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Call for Workshops and Tutorials

The 2021 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) invites proposals for workshops and tutorials to be held in conjunction with the symposium. VL/HCC 2021 workshops are small meetings intended to foster discussion in an area related to the symposium. Tutorials allow conference attendees to expand their knowledge by introducing researchers to emerging areas or new technologies, or providing an overview of the state of the art in an existing research area. Workshops and tutorials should be on topics related to the conference, such as (but not limited to) end-user programming, visual programming, domain-specific languages, software visualization, and CS education.

Prospective workshop and tutorial organizers must submit a proposal package, which will be reviewed by the Workshops and Tutorials chairs, and may either be accepted or rejected. The preferred format for workshops and tutorials is either a half day or full-day standalone session. However, we are also happy to consider alternative or experimental topics and formats. If the workshop/tutorial is accepted, then both the symposium organizers and the workshop/tutorial organizers will publicize the event to help ensure that it draws a sufficient number of attendees. Please note that an accepted workshop/tutorial may be cancelled due to low registration if the number of participants (including the organizers) is less than twelve.

Please submit proposals by May 21, 2021. Decision notifications will be sent by Friday, June 11, 2021 at the latest.

Instructions for Workshop Proposals

The workshop proposal package must contain a summary sheet for the proposal that lists:

  1. the title of the workshop
    • the names, contact information for all organizers (one organizer should be highlighted as the contact for the workshop chairs)
    • the organizers’ backgrounds
    • the URL to a preliminary workshop web page (this page need not be final at submission time but should provide current status information if accepted).
  2. A description of the topic and rationale for the workshop, including a brief description of why the workshop will be relevant to VL/HCC attendees

  3. A detailed plan for carrying out the workshop, including
    • the method for soliciting position papers from potential attendees
    • the method for selecting attendees from submitted papers
    • an approximate schedule for the workshop
    • an approximate number of expected participants
    • a brief description of any post-workshop activities (e.g. curating a journal special issue).

  4. A Call for Participation document (500 words or less) that can be used to advertise the workshop on mailing lists, the VL/HCC web site, etc. We strongly recommend that organizers plan their workshop to encourage interaction among the attendees and avoid structuring the workshop as a long series of individual paper presentations. Note also that workshops are not courses where an instructor teaches the attendees (see Tutorials below for this instead).

Instructions for Tutorial Proposals

Prospective tutorial instructors must submit a tutorial proposal package, which will be reviewed by the Workshops and Tutorials chairs and may either be accepted or rejected. If the tutorial is accepted, then both the conference organizers and the tutorial instructors will publicize the tutorial to ensure that a sufficient number of attendees will choose to attend the tutorial. The tutorial package must contain:

  1. A course abstract of at most 500 words that lists

    • title
    • instructor(s) name and affiliation
    • course duration
    • a description of the benefits that attendees will receive from this course, the features of the course, and background on the instructor(s)
  2. Feel free to use bulleted lists in the abstract as needed. This abstract will be used to advertise the tutorial if it is accepted.

  3. A course description of 1–4 pages. This should contain

    • proposed duration of the tutorial (half day or full day, though shorter tutorials could also be proposed)
    • learning objectives
    • justification: Why will this tutorial be of interest to the VL/HCC community?
    • content: Describe in detail the material that will be covered.
    • presentation format and schedule: Describe in detail the format of the presentation and how it will be organized.
    • tutorial history: Describe the history of the tutorial, if any.