PPIG 2022 - 33rd Annual Workshop 5 - 9 September 2022, The Open University, Milton Keynes & online

PPIG 2022 - Turing, Piaget, Radiohead: PPIG and the Muse

The 33nd Annual Meeting of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group (PPIG) will take place from 5th to 9th September 2022. This will be a hybrid virtual/physical meeting hosted by The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK). We aim to make it strongly worthwhile to join us in Milton Keynes, but you will also have the alternative of presenting and interacting fully with all presentations remotely from your home or office, as well as taking part in integrated online activities. Details of the mix of activities and day to day timings will be provided closer to the time.


This year’s theme is ‘Turing, Piaget, Radiohead: PPIG and the Muse’, considering insights and resonances between and across programming (broadly interpreted), psychology, and music. So, for example, papers might draw inspiration regarding:

  • Creativity (including muses, metaphors, and inspiration)
  • Notations and annotations
  • Sensory-motor experience
  • Craft skills
  • Evolution and adaptation of works
  • Liveness and interactivity

The goal is to draw inspiration and metaphors from music and the arts to cast light on anything to do with programming in the PPIG context. Sources of inspiration could include any aspect of music, e.g.: listening to, playing, and composing music; music psychology; music computing; ethnomusicology; musical communities and music economics; the future of music. Similarly, inspiration from any other arts, or from sensory-motor skills and experiences more generally, would be very welcome.

Of course, as ever, any PPIG-relevant papers will be welcomed.


PPIG was established in 1987 in order to bring together people from diverse communities to explore common interests in the psychological aspects of programming and in the computational aspects of psychology. “Programming”, here, is interpreted in the broadest sense to include any aspect of software creation. As always with PPIG, besides this year’s theme of games, we accept the widest range of submissions on a variety of topics, such as:

  • Programming and human cognition
  • Programming education and craft skill acquisition
  • Human centred design and evaluation of programming languages, languages, tools and infrastructure
  • Team/co-operative work in programming
  • End user programming
  • Distributed programming, programming distribution
  • Gender, age, culture and programming
  • New paradigms in programming
  • Code quality, readability, productivity and re-use
  • Mistakes, bugs and errors
  • Notational design
  • Unconventional interactions and quasi-programming
  • Non-human programming
  • Technology support for creativity
  • Music(al) programming
  • Liveness and interactivity in programming


Doctoral students are warmly invited to submit work to the doctoral consortium, which has gained a reputation for being helpful, constructive and unthreatening. Doctoral students who would benefit from support to attend the conference should get in touch with mariana.marasoiu@cl.cam.ac.uk.


We welcome the following categories of submissions:

  • Papers: No explicit limit - as long as the reader’s interest is maintained, usually < 10 pages
  • Short Work-In-Progress papers: about 4 pages, but use more if needed
  • Doctoral consortium submissions: about 2 pages, but use more if needed
  • Reflections, artworks, and system demonstrations, typically 1 page abstract

Please use our templates for papers. Submissions for the workshop should be uploaded to EasyChair.


Full papers and Work-in-Progress papers:

  • Abstract: as soon as possible, please, at latest 31st May 2022
  • Paper submission deadline: 1st July 2022

Doctoral Consortium and demos:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 14th July 2022 extended to 15 August 2022. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Marian Petre.

Authors will be notified: asap, at latest 1st August 2022

Conference: 5th to 9th September, 2022


  • PPIG uses a post-proceedings process, so that authors can incorporate the conference discussion into their final paper.
  • Camera-ready submission deadline will be announced at the conference, and has usually been ~1 month after the last day of the conference.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Simon Holland, Marian Petre and Paul Mulhollland

All questions about submissions should be emailed to simon.holland@open.ac.uk