Since 1986, the Empirical Studies of Programmers (ESP) Workshops have been the premier forum for research on the Psychology of Programmers. The Eighth Workshop (ESP8) was to be held October 1999 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Unfortunately, due to an insufficient number of submissions, the conference organizers made the difficult decision to postpone ESP8.
Instead, the conference organizers have arranged for a special issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. The special issue will contain a selection of the manuscripts submitted to ESP8 along with an introduction by the guest editors. This special issue is currently being produced and should appear sometime in 2001.
We apologize to everyone who was planning to attend ESP 8 in October, and we will distribute an announcement when arrangements for the postponed conference are in place.
Irvin Katz, Laura Leventhal, Marian Petre
ESP 8 conference committee