|Consortium Date||1 October 2018|
Recent advances in computing have led to continually deeper integration between computers and human society. People now live surrounded in socio-technical systems that synthesize large numbers of contributing users with vast amounts of source code. Examples include social media systems, open source repositories, online marketplaces and massively multiplayer online games.
Yet as these socio-technical systems have grown in complexity, they have become increasingly difficult for humans to understand and direct toward productive ends. For example, when people put data into a system, they may be unable to anticipate and control how their data will be used by other people or by software in the system. When they take actions in the system, they often cannot foresee and manage unintended effects on other users, software, or the system as a whole, particularly because the software part of a system often contains defects.
The goal of the 2018 VL/HCC Graduate Consortium is to explore ways to help find easier ways to learn, express, and understand computational ideas, which can include ways to visualize, analyze, or tailor large socio-technical systems or information generated by them. This may include development of novel methods and techniques, models and tools, such as programming environments. At a deeper level, it may include developing new theory for predicting the complicated, unstable, sometimes emergent behavior that results when large numbers of diverse, unpredictable humans are coupled to unreliable software.
The consortium is open to both master's and PhD students worldwide. Participation is particularly encouraged from PhD students who are close to proposing a thesis, as well as from members of groups identified by NSF as underrepresented in the sciences and engineering. If multiple applicants from a particular university apply for the consortium this year, then no more than two per university will be selected to participate. To be eligible, each applicant may have participated no more than once in the VL/HCC graduate consortia of past years.
For one-third of the slots, students who have participated once before will be given priority. The remaining slots will be given to students who are new to the event. Each student from the returning group will be linked with new students in a mentoring arrangement. See Who Can Participate? above for additional selection criteria.
Selected students will be asked to present a poster on their work at the Showpieces Reception during the main conference. Details will be provided to accepted applicants.
We are happy to announce that we have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support participation by students from U.S. universities. This funding will cover:
Note that we have a fixed budget for travel support. Based on our budget, we can cover at least up to $2,114 USD in the above travel expenses per student. Additional expenses may also be covered depending on the availability of funds.
The consortium event will be a full day the Monday before the main conference. All participating students are expected to attend the main conference as well as the graduate consortium. Other conference attendees are invited to attend the consortium, to listen to the presentations, to interact with participants, and to give feedback to presenters. More details will be provided, closer to the event, including times and locations.
To be successful, a submission to the VL/HCC Graduate Consortium generally has to have the following parts:
We have annotated three excellent submissions that exemplify the pattern described above. We hope that you will find these examples thought-provoking and helpful as you design your own submission this year.