[ecoop-info] Call For Papers - PLATEAU 2011 at SPLASH/Onward!

Craig Anslow craig.anslow at ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Sun Jul 10 11:09:57 CEST 2011

Call for Papers

                         PLATEAU 2011

                       Third Workshop on
Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU)
             in conjunction with SPLASH/Onward! 2011
                      October 22-27, 2011 (Portland, OR)





Submission Deadline     August 12
Notification                  September 12
Registration                 October 22
Workshop                    October 24


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 secure.

We plan to gather 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. We are also interested
in the input of other members of the programming research community
working on related areas, such as aspects, refactoring, design patterns,
program analysis, program comprehension, software visualization,
end-user programming, and other programming language paradigms. 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


Brad Myers, Carnegie Mellon University


Participants are invited to submit a paper describing their on going  
We will accept papers (from 4 to 6 pages) 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. Longer submissions will be considered, but
all submissions must be fewer than 10 pages.

Submissions and final papers should be formatted using the ACM SIGPLAN
10 point format. Templates for Word and LaTeX are available at
http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigplan/authorInformation.htm; this site also
contains links to useful information on how to write effective

Papers may be submitted to one of two tracks: archival and non-archival.
Accepted archival papers will be published in full in the ACM digital  
Accepted non-archival papers will be made available as a tech report on
the PLATEAU website. All authors are also asked to prepare a  
presentation to
support their papers. All accepted submissions will be made available  
the PLATEAU website prior to the workshop. Workshop participants are
encouraged to have read the position papers before attending the  


Shane Markstrum - Google, USA
Craig Anslow - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Emerson Murphy-Hill - North Carolina State University, USA


Jeff Carver - University of Alabama, USA
Rob DeLine - Microsoft Research, USA
Jonathan Edwards - MIT, USA
Matthias Hauswirth - University of Lugano, Switzerland
Donna Malayeri - Microsoft, USA
Shane Markstrum - Google, USA
Emerson Murphy-Hill - North Carolina State University, USA
James Noble - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Portia O'Callaghan - MathWorks, USA
Marian Petre - The Open University, England
Caitlin Sadowski - University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Alessandro Warth - Viewpoints Research Institute, USA


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