PPIG 2002 Programme

Programming Tools

  1. A Comparison of Empirical Study and Cognitive Dimensions Analysis in the Evaluation of UML Diagrams Maria Kutar, Carol Britton & Trevor Barker University of Hertfordshire, UK
  2. A Study of Usability of Z Formalism Based on Cognitive Dimensions Emma Triffitt & Babak Khazaei Sheffield-Hallam University, UK

Coffee Break

Individual Differences

  1. Learning Styles in Distance Education Students Learning to Program Kit Logan & Pete Thomas Open University, UK
  2. Programming Aptitude Testing as a Prediction of Learning to Program Markku Tukiainen & Eero Mönkkönen University of Joensuu, Finland
  3. The Roles Beacons Play in Comprehension for Novice and Expert Programmers Martha E. Crosby University of Hawaii, USA Jean Scholtz NIST, USA Susan Wiedenbeck Drexel University, USA

Dinner at Nonna Rosa


  1. Supporting Collaborative Design: Current Research Issues Françoise Détienne INRIA-Rocquencourt, France

Coffee Break

Programmer Education 1

  1. Softening the Complexity of Intelligent Systems Programming Simon Lynch Botswana Accountancy College, Botswana
  2. Making the Analogy: Alternative Delivery Techniques for First Year Programming Courses Enda Dunican Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland



  1. Side-Effects Considered Harmful (but Rendered Harmless) Mark Harman Brunel University, UK

Coffee Break

Programmer Education 2

  1. Evaluating Languages and Environments for Novice Programmers Linda McIver Monash University, Australia
  2. Visualizing Roles of Variables to Novice Programmers Jorma Sajaniemi University of Joensuu, Finland
  3. On Concurrency in Educational Software Authoring Systems Jan Erik Moström Umeå University, Sweden David A. Carr Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Dinner, then Ceilidh at Newtoon Room, Brunel Refectory

Social Organisations

  1. Modelling Software Organisations David Hales Manchester Metropolitan University, UK Chris Douce Feedback Instruments, Crowborough, UK
  2. The Misplaced Comma: Programmers' Tales and Traditions Lindsay Marshall University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Jim Webber HP-Arjuna Labs, UK

Coffee Break

Cognitive Dimensions

  1. Patterns for HCI and Cognitive Dimensions: Two Halves of the Same Story? Sally Fincher University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
  2. Dimension Driven Re-Design - Applying Systematic Dimensional Analysis Chris Roast Sheffield Hallam University, UK



  1. Arenas of Interest in Designing a Notation: How Far do Cognitive Dimensions Go? Thomas R.G. Green University of Leeds, UK

Coffee Break

Class Diagrams

  1. Class Libraries: A Challenge for Programming Usability Research Kerry Rodden & Alan Blackwell University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, UK
  2. Revitalising Old Thoughts: Class diagrams in Light of the Early Wittgenstein Christian Holmboe University of Oslo, Norway

PhD Session

Conference Dinner at Quackers

Cognitive Theories

  1. What is Programming? Alan F. Blackwell University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, UK
  2. HASTI: A Lightweight Framework for Cognitive Reengineering Analysis Andrew Walenstein University of Victoria, Canada

Coffee Break Closing Session: PPIG Business Lunch

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