Conference Chair: Mamdouh Ibrahim
IBM Global Services

Invitation Conference Chair: Mamdouh Ibrahim, IBM Global Services

"Don't miss the premier forum for sharing of knowledge on object technology."

On behalf of the OOPSLA 2002 Conference Committee, I would like to invite you to participate in this year's OOPSLA, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, November 4-8, 2002.

OOPSLA is the premier forum for bringing together practitioners, researchers, and students to share their ideas and experiences in a broad range of disciplines woven with the common thread of object technology. Over two hundred people (mostly volunteers) have done their best to create an outstanding technical conference with a wide variety of events and activities designed to benefit a wide spectrum of participants ranging from novices to experts and everyone in between.

OOPSLA 2002 continues the tradition established by previous OOPSLA conferences to provide carefully refereed technical papers, real world experiences in the form of practitioner reports, and exciting panels and debates. This year, OOPSLA 2002 will feature outstanding invited speakers sharing their vision and delivering thought-provoking topics including Bill Gates, Kent Beck, Alfred Spector, Jerry Michalski, Anders Hejlsberg, and for the first time the Turing Lecture will be presented at OOPSLA by Kris Nygaard the winner of the Turing Award 2001.

New this year are two special tracks that promise to be of interest to both researchers and practitioners. The Onward! Track is designed to foster thinking out of the box in search for new computing models, and the focus of the second track is the hot topic of Web Services.

The OOPSLA conferences are known for their excellent tutorials and highly inter­active, topic-focused workshops; this year is no different. I would strongly recom­mend you register for tutorials of your choice as soon as possible since they tend to sell out fast. I would also encourage you to participate in one or more work­shops. It is easier than you might imagine to be invited to a workshop; so if you have never participated in a workshop before try this year and I am confident you will find the experience very rewarding.

You may also wish to participate in some of the more specialized activities-the Doctoral Symposium for Ph.D. students to get feedback on their research ideas, the Educators' Symposium for academic and industrial educators to share new ideas and best practices, as well as our ever-popular DesignFest and CodeFest. You can also organize your own Birds of a Feather session after arriving at the conference. Also, this year the OOPSLA Poster Session has been extended to include the first ACM SIGPLAN Student Research Competition, which was made possible by the support of Microsoft Research.

Based on last year's popularity, the OOPSLA Courtyard will once again be the hub of ongoing interactive activities during the three main conference days (Wednesday-Friday). In the Courtyard you will find commercial exhibits of the latest products, news, and publications. Also, the exhibit will feature the successful “geek alley” where you can pick up your favorite personal devices and software, and see 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, and tables for impromptu demos or discussions. And of course, we have plenty of social opportunities for mingling and professional networking. In fact, OOPSLA networking opportunities are unparalleled!

Co-resident in Seattle with OOPSLA 2002 is JavaGrande. Careful consideration of scheduling allows you to participate in both if you are interested.

OOPSLA has so much to offer that you will have to make choices. So study the Advance Program carefully as you plan your OOPSLA experience. We have arranged a special orientation session immediately following the Welcome Reception for first-time attendees.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!