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Conference Series : Aspect-Oriented Software Development
When Mar 25, 2013 - Mar 29, 2013
Where Fukuoka, Japan
Submission Deadline Oct 8, 2012
Notification Due Dec 10, 2013
Categories    aspect-oriented programming   modularity principles

Call For Papers

MODULARITY: aosd.2013

*** AOSD 2013 ***

March 25-29, 2013
Fukuoka, Japan

Overview of submission deadlines:

October 1st:
- Workshop Proposals
October 8th:
- Research Results Track
- Modularity Visions Track
- Industry Track

Call for Papers -- Research Results

Modularity transcending traditional abstraction boundaries is
essential for developing complex modern systems - particularly
software and software-intensive systems. Aspect-oriented and other new
forms of modularity and abstraction are attracting a great deal
attention across many domains within and beyond computer science. As
the premier international conference on modularity, AOSD continues to
advance our knowledge and understanding of separation of concerns,
modularity, and abstraction in the broadest senses of these terms.

The 2013 AOSD conference will comprise two main events: "Research
Results" and "Modularity Visions". Both events invite full, scholarly
papers of the highest quality on new ideas and results in areas that
include but are not limited to complex systems, software design and
engineering, programming languages, cyber-physical systems, and other
areas across the whole system life cycle.

Research Results papers are expected to contribute significant new
research results with rigorous and substantial validation of specific
technical claims based on scientifically sound reflections on
experience, analysis, or experimentation.

Modularity Visions papers (solicited in a separate call) are expected
to present compelling new ideas in modularity, including strong cases
for significance, novelty, validity, and potential impact based on
thorough scholarly argumentation and early results.

AOSD 2013 is deeply committed to eliciting works of the highest
caliber. To this aim, three separate paper submission deadlines and
review stages are offered. A paper accepted in any
round will be published in the proceedings and presented at the
conference. Promising papers submitted in an early round that are not
accepted may be invited to be revised and resubmitted for review by the
same reviewers in a later round. Authors of such invited resubmissions
are asked to also submit a letter explaining the revisions made to the
paper to address the reviewer's concerns. While there is no guarantee
that an invited resubmission paper will be accepted, this procedure,
similar to major revisions requested by journals, is designed to help
authors of promising work get their papers into the conference.
Of course, authors that submitted to an early round may, on their own
initiative, resubmit a rejected work in a subsequent round, in which
case new reviewers may be appointed.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Complex systems: Modularity has emerged as a vital theme in many
domains, from biology to economics to engineered systems to software
and software-intensive systems, and beyond. AOSD 2013 invites works
that explore and establish connections across such disciplinary
* Software design and engineering: Requirements and domain
engineering; architecture; synthesis; evolution; metrics and
evaluation; economics; testing analysis and verification; semantics;
composition and interference; traceability; methodology; patterns.
* Programming languages: Language design; compilation and
interpretation; verification and static program analysis; formal
languages and calculi; execution environments and dynamic weaving;
dynamic and scripting languages; domain-specific languages and other
support for new forms of abstraction.
* Varieties of modularity: Context orientation; feature orientation;
model-driven development; generative programming; software product
lines; traits; meta-programming and reflection; contracts and
components; view-based development.
* Tools: Aspect mining; evolution and reverse engineering;
crosscutting views; refactoring.
* Applications: Data-intensive computing; distributed and concurrent
systems; middleware; service-oriented computing systems;
cyber-physical systems; networking; cloud computing; pervasive
computing; runtime verification; computer systems performance; system
health monitoring and the enforcement of non-functional properties.

Important Dates -- Research Results

(all deadlines are in 2012, 23:59:59 Pago Pago/American Samoa time)

* Round 1: Submission: PASSED / Notification: PASSED
* Round 2: Submission: PASSED / Notification: September 10th
* Round 3: Submission: October 8th / Notification: December 10th

Instructions for Authors

Submissions to AOSD Research Results will be carried out
electronically via CyberChair. (Modularity Visions and Research
Results will have separate CyberChair URLs.) All papers must be
submitted in PDF format. Submissions must be no longer than 12 pages
(including bibliography, figures, and appendices) in standard ACM SIG
Proceedings format.

The submission deadline, length limitations, and formatting
instructions are firm: any submissions that deviate from these may be
rejected without review by the program chairs. Submitted papers must
adhere to SIGPLAN's republication policy.

Each paper should contain an explanation of its contributions in both
general and technical terms, clearly identifying what has been
accomplished, explaining why it is significant, and placing it in the
context of relevant prior work. Where appropriate, systems and
experimental data should be made available on the Web. Authors should
make the technical content of their papers understandable to a broad
but technically sophisticated audience.


Accepted papers will be published by the ACM in the main AOSD 2013
conference proceedings and will appear in the ACM Digital Library.
Authors of accepted papers are expected to revise their papers in
light of reviewers' comments, and to provide camera-ready versions of
the papers by the camera-ready deadline. All authors will also be
required to sign the standard ACM copyright form.

