DEADLINE: Friday 7 June 2013 CALL FOR SHOWPIECES (INCLUDING POSTERS, DEMOS, VIDEOS) AND GRADUATE CONSORTIUM ---------------------------------------------------------- VL/HCC 2013 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
September 15-19, 2013 San Jose, CA, USA http://vlhcc.org ______________________________________________________________________ IMPORTANT DATES * Showpieces (including posters, demos, and videos) and graduate consortium submissions: Friday 7 June * Notification of final decision for showpieces: Friday 14 June * Notification of final decision for graduate consortium: Friday 21 June * Camera-ready copy for both: Friday 28 June * Graduate consortium date: Sunday 15 September 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 ______________________________________________________________________ SCOPE AND TOPICS We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts to design, formalize, implement, and evaluate computing languages and development tools that are easier to learn, easier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: * The 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 ______________________________________________________________________ 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 with other conference attendees. TOPICS AND PURPOSE OF SHOWPIECES A broad range of topics are appropriate for showpieces. If an idea for a showpiece seems borderline appropriate for this venue, feel free to err on the side of sending in a submission. The following non-exhaustive list illustrates the possibilities: * Current research in progress * Results presented in the main VL/HCC conference * Results already presented at another conference or published in a journal * Existing commercial products and/or services * Efforts aimed at integrating research into education * Efforts aimed at commercializing research Showpieces can help accomplish many purposes, such as: * Helping graduate student presenters to meet faculty from other universities * Demonstrating to industry sponsors that a specific line of research has practical applications * Building community interest in a novel way of approaching a research topic * Showcasing products or services available for sale * Starting conversations that could lead to new collaborations For more information, including submission instructions, please see: https://sites.google.com/site/vlhcc2013/submitting/showpieces ______________________________________________________________________ GRADUATE CONSORTIUM Recent advances in computing have led to continually deeper integration between computers and human society. People now swim in a sea of socio-technical systems that synthesize large numbers of contributing users with vast amounts of source code. Examples include social media systems, open source repositories, online marketplaces and massively multiplayer online games. Yet as these socio-technical systems have grown in complexity, they have become increasingly difficult for humans to understand and direct toward productive ends. For example, when people put data into a system, they may be unable to anticipate and control how their data will be used by other people or by software in the system. When they take actions in the system, they often cannot foresee and manage unintended effects on other users, software, or the system as a whole, particularly because the software part of a system often contains defects. The goal of the 2013 VL/HCC Graduate Consortium is to explore ways to help people visualize, analyze, and tailor large socio-technical systems. This may include development of novel methods, models and tools, such as programming environments. At a deeper level, it may include developing new theory for predicting the complicated, unstable, sometimes emergent behavior that results when large numbers of diverse, unpredictable humans are coupled to unreliable software. WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE? * Present your work to a smaller, more attentive audience before the conference * Get detailed, critical, constructive feedback from a diverse panel of experts * Meet other students working on similar problems prior to the main conference NSF funding has been granted to support student travel. All students are eligible to receive this funding, regardless of location or nationality. This funding includes: * Full conference registration * Travel stipend ($470 for domestic travel, $1050 for international) * Shared hotel room for full VL/HCC conference * Dinner and lunch during the graduate consortium WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? The consortium is open to both master's and PhD students worldwide. Participation is particularly encouraged from PhD students who are close to proposing a thesis, as well as from members of groups identified by NSF as underrepresented in the sciences and engineering. If multiple applicants from a particular university apply for the consortium this year, then no more than two per university will be selected to participate. To be eligible, each applicant may have participated no more than once in the VL/HCC graduate consortia of past years. For more information, including submission instructions and example submissions, please see: https://sites.google.com/site/vlhcc2013/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 - Heilbronn University, 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).