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.

Scope and Topics

We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on one or more aspects of human-centric computing technology, for instance visual programming or interaction, text, sound, virtual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:

  • Visual languages for programming, modeling, and communication
  • Visual domain-specific languages
  • End-user software development
  • Computer-mediated human-human communication
  • Empirical studies of human-centric software technologies
  • Languages and tools for domain-specific software development
  • Multimodal interaction
  • Sketch and Gestural Computing
  • Software visualization and algorithm animation
  • Visual or multidimensional model-driven development
  • Visual and Spatial/Temporal Reasoning
  • Visual Query Languages and Databases
  • Visual Techniques for Business Processes and Workflow

Paper Submission

We invite two different types of paper submissions:

  • fulllength papers, up to eight pages, reporting on research or experience, and
  • short papers, up to four pages, describing work in progress or tool demonstrations.
All papers must be formatted in IEEE double-column conference format and must be submitted electronically. All submissions will be reviewed by members of the international Program Committee.

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.

Important Dates

Submission Notification
Workshops/Tutorials: 31 January 2009 9 February 2009
Papers: 15 March 2009 (Extended deadline) 18 May 2009
Camera-ready copies: 14 June 2009

The Call for Papers is available as a PDF flyer (2.8 MB) or as plain text.