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***** FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS *****

VL/HCC 2015
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing

October 18-22, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia, USA


We are pleased to invite you to submit papers to the 2015 IEEE Symposium
on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), to be held in
Atlanta, Georgia, USA at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center,
October 18-22, 2015.


SCOPE AND TOPICS

We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts
to design, formalize, implement, or evaluate computing technologies and
languages for programming, modeling and communicating, which are easier
to learn, use or understand than the state of the art. This includes
languages and tools intended for general audiences (e.g., professional
or novice programmers, or the public) or domain-specific audiences
(e.g., people working in healthcare, urban design or scientific
domains). It encompasses languages and tools for expressing forms of
computation and reasoning through any means (e.g., visual, textual,
form-based, haptic) and in any computing context (e.g., cloud, web,
desktop, mobile or pervasive computing).

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Design, evaluation, and theory of visual languages
* End-user development and end-user programming
* Novel representations and user interfaces for expressing computation
* Human aspects and psychology of software development and language design
* Debugging and program understanding
* Crowdsourcing, as related to languages and tools
* Computational thinking and Computer Science education
* Model-driven development
* Domain-specific languages
* Software visualization
* Query languages


SPECIAL EMPHASIS FOR 2015: COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND CS EDUCATION

The push to enhance computational thinking and computing skills in
education has never been stronger, with a number of high-profile
movements actively working to establish computer science as a foundation
in education (e.g., Code.org) and to broaden participation in computing
among underrepresented groups (e.g., NCWIT). VL/HCC is well suited to
this pursuit: learning and education is inherently human-centered, and
the potential of visual languages to captivate users and remove barriers
is well recognized. Thus, for VL/HCC 2015, we seek to place a special
emphasis on education-oriented topics. To this end, we strongly
encourage the submission of works on visual languages and human-centric
computing that, for example, explore theories of human learning, propose
new methods and tools to enhance learning, and empirically investigate
and evaluate learning in a variety of computing contexts.


PAPER SUBMISSIONS

We invite two kinds of papers (deadlines below under Important Dates):

[***NOTE: The page limits have changed for 2015.]

* full-length research papers, up to 8 pages -- plus 1 additional page
that contains only references

* short research papers, up to 4 pages -- plus 1 additional page that
contains only references

In addition to papers, we also invite contributions of other types --
see below under Workshops, Showpieces (Posters & Demos), and Graduate
Consortium.

All accepted papers, whether full or short, should be complete archival
contributions. Contributions from full papers are more extensive than
those from short papers. Work-in-progress, which has not yet yielded a
contribution, should be submitted to the Showpieces category. All
submissions will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee.
Submission and reviews for the technical program are managed with EasyChair.

Accepted papers will be distributed at the conference and will be
submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library
(http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/). The proceedings are an official
electronic publication of the IEEE in Computer Science, with an ISBN
number. Be sure to use the current IEEE conference paper format, which
was changed in 2011:

 
http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

Additionally, selected papers from VL/HCC 2014 and 2015 will be invited
for submission in expanded form to a special issue of the Journal of
Visual Languages and Computing (JVLC). The topic of the special issue
will be programming and modeling tools. Further instructions regarding
formatting and the review/publication process will be provided when the
invitations are made.

The latest details are available at our website: http://vlhcc.org/


EVALUATION

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; a paper that claims to be
easier to use should demonstrate increased ease of use. However, not all
claims necessarily need to be supported with empirical evidence or
studies with people. For example, a paper that claims to make something
feasible that was clearly infeasible might substantiate its claim
through the existence of a functioning prototype. Moreover, there are
many alternatives to empirical evidence that may be appropriate for
claims, including analytical methods or formal arguments. Given this
criteria, we encourage potential authors to think carefully about what
claims their submission makes and what evidence would adequately support
these claims.

The evaluation process will proceed as follows:

1. Initial review period: At least three members of the Program
Committee will review each paper. At the end of this period, these
initial reviews will be released to the authors.

