All submissions are closed.
Chair: Helen Sharp, The Open University, firstname.lastname@example.org
OOPSLA workshops provide intensive collaborative environments where
object technologists meet to surface, discuss, and solve challenging
problems facing the field.
The topics covered by workshops are diverse, as are the workshop's
formats. For example, a workshop may provide the opportunity for
people working in a particular area to coordinate efforts and to
establish collective plans of action, to collectively work on a book,
or to discuss and share ideas on a hot new emerging technology.
Workshops are either full or half-day events that occur on the first
two days before the conference. To ensure a sufficiently small group
for effective interaction, workshop organizers manage attendance based
on objective criteriatypically they request a short position paper
submitted by potential attendees. Other criteria are permitted as long
as they are clearly specified in the workshop's call for participation.
The workshop organizers are responsible for advertising their workshop
in appropriate places to attract attendees.
We encourage proposals for innovative, well-focused workshops on a
broad spectrum of topics. We particularly encourage proposals for
workshops with novel, highly interactive formats that fall outside
the conventional workshop format e.g. simulations or think tanks.
Possible topic areas include:
- Development methods & processes
- Agile methods
- Web services
- Team or cultural issues
- Education issues
- Organizational innovation
NOTE that each workshop must have at least TWO organizers,
preferably from different organizations. Preference will be
shown to workshops with multiple organizers. Workshop organizers
and participants have to register for the conference and workshops.
In addition, we expect organizers of an accepted workshop to
maintain a web site as an expeditious way to make participant papers,
workshop schedule, etc. available to participants; to help advertise
the workshop; and, after the workshop, to serve as a primary vehicle
to disseminate information about the workshop and its conclusions to
the wider object-oriented community.
Submissions due date: March 19, 2004.
Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 21, 2004
This call for participation is for workshop organizers: a later call will occur for workshop attendees.
Go to the Workshops submission system.
Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA
submission system. Other submissions will not be accepted.
You will receive confirmation by email that your proposal has been
received and is complete.
Proposals must be submitted no later than March 19 2004, but earlier
Proposals may be modified online up until the March 19, 2004 deadline.
Acceptance and rejection notifications will be emailed by May
A workshop proposal is expected to include the following information:
- The workshop's main theme and goals
The proposal must explain the importance of the theme for object
technology, and why it is appropriate for the OOPSLA conference.
Goals should be clearly stated, e.g the main goal may be to build
collaborations for future research, to identify key obstacles to the
adoption of a particular technology, to pool experience in a particular
area, and so on. In addition, a 150 word abstract that describes the
theme and goals of the workshop should be included. If the workshop is
accepted, this abstract will be published in the advance and final
- Organizing committee
The organizing committee is responsible for advertising the workshop,
reviewing potential participants, running the workshop and collating
the results of the workshop for dissemination to others. Members of
the committee should be listed, together with their contact information.
The chair of the committee and a primary contact for the workshop
organization should be identified (they need not necessarily be the
same person). For each committee member, the proposal should identify
their responsibilities for this workshop and their background (expertise
in the area, previous experience of running workshops, why they will be
an excellent workshop organizer).
- Previous related workshops
Highlight any previous workshops on the same or related themes, stating
where and when they took place. In particular explain how this workshop
builds upon this previous activity.
- Expected number of participants
The ideal, minimum and maximum number of participants should be specified.
- Workshop preparation
Workshop participants will be expected to prepare for the workshop, e.g.
by reading others' position statements, or other background material.
Your proposal should show how you plan to encourage participants to
prepare appropriately, and how you will make preparation materials
available. For example, reading material and activities could be posted
to the workshop website. In this case, the proposal should explain what
materials will be available and when.
- Workshop activities and format
The format of the workshop should be described and the timetable given,
together with approximate timings. Please state clearly if a full-day
or a half-day workshop is proposed. You should consider, for example,
who will present papers and for how long, whether there will be any
introductory material, any panel discussion, debate, or focus group,
how such groups will report back to the other participants, and so on.
- Post-workshop activities
Your proposal should describe how the results of the workshop will
be disseminated to the wider community. For example what output will
be put on the web page, will summaries of discussions, key issues,
and shared research agendas be published, and so on. One output could
be a poster which can then be displayed during the conference poster
- Special requirements
Please specify any special requirements. Data projectors will be available
through the generous support of IBM.
Proposal Review and Acceptance
The proposals received will be reviewed by the Workshop Committee
to determine a high quality and appropriate mix for the conference.
Proposals will be reviewed against the following criteria:
Does the proposal present a compelling case for the importance of
the topic area? Is this done succinctly and completely? Are the goals
related clearly and appropriately to the topic area?
Are the themes and goals of current interest to the object-oriented
community? Has the topic been covered before? Is there anything new
being discussed? In particular, is the topic likely to be attractive
to OOPSLA attendees?
- Workshop format
Is the format clearly described and does it encourage a high level of
interaction between the participants?
Is a workshop the right venue to address the theme and goals or does
the proposal fit better into another type of OOPSLA event?
Are there at least two organizers and do they represent a reasonably
varied cross-section of the community? Has the requisite background
knowledge and experience of the organizers been established?
Does the proposal cover all the information specified in the
guidelines stated above?
For More Information
For additional information, clarification, or questions please feel free
to contact the Workshops Chair, Helen Sharp, at