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From: Emiliano Tramontana <tramonta@dmi.unict.it>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 18:03:31 +0200
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To: Tramontana Emiliano <Tramontana@dmi.unict.it>

Track on Programming for Separation of Concerns @ ACM SAC 2007

Home page: http://www.dmi.unict.it/~tramonta/PSC07/

Call for Papers

Complex systems are intrinsically expensive to develop because  
several concerns must be addressed simultaneously. Once the  
development phase is over, these systems are often hard to reuse and  
evolve because their concerns are intertwined and making apparently  
small changes force programmers to modify many parts. Moreover,  
legacy systems are difficult to evolve due to additional problems,  
including: lack of a well defined architecture, use of several  
programming languages and paradigms, etc.

Separation of concerns (SoC) techniques such as computational  
reflection, aspect-oriented programming and subject-oriented  
programming have been successfully employed to produce systems whose  
concerns are well separated, thereby facilitating reuse and evolution  
of system components or systems as a whole. However, a criticism of  
techniques such as computational reflection is that they may bring  
about degraded performance compared with conventional software  
engineering techniques. Besides, it is difficult to precisely  
evaluate the degree of flexibility for reuse and evolution of systems  
provided by the adoption of these SoC techniques.  Other serious  
issues come to mind, such as: is the use of these techniques double- 
edged? Can these systems suffer a ripple effect, whereby a small  
change in some part has unexpected and potentially dangerous effects  
on the whole?

The Programming for Separation of Concerns (PSC) track at the 2007  
Symposium on Applied Computing will aim to bring together researchers  
to share experiences in using SoC techniques, and explore the  
practical problems of existing tools, environments, etc. The track  
will address questions like: Can performance degradation be limited?  
Are unexpected changes dealt with by reflective or aspect-oriented  
systems? Is there any experience of long term evolution that shows a  
higher degree of flexibility of systems developed with such  
techniques? How such techniques cope with architectural erosion? Are  
these techniques helpful to deal with evolution of legacy systems?

Submissions will be encouraged, but not limited, to the following  

- Software architectures
- Configuration management systems
- Software reuse and evolution
- Performance issues for metalevel and aspect oriented systems
- Software engineering tools
- Consistency, integrity and security
- Generative approaches
- Experiences in using reflection, composition filters, aspect- and  
subject- orientation
- Evolution of legacy systems
- Reflective and aspect oriented middleware for distributed systems
- Modelling of SoC techniques to allow predictable outcomes from  
their use
- Formal methods for metalevel systems

Important Dates

Paper Due:            September 8, 2006
Author Notification:  October 16, 2006
Camera Ready:         October 30, 2006

Submissions guidelines

Original papers from the above mentioned or other related areas will  
be considered. Only full papers about original and unpublished  
research are sought. Parallel submission to other conferences or  
tracks is not acceptable.

Papers can be submitted recurring to the web (http://sac.cs.iupui.edu/ 
SAC2007/SubmitAbstract.aspx?TrackID=109) or (any problem should  
occur) by email to Ian Welch (ian@mcs.vuw.ac.nz) or Emiliano  
Tramontana (tramontana@dmi.unict.it). The subject of the email should  
be PSC06 Submission.

Please make sure that the authors name and affiliation do not appear  
on the submitted paper, but send them as a separate file.

Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will blindly  
review submissions to the track. Accepted papers will be published in  
the ACM SAC conference proceedings.

The camera-ready version of the accepted paper should be prepared  
using the ACM format (guidelines will be given on the SAC website).  
The maximum number of pages allowed for the final papers is five (5),  
with the option, at additional cost, to add three (3) more pages. A  
set of papers submitted to the PSC track and not accepted as full  
papers will be selected as poster papers and published in the ACM  
proceedings as 2-page papers.

Program Co-Chairs

Yvonne Coady (ycoady@cs.uvic.ca)
Dept. of Computer Science,
University of Victoria, Canada

Corrado Santoro (csanto@diit.unict.it),
Dept. of Computer and Telecommunication Engineering,
Engineering Faculty, University of Catania, ITALY

Emiliano Tramontana (tramontana@dmi.unict.it),
Dept. of Computer Science and Mathematics,
Computer Science Faculty, University of Catania, ITALY

Ian Welch (Ian.Welch@mcs.vuw.ac.nz)
School of Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Steering Committee

Antonella Di Stefano (ad@diit.unict.it),
Dept. of Computer and Telecommunication Engineering,
Engineering Faculty, University of Catania, ITALY

Giuseppe Pappalardo (pappalardo@dmi.unict.it),
Dept. of Computer Science and Mathematics,
Computer Science Faculty, University of Catania, ITALY

Program Committee

Federico Bergenti, Parma University, Italy
Walter Cazzola, Milano University, Italy
Shigeru Chiba*, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Angelo Corsaro, Selex SI, Italy
Hector Duran Limon*, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico
Marco Fargetta, Catania University, Italy
Maciej Koutny, Newcastle University, UK
Joe Loyall*, BBN Technologies, USA
Luigi Mancini, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Hideiko Masuhara, Tokyo University,Japan
Awais Rashid*, Lancaster University, UK
Francois Taiani*, Lancaster University, UK
Eric Tanter, University of Chile, Chile
Nalini Venkatasubramanian*, California University, Irvine, USA
Stephen Vinoski*, Iona Technologies, USA
Nanbor Wang, Tech-X Corporation, USA
Carl (Xiaoqing) Wu, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

* to be confirmed
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