2. Author response period: Authors will have an opportunity to submit a
500-word response based on their initial reviews. Responses should focus
on answering reviewers' questions, addressing reviewers' concerns, and
clarifying any factual misunderstandings.

3. Final review period: Taking the author response into account, the
original reviewers will revise their reviews as they deem appropriate,
and the Program Committee will reach a final decision to accept or
reject the submitted work.


WORKSHOPS, SHOWPIECES (POSTERS & DEMOS), AND GRADUATE CONSORTIUM

The conference also invites submissions for workshops and tutorials,
showpieces (e.g., demos and posters), and the Graduate Consortium (GC).
More information about these contribution types will be posted on the
VL/HCC 2015 web site at http://vlhcc.org/.


IMPORTANT DATES

Fri 1 May: Deadline - Paper abstracts
Fri 8 May: Deadline - Papers

Sat 9 May - Fri 12 June: Initial review period
Fri 12 June: Preliminary notifications - Papers

Fri 12 June - Fri 19 June: Author response period
Fri 19 June: Deadline - Author responses

Sat 20 June - Fri 26 June: Final review period
Mon 29 June: Final notifications - Papers

Fri 24 July: Deadline - Workshop papers, showpieces, and GC applications
Fri 14 Aug: Notifications - Workshop papers, showpieces, and GC applications

Fri 4 Sep: Deadline - All final camera-readies

Oct 18-22  VL/HCC in Atlanta, Georgia

ORGANIZERS

General Chair
Eileen Kraemer - Clemson University, USA

Program Chairs
Claudia Ermel - Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Scott D. Fleming - University of Memphis, USA

Publications Chair
Zhen Li - Microsoft Corporation, USA

Graduate Consortium Chair
Anita Sarma - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Showpieces Chairs
Iman Avazpour - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Eric Walkingshaw - Oregon State University, USA


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Robin Abraham - Microsoft Corporation, USA
Alan Blackwell - University of Cambridge, UK
Chris Bogart - Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Paolo Bottoni - Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
Margaret Burnett - Oregon State University, USA
Maria Francesca Costabile - University of Bari, Italy
Gennaro Costagliola - Università di Salerno, Italy
Shaundra Daily - Clemson University, USA
Juan de Lara - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Robert DeLine - Microsoft Research, USA
Simone Diniz Junqueira Barbosa - PUC-Rio, Brazil
Gregor Engels - Universität Paderborn, Germany
Andrew Fish - University of Brighton, UK
Judith Good - University of Sussex, UK
John Grundy - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Felienne Hermans - Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
John Hosking - University of Auckland, New Zealand
John Howse - University of Brighton, UK
Chris Hundhausen - Washington State University, USA
Caitlin Kelleher - Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Andrew J. Ko - University of Washington, USA
Thomas D. LaToza - University of California, Irvine, USA
Zhen Li - Microsoft Corporation, USA
Mark Minas - Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
Emerson Murphy-Hill - North Carolina State University, USA
Brad Myers - Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Chris Parnin - North Carolina State University, USA
Marian Petre - The Open University, UK
Emmanuel Pietriga - INRIA & INRIA Chile, France
Beryl Plimmer - University of Auckland, New Zealand
David Redmiles - University of California, Irvine, USA
Alexander Repenning - University of Colorado, USA
Mary Beth Rosson - Pennsylvania State University, USA
Anita Sarma - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Stefan Sauer - Universität Paderborn, Germany
Christopher Scaffidi - Oregon State University, USA
Gem Stapleton - University of Brighton, UK
Simone Stumpf - City University London, UK
Steven Tanimoto - University of Washington, USA
Franklyn Turbak - Wellesley College, USA
Eric Walkingshaw - Oregon State University, USA


VISIT OUR WEB SITE
http://vlhcc.org/

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http://www.facebook.com/vlhcc

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
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