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Call for Papers - Due July 2, 2009

OOPSLA Posters provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal to showcase speculative, late-breaking results or to introduce interesting, innovative work. Posters sessions are highly interactive. They allow authors and interested participants to connect to each other and to engage in discussions about the work presented. Posters provide authors with a unique opportunity to draw attention to their work during the conference. Therefore, authors in other OOPSLA technical tracks are strongly encouraged to complement their submission with a poster about their work.

Submission Summary
Due date:July 2, 2009
Notification date:
August 1, 2009
Abstract format:ACM Proceedings format
Submit to:OOPSLA submission system
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Successful posters are carefully designed to convey technical detail. Their strong visual impact attracts the attention of attendees as they stroll past the displays, either during the interactive poster session or at other times during the conference. The goal is to develop a poster that encourages and facilitates small groups of individuals interested in a technical area to gather and interact. The interactive poster session is held early in the conference, to promote continued discussion among interested parties.

Poster Content Areas

Posters cover the same interest areas as the Research Papers, Onward! Submissions, Essays, Panels, and Practitioner's Reports. Therefore submissions in the following areas are encouraged:

  • Research Papers, Onward! Submissions, Essays, Practitioners Reports, and Panels: Authors of work presented in the OOPSLA technical program can increase the visibility by preparing a poster as well. The poster session provides the opportunity to engage in more personal one-on-one discussions. Panel chairs and/or panelists can summarize panelist positions and key issues in a poster.
  • Demonstrations: Conference participants who are giving technology demonstrations should also consider presenting posters that contain overviews of their demonstrations, both to attract additional attendance to the demonstrations and to increase the visibility of their tools.
  • Open Source Tools and Technologies: Technology providers can showcase their tools and technologies with posters.
  • PhD Topics: The poster session provides graduate students with an outstanding forum in which to present and discuss their PhD work.
  • Research and Project Overview: Research laboratories and projects can introduce themselves and their key efforts to the community.
  • Workshops: Workshop organizers and/or attendees are welcome to present posters that summarize workshop results to communicate them to the wider community. (Neither a two-page abstract nor a poster layout needs to be submitted for a 2009 workshop poster.)
  • Key Theme Areas: To allow OOPSLA participants to obtain a quick introduction to work in some key topics relevant in or for object-oriented software engineering, we specifically seek contributions in the following areas:
    • Agile software development,
    • Web engineering practices and methodologies,
    • Web Services,
    • XML, XSLT, and tools, technologies, and methodologies,
    • Java tools, compilers and technologies, and
    • UML tools, technologies, and methodologies.

Any other topic of interest to the OOPSLA community.

Suggestions for other key topic areas are welcome.

Poster authors are required to attend the scheduled interactive poster session, staying with their poster so that they can discuss their work with conference attendees. Poster authors may post an informal schedule along with their poster, listing times when they plan to be available for discussion later on during the conference. Sign-up sheets allow interested viewers to obtain further information. All posters will have an associated message board, on which viewers can post comments, ideas, and questions and on which poster authors will be able to post responses. Posters are advertised in the Final Program, and authors' two-page extended abstracts will appear in the OOPSLA 2009 Conference Companion, which will be distributed at OOPSLA 2009. Attendees will be able to learn more about individual posters continuously during the whole of the conference.


Posters will be evaluated both on their contributions and on how effectively they communicate those contributions. All posters should include the following information:

  • The purpose and goals of the work.
  • Any background and motivation information needed to understand the work as well as any critical hypotheses and assumptions that underlie the work, if appropriate.
  • A summary of the contribution and/or results, in sufficient detail, for a viewer to understand the work and/or results; especially key details, results and contributions, or the anticipated contributions if the work is at an early stage.
  • The relationship to other related efforts, where appropriate. (Authors of accepted posters may be asked to point out relationships to work represented by other accepted posters.)
  • Where to find additional information. This should include (but is not restricted to):
    • A web site where viewers can go to find additional information about the work.
    • How to contact the authors (including email addresses).
    • Citations for any papers, books, or other materials that provide additional information.
    • Information about other OOPSLA activities that present aspects of the work, including research papers, Onward! submissions, essays, practitioner reports, panels, tutorials, PhD symposium presentations, and demonstrations.

Poster layout guideline

The presentation guide drawn up by ACM for the Student Research Competition contains a lot of very useful information on how to produce a successful poster. In particular: "A picture is worth a thousand words." Guide viewers to the main issues and help them to understand the work quickly in order to attract more attention to your work. Few attendees will stop to read a large poster with dense text. If you use screen shots, please ensure that the shots print legibly and that the fonts are large enough to be read comfortably.

Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system, once open for this track.

A short abstract is to be entered directly online. The poster itself or the preliminary graphic layout as well as the extended, two-pages abstract, must be submitted as a PDF or PostScript file.

A Poster proposal consists of:

  • A maximum 50 word abstract that summarizes the content of the poster.
  • A set of keywords describing the technical area of the work.
  • A two-page extended abstract, suitable for inclusion in the OOPSLA 2009 Conference Companion. All abstracts must adhere to the ACM Proceedings format.
  • The poster itself, or a preliminary graphic layout of the poster.
  • A completed ACM Permission to Publish form.

The short 50 word abstract must be entered on the submission form.

The two files containing the two-page extended abstract and the poster itself, respectively, must be bundled in a .tar or .zip file and uploaded as such.

The preliminary graphic layout should consist of one to three pages that sketch the layout for an eight feet (wide) by four feet (high) bulletin board. Please use ten point or larger font in the preliminary layout, and twelve point or larger in the final poster to ensure readability.

Once you have submitted your proposal through the online submission system, you will receive confirmation by e-mail that your proposal has been received and whether or not all required parts were received.

Proposals may be modified online up until the submission deadline.

Additional information

For additional information, clarifications, or questions, please contact Robb Powell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Posters Committee

  • Robb Powell, Sage Tree, LLC, USA
  • Ademola Adejokun, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, USA
  • Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, USA
  • James Heliotis, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  • Manuel Fahndrich, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Ed Gehringer, NC State University, USA


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