PPIG Work-in-Progress Workshop 2015

9-8 Jan 2015
Middlesex University

The ninth PPIG Work-in-Progress Workshop (PPIG-WIP) will be held in the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University on January 8-9, 2015. PPIG-WIP is a forum in which researchers at all levels can present and discuss future work, current work, recent results, findings and developments. Experienced researchers and practitioners, as well as doctoral students, are equally invited to participate.

PPIG, the Psychology of Programming Interest Group (http://www.ppig.org), has existed since 1987. Its meetings are unusual in that they are inclusive rather than selective, encouraging rather than judgemental, conversations rather than displays, they promote ideas rather than authority, they would rather celebrate contributions than force them to compete. For all that, our purpose is to improve cognitive theory by stretching it on the rack of programming and, vice-versa, to improve programming by looking at it through the lens of cognitive theory.

Past workshops have involved discussion on issues ranging from the design of programming languages to communication problems in software teams, and from computing education to high-performance professional practice. There can be no exhaustive list and we have recently discussed learning mathematical formalisms, creativity and digital design, understanding websites, and live coding in the laptop music world. We cover everything from theoretical perspectives drawing on psychological and social theory to empirical perspectives grounded in real-world experience.

The 2014/15 Work-in-Progress Workshop will be held in the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University in London. The London-centred design of the UK’s transport system means that Middlesex is accessible from anywhere in the country; the London-centred design of its political system means, unfortunately, that getting there won’t be cheap.

Abstracts of submissions should be submitted to ppigwip1_2015@mdx.ac.uk by 5th December 2014. In the spirit of PPIG, they will be very lightly reviewed.