PLATEAU 2019 co-located with

10th annual workshop on the intersection of HCI and PL
New Orleans, Louisiana October 24, 2019
Co-located with · Royal Conti room, Royal Sonesta Hotel

Programming languages exist to enable programmers to develop software effectively. But programmer effectiveness depends on the usability of the languages and tools with which they develop software. The aim of this workshop is to discuss methods, metrics and techniques for evaluating the usability of languages and language tools. The supposed benefits of languages and tools cover a large space, including making programs easier to read, write, and maintain; allowing programmers to write more flexible and powerful programs; and restricting programs to make them more safe and secure.

Workshop Goals

PLATEAU 2019 will revolve around two activities:

  • Research Presentations and Mentoring: Junior researchers will present their work, and our panel of experts will provide feedback and advice.
  • Discussion of Standards: We will hold a community discussion of evaluation standards and model paper structures for this important emerging field.

Research Presentations and Mentoring: PLATEAU serves as an important source of feedback and career advice for junior researchers working in the HCI+PL domain. Starting this year, we will be joined by an invited panel of experts to put this goal front and center. The panel will take the lead in facilitating constructive discussions and providing feedback to the authors of accepted papers. This portion of the workshop will serve many of the same goals as a doctoral symposium, but it will offer that style of mentorship to a broader range of researchers—undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers and any others who consider themselves junior researchers.

Discussion of Standards: As PL+HCI becomes an increasingly important field of study, we must develop (i) standards for evaluating work and (ii) model paper structures. In particular, we aim to develop standards to help guide the program committees and journals that review work at the intersection of HCI and PL. For PLATEAU's Discussion of Standards session, the organizers and the panel of experts will facilitate a community discussion of these topics.

What to Submit

PLATEAU seeks papers from junior researchers who are interested in receiving mentoring from our panel of experts. We encourage both standard research papers and more unusual works—for instance, papers that describe works-in-progress or recently completed work, report on experiences gained, question accepted wisdom, raise challenging open problems, or propose speculative new approaches. In short, a PLATEAU submission should describe the work or perspectives on which the author wants to receive expert feedback.


Some particular areas of interest are:

  • empirical studies of programming languages
  • methodologies and philosophies behind language and tool evaluation
  • software design metrics and their relations to the underlying language
  • user studies of language features and software engineering tools
  • visual techniques for understanding programming languages
  • design of new programming languages
  • critical comparisons of programming paradigms
  • tools to support evaluating programming languages
  • psychology of programming
  • domain specific language (e.g. database languages, security/privacy languages, architecture description languages) usability and evaluation

PLATEAU is interested in a broad range of topics, and this list is not exhaustive. If you think your work might interest the PLATEAU community, please submit!


We accept both short and long papers. Short papers may be up to 4 pages. Long papers may be up to 10 pages.

Submissions should use the OASIcs format described here: Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible.

Papers will be published in OASIcs ( at the authors’ discretion. If you anticipate publishing the same work at an additional venue that has double-publication restrictions, we are happy to withhold papers from the proceedings. We strongly encourage you to submit your PLATEAU papers to top-tier HCI and PL venues after receiving feedback from the panel and the PLATEAU community!

Papers should be submitted at:

Important Dates
August 15, 2019 (AoE time)
Paper Submission
October 24, 2019
Titus Barik
Microsoft Research
Amy J. Ko
University of Washington
Thomas LaToza
George Mason University
Organizing Committee
Joshua Sunshine
Carnegie Mellon University
Elena Glassman
Harvard University
Sarah Chasins
University of California, Berkeley