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HCC '03 has been granted NSF funding for 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 areas:

  • 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).

Research Theme

Can programming power be made viable for educationally disadvantaged people?

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 societal mores.

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 this event.

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 travel support.
  • 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.

Event Format

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.

Application Process

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:

  • 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.
To apply, send an e-mail to burnett@cs.orst.edu 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.


Sample topics for this research theme include (but are not limited to):
  • Language/environment design research: programming language/environments for any educationally disadvantaged population
  • 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 development tasks
  • Sociological aspects of any educationally disadvantaged populations that impact their ability to succeed at software development tasks
  • Reliability: reliability mechanisms for bringing checks and balances to environments for educationally disadvantaged populations
  • 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, burnett@cs.orst.edu.

Last modified by M. Burnett on May 25, 2003