PLATEAU 2020 co-located with

11th annual workshop on the intersection of HCI and PL
Online Edition! Friday November 20, 2020
Co-located with

PLATEAU online edition!

This year, PLATEAU will be virtual. Instead of our usual in-person workshop, we’ll ask that authors of accepted papers produce a 12-minute video. We’ll post the videos to the PLATEAU website about a week before the event, and we’ll ask workshop attendees to view them before the day of the workshop. The workshop itself will be a video call that includes the authors and all workshop attendees. The organizers will facilitate discussions on the themes of the accepted papers and the direction that PL + HCI work is taking more broadly.

Paper submission formats remain the same as in prior years.

PLATEAU Overview

The PLATEAU workshop covers all topics at the intersection of PL and HCI. It brings together expertise on the usability of programming languages and tools with expertise on how the programming languages toolbox can be used in service of HCI goals.

  • Paper format: 4-page short papers, or 10-page long papers
  • Presentations: Pre-recorded presentations, 12 min
What to Submit

We encourage both standard research papers and more unusual works—for instance, papers that describe works-in-progress or recently completed work, report on experiences gained, question accepted wisdom, raise challenging open problems, or propose speculative new approaches. In short, a PLATEAU submission should describe work or perspectives on which the authors want to receive feedback or which they believe will trigger interesting conversation at the workshop.


Some particular areas of interest are:

  • empirical studies of programming languages
  • methodologies and philosophies behind language and tool evaluation
  • software design metrics and their relations to the underlying language
  • user studies of language features and software engineering tools
  • visual techniques for understanding programming languages
  • design of new programming languages
  • critical comparisons of programming paradigms
  • tools to support evaluating programming languages
  • psychology of programming
  • domain specific language (e.g. database languages, security/privacy languages, architecture description languages) usability and evaluation

PLATEAU is interested in a broad range of topics, and this list is not exhaustive. If you think your work might interest the PLATEAU community, please submit!


We accept both short and long papers. Short papers may be up to 4 pages. Long papers may be up to 10 pages.

Submissions should use the OASIcs format described here: Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible.

Papers will be published in OASIcs ( at the authors’ discretion. If you anticipate publishing the same work at an additional venue that has double-publication restrictions, we are happy to withhold papers from the proceedings. We strongly encourage you to submit your PLATEAU papers to top-tier HCI and PL venues after receiving feedback from the panel and the PLATEAU community!

Papers should be submitted at:

Important Dates
September 12, 2020 (AoE time)
Paper Submission
Friday November 20, 2020
Organizing Committee
Sarah E. Chasins
University of California, Berkeley
Elena Glassman
Harvard University
Joshua Sunshine
Carnegie Mellon University