Program Chair -- Research Results

Jörg Kienzle, McGill University, Canada

Program Committee

Mehmet Aksit, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Shaukat Ali, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Sven Apel, Universitat Passau, Germany
João Araujo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Christoph Bockisch, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Eric Bodden, EC SPRIDE / Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Walter Cazzola, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Shigeru Chiba, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Erik Ernst, Aarhus University, Denmark
Robert France, Colorado State University, USA
Lidia Fuentes, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Alessandro Garcia, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
Stefan Hanenberg, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Robert Hirschfeld, Hasso-Plattner Institut, Germany
Wouter Joosen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Shmuel Katz, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Gregor Kiczales, University of British Columbia, Canada
Jacques Klein, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Philippe Lahire, University Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
Karl Lieberherr, Northeastern University, USA
Mira Mezini, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Hridesh Rajan, Iowa State University, USA
Awais Rashid, Lancaster University, UK
Gunter Mussbacher, Carleton University, Canada
Mario Südholt, École des Mines de Nantes, France
Kevin Sullivan, University of Virginia, USA
Peri Tarr, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA
Aswin van den Berg, UniqueSoft LLC, USA
Steffen Zschaler, King's College, London, UK

Call for Papers -- Modularity Visions

Modularity properties are key determinants of quality in information
systems, software, and system production processes. Modularity
influences system diversity, dependability, performance, evolution,
the structure and the dynamics of the organizations that produce
systems, human understanding and management of systems, and ultimately
system value.

Yet the nature of and possibilities for modularity, limits to
modularity, the mechanisms needed to achieve it in given forms, and
its costs and benefits remain poorly understood. Significant advances
in modularity thus are possible and promise to yield breakthroughs in
our ability to conceive, design, develop, validate, integrate, deploy,
operate, and evolve modern information systems and their underlying
software artifacts.

The Modularity Visions track of AOSD 2013 (MV) seeks papers presenting
compelling insights into modularity in information systems, including
its nature, forms, mechanisms, consequences, limits, costs, and
benefits. Rather than ex post results, MV seeks promising ex ante
proposals for future work. The scope of MV is broad: open to
submissions from all areas of computer science, as well as from other

Reviewing Process

Reviewing will be based on norms applied to peer-reviewed proposals to
research programs that demand breakthrough potential. Papers must be
well written, must present new perspectives on, or approaches to,
important problems, must formulate clear hypotheses justified by
analysis or results from preliminary work, must evaluate potential
significance and risks, must articulate how progress can be evaluated,
and must discuss related and required future work.

There is a single submission deadline for MV (which is the same date
as RR Round 3). Papers submitted to MV will undergo a two-phase review
process. Each paper will first be reviewed by at least two members of
the program committee (PC). The PC will then recommend acceptance,
rejection, or an invitation to revise and resubmit. Invited revisions
will then be reviewed by at least one more member of the PC. Authors
of revised papers should explain how they responded to earlier
reviews. MV may include invited papers.

A paper accepted to the MV track will be published in the proceedings
and presented at the conference.

Important Dates -- Modularity Visions

* Submission: October 8th (same deadline as RR-3)
* Notification: December 10th

(all deadlines are in 2012, 23:59:59 Pago Pago/American Samoa time)

Program Co-Chairs — Modularity Visions

Elisa Baniassad, Australian National University
David H. Lorenz, Open University of Israel

Program Committee

Jonathan Aldrich, Carnegie Mellon University
Elisa Baniassad, Australian National University (Co-Chair)
Don Batory, University of Texas at Austin
Siobhan Clarke, Lero, Trinity College Dublin
Jonathan Edwards, MIT
David H. Lorenz, Open University of Israel (Co-Chair)
Klaus Ostermann, University of Marburg
Kevin Sullivan, University of Virginia
Clemens Szyperski, Microsoft, Redmond, WA, USA
Amiram Yehudai, Tel Aviv University
Call for Papers -- Industry Track

Modularity is the foundation of large-scale modern software
development. As software becomes larger and more complex, traditional
modularity techniques are no longer sufficient to create and maintain
software systems. The International Conference on Aspect-Oriented
Development (AOSD) is the premier conference on software modularity.
The AOSD 2013 industry track is calling on software professionals to
submit papers on modularity describing advanced solutions, state of
the art practices, problem descriptions, experiences, and system/tool


Domains of interest include, but are not limited to cloud computing,
middleware, desktop applications, financial, communications,
automotive, and languages/tools. Each domain has its own technologies,
development style, and business context. More specifically, AOSD 2013
is seeking submissions that address questions such as the following:

* How are traditional forms of modularity insufficient for solving
complex technical problems?
* What novel techniques of modularity are being used?
* How is modularity being used at different stages of the software
development process: requirements, design, architecture, modelling,
programming, testing?
* Are techniques such as aspect-orientation, domain-specific
languages, software services, generative programming, and
meta-programming useful for creating well-modularized systems?
* Dependency management and provisioning tools such as p2, maven, and
gradle help create large software from reusable components, but are
they sufficient?
* Finally, what are the complications of producing and consuming
modular software in the open source community?

