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VL/HCC 2023 : IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing

The IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing 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.

The 2023 symposium is scheduled to take place October 2-6 in Washington,
DC, USA. VL/HCC 2023 is 100% Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Technical
Committee on Multimedia Computing (TCMC).

**Call for Research Papers**


We solicit original, unpublished research papers on computing technologies
for modeling, programming, communicating, and reasoning, which are easier
to learn, use or understand by humans than the current state-of-the-art.
Papers should focus on efforts to design, formalize, implement, or evaluate
those technologies and languages. This includes technologies intended for
general audiences (e.g., professional or novice programmers, or the public)
or domain-specific audiences (e.g., people working in business
administration, production environments, healthcare, urban design or
scientific domains). Empirical papers that validate current proposed
solutions with rigorous scientific means (i.e., empirical studies,
controlled experiments, rigorous case studies, etc.) are also welcome.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Visual languages: Novel visual languages, Design, evaluation, and theory
of visual languages and applications, Development of systems for
manipulating and interacting with diagrammatic representations

- Human aspects and psychology of software development and language design,
such as supporting inclusion and diversity in programming

- End-user development: End-user development, adaptation and programming,
Creation and evaluation of technologies and infrastructures for end-user

- Crowdsourcing design and development work

- Representations: Novel representations and user interfaces for expressing
computation, Software, algorithm and data visualization

- Modeling: Model-driven development, Domain-specific languages, including
modeling languages, Visual modeling of human behavior and socio-technical

- Thinking more deeply about code: Computational thinking and Computer
Science education, Debugging and program understanding, Explainable ML/AI

If you are not sure if your paper is a good fit for VL/HCC, feel free to
email the PC Co-chairs (see “Contact” below). We welcome those new to the
VL/HCC community to submit!

SPECIAL EMPHASIS FOR 2023: Low-Code / No-Code Development

This year’s special topic is “Low-Code / No-Code Development”. This
development paradigm enables the creation and deployment of fully
functional applications using visual abstractions and interfaces and
requiring little or no procedural code. This way, users are empowered to
create software applications for constrained domains, even if they lack a
programming background. This year, we especially welcome papers at VL/HCC
that design, build, or evaluate any aspects of low-code and no-code


We invite two kinds of papers:

- full-length research papers, up to 8 pages - plus unlimited additional
pages containing only references and/or acknowledgements

- short research papers, up to 4 pages - plus unlimited additional pages
containing only references and/or acknowledgements

Papers must be submitted using the IEEE two-column conference paper format.
Be sure to use the current IEEE conference paper format (which was updated
in 2019), and to select the “US letter” template:

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair system (

To facilitate the assigning of papers to reviewers, we require paper
abstracts to be submitted via EasyChair at least 1 week prior to the paper
submission deadline (see Important Dates below). The abstract must be kept
up to date such that it matches exactly the abstract in the submitted
paper. The abstract must be no longer than 250 words.

All accepted papers, whether full or short, should be complete,
self-contained, archival contributions. Contributions from full papers are
more extensive than those from short papers. Note that some full paper
submissions may be accepted as short papers if reviewers deem contributions
to be comparable in size to a short paper. Work-in-progress, which has not
yet yielded an archival contribution, should be submitted to the
Posters/Showpieces category. All submissions will be reviewed by members of
the Program Committee in a double-blind review process. Authors will then
receive the reviews for their submissions and will be able to answer them
in a rebuttal phase. Only after this step the PC will make a final decision
about the acceptance of the submissions. Submissions and reviews for the
technical program are managed with EasyChair. At least one author of each
accepted paper is required to register for VL/HCC 2023 and present the
paper at the conference. There will be a virtual presentation option in
case of travel restrictions. IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper
from distribution after the conference, including IEEE Xplore Digital
Library, if the paper is not presented by the author at the conference.

The proceedings of IEEE VL/HCC are published in digital form by the IEEE
Computer Science Society and archived in the IEEE Digital Library with an
official ISBN number. Accepted papers will be available to conference
attendees via the IEEE Open Preview program in the IEEE Xplore Digital
Library (


We follow a double-blind reviewing process. Both authors and reviewers are
expected to make every effort to honor the double-blind reviewing process.
In case of questions, please contact the Program Chairs. Authors should
ensure that the submission can be evaluated without it being obvious who
wrote the paper. This means leaving author names off the paper and using
terms like “previous research” rather than “our previous research” when
describing background. However, do not hide previous work – papers must
still reference all relevant research using full (non-anonymized)
citations, including the author’s own prior work, so that reviewers can
evaluate novelty. Please reference your own prior work in the third-person
just like you would do for any other related work (e.g., avoid “As
described in our previous work [10], … ” and instead write something like
“As described by [10], …”). It is also important that authors specify all
conflicts of interest with potential reviewers during the submission phase.

Reviewers should not undertake any investigation that might lead to the
revealing of authors’ identity. If identities are inadvertently revealed,
please contact the Program Chairs.

The Program Chairs will check all submissions for obvious signs of lack of
anonymity and may ask authors to make changes and resubmit the paper within
three days of the submission deadline. Only changes to resolve anonymity
issues will be permitted.


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 justifying claims, including analytical methods, formal
arguments or case studies. Given this criterion, we encourage potential
authors to think carefully about what claims their submission makes and
what evidence would adequately support these claims. In addition, we expect
short papers to have less comprehensive evaluation than long papers.


- Abstracts only: April 21, 2023

- Submission deadline: April 28, 2023

- Rebuttal phase: June 5 - 9, 2023

- Notification: June 23, 2023

- Camera-ready: July 14, 2023


PC Co-Chairs:

- Philip Guo (University of California San Diego, United States)

- Esther Guerra (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

- Contact email: [log in to unmask]



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