VL/HCC ‘19 Graduate Consortium

Important Dates

Submission by e-mail: 7 July 2019 - Deadline Extended!
Notification of final decision: 8 July 2019
Camera-ready deadline: 12 July 2019
Consortium date: 14 October 2019

Call for Participation

The primary goal of this year’s event is to stimulate graduate students’ and other researchers’ thinking about the design of programming languages, APIs, diagrams, models, and supporting tools that include and support diverse and underrepresented populations in computing. This goal aligns with the theme of the 2019 VL/HCC main conference.

Society has a clear need for broader participation in computing. One way to support broader populations in entering and remaining in computing is by ensuring that the design of computing systems supports all users.

Although there are many recent and ongoing efforts to support diversity in computing, there still remain many open questions about how to design computing systems that fully support all users.

The 2019 GC aims to encourage and advance research both on understanding the needs of underrepresented groups in computing and the design of computing systems that support these groups.

Why You Should Participate

Who Can Participate?

The consortium is open to both master’s and PhD students worldwide. Participation is particularly encouraged from PhD students who are close to proposing a thesis, as well as from members of groups identified by NSF as underrepresented in the sciences and engineering. If multiple applicants from a particular university apply for the consortium this year, then no more than two per university will be selected to participate. To be eligible, each applicant may have participated no more than once in the VL/HCC graduate consortia of past years.

Application Process

Email the following items with VLHCC19-GC in the subject line to Michelle Ichinco at Michelle_ichinco@uml.edu:

Selection Process

For one-third of the slots, students who have participated once before will be given priority. The remaining slots will be given to students who are new to the event. Each student from the returning group will be linked with new students in a mentoring arrangement. See Who Can Participate? above for additional selection criteria.


Selected students will be asked to present a poster on their work at the Showpieces Reception during the main conference. Details will be provided to accepted applicants.

Travel Support

We are happy to announce that we have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support participation. This funding will cover:

Note that we have a fixed budget for travel support. Based on our budget, we can cover at least up to $1,545 USD in the above travel expenses per student. Additional expenses may also be covered depending on the availability of funds.


The consortium event will be a full day the Monday before the main conference. All participating students are expected to attend the main conference as well as the graduate consortium. Other conference attendees are invited to attend the consortium, to listen to the presentations, to interact with participants, and to give feedback to presenters. More details will be provided, closer to the event, including times and locations.

Examples of Successful Applications

To be successful, a submission to the VL/HCC Graduate Consortium generally has to have the following parts:

  1. The paper starts with a sentence or two that describes a real-world setting.
  2. It then identifies a problem in that setting.
  3. The remainder of the paper’s introduction outlines an approach for solving that problem.
  4. In a subsequent section, the paper describes a prototype or preliminary study showing the feasibility of that approach.
  5. The paper explains why more work is still required in addition to this prior work.
  6. The paper concludes by describing future work that will build on this prior work in order to finish completing the approach.
  7. Somewhere along the way, the paper explains how the approach builds on, or differs from, other related work.

We have annotated three excellent submissions that exemplify the pattern described above. We hope that you will find these examples thought-provoking and helpful as you design your own submission this year.

Panel Members and Organizers

VL/HCC 2019 Important Dates

All deadlines are by the end of the day Anywhere on Earth.

Track Event/Deadline Date(s)
Workshop/Tutorial Proposals Submission Deadline Fri 29 Mar
Workshop/Tutorial Proposals Decision Notifications Mon 15 Apr
Papers Abstracts-Only Requested ASAP Extended!
Papers Submission Deadline Mon 6 May Extended!
Papers Initial Review Period Tue 7 May – Fri 24 May
Papers Initial Discussion Period Sat 25 May – Thu 30 May
Papers Preliminary Notifications Fri 31 May
Papers Author Response Period Fri 31 May – Fri 7 June
Papers Author Responses Deadline Fri 7 June
Papers Final Review Period Sat 8 June – Fri 14 June
Papers Final Decision Notifications Mon 17 June
Showpieces Submission Deadline Fri 28 June
Showpieces Decision Notifications Mon 8 July
Graduate Consortium Application Deadline Sun 7 July Extended!
Graduate Consortium Decision Notifications Mon 8 July
All Tracks Camera-Ready Deadline Fri 12 July
All Tracks VL/HCC 2019 Symposium Mon 14 Oct – Fri 18 Oct