FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOPS, TUTORIALS ------------------------------------------- VL/HCC 2013 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
September 15-19, 2013 San Jose, CA, USA http://vlhcc.org ______________________________________________________________________ PAPER ABSTRACT DEADLINE: Friday 1 March 2013 WORKSHOP AND TUTORIAL PROPOSALS DEADLINE: Friday 1 March 2013 IMPORTANT DATES * Workshop and tutorial proposal submissions: 1 March 2013 * Paper 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 people. ______________________________________________________________________ SCOPE AND TOPICS We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts to design, formalize, implement, and evaluate computing languages and development tools that are easier to learn, easier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 ______________________________________________________________________ PAPER SUBMISSIONS 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. Contributions from full papers are more extensive than those from short papers. Preliminary research should be submitted to the Showpieces category (below). All submissions will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Submission and reviews for the technical program are managed with EasyChair at: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vlhcc2013 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: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html === A Note on Evaluation of Papers === 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. ______________________________________________________________________ WORKSHOPS Workshops are small meetings intended to foster discussion in an area related to that of the conference. We strongly recommend that organizers plan their workshop to encourage interaction among the attendees and avoid structuring the workshop as a long series of individual paper presentations. Note also that workshops are not courses where an instructor teaches the attendees (see Tutorials below for this). Prospective workshop organizers must submit a workshop proposal package, which will be reviewed by the workshop chair and other conference organizers, and may either be accepted or rejected. If the workshop is accepted, then both the conference organizers and the workshop organizers will publicize the workshop to encourage attendees to submit position papers to the workshop. The workshop proposal package must contain: 1. A summary sheet for the proposal that lists: a) the title of the workshop b) the names, contact information for all organizers (one organizer should be highlighted as the contact for the workshop chairs) c) the organizers' backgrounds d) the URL to a preliminary workshop web page (this page need not be final at submission time but should provide current status information if accepted). 2. A description of the topic and rationale for the workshop, including a brief description of why the workshop will be relevant to VL/HCC 2013 attendees 3. A detailed plan for carrying out the workshop, including: a) the method for soliciting position papers from potential attendees b) the method for selecting attendees from submitted position papers c) an approximate schedule for the workshop d) a brief description of any post-workshop activities (e.g. curating a journal special issue). 4. A Call for Participation document (500 words or less) that can be used to advertise the workshop on mailing lists, the VL/HCC web site, etc. The proposal package must be submitted as 4 PDF files by e-mail to the workshop chair, Mary Beth Rosson <mros...@psu.edu> by Friday, March 1, 2013. ______________________________________________________________________ TUTORIALS Tutorials allow conference attendees to expand their knowledge. Tutorials might introduce researchers to emerging areas or new technologies, or provide an overview of the state of the art in an existing research area. Prospective tutorial instructors must submit a tutorial proposal package, which will be reviewed by the tutorial chair and other conference organizers, and may either be accepted or rejected. If the tutorial is accepted, then both the conference organizers and the tutorial instructors will publicize the tutorial to encourage attendees to register for the tutorial. The tutorial package must contain: 1. A course abstract of at most 500 words that lists: a) title b) instructor(s) name and affiliation c) course duration d) a description of the benefits that attendees will receive from this course, the features of the course, and background on the instructor(s) Feel free to use bulleted lists in the abstract as needed. This abstract will be used to advertise the tutorial if it is accepted. 2. A course description of 1-4 pages. This should contain: a) proposed duration of the tutorial (half day or full day, though shorter tutorials could also be proposed) b) learning objectives c) justification: Why will this tutorial be of interest to the VL/HCC 2013 community? d) content: Describe in detail the material that will be covered. e) presentation format and schedule: Describe in detail the format of the presentation and how it will be organized. f) tutorial history: Describe the history of the tutorial, if any. g) audio/visual needs: Describe any technology that you will need in order to present your tutorial. We should be able to provide a projector, screen, and some form of computer audio system. Be sure to mention any needs beyond that set of equipment. The proposal package should be submitted as two PDF files via e-mail to the tutorial chair, Mary Beth Rosson <mros...@psu.edu>, by Friday, March 1, 2013. _______________________________________________________________________ SHOWPIECES Showpieces offer an interactive opportunity to show off your ideas and/or accomplishments to the VL/HCC community. Formerly called "posters and demonstrations," the category has expanded in 2013 to also include videos, downloadable apps, handouts, electronic devices, physical prototypes, or any other artifacts that facilitate meaningful interactions with other conference attendees. The deadline for submissions is June 7. More information is on the VL/HCC 2013 web site at http://vlhcc.org/submitting/showpieces GRADUATE CONSORTIUM The conference will also hold a single-day graduate consortium for graduate students about their research, and it will have conference and travel funding for accepted students. Students are encouraged to submit papers to the main conference as well as to apply to the consortium. The deadline for submissions is June 7. You can read more about the graduate consortium at http://vlhcc.org/submitting/graduate-consortium _______________________________________________________________________ SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZERS General Conference Chair Allen Cypher - IBM Research-Almaden, USA Technical Program Co-Chairs Margaret Burnett - Oregon State University, USA Stefan Sauer - Universitaet Paderborn, Germany Showpieces Chair Christopher Scaffidi - Oregon State University, USA Speakers, Panels, Workshops & Tutorials Chair Mary Beth Rosson - Pennsylvania State University, USA Graduate Consortium Chair Scott Fleming - University of Memphis, USA Publicity Chair James Lin - Google, USA Proceedings Chair Caitlin Kelleher - Washington University in St. Louis, USA Treasurer Jeffrey Nichols - IBM Research-Almaden, USA ______________________________________________________________________ PROGRAM COMMITTEE 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 ______________________________________________________________________ VISIT OUR WEB SITE http://vlhcc.org LIKE US ON FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/vlhcc FOLLOW US ON TWITTER http://twitter.com/vlhcc -- The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).