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From: Emiliano Tramontana <tramonta@dmi.unict.it>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 18:17:05 +0200
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To: announce@aosd.net

The 23rd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
March 16 - 20, 2008, Fortaleza, Ceara', Brazil

Track on Programming for Separation of Concerns @ ACM SAC 2008

Home page: http://www.dmi.unict.it/~tramonta/PSC08/

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 2008  
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, 2007
Author Notification:  October 16, 2007
Camera Ready:         October 30, 2007

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 (a webpage will be ready  
soon) 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 PSC08 Submission.

Please make sure that the authors name and affiliation do not appear  
on the submitted paper.

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 Science and Mathematics,
Computer Science 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

Mehmet Aksit, Twente University, Netherland
Federico Bergenti, Parma University, Italy
Fernando Castor Filho, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Walter Cazzola, Milano University, Italy
Shigeru Chiba, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Angelo Corsaro, Selex SI, Italy
Pascal Costanza, Vrije University, Belgium
Ira Forman, IBM Austin, USA
Stefan Hanenberg, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Robert Hirschfeld, Universitat Postdam, Germany
Maciej Koutny, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Stuart Marchall, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Hidehiko Masuhara, Tokyo University, Japan
David Pearce, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Awais Rashid, Lancaster University, UK
Douglas Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, USA
Eric Tanter, University of Chile, Chile
Nanbor Wang, Tech-X Corporation, USA
Carl Wu, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Hui Wu, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Received on Friday, 15 June 2007 16:19:34 UTC

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