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Workshops and Tutorials


Workshops are small meetings intended to foster discussion in an area related to that of the conference. We strongly recommend that organizers plan their workshop to encourage interaction among the attendees and avoid structuring the workshop as a long series of individual paper presentations. Note also that workshops are not courses where an instructor teaches the attendees (see Tutorials below for this).

Prospective workshop organizers must submit a workshop proposal package, which will be reviewed by the workshop chair and other conference organizers, and may either be accepted or rejected. If the workshop is accepted, then both the conference organizers and the workshop organizers will publicize the workshop to encourage attendees to submit position papers to the workshop.

 The workshop proposal package must contain:

  1. A summary sheet for the proposal that lists
    1. the title of the workshop
    2. the names, contact information for all organizers (one organizer should be highlighted as the contact for the workshop chairs)
    3. the organizers’ backgrounds
    4. the URL to a preliminary workshop web page (this page need not be final at submission time but should provide current status information if accepted).
  2. A description of the topic and rationale for the workshop, including a brief description of why the workshop will be relevant to VL/HCC 2013 attendees

  3. A detailed plan for carrying out the workshop, including
    1. the method for soliciting position papers from potential attendees
    2. the method for selecting attendees from submitted position papers
    3. an approximate schedule for the workshop
    4. a brief description of any post-workshop activities (e.g. curating a journal special issue).

  4. A Call for Participation document (500 words or less) that can be used to advertise the workshop on mailing lists, the VL/HCC web site, etc.

The proposal package must be submitted as 4 PDF files by e-mail to the workshop chair, Mary Beth Rosson <> by Friday, March 1, 2013.


Tutorials allow conference attendees to expand their knowledge. Tutorials might introduce researchers to emerging areas or new technologies, or provide an overview of the state of the art in an existing research area. 

Prospective tutorial instructors must submit a tutorial proposal package, which will be reviewed by the tutorial chair and other conference organizers, and may either be accepted or rejected. If the tutorial is accepted, then both the conference organizers and the tutorial instructors will publicize the tutorial to encourage attendees to register for the tutorial. 

The tutorial package must contain:

  1. A course abstract of at most 500 words that lists
    1. title
    2. instructor(s) name and affiliation
    3. course duration
    4. a description of the benefits that attendees will receive from this course, the features of the course, and background on the instructor(s)
    Feel free to use bulleted lists in the abstract as needed.

 This abstract will be used to advertise the tutorial if it is accepted.
  2. A course description of 1–4 pages. This should contain
    1. proposed duration of the tutorial (half day or full day, though shorter tutorials could also be proposed)
    2. learning objectives
    3. justification: Why will this tutorial be of interest to the VL/HCC 2013 community?
    4. content: Describe in detail the material that will be covered
    5. presentation format and schedule: Describe in detail the format of the presentation and how it will be organized.
    6. tutorial history: Describe the history of the tutorial, if any.
    7. audio/visual needs: Describe any technology that you will need in order to present your tutorial. We should be able to provide a projector, screen, and some form of computer audio system. Be sure to mention any needs beyond that set of equipment.

The proposal package should be submitted as two PDF files via e-mail to the tutorial chair, Mary Beth Rosson <>, by Friday, March 1, 2013.

Important dates

Submission of applications by email
Friday 1 March 2013