Conference Chair: Mary Beth Rosson
Virginia Tech

Along with many committee members, authors, commercial exhibitors, and event organizers, I welcome you to OOPSLA 2000! As you peruse the Program, you'll see that we have done our best to create an outstanding conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the City of Lakes. We've taken our theme - Objects for the New Millennium - to heart, recruiting broadly to present the leading edge of object-oriented concepts and technologies.

OOPSLA is well-known as the premier conference for object technology. The wide variety of events and activities make it appealing to object experts and novices alike. You will find participant-driven interactive workshops, an outstanding set of tutorials, thought-provoking invited speakers, panels and debates designed to stir up controversy and provoke audience interaction, technical papers presenting the latest in object research, and practitioners' reports sharing the hard-earned lessons of real-life development. We’ve also incorporated more specialized activities - symposia for Ph.D. students to get feedback on their research ideas, and for academic and industrial educators to share new ideas and best practices, and our ever-popular DesignFest and CodeFest. You can even organize your own Birds of a Feather session after arriving at the conference.

Building on the success of the Enterprise Applications Symposium last year, we have again organized a special-topic forum - The XML, Process and Objects Symposium (XPO). XPO brings together experts from academia and industry in three sessions addressing issues in next generation workflow, interoperability and portability, and the Simple Object Access Protocol. OOPSLA attendees interested in these topics can attend these integrated sessions, but also pursue related threads in sessions scheduled before and after XPO.

During the three main conference days (Tuesday - Thursday), the OOPSLA Courtyard will be the hub of ongoing interactive activities, including the latest products, news, and publications from commercial exhibitors, posters and demonstrations that present late-breaking results (including summaries of some pre-conference events), speaker follow-up sessions, Birds of a Feather sign-ups, job and message boards, tables for impromptu demos or discussions, and other facilities for informal networking. There will always be something going on in the Courtyard.

In fact, OOPSLA has so much to offer that attendees often have trouble finding their way through the program. So study the Program carefully as you plan your visit. We also will be providing a special orientation session immediately following the Welcome Reception for first-time attendees. Remember to take the time to learn about Minneapolis too - this is your chance to get to know one of the most highly-rated cities in the USA. And of course, leave plenty of time for the full plate of Special Events that we have planned. Enjoy the Conference!

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