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Call for Research Papers

Scope and Topics

We solicit original, unpublished research papers on computing technologies for modelling, programming, communicating, and reasoning, which are easier to learn, use or understand by humans than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 technologies 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:

  • Tools for Collaborative Work
  • Tools for data science
  • Novel visual languages
  • Design, evaluation, and theory of visual languages
  • Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in Programming
  • End-user development, adaptation and programming
  • Explainable ML/AI
  • Visual modeling of socio-technical systems
  • Visual modeling of human behavior
  • Novel representations and user interfaces for expressing computation
  • Human aspects and psychology of software development and language design
  • Debugging and program understanding
  • Crowdsourcing design and development work
  • Computational thinking and Computer Science education
  • Model-driven development
  • Domain-specific languages, including modelling languages
  • Software visualization
  • Technologies and infrastructures for end user development
  • Evaluation of end user development technologies

If you are not sure if your paper is a good fit for VL/HCC, feel free to email the PC co-chairs, Steven Oney or Jácome Cunha.

Special Emphasis for 2021: Interaction at a Distance

This year’s special topic is “Interaction at a Distance”. COVID-19 may permanently change how we work, communicate, and collaborate in the future. Technology and software will continue to play an increasingly important role in mediating our interactions with other people. This year, we especially welcome papers at VL/HCC that design, build, or evaluate technologies that help us interact at a distance.

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=vlhcc2021

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 kept up to date such that it matches exactly the abstract in the submitted paper. The abstract must be no longer than 250 words.

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. Submissions 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 2021 and present the paper at the conference. There will be a virtual presentation option in case of travel restrictions. 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 2019), and to select the “US letter” template:


Double blind reviewing

We follow a double-blind reviewing process. 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 three days of the submission deadline. Only changes to resolve anonymity issues will be permitted

Important Deadlines

  • Abstracts-Only: April 23, 2021
  • Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021
  • Acceptance: June 11, 2021
  • Camera-Ready: July 9, 2021

General Conference: October 10-13