PPIG 2000 Programme

Mon, 10 April 2000

Opening panel

Clayton Lewis University of Colorado, USA Jim Spohrer IBM Almaden Research Centre, USA Judith Segal University of Surrey, UK John Pane Carnegie Mellon University, USA Welcome Dinner

Tue, 11 April 2000

Official greetings, including from the Vice-Mayor of Corigliano Calabro.


  1. Programming: Past, Present and Future Jim Spohrer IBM Almaden Research Centre, USA

Morning break

Visual Representations

  1. How a visualization tool can be used: Evaluating a tool in a research & development project Matti Lattu, Jorma Tarhio & Veijo Meisalo University of Helsinki, Finland
  2. Experiences with novices: The importance of graphical representations in supporting mental mode Carlisle E. George Middlesex University, UK
  3. An assessment of visual representations for the 'flow of control' Jarnie Chattratichart & Jasna Kuljis Brunel University, UK


Expert Knowledge

  1. Expertise and the comprehension of object-oriented programs Simon P. Davies University of Hull, UK
  2. How do people check polymorphic types? Yang Jun, Greg Michaelson and Phil Trinder Heriot-Watt University, UK

Afternoon break

Cognitive Dimensions

  1. Cognitive Dimensions: An experience report Maria Kutar, Carol Britton & Jonathan Wilson University of Hertfordshire, UK
  2. Cognitive Dimensions of Use Cases: Feedback from a student questionnaire Karl Cox Bournemouth University, UK
  3. A Cognitive Dimensions view of the differences between designers and users of theorem proving assistants Gada Kadoda Bournemouth University, UK
  4. A Cognitive Dimensions questionnaire optimised for users Alan F. Blackwell Cambridge University, UK Thomas R.G. Green University of Leeds, UK

Dinner, followed by music and dancing

Wed, 12 April 2000


  1. The intellectual effects of writing a simulation program Clayton Lewis University of Colorado, USA

Programmer education I

  1. Tools for observing study behaviour Peter G.Thomas & Carina B. Paine Open University, UK

Professional context of design

  1. On the use of functional and interactional approaches for the analysis of technical review meetings Patrick d'Astous École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada Françoise Détienne, Willemien Visser INRIA-Rocquencourt, France Pierre N. Robillard École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  2. Gotos Considered Harmful and Other Programmers' Taboos Lindsay Marshall and James Webber University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Morning break

New language designs

  1. The effect of programming language on error rates of novice programmers Linda McIver Monash University, Australia
  2. The influence of the psychology of programming on a language design: Project status report John F. Pane and Brad A. Myers Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Lunch Cultural activities: guided tour of the ducal Corigliano Calabro castle, the oldest church in Corigliano Calabro, and an archeological museum. Conference dinner, attended by the Mayor and Vice-Mayor of Corigliano Calabro.

Thu, 13 April 2000

Novice paradigm knowledge

  1. Uncovering effects of programming paradigms: Errors in two spreadsheet systems Markku Tukiainen University of Joensuu, Finland
  2. A framework for knowledge: Analysing high school students' understanding of data modelling Christian Holmboe University of Oslo, Norway

Morning break

Programmer education II

  1. Programmer education in Arts and Humanities course degree Lorella Gabriele and Francesca Pietramala Università della Calabria, Italy
  2. Some problems of programming in robotics Eleonora Bilotta & Pietro Pantano Università della Calabria, Italy

Discussion on the beach

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