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Call for Workshops and Tutorials

Important dates for Workshop and Tutorial Proposals:
Submission of proposals by email:11 March 2016
Notification of final decision:9 May 2016


CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

VL/HCC 2016 workshops are small meetings intended to foster discussion in an area related to the conference, such as end-user software engineering, visual modeling, end-user programming languages, domain-specific languages, software visualization, query languages, etc. For this year, we particularly encourage computational thinking and computer science education-related topics -- for example, workshops related to theories of human learning, methods and tools to enhance learning, and empirical investigations of learning in a variety of computing contexts.

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).

Prospective workshop organizers must submit a workshop proposal package, which will be reviewed by the PC chairs and may either be accepted or rejected. If the workshop is accepted, then both the conference organizers and the workshop organizers will publicize the workshop to ensure that a sufficient number of attendees submit position papers to the workshop. The workshop proposal package must contain:
  1. A summary sheet for the proposal that lists
    1. the title of the workshop
    2. the names, contact information for all organizers (one organizer should be highlighted as the contact for the workshop chairs)
    3. the organizers’ backgrounds
    4. 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
    1. the method for soliciting position papers from potential attendees
    2. the method for selecting attendees from submitted position papers
    3. an approximate schedule for the workshop
    4. a brief description of any post-workshop activities (e.g. curating a journal special issue).

  4. 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 welcome proposals for linked workshops presentations on topics relevant to the VL/HCC conference. Please send proposals by email directly to conference chair Alan Blackwell (afb21@cam.ac.uk) by Fri 11 March. Acceptance will be notified by Mon 9 May at the latest.

Preferred format for workshops and tutorials is either a half day or full-day standalone session. Links to the co-located PPIG conference will be welcome. We are also happy to consider alternative or experimental topics and formats.

Please note that an accepted workshop may be cancelled due to low registration if the number of participants (including the organizers) is less than twelve.


CALL FOR TUTORIAL PROPOSALS

Tutorials allow conference attendees to expand their knowledge. Tutorials might introduce researchers to emerging areas or new technologies, or provide an overview of the state of the art in an existing research area. Tutorials should be on topics related to the conference, such as end-user software engineering, visual modeling, end-user programming languages, domain-specific languages, software visualization, query languages, etc. For this year, we particularly encourage computational thinking and computer science education-oriented topics.

Prospective tutorial instructors must submit a tutorial proposal package, which will be reviewed by the PC 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
    1. title
    2. instructor(s) name and affiliation
    3. course duration
    4. 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
    1. proposed duration of the tutorial (half day or full day, though shorter tutorials could also be proposed)
    2. learning objectives
    3. justification: Why will this tutorial be of interest to the VL/HCC community?
    4. content: Describe in detail the material that will be covered
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    5. presentation format and schedule: Describe in detail the format of the presentation and how it will be organized.
    6. tutorial history: Describe the history of the tutorial, if any.
    7. audio/visual needs: Describe any technology that you will need in order to present your tutorial. We should be able to provide a projector, screen, and some form of computer audio system. Be sure to mention any needs beyond that set of equipment.


We welcome proposals for linked tutorials presentations on topics relevant to the VL/HCC conference. Please send proposals by email directly to conference chair Alan Blackwell (afb21@cam.ac.uk) by Fri 11 March. Acceptance will be notified by Mon 9 May at the latest.

Preferred format for workshops and tutorials is either a half day or full-day standalone session. Links to the co-located PPIG conference will be welcome. We are also happy to consider alternative or experimental topics and formats.

Please note that an accepted tutorial may be cancelled due to low registration if the number of participants (including the organizers) is less than twelve.