14th annual workshop on the intersection of HCI and PL
@ University of California, Berkeley, CA USA February 19-20, 2024

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 formats:
  • 4-page short papers
  • 10-page long papers
  • 5- to 9-page flex length papers
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 papers in a range of lengths. Short papers may be up to 4 pages. Long papers may be up to 10 pages. Flex-length papers may be any length in between! References and appendices do not count against the page limit. Paper submissions should not be anonymized.

Submissions should use the PLATEAU LaTeX class. 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.


The PLATEAU proceedings will be archived in Carnegie Mellon University's KiltHub repository. Included papers will be freely available (open access), have independent DOIs, and be indexed by Google Scholar. There will be no publication fee for authors.

Papers will be included in the PLATEAU proceedings 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 PLATEAU community!

Papers should be submitted at:

Reviewing and Mentoring Process

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee to ensure that they are appropriate for PLATEAU. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present at the workshop. In addition, each accepted paper will be matched with two mentors from PLATEAU's mentoring panel. Each mentor will provide detailed constructive feedback on the paper.


The full PLATEAU experience is currently only possible in person, so we encourage attendees and authors to come to Berkeley for the event. However, we understand some individuals may not be able to travel for a variety of reasons. If you cannot come to Berkeley but still wish to participate in PLATEAU, please email us at to discuss options. Note: We’re keeping an eye on the news. We’ll post any updates to PLATEAU’s format here on the website if the public health situation makes the current in-person plan impossible.

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Important Dates
Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 (AoE time)
Paper Submission
February 19-20, 2024
Jonathan Aldrich
Carnegie Mellon University
Titus Barik
Alan Blackwell
University of Cambridge
Michael Coblenz
University of California - San Diego
Will Crichton
Brown University
Mark Guzdial
University of Michigan
Austin Henley
Felienne Hermans
Leiden University
Eunice Jun
University of Washington
Thomas LaToza
George Mason University
Toby Li
University of Notre Dame
Brad Myers
Carnegie Mellon University
Steve Oney
University of Michigan
Hila Peleg
Clément Pit-Claudel
Mark Santolucito
Barnard College
Gustavo Soares
Organizing Committee
Sarah E. Chasins
University of California, Berkeley
Elena Glassman
Harvard University
Joshua Sunshine
Carnegie Mellon University
Student Organizers
Shraddha Barke
University of California - San Diego
Matthew Davis
Carnegie Mellon University
Sam Estep
Carnegie Mellon University
Kasra Ferdowsi
University of California - San Diego
Michael James
University of California - San Diego
Jenny Liang
Carnegie Mellon University
Justin Lubin
University of California - Berkeley
Ian McCormack
Carnegie Mellon University
Chelse Swoopes
Harvard University
Priyan Vaithilingam
Harvard University