VLHCC 2012

Call For Papers – VL/HCC 2012

IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
September 30 – October 4, 2012
Innsbruck, Austria, co-located with MODELS’12

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

Important Dates

  • Abstract submissions: 9 March 2012
  • Paper submissions: 16 March 2012
  • Notification of reviews: 25 May 2012
  • Rebuttals due: 29 May 2012
  • Notification of final decision: 6 June 2012
  • Camera-ready copies due: 29 June 2012

Scope and Topics

We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on efforts
to design, formalize, implement, and evaluate computing languages and
development tools that are easier to learn, easier to use, and easier
to understand. This includes languages and tools expressed not only as
text, but through any other means (visual, sketch-based, gesture-based,
or otherwise). This also includes languages and tools intended for a
wide range of audiences, including professional software developers,
novice programmers, or any other people who find a need to
express computational ideas. We also seek papers that address
cognitive, social, cultural, and theoretical aspects of efforts to
lower barriers to computing.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, evaluation, and theory of visual languages
  • End-user development, end-user programming
  • Novel user interfaces for expressing computation
  • Human aspects of software development
  • Debugging and program understanding
  • Computer science education
  • Software development tools
  • Model-driven development
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Software visualization
  • Query languages

Paper Submissions

We invite two kinds of papers, due March 16, 2012:

  • full-length research papers, up to 8 pages
  • short research papers, up to 4 pages

All accepted papers, whether full or short, should be complete
archival contributions. The contribution from full papers are more
extensive than those from short papers. Preliminary research should be
submitted to the Posters category. All submissions will be reviewed
by members of the Program Committee.

Accepted papers will be distributed at the conference and will
appear in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. In 2011 the conference paper
format was changed by IEEE, so be sure you are using the new format,
which is available at:

Moreover, authors of the best papers accepted for the conference will be
invited to submit revised versions for a special issue of the Journal of
Visual Languages and Computing.

About Craig Anslow

Craig Anslow is a Lecturer in Software Engineering at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, with research interests in software visualization.
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