Call for papers 2015

Eye Movements in Programming 2015,

Models to Data

3rd International Workshop at the 15th ACM Koli Calling Conference on Computing Education Research

Location: University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, November 22-24, 2015


Call for Papers

The third international workshop on Eye Movements in Programming will focus on advancing the methodological, theoretical and applied aspects of eye-movements in programming. Previously we focused on understanding expert (2013) and novice (2014) source code reading behaviors, and we launched the first distributed data collection in this discipline. By analyzing the pre-shared datasets and discussion of bottom-up data-to-models approaches, the workshop produced new methods, tools and understanding of source code reading gaze patterns.

The third edition aims at investigating the opposite direction. We invite contributions departing from theoretical perspectives and grounds to present new hypotheses about gaze behaviour in comprehension, debugging, and other tasks of programming. These may include, but are not limited to, affective computing in programming, vision based models, readability, and new theories of program comprehension. Contributions are expected to present implications to industrial programming practice or programming education.

In preparation for the workshop session, participants submit a short paper (about two pages) discussing ‘how various aspects of comprehension leave their trace in gaze’. All submissions will undergo a light review by the program committee. A technical workshop report including the position papers will be published. At the workshop we will discuss the proposed operationalizations of comprehension and how to validate them against the data gathered during the Distributed Collection of Eye Movement Data in Programming ( Furthermore, we will prepare a joint publication with the results.

To participate send an email to Roman Bednarik ( Participation is independent of attending ACM Koli Calling. Workshop web-site:

Keynote speakers:
Dario Salvucci
Tuomo Häikiö

Important dates:
– deadline for position papers: October 14, 2015
– feedback to authors: November 1, 2015
– get together: Sunday, November 22, 2015
– workshop: November 23-24, 2015

Workshop organizers:
Roman Bednarik (University of Eastern Finland)
Teresa Busjahn, Carsten Schulte, Sascha Tamm (Freie Universität Berlin)

Program committee:
Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research, USA
Sven Buchholz, FH Brandenburg, Germany
Martha Crosby, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA
Bonita Sharif, Youngstown State University, USA
Jozef Tvarozek, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia

Position paper (about 2 pages):

Invited Topics: Models to data / Theoretical foundations of attention in programming/ How comprehension leaves its trace in gaze

The aim of the position papers is to discuss aspects of a cognitive model or process, a strategy, a certain element of program comprehension, etc. The arguments should be derived from literature (psychology, computer science etc.) or experience (e.g. teaching novices, working with programmers in industry).

Authors are encouraged to describe the model and operationalize it, so it is possible to validate the occurrences of this particular visual behavior in actual gaze data. At the workshop session, we will discuss how to evaluate the presented models on the dataset from the Distributed Data Collection; the dataset includes over a hundred of programmers of different expertise from total novice to expert with many years of professional experience reading Java (and Python).

Central questions:

  • Given your model, who looks where for how long in what order? What patterns do you expect?
  • Who: Novices or experts
  • Where: Region on any abstraction level, e.g. signature – body, code categories like keywords and identifiers
  • How long: e.g. a brief scan to gain an overview vs. focused reading
  • What order: e.g. reading starts at the first line or the main-method

Format of the submission: ACM 2 column format – (Option 2 for LaTeX)