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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2012, Innsbruck, AUSTRIA

VL/HCC 2012- co-located with MODELS'12


Prof. David Harel and Prof. Alan Blackwell are the VL/HCC 2012 Keynote Speakers.

* 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.

We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts to design, formalize, 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

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:

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 
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.


The Symposium organizes also the following satellite events:
1.  Graduate Consortium (
2.  Demos from industrial partners and sponsors 3.  Workshops and tutorials 

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 Universitt 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

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  Universitt der Bundeswehr Mnchen, 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

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