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Graduate Consortium at IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and
Human-Centric Computing 2012

Location:             Innsbruck, Austria
VLHCC 12 Homepage:
Graduate Consortium:

Initial Submissions (via email): 15 June 2012
Notification: 6 July 2012
Consortium date: 30 September 2012

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 the socio-technical systems in this sea have grown in
complexity, their underlying
computation has become increasingly difficult for people to express,
manipulate, and
understand. For example, when users 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. As
another example, when software developers create a new system that is
designed to be secure,
it is difficult for them to foresee all the ways that attackers will
try to compromise that
system. These problems are complicated by the fact that a system's
software often contains
defects and that different users or agents simultaneously might take
actions toward differing
goals. With this support, the research community has provided numerous
methods, models and
tools to help end users express, manipulate, and understand
socio-technical systems. At an
even deeper level, other research aims to develop new theories
sufficient for understanding
the complicated, unstable, sometimes-emergent behavior that results
when large numbers of
diverse, unpredictable humans are coupled to unreliable software.

The goal of the 2012 VL/HCC graduate consortium is to advance
knowledge and understanding of
solutions to these problems. This year, we are seeking a broad variety
of submissions within
the scope of the VL/HCC conference.

Why you should participate
Present your work to a smaller, more attentive audience before the conference
Get detailed, critical, constructive feedback from a diverse panel of experts
Meet other students working on similar problems prior to the main conference
Compete for NSF funding, to help cover your cost of attending VL/HCC

NSF funding has been granted to support student travel. All students
are eligible to
receive this funding, regardless of location or nationality.

Who Can Participate
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.

Application Process
Email the following items with VLGC2012 in the subject line to
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A 2-page research abstract, formatted as a PDF in the standard IEEE
Conference Proceedings
format. NOTE Accepted participants’ abstracts will be included in the
conference proceedings.
To make it easier for you to write a successful abstract, we provide
examples from past years

Your curriculum vita (CV), as a second PDF file. This CV should
mention whether you have
previously participated in any graduate consortia at any conferences.
A letter of recommendation sent directly by your thesis advisor. This
letter should summarize
your accomplishments and describe how far along you are in your
master’s or PhD program. In
addition, if you are a member of a group designated by NSF as
underrepresented, then the letter
may mention this fact.

Selection Process
For one-third of the slots, students who have participated once before
will be given priority.
The remaining slots will be given to students who are new to the
event. Each student from the
returning group will be linked with new students in a mentoring
arrangement. See Who Can
Participate above for additional selection criteria.

Selected students will be asked to present their work at a poster
session during the main
conference. Details will be provided to accepted applicants.

Travel Support
NSF has granted funding to support participation, including:

Full conference registration
Travel stipend ($1000 for students travelling from the US, $400 from elsewhere)
Shared hotel room for full VLHCC conference
Dinner and lunch during the graduate consortium

The consortium event will be a full day the Sunday before the main
conference. All participating
students are expected to attend the main conference. Other conference
attendees are invited to
attend the consortium, to listen to the presentations, to interact
with participants, and to give
feedback to presenters. More details will be provided, including times
and locations.

Examples of Successful Graduate Consortium Applications

To be successful, a submission to VL/HCC Graduate Consortia generally
has to have the following parts:

The paper starts with a sentence or two that describes a real-world setting.
It then identifies a problem in that setting.
The remainder of the paper's introduction outlines an approach for
solving that problem.
In a subsequent section, the paper describes a prototype or
preliminary study showing the feasibility
of that approach.
The paper explains why more work is still required in addition to this
prior work.
The paper concludes by describing future work that will build on this
prior work in order to finish
completing the approach.
Somewhere along the way, the paper explains how the approach builds
on, or differs from, other
related work.

We have annotated three excellent submissions that exemplify the
pattern described above. These can be
found on the graduate consortium website.

Panel Members and Organizers

    Margaret M. Burnett · Oregon State University, USA
    Stéphane Conversy · Université de Toulouse, France
    Andrew Fish · University of Brighton, UK
    Emerson Murphy-Hill · North Carolina State University, USA

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