CFP - Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU, Portland OR, Oct 14)

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Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:23:59 -0700 (PDT)
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Posted-Date: 18 Jul 2014 12:17:49 EDT

Fifth Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools

Portland, Oregon, United States

Workshop co-located with SPLASH, 20-24 October, 2014

** Theme **

Programming languages exist to enable programmers to develop software
effectively. But how efficiently programmers can write software depends on the
usability of the languages and tools that they develop with. The aim of this
workshop is to discuss methods, metrics and techniques for evaluating the
usability of languages and language tools. The supposed benefits of such
languages and tools cover a large space, including making programs easier to
read, write, and maintain; allowing programmers to write more flexible and
powerful programs; and restricting programs to make them more safe and

PLATEAU gathers the intersection of researchers in the programming language,
programming tool, and human-computer interaction communities to share their
research and discuss the future of evaluation and usability of programming
languages and tools.

Some particular areas of interest are:
- empirical studies of programming languages
- methodologies and philosophies behind language and tool evaluation
- software design metrics and their relations to the underlying language
- user studies of language features and software engineering tools
- visual techniques for understanding programming languages
- critical comparisons of programming paradigms
- tools to support evaluating programming languages
- psychology of programming

** Submission Details **

PLATEAU encourages submissions of three types of papers:

Research and position papers: We encourage papers that describe
work-in-progress or recently completed work based on the themes and goals of
the workshop or related topics, report on experiences gained, question
accepted wisdom, raise challenging open problems, or propose speculative new
approaches. We will accept two types of papers: research papers up to 8 pages
in length; and position papers up to 2 pages in length.

Hypotheses papers: Hypotheses papers explicitly identify beliefs of the
research community or software industry about how a programming language,
programming language feature, or programming language tool affects programming
practice. Hypotheses can be collected from mailing lists, blog posts, paper
introductions, developer forums, or interviews. Papers should clearly document
the source(s) of each hypothesis and discuss the importance, use, and
relevance of the hypotheses on research or practice. Papers may also, but are
not required to, review evidence for or against the hypotheses identified.
Hypotheses papers can be up to 4 pages in length.

Papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library at the authors'

** Important Dates **

Workshop paper submission due - 1 August, 2014
Notification to authors - 22 August, 2014
Early registration deadline - 19 September, 2014

** Keynote **

Josh Bloch, former Chief Java Architect at Google and Distinguished Engineer
at Sun Microsystems.

** Workshop Organizers **

Thomas LaToza, University of California, Irvine
Joshua Sunshine, Carnegie Mellon University
Craig Anslow, University of Calgary

** Program Committee **

Jennifer Baldwin, University of Victoria
Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research
Andrew Black, Portland State University
Alan Blackwell, University of Cambridge
Jeffrey Carver, University of Alabama
Sebastian Erdweg, TU Darmstadt
Thomas Fritz, University of Zurich
Stefan Hanenberg, University of Duisburg-Essen
Matthias Hauswirth, University of Lugano
Ciera Jaspan, Google
Leo Meyerovich, UC Berkeley
Gail Murphy, University of British Columbia
Emerson Murphy-Hill, NC State
James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington
Chris Parnin, NC State
Janet Siegmund, University of Passau
Andreas Stefik, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chris Scaffidi, Oregon State University
Iric Tanter, University of Chile

Kind regards,

Craig Anslow, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary, Canada
T: 403 210 8159

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