Welcome to OOPSLA 2001! We are very glad to have you here at the waterfront in sunny Tampa for this the sixteenth edition of our conference that celebrates the world of object-oriented systems, languages, and applications.

OOPSLA is well known as the premier conference for object technology. Object technologists from all over the world have come together to present interactive workshops, an outstanding set of tutorials, thought-provoking invited talks on a broad range of topics, panels and debates designed to surface controversy and provoke audience participation, technical papers on the latest object research, practitionersí reports sharing lessons learned from development experiences, and two "Intriguing Technology" sessions that promise to be of interest to both researchers and practitioners. There are also a number of specialized activities ñ symposia for Ph.D. students to get feedback on their research ideas (the Doctoral Symposium) and for academic and industrial educators to share new ideas and best practices (the Educatorsí Symposium) as well as our ever-popular DesignFest and CodeFest. And you can organize your own Birds of a Feather session here at the conference.

In the OOPSLA Courtyard you will find commercial exhibits of the latest products, news, and publications, a new ìgeek alleyî where you can pick up your favorite personal devices and software, posters and demonstrations that present late-breaking results (including summaries of some pre-conference events), Birds of a Feather sign-ups, job and message boards, and tables for impromptu demos or discussions. And donít miss the opportunity to network with your colleagues at the social events. You should also be sure to leave some personal time to explore the Tampa area and enjoy some of Floridaís many recreational areas.

If this is your first OOPSLA join us Monday evening after the Welcome Reception for the Newcomerís Session. We will answer your questions and give you some tips for organizing your activities.

Linda Northrop
Conference Chair, OOPSLA 2001