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Call for Papers - Due March 19, 2009

OOPSLA panels have consistently been among the best-attended and well-received attractions at the conference. The best panels offer an engaging, entertaining, and informative examination of a timely topic from a variety of viewpoints. OOPSLA panels offer a unique forum to spotlight emerging issues. They also give the OOPSLA community a way to tackle controversial and divisive topics head-on in a fun, interactive way that can shed welcome light on the issues we all must deal with.

Submission Summary
Due date:March 19, 2009
Notification date:
May 15, 2009
Format:ACM Proceedings format
Submit to:OOPSLA submission system
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (chair)


Panels come in many shapes and sizes. Some formats that have worked well in the past include:

  • The traditional panel format, featuring the presentation of positions, followed by a moderated discussion among the panelists and questions from the floor.
  • Formal debates permit an informed presentation of starkly opposing positions. This format may be particularly suitable for more narrow, highly technical topics.
  • More exotic formats, which have included courtroom simulations, game shows, reality television shows, and fishbowls, have worked in the past. Audiences appreciate being entertained as well as informed.

While we will continue to accept proposals based on traditional formats, we encourage you to be creative and innovative as well.

Part of the enduring appeal of OOPSLA panels is that they showcase the opinions of leading researchers and industry leaders. This is a tradition we will continue to uphold. We also hope, however, to move beyond the usual gurus and gadflies, and feature a broader cross-section of the OOPSLA community in this year's panel program. Panelists need not be experts; dispatches from the trenches are at least as enlightening as the latest sound bites from the usual suspects.

Panels that have the potential for audience interaction can be particularly effective. For example, an extensive audience question and answer period, a fishbowl, a roaming microphone for soliciting audience feedback and questions, audience submitted questions that the moderator poses to the panelists, or any other format that engages the audience in an active way.


OOPSLA panels can address topics that cover any theme that could be of interest to the OOPSLA community, which includes software researchers and practitioners.

Panel topic must have some element of controversy and/or novelty. OOPSLA audiences prefer a certain degree of discordance among the positions of the panelists. Hence, you are encouraged to seek out panelists with contrasting opinions. Panels where all the panelists agree are generally not interesting. All panelists need not, however, have starkly contrasting opinions; a panel where everyone agrees on an idea, but for different reasons, can be successful.

If there is an issue that periodically generates lots of discussion and controversy in your workplace or on a (computing-related) discussion list, you may be able to shape that issue into a panel discussion topic. (Be sure that you can find panelists who will take different sides of the argument!)

If you would like to submit a panel, but are not confident you'll be able to populate it yourself, let us know in the submission--we may be able to help.

The major themes for OOPSLA 2009 are:

  • Scaling: Multi-core to Cloud
  • Mashups of Models, Data and Code
  • Tools for Reliability and Evolution
  • Enterprise Agile Management

Other possible topics for a panel include: processes and methods, testing, tools and languages, design, and collaboration tools and techniques.

Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system.

For more information

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

Panels Committee

  • Aki Namioka (chair), Cisco Systems, USA
  • Lougie Anderson, FiREapps Inc., USA
  • Brian Foote, Industrial Logic, Inc., USA
  • Steve Fraser, Cisco Systems, USA
  • Ruth Lennon, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Deb Lewis, Glaivestone Software, USA
  • Ricardo Lopez, Qualcomm, USA
  • Nadyne Mielke, Microsoft, USA
  • Russ Rufer, Panels Chair 2008, USA
  • Dave Thomas, Bedarra Research Labs, Canada
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