DEADLINE: Friday 7 June 2013

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

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

* 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

We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts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 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.

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
* 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
* Demonstrating to industry sponsors that a specific line of research
  has practical applications
* Building community interest in a novel way of approaching a research
* Showcasing products or services available for sale
* Starting conversations that could lead to new collaborations

For more information, including submission instructions, please see:


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

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.

* Present your work to a smaller, more attentive audience before the
* Get detailed, critical, constructive feedback from a diverse panel of
* Meet other students working on similar problems prior to the main

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

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:

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

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 - 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




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