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Chair: Torsten Layda, SWX Swiss Exchange, posters@oopsla.org


The OOPSLA Posters provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal for presenting speculative, late-breaking results or for giving an introduction to interesting, innovative work. Posters are highly visual and interactive. They are intended to provide authors and interested participants with the ability to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about the work. Posters provide authors with a unique opportunity to make their work highly visible during the conference. Therefore, authors of other OOPSLA technical submissions are encouraged to also submit a poster about their work.

Successful posters are carefully designed to convey technical details. They should also have a strong visual impact that attracts the attention of attendees as they stroll past the displays, either during the interactive poster session or at other times during the conference. The goal is to develop a poster that encourages and facilitates small groups of individuals interested in a technical area to gather and interact. The interactive poster session is held early in the conference, to promote continued discussion among interested parties.

Important Dates

To be included in the final program and in the Conference Companion, poster proposals must be submitted no later than July 2, 2004, but earlier is better. Acceptance and rejection notifications will be e-mailed by August 2, 2004.

Poster Content Guidelines

Posters will be evaluated both on their technical contributions and on how effectively they communicate those contributions. All posters should include the following information:

  • The purpose and goals of the work.
  • Any background and motivation information needed to understand the work. Please also describe any critical hypotheses and assumptions that underlie the work, if appropriate.
  • A summary of the technical contribution and/or results, in sufficient detail for a viewer to understand the work and/or results. Be sure to summarize and highlight the key details, results and contributions, or the anticipated contributions if the work is at an early stage. Please remember that a picture is worth a thousand words. If you can express your contributions effectively visually, it will help viewers to understand the work quickly and will attract more attention to your work. Few attendees will stop to read a large poster with dense text. If you use screen shots, please ensure that the shots print legibly and that the fonts are large enough to be read comfortably.
  • The relationship to other related efforts, where appropriate. Please note that authors of accepted posters may be asked to point out relationships to work represented by other accepted posters.
  • Where to find additional information. This should include (but is not restricted to):
    • A web site where viewers can go to find additional information about the work
    • Information about how to reach the contact author (including an email address)
    • Citations for any papers, books, or other materials that provide additional information
    • Information about other OOPSLA activities that present aspects of the work, including technical papers, tutorials, PhD symposium presentations, and demonstrations

The presentation guide drawn up by ACM for the Student Research Competition contains a lot of very useful information on how to produce a successful poster.

Submission Process

Go to the Posters submission system.

All Poster proposals are to be submitted using the online submission system. Paper and fax submissions will not be accepted. The short abstract will be entered directly online. The poster itself or the preliminary graphic layout as well as the extended, two-page abstract, must be submitted as a PDF or PostScript file.

  • A Poster proposal consists of:
    • a 50 word or less short abstract that summarizes the content of the poster
    • a set of keywords describing the technical area of the work
    • a two-page extended abstract, suitable for inclusion in the OOPSLA 2004 Conference Companion. All abstracts must adhere to the OOPSLA Companion format .
    • the poster itself, or a preliminary graphic layout of the poster (please review the Poster Content Guidelines above)
    • a completed ACM Permission to Publish form
  • The short 50 word abstract must be typed in on the submission form.
  • The two files containing the two-page extended abstract and the poster itself, respectively, must be bundled in a .tar file and uploaded as such. (Note that these items are not required for an OOPSLA 2004 workshop poster)
  • The preliminary graphic layout should consist of 1 to 3 pages that sketch the layout for an 8 feet (wide) by 4 feet (high) bulletin board. Please use 10 point or larger font in the preliminary layout, and 12 point or larger in the final poster, so that it is readable.
  • Once you have submitted your proposal through the online submission system, you will receive confirmation by e-mail that your proposal has been received and is complete.
  • Proposals may be modified online up until the submission deadline.

Submission Guidelines

Posters cover the same interest areas as the Technical Papers, Panels, and Practitioner's Reports. We also particularly encourage submissions in the following areas:

  • Demonstrations: Conference participants who are giving technology demonstrations should also consider presenting posters that contain overviews of their demonstrations, both to attract additional attendance at demonstrations and to increase the visibility of their tools.
  • Open Source Tools and Technologies: Technology providers can showcase their tools and technologies with posters.
  • PhD Topics: The poster session provides graduate students with an outstanding forum in which to present and discuss their PhD work.
  • Research and Project Overview: Research laboratories and projects can introduce themselves and their key efforts to the community by presenting posters.
  • Workshops: Workshop organizers and/or attendees may present posters that summarize results from their workshop. The poster session provides workshop participants a means of communicating their key results to the rest of the community. Note that neiter a two-page extended abstract nor a poster layout needs to be submitted for a 2004 workshop poster
  • Technical Papers, Practitioner's Reports and Panels: Authors of work that is presented in the OOPSLA technical program can obtain even more benefit by presenting their work in a poster as well. The poster session provides them the opportunity to engage in more personal one-on-one discussions. Panel chairs and/or panelists can summarize panelist positions and key issues in a poster.
  • Key Theme Areas: To allow OOPSLA participants to obtain a quick introduction to work in some key topics in object-oriented software engineering, we specifically seek contributions in the following areas:
    • Agile software development
    • Web engineering practices and methodologies
    • Web Services
    • XML, XSLT, etc.
    • Java tools, compilers and technologies
    • UML tools, technologies, and methodologies

Suggestions for other key topic areas are also encouraged.

Poster authors are required to attend the scheduled interactive poster session, staying with their poster so that they can discuss their work with conference attendees. Some poster authors also post an informal schedule along with their poster, listing times when they plan to be available for discussion later on during the conference. Others leave sign-up sheets for interested viewers to obtain further information. All posters will have an associated "message board," on which viewers can post comments, ideas, and questions and on which poster authors will be able to post responses.

Posters are advertised in the Final Program, and authors' two-page extended abstracts will appear in the OOPSLA 2004 Conference Companion, which will be distributed at OOPSLA 2004. Attendees will be able to learn more about individual posters continuously during the whole of the conference.

For More Information

For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions, please contact the Posters Chair, Torsten Layda at posters@oopsla.org.