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AISB event Bulletin Item

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

VL/HCC 2012


The registration and hotel booking are now open!!

- Keynote Speakers:

Prof. David Harel - The Weizmann Institute of Science - Israel Prof. Alan Blackwell - University of Cambridge - UK

- Tutorials       (preferred registration date: by July 31)
- Empirical Research Methods in Software Engineering - by Prof. Dr. Harald Strrle
- The Art and Science of Diagramming: Communicating Effectively Using Diagrams -  by Dr. Daniel Moody

- Satellite Workshop
Creative Design for Interdisciplinary Projects in Cultural Heritage    (registration is open)


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.

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