniel Varro - Budapest Univ. of Technology & Economics, Hungary
Susan Wiedenbeck - Drexel University, USA




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