‹Programming› 2020
Mon 23 - Thu 26 March 2020 Porto, Portugal


Since a long time, interfaces available for programming have remained mostly unchanged. Usually, software engineers (SE) interact with IDEs through text-based interfaces displayed on a computer screen. Software visualization (SOFTVIS) researchers investigate the use of visual properties to support software engineering tasks such as programming. Some of these software visualizations have explored the use of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR).

Recently, user studies that analyzed the impact of displaying visualizations in such immersive environments have shown preliminary results of positive effects on developers’ user experience. The inherently artistic value of visualizations can be a reason of boosting user experience, which could lead to an improved user performance.

NIP ’20 aims at gathering experts from (i) the SE community, (ii) the SOFTVIS community, (iii) the VR/AR community, and (iv) the Arts community in order to breed cross-community new interfaces to support programming tasks. The workshop aims at providing a forum for researchers and practitioners from these mostly disconnected research communities.

Workshop Topics

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Software Visualization
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Multimodal input and output
  • Visual, aural, and haptic interfaces
  • Interaction techniques
  • Distributed and collaborative architectures
  • Real-time performance issues
  • Wearable and mobile computing
  • Collaborative interfaces

Keynote Speaker

Rainer Koschke, University of Bremen, Germany. website

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Tue 24 Mar

09:00 - 10:30: NIP'20 - NIP'20 #1 at W4
11:00 - 12:30: NIP'20 - NIP'20 #2 at W4
14:00 - 15:30: NIP'20 - NIP'20 #3 at W4
16:00 - 17:30: NIP'20 - NIP'20 #4 at W4

Call for Full/NIER Papers and Lightning Presentations

We solicit 6–8 page full papers, 2-4 page new ideas and early results (NIER) papers, and 1 page lightning presentations that report on research on new programming interfaces using techniques such as visualization, auralization, virtual and augmented reality, eye tracking. We welcome submissions presenting novel and experimental ideas as well as tool descriptions.

Papers must be submitted as a PDF file in the ACM Standard proceedings format, and formatted for 8.5” x 11” (U.S. Letter). The page limits include figures, tables, and references.

There will be post-workshop proceedings to give a chance to improve the papers based on the feedback received during the event. Papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the program committee and accepted papers will be published by ACM as part of NIP 2020 proceedings. Accepted papers will also be presented during the workshop as a full paper talk (20 min) or NIER paper talk (15 min).

Lightning talks will not be peer-reviewed but accepted based on suitability to the topics of interest and available time. We solicit 1-page submissions with a title, a short bio of a presenter, and an abstract of max 400 words. Accepted lightning presentations will have allocated a time slot and will be announced on the website (though they will not be included in the ACM Digital Library).

  • Deadline for submissions: January 15th January 31st 2020
  • Notification of authors: February 7th February 28th 2020
  • Deadline for Pre-workshop Papers: March 13th 2020
  • Workshop date: March 24th 2020
  • Deadline for Camera-Ready Papers (ACM DL): February 21st May 1st 2020

Questions? Use the NIP contact form.