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IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC)
http://vlhcc.org

1. Call for Papers
2. Call for Workshop Proposals
3. Call for Tutorial Proposals


Important dates for Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

Informal "intention to submit" email:   15 January 2012
Submission of proposals by email:   22 January 2012
Notification of final decision:   6 February 2012

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CALL FOR PAPERS
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VL/HCC 2012
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
September 30 - October 4, 2012
Innsbruck, Austria, co-located with MODELS'12
http://vlhcc.org/
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IMPORTANT DATES
* Abstract submissions:            9 March 2012
* Paper submissions:              16 March 2012
* Notification of reviews:        25 May 2012
* Rebuttals due:                  29 May 2012
* Notification of final decision:  6 June 2012
* Camera-ready copies due:        29 June 2012

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.
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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We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts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 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:
* 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
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PAPER SUBMISSIONS
We invite two kinds of papers, due March 16, 2012:
* 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. Preliminary research should be
submitted to the Posters category. 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:
http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

Moreover, authors of the best papers accepted for the conference will be
invited to submit revised versions for a special issue of the Journal of
Visual Languages and Computing.

=== 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.
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.
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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
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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 Universitat 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 · North Carolina State University, USA
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
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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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http://vlhcc.org/

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CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
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Workshop proposals are solicited for VL/HCC 2012 (http://vlhcc.org).
Established in 1984, the mission of the IEEE Symposium on Visual
Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) 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.
VL/HCC 2012 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 instead).
Prospective workshop organizers must submit a workshop proposal
package, which will be reviewed by the workshop chairs 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 ensure that a sufficient number of attendees submit
position papers to the workshop.
The workshop proposal package must contain:
       -       A proposal document in PDF format listing:
       -       The title of the workshop
       -       The names, contact information for all organizers (one
organizer should be highlighted as the contact for the workshop
chairs), and the organizers’ backgrounds
       -       A description of the topic and rationale for the
workshop, including a brief description of why the workshop will be
relevant to VL/HCC attendees
       -       A detailed plan for carrying out the workshop,
including the method for soliciting position papers from potential
attendees, the method for selecting attendees from submitted position
papers, an approximate schedule for the workshop, and a brief
description of any post-workshop activities (e.g. curating a journal
special issue)
       -       The “Call for Participation” document (500 words or
less) that will be used to advertise the workshop on mailing lists,
the VL/HCC web site, etc.
       -       A URL to a preliminary workshop web page. The content
on this page need not be final at submission time.

The proposal package must be submitted by e-mail to the workshop
chairs at workshopchairs@vlhcc.org.


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CALL FOR TUTORIAL PROPOSAL
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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 chairs 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 ensure that a sufficient number of attendees will choose
to attend the tutorial.
The tutorial package must contain:
       -       Tutorial abstract. This will be posted on the VL/HCC
web site and must contain:
       -       Title of the tutorial
       -       Names and affiliations of the instructors
       -       Description: At most 500 words describing the benefits
that attendees will receive from this course, the features of the
course, and some background on the instructors. Feel free to use
bulleted lists in the abstract as needed.
       -       Course description of 1–4 pages. This should contain:
       -       Proposed duration of the tutorial (half day or full
day, though shorter tutorials could also be proposed)
       -       Learning objectives
       -       Justification: why will this tutorial be of interest to
the VL/HCC community?
       -       Content: describe in detail the material that will be covered
       -       Presentation format and schedule: describe in detail
the format of the presentation and how it will be organized
       -       Tutorial history: describe the history of the tutorial, if any
       -       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.

Both documents should be submitted as PDFs via e-mail to the tutorial
organizers at workshopchairs@vlhcc.org