End-User and Domain-Specific Programming (EUP)

Individual Symposium within

2002 IEEE Symposia on
Human Centric Computing
Languages and Environments (HCC'02)

Chair Philip Cox (pcox@cs.dal.ca)
Trevor Smedley (smedley@cs.dal.ca)
Focus of the Symposium

Since the early 80's, the use of pictorial representations in the process of building software has been closely studied, resulting in an evolution analogous to that of high-level textual programming languages. Many general-purpose visual programming languages have been proposed, implemented, informally tested in industry, and formally tested on various classes of programmer. Theoretical foundations have been investigated, such as formal grammars for pictures, and parsing algorithms for pictorially represented programs.

This evolution has led to the study of languages aimed at particular kinds of users, children for example, and areas of application such as laboratory instrumentation. Some researchers feel that it is in these directions that visual programming languages show the most promise. They claim that the use of graphics allows direct, concrete representations of problem-domain entities, and that this direct representation can simplify the programming task. Others believe that visual programming does not deliver substantial benefit, and have performed empirical studies which indicate that visual approaches are worse than traditional textual ones in certain circumstances.

The goal of SEUP is to bring together designers, users and researchers from diverse communities such as education, art, visual languages, scripting languages, and software visualisation, to discuss and debate issues related to programming tools intended for end-users or for solving problems in specific domains. Such tools may be textual, visual or even tactile.


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Descriptions of new and innovative languages for any category of end user, or any specific domain
  • Innovative approaches and tools for defining such languages
  • Programming for children
Program Committee Allen Ambler, University of Kansas, USA
Alan Blackwell, Cambridge University, UK
Margaret Burnett, Oregon State University, USA
Philip Cox, Dalhousie University, Canada
Ken Kahn, Animated Programs, USA
Henry Lieberman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Bonnie Nardi, Agilent Technologies, USA
Trevor Smedley, Dalhousie University, Canada
Submission Please see the main HCC'02 page.
Important Dates Please see the main HCC'02 page.
Accepted Papers Please see the main HCC'02 page.
Program Please see the main HCC'02 page.
Organization Program Committee pages

Last modification: 5/27/2002, Mark Minas