Important Dates -- Industry Track

(all deadlines are in 2012, 23:59:59 Pago Pago/American Samoa time)

AOSD 2013 is deeply committed to eliciting works of the highest
caliber. To this aim, two separate paper submission deadlines and
review stages are offered. A paper accepted in either round will be
published in the web-proceedings and presented at the conference.
Promising papers submitted in an early round that are not accepted may
be invited to be revised and resubmitted for review in a later round.
Authors of such invited resubmissions are asked to also submit a
letter explaining the revisions made to the paper to address the
reviewer's concerns. While there is no guarantee that an invited
resubmission paper will be accepted, this procedure, similar to major
revisions requested by journals, is designed to help authors of
promising work get their papers into the conference.

* Round 1: Submission: PASSED / Notification: September 10th
* Round 2: Submission: October 8th / Notification: December 10th
(all deadlines are in 2012, 23:59:59 Pago Pago, American Samoa, time)

How to submit

Submissions to the AOSD 2013 industry track will be accepted at Submission should be
no longer than 10,000 characters and in markdown format.

Any images, figures, or graphs should be hosted at a third party image
sharing site such as Imgur and linked to from the submitted document.
The industry track organizing committee may migrate these images to servers for the camera-ready copy.

Review process

Each submission will be reviewed by the AOSD 2013 industry program
committee. Evaluation is based mainly on the usefulness to the AOSD
community, i.e., each submission should describe its modularity issue
(problem, solution, practice, experience and/or system/tool
development) along with characteristics of its industrial domain
Explicit discussion on the issue is also required, such as analysis of
the problem, benefit/ drawbacks of the solutions, lessons learned from
the experience. Importance of the issues, deepness of their
discussions and understandability (technical soundness, clarity and
organization) will be evaluated. The committee may contact authors as
a part of review process.
Call for Workshop Proposals

Proposals' Deadline: 1st October 2012
Workshop Dates: 25th and 26th March 2013

As with previous AOSD conferences, Modularity: AOSD 2013 will host a
vibrant workshop programme. We invite proposals for one or two day
workshops to be hosted in conjunction with Modularity: AOSD 2013. We
encourage workshop proposals on all conference-related topics,
particularly those that are novel or emerging within the community.
However, the topics of the workshops are not limited to aspects and
AOSD. The workshop chairs will evaluate each proposal based upon the
relevance of the workshop, it's potential to attract participants and
the likelihood of interesting results emerging. Precedence will be
given to those workshops that propose an innovative format and foster
a collaborative environment between participants. We also welcome
proposals for local workshops (i.e. those where English is not the
primary language), however, English based papers/discussions are
strongly encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals must be authored by at least two organisers and
should contain the following sections:

1. Workshop Organisers' Information

* The name and contact information of each organiser.
* A brief (100 - 200 words) biography of each organiser, detailing
their expertise that is relevant to the workshop and experience as a
workshop organiser.
* Identify a primary contact for the workshop.

2. Workshop Details

* Workshop name and acronym.
* Workshop abstract (less than 200 words) describing the workshop.
This should also be suitable for the conference website and advance
* A description of the workshop's topics, themes and motivation.
* What are the expected goals and results of the workshop? How will
these be achieved?
* An overview of the workshop format, this should include activities
to stimulate collaboration and interaction.
* What is the expected number of participants? How will the workshop
attract this number of people?
* Details of previous workshops in this series or on similar topics.
* Does the workshop have any specific room requirements beyond a
projector, whiteboard/flipcharts, etc.?

3. Preliminary Call for Papers

A preliminary call for papers should also be included in the workshop
proposal, this will naturally repeat some of the previous information
provided but should instead target potential workshop participants.
The following information should be included:

* Workshop name/acronym.
* Overview of the workshop including: motivation, topics and goals.
* Workshop format.
* Tentative important dates including submission date, notification
date, camera-ready date, etc. (these should align to the suggested
dates below).
* Submission guidelines (these should align with the guidelines
suggested below) and procedure.
* Preliminary program committee.
* Website URL.

Workshop Proceedings

The workshop chairs are currently in negotiation with the ACM to
include the workshop proceedings in the ACM digital library. The
inclusion of a workshop's proceedings in the digital library is
optional and is at the discretion of each workshop's organisers.
However, for consistency we suggest each workshop request papers to be
submitted in ACM formatting and use the following dates for
submissions to meet ACM's publication deadlines:

* Workshop Paper submission deadline: 7th January 2013
* Workshop Paper notification date: 28th January 2013
* Workshop Paper camera-ready deadline: 18th February 2013

How to Submit

Workshop proposals must submitted on or before 1st October 2012 in PDF
format by emailing the workshop chairs at There are
no strict page limits being enforced, however, organisers are strongly
encouraged to keep their proposals concise.

To ensure a balanced workshop program, the workshop chairs will work
closely with the other conference organisers and may suggest the
merging of workshops when deemed appropriate. Upon a workshop proposal
being accepted, the workshop organisers should create and maintain a
workshop website that contains the information set out in call for
papers as well as providing the workshop program in due course. The
workshop chairs will assist in co-ordinating publicity of the

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