Open Until August 31
Lightning Talks



Chair: Bill Opdyke, North Central College, workshops@oopsla.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 criteria - typically 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
  • Languages
  • Technologies
  • Persistence
  • Design
  • Programming
  • Testing
  • 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.

Important Dates

Submissions due: March 18, 2005 (but earlier is better)

Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 20 2005

This call for participation is for workshop organizers; a later call will occur for workshop attendees

Submission Process

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 may be modified online up until the March 18 2005 deadline.

Submission Guidelines

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 program.

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 web site. 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 session.

Special requirements

Please specify any special requirements. NOTE: There will be no data projectors available for Workshops, however, you are free to bring your own data projector.

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, BIll Opdyke, at workshops@oopsla.org