** APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 7 June 2013 **


VL/HCC'13 Graduate Consortium

September 15, 2013
San Jose, CA, USA

Co-located with
IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing

* Submission of applications by email: Friday 7 June 2013
* Notification of final decision: Friday 21 June 2013
* Camera-ready copy: Friday 28 June 2013
* Consortium date: Sunday 15 September 2013

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 these socio-technical systems have grown in complexity, they
have become increasingly difficult for humans to understand and direct
toward productive ends. For example, when people 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. When they
take actions in the system, they often cannot foresee and manage
unintended effects on other users, software, or the system as a whole,
particularly because the software part of a system often contains

The goal of the 2013 VL/HCC Graduate Consortium is to explore ways to
help people visualize, analyze, and tailor large socio-technical
systems. This may include development of novel methods, models and
tools, such as programming environments. At a deeper level, it may
include developing new theory for predicting the complicated,
unstable, sometimes emergent behavior that results when large numbers
of diverse, unpredictable humans are coupled to unreliable software.


* 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

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


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.


Email the following items with VLHCC13-GC in the subject line to Scott
Fleming <[log in to unmask]>:

* 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 below.

* Your curriculum vitae (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
(http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf03312/), then the letter may mention
this fact.


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.


NSF has granted funding to support participation, including:

* Full conference registration

* Travel stipend ($470 for domestic travel, $1050 for international)

* 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.


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

1. The paper starts with a sentence or two that describes a real-world setting.

2. It then identifies a problem in that setting.

3. The remainder of the paper's introduction outlines an approach for
solving that problem.

4. In a subsequent section, the paper describes a prototype or
preliminary study showing the feasibility of that approach.

5. The paper explains why more work is still required in addition to
this prior work.

6. The paper concludes by describing future work that will build on
this prior work in order to finish completing the approach.

7. 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. We hope that you will find these examples
thought-provoking and helpful as you design your own submission this

* Information on the Web: How End Users Make Use of Data

* Roles in Online Collaborative Problem Solving

* Re-forming the Internet with its End Users


Stéphane Conversy · Université de Toulouse, France
Martin Erwig · Oregon State University, USA
Scott Fleming · University of Memphis, USA
Mary Beth Rosson · The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Please email [log in to unmask] for further information
regarding the event.



Scott Fleming
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Memphis
375 Dunn Hall
Memphis, TN 38152

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