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CFP: Panels

Chair: Elisa Baniassad, The Chinese University of Hong Kong,

Important Dates
    Submission deadline (firm)
  • March 18, 2006
  • May 12, 2006
  • Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system.


OOPSLA panels have consistently been among the best-attended and well-received attractions at the conference. The best panels offer an engaging, entertaining, and informative examination of a timely topic from a variety of viewpoints. OOPSLA panels offer a unique forum to spotlight emerging issues. They also give the OOPSLA community a way to tackle controversial and divisive topics head-on in a fun, interactive way that can shed welcome light on the issues we all must deal with.

Format: Panels come in many shapes and sizes. Some formats that have worked well in the past include:

  • The traditional panel format, featuring the presentation of positions, followed by a moderated discussion among the panelists and questions from the floor.
  • Formal debates permit an informed presentation of starkly opposing positions. This format may be particularly suitable for more narrow, highly technical topics.
  • More exotic formats, which have included courtroom simulations, game shows, reality television shows, and fishbowls, have worked in the past. Audiences appreciate being entertained as well as informed.
While we will continue to accept proposals based on traditional formats, we encourage you to be creative and innovative as well.

Part of the enduring appeal of OOPSLA panels is that they showcase the opinions of leading researchers and industry leaders. This is a tradition we will continue to uphold. We also hope, however, to move beyond the usual gurus and gadflies, and feature a broader cross-section of the OOPSLA community in this year's panel program. Panelists need not be experts; dispatches from the trenches are at least as enlightening as the latest sound bites from the usual suspects.

Panels that have the potential for audience interaction can be particularly effective. For example, an extensive audience question and answer period, a fishbowl, a roaming microphone for soliciting audience feedback and questions, audience submitted questions that the moderator poses to the panelists, or any other format the engages the audience in an active way.

Topics: OOPSLA panels can address topics that cover any theme that could be of interest to the OOPSLA community, which includes software researchers and practitioners.

Panel topic must have some element of controversy and/or novelty. OOPSLA audiences prefer a certain degree of discordance among the positions of the panelists. Hence, you are encouraged to seek out panelists with contrasting opinions. Panels where all the panelists agree are generally not interesting. All panelists need not, however, have starkly contrasting opinions; a panel where everyone agrees on an idea, but for different reasons, can be successful.

If there is an issue that periodically generates lots of discussion and controversy in your workplace or on a (computing-related) discussion list, you may be able to shape that issue into a panel discussion topic. (Be sure that you can find panelists who will take different sides of the argument!)

Some areas that are possible candidates for a panel include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Processes, Methods and Teams
  • Tools and Languages
  • Design Approaches and Techniques
  • Collaboration Tools and Techniques: Wikis, Agile techniques, Traditional techniques
  • The form and content of OOPSLA and related conferences

Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system.

A successful panel proposal should hold out the prospect that the panel will be both informative and entertaining, and that audience members will leave the panel smarter than when they arrived.

Submissions must include the following information:

  • A description of no more than 500 words for the proposed panel, including the format of the panel, a clear description of what the panel is about, and a description of why the panel meets the needs of the OOPSLA audience. This is to help us evaluate the panel proposal.
  • A brief abstract of up to 100 words for the proposed panel, with a concise description of what the panel is about and why the panel meets the needs of the OOPSLA audience. This will be included in the OOPSLA final program if the panel is accepted.
  • Position statements from each of the panelists, which should include a short statement of their opinion on the topic as well as biographical and contact information. (The position statement and biography should total no more than 150 words per panelist.)
  • A biography of the proposed moderator.

Panel submitters should be aware that the Panels Committee will usually work closely with them to refine and enhance their submissions.

For more information

For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the track chair.

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