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VL/HCC 2012 : IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing


When Sep 30, 2012 - Oct 4, 2012
Where Innsbruck Congress Center
Abstract Registration Due Mar 9, 2012
Submission Deadline Mar 16, 2012
Notification Due Jun 6, 2012
Final Version Due Jun 29, 2012
Categories    visual languages   end-user programminginterfaces   visual models   human-computer interaction

Call For Papers

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 code 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.

This year VL/HCC will be in co-location with MODELS 2012 (©ownerid=2)

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We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts to design, formalize, implement, and evaluate computing languages and development tools that are easier to learn, easier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 code
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


Anyone who comes to visit Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol region, will immediately notice the close coexistence of culture and nature. Located at the crossroads of Europe’s most important transport lines and nestled in the gorgeous deep valley of the River Inn, in the Alps, between the scenic Karwendel Mountains to the north and Tuxer Mountains to the south, Innsbruck always was - and continues to be – a meeting point and platform for cultural exchange, commerce and science. In more recent times the city has also gained international reputation as an important sports venue.
The conference will be at the Congress Innsbruck Center at Rennweg, right outside the historical old town with its great number of architectural monuments and just in front of the funicular station for the ski area Nordkette.

Symposium Organizers

General Chair
Gennaro Costagliola · University of Salerno, Italy

Program Co-Chairs
Martin Erwig · Oregon State University, USA
Gem Stapleton · University of Brighton, UK

Workshop & Poster Chairs
Paolo Bottoni · Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Claudia Ermel · Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Publicity Chair
Vittorio Fuccella · University of Salerno, Italy

Proceedings & Web Chair
Mattia De Rosa · University of Salerno, Italy
Fabrizio Torre · University of Salerno, Italy

Program Committee

Robin Abraham · Microsoft, USA
Robert Biddle · Carlton University, Canada
Paolo Bottoni · Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Margaret Burnett · Oregon State University, USA
Maria Francesca Costabile · University of Bari, Italy
Phil Cox · Dalhousie University, Canada
Allen Cypher · IBM Research Almaden, USA
Juan De Lara · Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Robert DeLine · Microsoft Research, USA
Gregor Engels · University of Paderborn, Germany
Claudia Ermel · Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Andrew Fish · University of Brighton, UK
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
James Lin · Google Inc, USA
Mark Minas · Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
Emerson Murphy-Hill · University of British Columbia, Canada
Brad Myers · Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Ian Oliver · Nokia, Finland
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
Steven Tanimoto · University of Washington, USA
Daniel Varro · Budapest University of Technology & Economics, Hungary
Susan Wiedenbeck · Drexel University, USA

Steering Committee

Paolo Bottoni - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Gennaro Costagliola - Universita di Salerno, Italy
Robert DeLine - Microsoft Research, USA
John Grundy - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
John Howse - University of Brighton, UK
Andrew Ko, University of Washington, USA
Mark Minas - Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen, Germany
Brad Myers - Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Emmanuel Pietriga - INRIA, France

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