14 September 2010
14 September 2010
07 June 2010
07 June 2010

VL/HCC Most Influential Papers

Leganés-Madrid, Spain
21-25 September 2010

Also this year, the VL/HCC community is continuing the tradition of honoring research papers whose appearance in this conference had important influences on VL/HCC research or commerce. A voting group consisting of all members of the current steering committee, current program committee, and program chairs of the VL/HCC conferences of the years being considered, review the papers from the VL/HCCs held one decade ago and two decades ago, to select the papers from these decades that have had the most influence on VL/HCC research or commerce.

The voting group considered technical papers presented at VL/HCC approximately one decade ago (in 1999, 2000, and 2001) and approximately two decades ago (in 1989, 1990, and 1991). All members were invited to nominate papers from these years and, once a shortlist of nominated papers was produced, the members who did not have conflicts with the nominees reviewed and voted for the most influential paper from each decade.

The process was organized and facilitated by Gennaro Costagliola, Maria Francesca Costabile and John Grundy.

Following this process, the group voted to award the Most Influential Paper Awards to the following papers. These awards will be officially presented at VL/HCC 2010 in Madrid, Spain.

Most Influential Paper from approximately two decades ago
The specification of visual language syntax EJ Golin, SP Reiss 1989 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages
An approach for building a language-independent visual programming environment based on syntax specifications is described. A model for specifying the syntax of visual languages, picture layout grammars, is described, and an example is given of how these grammars are used to define the syntax of a visual language. A spatial parser is an algorithm for recovering the underlying structure of a visual program from the picture. A spatial parser for visual languages whose syntax is specified by a picture layout grammar was implemented. This parser forms the basis of a visual programming environment
Available from IEEE Explore: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WVL.1989.77050

Most Influential Paper from approximately one decade ago
Extending UML for Modeling of Multimedia Applications
Stefan Sauer, Gregor Engels
1999 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages
An analysis of how visual modeling of structure and dynamic behavior of a multimedia application differs from modeling conventional software shows that aspects of the graphical user interface and time-dynamic behavior ought to be integral parts of a coherent multimedia application model. In this sense, we extend the model-view-controller paradigm towards multimedia. As a result, we present OMMMA-L, a visual language for the object-oriented modeling of multimedia applications, that is based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The structural and behavioral diagram types of UML have been analyzed and are adapted and extended according to multimedia application characteristics. A presentation diagram is introduced and integrated to adequately describe the visual presentation. In addition to explaining the different diagram types, we also give pragmatic guidelines on how to deploy and combine the various diagrams
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