Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
20 - 24 September 2009
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
People increasingly rely on computing for activities at home and work, but for many, it is no longer sufficient to use the scripted tasks supported by packaged software. Instead, many people now produce their own computational solutions, such as spreadsheets, web sites, educational media and simulations, automated business procedures, and scientific visualizations.
Unfortunately, the tools for creating these solutions often neglect the needs of disadvantaged users or smaller user groups. Supporting these groups effectively requires research not only from computer science, but also sociology, education, design, psychology, business, and other disciplines.
The goal of the VL/HCC '09 graduate consortium is to bring together students from these different backgrounds and explore ways of democratizing access to information technology. This might involve increasing participation in programs that teach computational thinking, lowering the barriers to learning programming, or inventing approaches to programming in unexplored domains. It could also involve explaining the nature of computational thinking and the growing class divide that it represents.
Why you should participate...
Who Can Participate
Current Ph.D. students are preferred, but M.S. students who intend to go on to pursue a Ph.D. may also apply. Students have participated no more than once in previous VL/HCC graduate consortiums may also apply.
Please send the following items by email to Judith Good (J.Good@sussex.ac.uk) by Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 (11:59 pm PDT):
Submissions must be in PDF, but may be in separate files.
For one third of the participation 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.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted funding to help cover student travel, lodging, registration, food, etc. Eligibility is limited to graduate students attending U.S. universities and research institutions (including both US and non-US citizens). However, graduate students attending institutions from outside the U.S. can participate and are encouraged to obtain other forms of support.
The event will be a full day on Sunday, September 20, before the main conference. All participating students are expected to attend the main conference. All other conference attendees are invited to attend the event to listen to the presentations, interact with the participants, and add to the feedback available to the presenters. No additional sign-up process or registration fee is involved.
More details to come, including times, dates, locations, etc.