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From the beginning of the computer age, researchers and computing practitioners have sought ways to make interactions with computers more human-oriented. For example, visual languages have long been used to provide effective communication between humans and computers. Visual languages have been successfully employed for end-user programming, modeling, and rapid prototyping; they have supported design activities by people of many disciplines and backgrounds including architects, artists, children, engineers, and scientists. In addition, visual languages and technologies are increasingly being used to facilitate human-human communication through Internet/Web technology and electronic mobile devices.

The IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) is the premier international forum for researchers and industrial practitioners to discuss the theory, applications and evaluation of technologies, visual and otherwise, that enhance the role of humans in the computing process.

Established in 1984, the mission of the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing ("VL/HCC") is to support the design, formalization, implementation, and evaluation of computing languages that are easier to learn, easier to use, and easier to understand by a broader group of people.

This includes all research aimed at the above mission, regardless of whether it uses entirely visual technology, text, or instead uses sound, taste, virtual reality, the web, or any other technologies. Examples of research addressing this problem include, but are not limited to, language/environmental design aspects, theory that supports the many media used toward this goal, implementation aspects, empirical work, software comprehension aspects (including software visualization), and software modeling and/or software engineering aspects.

Scope and Topics

We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on one or more aspects of human-centric computing technology, for instance visual programming or interaction, text, sound, virtual reality, the Web, or other multimedia technologies.

Research papers may address cognitive and design aspects, underlying theories, formal methods, taxonomies, implementation efforts, tool support, and empirical studies. We also solicit short papers that present work in progress or demonstrations of tools. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Design, theory, and application of visual languages for programming, modeling, and communication
  • Domain-specific languages (DSL)
  • Computer-mediated human-human communication
  • Empirical studies of human-centric software technologies
  • Languages and tools for end-user software development
  • Languages and tools for domain-specific software development
  • Model-driven development of interactive systems
  • Multimedia systems
  • Multi-modal interaction
  • Software visualization and algorithm animation
  • Visual or multidimensional model-driven development

Paper Submission

We invite two different types of paper submissions:

  • Full-length papers reporting on research or experience,
  • Short papers describing work in progress or tool demonstrations.

Standard papers may be up to eight pages in IEEE double-column format; short papers may be up to four pages in IEEE double-column format. Papers must be submitted electronically. All submissions will be reviewed by members of the international Program Committee.

Accepted papers will appear in the Proceedings of VL/HCC'08, published by the IEEE Computer Society. The paper submission deadline is March 6, 2008 (extended to March 11); to aid in reviewer assignments, we also request that prospective authors submit abstracts and titles by February 21, 2008. The abstract should provide a summary (up to 200 words) of the long or short paper the author intends to submit by the March deadline. Note that author(s) will have the opportunity to update titles and abstract during submission of papers.

Note that the conference is also inviting submissions for workshops and tutorials to be held in conjunction with the symposium; more information about these submission types can be found on the VL/HCC’08 web site.

Authors of the best papers accepted for the conference will be asked to submit revised versions of their work for a special issue of the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing.

Workshop/Tutorial Submission

See the Call for Workshop Proposals and the Call for Tutorial Proposals.

Important Dates

Workshop/Tutorial proposals: 17 February 2008

Workshop/Tutorial decision: 3 March 2008

Paper abstracts: 21 February 2008
Submissions from authors who did not have time to submit an abstract by 21 February 2008 will still be accepted up to the final deadline (6 March 2008), but we ask that you submit a title, abstract and keywords as soon as possible to help us make preliminary reviewing assignments.

Paper submission: 6 March 2008 (extended to 11 March)

Notification of decision: 16 May 2008

Camera-ready copy: 12 June 2008

Conference Dates

15-19 September 2008

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is available as a PDF flyer (1.05Mb) or as plain text.


The conference poster is available in PDF (1.13Mb).

Call for Participation

The Call for Participation (published 23 June 2008) is available as plain text.