Graduate student event
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS' EVENT AT HCC'03:
PROGRAMMING FOR THE EDUCATIONALLY DISADVANTAGED
HCC '03 has been granted NSF funding
travel grants for graduate student researchers, as well as for a few
other participants, who are working on research relevant to the
research theme below. The travel grants are expected to cover all travel
to the IEEE Symposia on
Human-Centric Computing Languges and Environments, to be held in
Auckland, New Zealand, October 2003.
News Flash: Deadline extended to June 10!
We are extending the deadline to June 10, because we want to make sure
we have plenty of applications from which to choose.
Students please take note! Any connection to the research theme
--- even remote ones --- will be considered, if the research is high
quality. For example, the following are all examples of viable topic
- Any human aspects of enabling people to program who may not be
educated in programming.
- Any theoretical advances (cognitive, education, language
theoretic, etc.) likely to be useful directly or "beneath the hood"
by languages aimed at the research theme.
- Any implementation-related advances that will be drawn upon
"beneath the hood" by languages aimed at the research theme.
- Etc. (see below for more).
Can programming power be made viable for educationally disadvantaged
There are many schools, particularly in minority and rural areas, that
struggle to provide even the basics of education, let alone
technological experiences. This problem can exist in particular
schools, or for particular populations at schools that serve some
populations better than others. Educational disadvantage can be
influenced by ethnicity, geographic factors, economic status, and
With little experience or confidence in their ability to deal with
technology, educationally disadvantaged people face serious obstacles
against coping with software designed by and for "information haves".
To be able to realize their own potential, members of this population
need information power. Whether and how software with the power of
programmability can be viable for this population is the subject of
Who Can Participate
There are three types of participation:
- Graduate student participation: Graduate student researchers may
apply to present their work to a panel of experts and to interested
conference attendees. The goal is to exchange ideas, generate new
ones, and receive constructive feedback. 2-page research abstracts
of those selected will also be included in the conference
proceedings. Graduate students must apply (see below). Both
U.S. students and non-U.S. students may apply; however, because the
funding is from a U.S. source, only the U.S. students can receive the
- Outside expert participation: A few "outside expert"
U.S. participants not traditionally present at this conference may
also be eligible for travel support. They will assist the panel of
experts in providing constructive feedback and insights. These
participants should be specialists in areas relevant to the research
question, such as specialists in education or sociological aspects of
computing or ethnic studies. The 2-page research abstracts
of those selected will also be included in the conference
proceedings. The application process is specified below.
- Other conference attendees: All HCC'03 conference attendees are
invited to attend the event to listen to the
presentations, interact with the participants, and add to the feedback
available to the presenters. No sign-up process or registration fee is
involved. The event will be one of the tracks
during a portion of the main conference.
The event will be a half- to full-day special event that will
be a parallel track during the main conference. It will consist of brief
presentations by the students of their research, followed by a
positive critique from our panel of experts.
Applications will be due June 10. Acceptance decisions will be
communicated by June 20. Camera-ready copies will be due on July 15.
Prepare a 2-page research abstract as follows:
To apply, send an e-mail to email@example.com by the deadline, with the following contents: (1) a statement of whether you are applying as a student participant or as an outside expert, (2) your research abstract, (3) a CV, and (4) statement of up to 30 words of the research's contribution to the event's research theme. In addition, if you are a student applicant, (5) your thesis advisor should separately email a letter of recommendation.
- Research abstracts must be in the IEEE
two-column conference format. Papers that exceed 2 pages will not be considered.
- Research abstracts should be submitted electronically
as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. To produce PDF files, you
are encouraged to use the freely available, multi-platform GhostScript
package. If authors are unable to meet the PDF requirement, please contact the event organizer.
Sample topics for this research theme include (but are not limited to):
- Language/environment design research: programming
language/environments for any educationally disadvantaged
- Implementation research: strategies for accommodating any
language/environment characteristics needed for particular
educationally disadvantaged populations
- Empirical research: empirical studies of
education, gender, age, ethnic, cultural, geographic, or other
relevant factors in skills and practices relevant to software
- Sociological aspects of any educationally disadvantaged
populations that impact their ability to succeed at software
- Reliability: reliability mechanisms for bringing checks and
balances to environments for educationally disadvantaged
- Educational theory: educational principles that can be embedded in
language/environments to help educationally disadvantaged populations
build skills that enhance their information seeking power
Committee/Panel and Event Organizers
The committee members are:
The committee members, besides working together to make the participant selections, will serve on the panel of experts. The
selected graduate student researchers will make presentations about their
research to this panel, and the panel will offer constructive comments and advice to help them advance their research.
This event is being organized by Margaret Burnett, firstname.lastname@example.org.