[ecoop-info] PLATEAU 2015 Workshop - Call For Papers

Craig Anslow Craig.Anslow at ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Fri Jul 10 00:55:43 CEST 2015

6th Workshop on the Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU)

   Co-located with SPLASH 2015
   Pittsburgh, PA



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.

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
- domain specific language (e.g. database languages, security/privacy
  languages, architecture description languages) usability and evaluation


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. In addition, we invite language
designers to share some of the usability reasoning that influenced
their work. These will serve as an important first step in advancing
our understanding of how language design supports programmers.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

Format: Submissions should use the SIGPLAN Proceedings Format, 10
point font. Note that by default the SIGPLAN Proceedings Format
produces papers in 9 point font. If you are formatting your paper
using LaTeX, you will need to set the 10pt option in the
\documentclass command. If you are formatting your paper using Word,
you may wish to use the provided Word template that supports this font
size. Please include page numbers in your submission. Setting the
preprint option in the LaTeX \documentclass command generates page
numbers. Please also ensure that your submission is legible when
printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that
colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible.

All types of papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library at
the authors’ discretion.

Paper Format: http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author/
Submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=plateau2015 


Mary Beth Rosson
Professor at Penn State
College of Information Sciences and Technology
Pennsylvania, USA

Submission deadline: August 7, 2015

Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research, USA
Jeff Carver, University of Alabama, USA
Ronald Garcia, University of British Columbia, Canada
Stefan Hanenberg, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Stephen Kell, University of Cambridge, UK
Brad Myers, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Chris Parnin, North Carolina State University, USA
Romain Robbes, University of Chile, Chile
Janet Siegmund, University of Passau, Germany
Andreas Stefik, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Emma Söderberg, Google, USA

Craig Anslow, Middlesex University, UK
Thomas LaToza, George Mason University, USA
Joshua Sunshine, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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