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VL/HCC 2020
Mon 10 - Fri 14 August 2020 Dunedin, New Zealand

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 people. The 2020 edition of the symposium will take place August 10-14 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

IEEE VL/HCC 2020 will be co-located with the ACM International Computing Education Research (ICER) conference, https://icer.acm.org/

Research Papers: Call for Papers

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Scope and Topics

We solicit original, unpublished research papers on computing technologies and visual languages for modelling, programming, communicating, and reasoning, which are easier to learn, use or understand by humans than the current state-of-the-art. Papers should focus on efforts to design, formalize, implement, or evaluate those technologies and languages. This includes tools and visual languages intended for general audiences (e.g., professional or novice programmers, or the public) or domain-specific audiences (e.g., people working in business administration, production environments, healthcare, urban design or scientific domains).

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing Technologies that Accelerate Human Learning
  • Better Ways to Teach and Learn Computational Thinking
  • Interfaces that Induce or Support Creativity
  • AI/ML in Support of Human Cognition
  • Designing for Inclusion and Diversity
  • Cognitive Amplifiers for People with Special Needs
  • Collaboration Support for Creative Work
  • Understanding Dynamics of Technology-Empowered Teams
  • Computer Techniques to Teach Creativity & Problem Solving
  • Fostering Creativity Through Coding
  • Understanding Coding as Creative Problem Solving
  • Visual Languages to Support Workflows for Problem Solving


Special Emphasis for 2020: Amplifiers for Human Learning and Creativity

This year’s special topic is “Amplifiers for Human Learning and Creativity”.