Information about the PPIG Work-in-Progress Workshop (WIP-PPIG) to be held at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK on 21-22 February 2008

PPIG Work-in-Progress Workshop 2008

-- A workshop for students and established researchers to present ongoing work in the psychology of programming

Welcome to the PPIG Work-in-Progress Workshop (WIP-PPIG) Brighton, UK, 21-22 February 2008.

The Psychology of Programming Interest Group are holding the 4th work-in-progress workshop at the University of Sussex. A feature of the PPIG workshops has been their openness to a wide spectrum of concerns related to programming and software engineering, from the design of programming languages to communication issues in software teams, and from computing education to high-performance professional practice. Similarly, PPIG entertains a broad spectrum of research approaches, from theoretical perspectives drawing on psychological theory to empirical perspectives grounded in real-world experience. The PPIG work-in-progress workshop is a forum in which researchers concerned with psychological aspects of software development can present and discuss current work and recent results, findings and developments.

This informal workshop is intended to foster exchange of ideas and constructive suggestions for research in progress. Doctoral students and more experienced researchers will be equally welcome.

PPIG aims to bring together people working in a variety of disciplines and to break down cross-disciplinary barriers. If you have any queries as to whether your topic falls within the remit of PPIG, then please do not hesitate to contact the Local Chair, Johanna Hunt at

Invited Speakers

  • The True Confessions of a Working Researcher
    Judith Segal
    "In this talk, I shall reflect on my years in research. I shall talk about what I've been doing, what has inspired me, the challenges I've faced, the lessons I (should have) learnt, and, above all, what has kept me going through the long hours of tape transcription."
  • Computational thinking and embodied interaction: The STAGE project
    Ben du Boulay, Pablo Romero and Judith Good
    Abstract here: [doc].

Important Dates

  • 14th January 2008, submission of extended abstracts (1 to 2 pages)
  • 25th January 2008, notification of acceptance
  • 31st January 2008, late submission deadline
  • 8th February 2008, submission of final copy
  • 11th February 2008, registration deadline

Paper Submission

Please submit papers by email to by 6pm GMT on 14th January 2008 for early submission and feedback, or 6pm GMT on 31st January 2008 for late submission.

All accepted papers will be circulated to workshop participants prior to the workshop, and will appear on the PPIG web site. It is the author's responsibility to ensure any materials are copyright free for inclusion on the website.

Papers should be prepared using the Word [doc] or LLNCS Latex [zip] templates provided here.


Registration is now open. Registration costs £ 25 and includes lunch and refreshments on both days. Registration costs are subsidised by PPIG. You do not need to be presenting a paper to attend the workshop, although participation is preferred. Please complete and return the registration form [doc][pdf] by 11th February 2008.


The full programme is available to download here [PDF]. The workshop will commence at 9am on 21st February and end at 1.30pm (with an optional talk until 3.30pm) on 22nd February.

There will be a social meal on the Thursday night which everyone can attend. The meal will be at Gars, a lovely modern chinese restaurant, in the heart of the Brighton lanes. It will start at 7.30 and will cost £ 17 each, excluding refreshments. Everyone would be expected to pay their own share on the night.


The workshop will be held at Bramber House at the University of Sussex at Falmer, Brighton. Travel information is available here. Please contact the organisers if you intend to drive, so parking permits can be arranged.

Accommodation and Tourism

Brighton has many hotels and B&B's to choose from. You can see information on many University recommended hotels here. The Queen's Hotel is nicely situated on the seafront and is close to the restaurant for the evening social dinner but all listed hotels have good links to public transport towards Sussex University. The official Brighton tourism website has a range of useful information for your visit.

Further Information

Researchers who submit work to WIP-PPIG may like to go on to present further developed ideas at the main PPIG Conference (PPIG'08) now in its twentieth year. The aim is to offer a high quality arena for the presentation of fully developed research and the opportunity to present work from on-going projects. This is scheduled for September 2008 at Lancaster University.

Organising Committee

  • Johanna Hunt (Local Chair)
  • Ben du Boulay
  • Maria Kutar
  • Judith Good
  • Thomas Green
  • Pablo Romero