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SPLASH 2012
Fri 19 - Fri 26 October 2012 Tucson, Arizona, United States

Workshops are all about networking, sharing, exchanging, discussing, and maturing new exciting ideas, to enable you to start new collaborations and incubate new communities - whether you are seeking research partners, projects, potential funders, or practitioners to new and emergent ideas! SPLASH workshops are a great way to grow your knowledge and expand your professional network. As highly interactive events, SPLASH workshops provide a creative and collaborative environment where attendees coming from various organizations around the world meet to discuss and solve challenging problems related to emerging technologies and research areas. The workshops complement the OOPSLA, DLS, Onward! and Wavefront tracks of the conference, and provide an opportunity to lead informal, hands-on meetings, and technical sessions that may result in formal proceedings.

The topics of workshops as well as their formats may be diverse. For example, workshops may provide an opportunity for people working in a particular area to coordinate efforts and to establish a collective plan of action, to collaborate on a book, to seek research contributions, to learn cutting-edge software development techniques, or to discuss and share ideas on a hot new language/environment/topic. In the last 25 years of OOPSLA/SPLASH, workshops have played an important role in addressing seminal topics that led to significant advances, especially during their formative stages, namely UML, Eclipse, distributed objects, agile software development, new programming languages, and patterns, to mention a few.

Today, the software world is moving forward at an accelerating pace and the changes in the next 5 years will be more dramatic than the last 25. Explosive new technologies have created many challenging problems - technical, cultural and organizational - that must be solved to support the next generation of software design and development.

Contact: Ademar Aguiar and Ulrik Schultz (chair)

Call for Workshops

Workshops are all about sharing, exchanging, discussing, and networking to mature new and exciting ideas, and help you on starting new collaborations and communities - whether you are seeking research partners, projects, or practitioners.

SPLASH workshops are a great way to improve your knowledge and expand your professional network. The high interactivity of SPLASH workshops provides a creative and collaborative environment to discuss and solve challenging problems related to emerging technologies and research areas with attendees from all over the world. SPLASH workshops complement the OOPSLA, DLS, Onward! and Wavefront tracks of the conference, and provide an opportunity to lead informal, hands-on, or more technical sessions that may possibly result in formal proceedings.

Submission Summary

Due on: April 13, 2012
Format: ACM Proceedings format
Submit to: http://cyberchair.acm.org/splashworkshops/submit/
Contact: Ademar Aguiar and Ulrik Schultz (chair)

Topics


The topics and the format of the workshops is open-ended. For example, workshops may provide an opportunity for people working in a particular area to coordinate efforts and to establish a collective plan of action, to collaborate on a book, to seek research contributions, to learn cutting-edge software development techniques, or to discuss and share ideas on a hot new language/environment/topic. In the last 25 years of OOPSLA/SPLASH, workshops have played an important role in addressing seminal topics that led to significant advances, especially during their formative stages, namely UML, Eclipse, distributed objects, agile software development, new programming languages, and patterns, to mention a few.

Today, the software world is moving forward at an accelerating pace and the changes in the next 5 years are expected to be more dramatic than in the last 25. Explosive new technologies have created many challenging problems - technical, cultural and organizational - that must be solved to support the next generation of software design and development.

We encourage proposals for innovative, well-focused workshops from a broad spectrum of topics. If there is a topic relevant to SPLASH that you feel passionate about - and you want to connect with others who have similar interests - you should consider submitting a proposal to organize a workshop!

SPLASH 2012 workshops are organized into three different tracks according to their topic:

  • OOPSLA workshops are at the frontier software construction and delivery. They are open to all factions of programming technologies, and is the place where groups work together to develop new ideas in programming languages and software engineering.

  • Onward! workshops are located a day’s ride past the frontier. They are where groups can explore uncharted ideas. They are an ideal base for intellectual insurrections. Workshops proposals are welcome on all topics related to software and programming, especially topics unacceptable at mainstream Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Programming Languages conferences.

  • Wavefront workshops are about contemporary approaches to developing the systems that software developers are creating and deploying today. They are active, hands-on events managed by experts, designed to help software professionals to rapidly come up to speed on a specific technology or methodology.

Workshop organizers may decide their preferred format (see below). Workshops that result in academic papers and that implement an appropriate selection process may be archived as formal proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

Submission


SPLASH workshop proposals should be limited to 5 pages (in the ACM Proceedings format) and submitted through the SPLASH submission system.

Your proposal should include the sections described below.

Main theme and goals

The proposal must explain the importance of the workshop theme to the SPLASH community. Goals should be clearly stated. The workshop track must be stated (if in doubt, contact the workshop chairs).

Abstract

The proposal must include a 150-word abstract that summarizes the theme and goals of the workshop. If the workshop is accepted, this abstract will be published in the advance program and the final program of SPLASH.

Organizers

The proposal must list the workshop organizers. Workshop organizers are responsible for advertising the workshop (e.g., creating the anchoring website for the workshop and sending CFPs to their own relevant mailing lists), organizing the review process of paper submissions (e.g., by forming a small program committee), running the workshop, and collating any results of the workshop for dissemination to others. Workshop organizers should be listed, together with their affiliation and contact information. The primary organizer of the workshop and a contact person should be specified (they do not need to be the same person). For each organizer, the proposal should describe his/her background (expertise in the area, and previous experience running workshops) and also identify his/her responsibilities for this workshop.

Anticipated attendance

A workshop proposal must specify the ideal, minimum, and maximum expected number of participants. Please note that workshop registration at SPLASH 2012 will be an additional charge. The SPLASH organizing committee reserves the right to cancel any workshop that does not meet attendance goals, usual a minimum of eight registered attendees.

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Describe how you plan to advertise your workshop to ensure participation.

Participant preparation

Your proposal should describe what preparation is expected from workshop participants, namely how attendees gain access to the workshop (e.g., submission of a full paper, an extended abstract, a position paper).

Activities and format

The format of the workshop should be described and a timetable given. All SPLASH 2012 workshops must be planned for one or two full days of activities. For example, a proposal should describe whether there will be introductory material, paper presentations, panel discussions, debate, hands-on sessions, or focus groups, and how such groups will report back to the other participants.

Post-workshop activities

The proposal should describe the results that will be produced and how those will be disseminated to the wider public before and after the workshop. Workshops that result in academic papers and implement an appropriate selection process can be archived as formal proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. Approval to have a proceedings in the ACM Digital Library is in part contingent on having the workshop’s program committee approved by ACM SIGPLAN (through a process handled by the SPLASH organizers).

Special requirements

Please identify any special requirements you might have, in terms of room configuration, audio and video equipment, etc.

Selection Process


The workshops will be selected strictly based on the quality of the proposal, and according to the space available. The following questions may help focus your submission and improve its overall quality:

  1. Are there at least two organizers and do they represent a reasonably varied cross-section of the community close to the topic?

  2. Does the proposal present a compelling case for the importance of the topic area? Is this done succinctly and completely?

  3. Are the goals of the workshop expressed clearly?

  4. Is the topic likely to be attractive to SPLASH attendees?

  5. Is the format clearly described and does it encourage a high level of interaction between the participants?

  6. Is a workshop the right forum to address the theme and goals or does the proposal fit better into another type of SPLASH event?

For More Information


For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions please contact the Workshops Chair, Ademar Aguiar and Ulrik Schultz, at workshops@splashcon.org.