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

COVID-19 Announcement
The VL/HCC Organizing Committee is aware of the current COVID-19 situation. At this time, the conference is planned to take place as scheduled. The committee will continue monitoring conditions and will provide updates if plans change. For questions, contact Craig Anslow.

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 is 100% Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing (TCMC).

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IEEE VL/HCC 2020 will be co-located with the ACM International Computing Education Research (ICER) 2020 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We solicit original, unpublished research papers on computing technologies and visual languages for modelling, programming, communicating, and reasoning, which are easier to learn, use or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”.

Paper submissions

We invite two kinds of papers: * full-length research papers, up to 8 pages—plus unlimited additional pages containing only references and/or acknowledgements * short research papers, up to 4 pages—plus unlimited additional pages containing only references and/or acknowledgements. Papers must be submitted in a format suitable for anonymous review, and using the IEEE two-column conference paper format.

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair system:https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vlhcc2020

To facilitate the assigning of papers to reviewers, we require paper abstracts to be submitted via EasyChair at least 1 week prior to the paper submission deadline (see Important Dates below). The abstract must be no longer than 150 words, and must be kept up to date such that it matches exactly the abstract in the submitted paper.

All accepted papers, whether full or short, should be complete, self-contained, archival contributions. Contributions from full papers are more extensive than those from short papers. Work-in-progress, which has not yet yielded a contribution, should be submitted to the Showpieces category. All submissions will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Submission and reviews for the technical program are managed with EasyChair. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for VL/HCC 2020 and present the paper at the conference. IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference, including IEEE Xplore Digital Library, if the paper is not presented by the author at the conference.

Accepted papers will be available to conference attendees via the IEEE Open Preview program in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/). The proceedings are an official electronic publication of the IEEE in Computer Science, with an ISBN number. Be sure to use the current IEEE conference paper format (which was updated in 2018), and to select the “US letter” template:


Double blind reviewing

Double Blind Reviewing We follow a lightweight double-blind reviewing process. Thus, submitted papers must not reveal the identities of authors. However, the author names will be known to the program committee in the rebuttal phase.

Both authors and reviewers are expected to make every effort to honor the double-blind reviewing process. In case of questions, please contact the Program Chairs. Authors should ensure that the submission can be evaluated without it being obvious who wrote the paper. This means leaving author names off the paper and using terms like “previous research” rather than “our previous research” when describing background. However, do not hide previous work – papers must still reference all relevant research, including that by the current authors, so reviewers can evaluate novelty. It is important that authors specify all conflicts of interest with potential reviewers during the submission phase.

Reviewers should not undertake any investigation that might lead to the revealing of authors’ identity. If identities are inadvertently revealed, please contact the Program Chairs.

The Program Chairs will check all submissions for obvious signs of lack of anonymity and may ask authors to make changes and resubmit the paper within four days of the submission deadline.

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