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Workshops Chair: Peter F. Sweeney, workshops@oopsla.acm.org
Submissions due date: 23 March 2001
Notification of acceptance or rejection: 8 May 2001

This call for participation is for workshop organizers: a later call will occur for workshop attendees.

OOPSLA workshops provide intensive collaborative environments where object technologists meet to surface, discuss, and solve challenging problems facing the field.

The topics covered by workshops are diverse, as are the workshop's formats.  A workshop may provide the opportunity for representatives of a technical community to coordinate efforts and to establish collective plans of action, to collectively work on a book, or to discuss and share ideas on a hot new emerging technology.

Workshops are full day events that occur on either of the first two days before the conference. To ensure a sufficiently small group for effective interaction, workshop organizers manage attendance based on an objective criterion, typically a short position paper submitted by potential attendees.  Other criteria are permitted as long as they are clearly specified in the workshop's call for participation.

We encourage proposals for innovative, well focused workshops on a broad spectrum of object topics.  We particularly encourage proposals for novel, highly interactive workshops that fall outside the conventional workshop format.  Possible subjects include:

  • Agents
  • Analysis and Design
  • Business Objects
  • Component Integration
  • E-Commerce
  • Extreme Programming
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Language Technologies
  • Objects in particular industries
  • Patterns and Frameworks
  • Process and Methodology
  • Project Management
  • Pedagogical and Training Considerations
  • Reliable Distributed Objects
  • Software Architecture
  • XML

NOTE that each workshop must have at least TWO organizers, preferably from different organizations.  Preference will be shown to workshop that have more organizers.

In addition, we expect that the organizers of an accepted workshop will maintain a web site as an expeditious way to make participant papers, workshop schedule, etc. available to participants;  help advertise the workshop; and, after the workshop, to serve as the primary source of information about the workshop and its conclusions to the object-oriented community.

Submission Procedure
Electronic submission of proposals is required. Paper and fax submissions will not be accepted.

  • You will receive confirmation by email that your proposal has been received and is complete.
  • Proposals must be submitted no later than 23 March 2001, but earlier is better.
  • Proposals may be modified online up until the 23 March deadline.

Acceptance and rejection notifications will be emailed by 11 May 2001.

Guidelines for the Content of Workshop Proposals
An expected workshop proposal will include the following information:

  • Themes and goals: please explicitly state the workshop's theme and why this theme is important for object technology.  We are particularly interested in topics that are relevant to object-oriented technology; appropriate for the OOPSLA conference; are current areas of interest; and are likely to be of interest to a reasonable number of OOPLSAattendees.  Please explicitly state the workshop's goals.  For example, is a goal to get collaborate research efforts that result from interactions at the workshop?   Is a goal to identify the key obstacles that are inherent to the workshop's theme?
  • Organizing committee: who will be involved in organizing the workshop and reviewing potential attendees.  Who is chairing the committee?  What are the responsibilities of the people involved.
  • In addition to contact information for all of the workshop organizers, please identify who will be the primary contact.
  • Organizer backgrounds:  For each organizer, please include a paragraph that states his/her expertise in the area of the workshop's theme, previous experience running workshop, and any other information that you think would make these people excellent workshop organizers.
  • What previous workshops (where and when) on this same and related topics have occurred.
  • Special requirements: are there any special requirements? For example,  requirements for audio visual equipment.
  • Expected number of participants.  What will  be your cut off point on enrollment?
  • Pre-workshop activities: how do you plan to get participants involved in the workshop before it begins.  For example, posting accepted papers on the web and encouraging participants to read all the papers prior to the workshop.  This should include pre-workshop web page activities; that is, what will the workshop' s web page contain, and when?
  • Planned workshop activities: what is the expected format of the workshop - who will present, for how long, and what will be the format of the presentation?  Will there be any introductory material presented by the organizers?  Will therebe any panel discussion, debates, or focus groups in addition to presentations?  How will focus groups report back to the other workshop participants?
  • Post-workshop activities:  How will the results of the workshop be disseminated to the larger community?  What will be put on the web page as a result of the workshop?  How will summaries of discussions and key issues, and shared research agendas be published?  What about a workshop summary?  How will the post workshop activities be shared among the workshop organizers?
  • Abstract: a 100-150 word abstract that describes the workshop is required.  This abstract will be published in the advanced and final program.

Proposal Review and Acceptance
The proposals received will be reviewed by the Workshop Committee to determine a high quality and appropriate mix for the conference.

Proposals will be reviewed against the following criteria:

    Does the proposal present its case succinctly and completely?

    Does the proposal carefully frame the topic?

    Does the proposal cover all the information specified in the guidelines stated above?

    Is the topic about object-oriented issues?

    Is a workshop the right venue or does the proposal fit better into another type of OOPSLA event?

    Is the topic under scrutiny by the community or has this issue been covered before?

    Is this topic likely to be of interest to a reasonable number of participants?

    Has the requisite background knowledge of the organizers been established?

    Are there at least two organizers and do they represent a reasonably varied cross-section of the community?
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For additional information, clarification, or questions please feel free to contact the Workshops Chair, Peter F. Sweeney, at workshops@oopsla.acm.org.

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