Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
20 - 24 September 2009
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
From the beginning of the computer age, researchers and computing practitioners have sought ways to make interactions with computers more human-oriented. For example, visual languages have long been used to provide effective communication between humans and computers. Visual languages have been successfully employed for end-user programming, modeling, and rapid prototyping; they have supported design activities by people of many disciplines and backgrounds including architects, artists, children, engineers, and scientists. In the last few years, a number of languages and technologies have incorporated visual-based counterparts to facilitate human-human communication through Web technology and electronic mobile devices.
The IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) is the premier international forum for researchers and industrial practitioners to discuss the theory, applications and evaluation of technologies, visual and otherwise, that enhance the role of humans in the computing process.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Symposium. Established in 1984, the mission of the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing is to support the design, formalization, implementation, and evaluation of computing languages that are easier to learn, easier to use, and easier to understand by a broader group of people.
This includes all research aimed at the above mission, regardless of whether it uses entirely visual technology, text, or instead uses sound, virtual reality, the web, or any other technologies. Examples of research addressing this problem include, but are not limited to, language/environmental design aspects, theory that supports the many media used toward this goal, implementation aspects, empirical work, software comprehension aspects (including software visualization), and software modeling and/or software engineering aspects.
We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on one or more aspects of human-centric computing technology, for instance visual programming or interaction, text, sound, virtual reality, the Web, or other multimedia technologies.
Research papers may address cognitive and design aspects, underlying theories, formal methods, taxonomies, implementation efforts, tool support, and empirical studies. We also solicit short papers that present work in progress or demonstrations of tools. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
We invite two different types of paper submissions:
Accepted papers will appear in the Proceedings of VL/HCC 2009, published by the IEEE Computer Society. The paper submission deadline is March 15, 2009. 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.
The conference also invites submissions for workshops and tutorials to be held in conjunction with the symposium; more details will be posted soon.