[ecoop-info] Onward! 2010 - Call for Essays, Papers, Films, and Workshops

Alessandro Garcia afgarcia at inf.puc-rio.br
Tue Mar 2 04:06:23 CET 2010

**************** Call for Contributions *****************

                    Onward! 2010

The conference for new ideas, new paradigms, and reflections
     on everything to do with programming and software.


Sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN in cooperation with SIGSOFT

Co-located with SPLASH 2010 - http://splashcon.org
Reno-Tahoe, Nevada - USA
October 17 – 21, 2010

An Onward! ad is available on YouTube:


Onward! is more radical, more visionary and more open than other
conferences to not so well-proven but well-argued ideas. We welcome
different ways of thinking about, approaching, and reporting on
programming language and software engineering research. Onward! fosters
the multidisciplinarity of software development. We are interested in
anything to do with programming and software. Processes, methods,
languages, art, philosophy, biology, economics, communities, politics,
ethics, and of course applications. Anything!

Sounds good? Do you want to bring new insights to the community? Or you
want to know more about innovations, visions and the future of programming
languages and software engineering? Then... Join Onward!, the unique,
creative and collaborative environment to discuss and investigate
challenging problems related to software, its creation and nurturing.
Onward! is innovative not only with regard to its topics and ideas but
also to the contribution formats. This year, we seek high quality
submissions in one of the following categories:


At Onward! we are interested in papers that describe work with potential
to change significantly the field. But Onward! isn't a venue for just any
old thing - an Onward! paper must say something substantially original,
and must be sufficiently important and interesting to deserve the
attention of the programming and software communities. An Onward! paper
must present some supporting evidence - not pure conjecture. Evidence may
be in the form of a compelling argument or analysis, a sketch of validity,
or an initial implementation. The scope of an Onward! paper can be broad:
It can be single idea, a new approach, or a new paradigm. It can talk
about programming languages, programming methodologies, process, software
engineering, collaboration, and anything to do with programming and
creating software. But above all, an Onward! paper must be well thought
out, well-written, and compelling in its argument. Onward! is a fully
peer-reviewed conference, and accepted papers will appear in the SPLASH
proceedings and the ACM Digital Library.

*** ESSAYS ***

An Onward! essay is a thoughtful reflection upon software-related
technology. Its goal is to help the reader to share a new insight, engage
with an argument, or wrestle with a dilemma. A successful essay is a clear
and compelling piece of writing that explores a topic important to the
software community. An essay can be an exploration of its topic, its
impact, or the circumstances of its creation; it can present a personal
view of what is, explore a terrain, or lead the reader in an act of
discovery; it can be a philosophical digression or a deep analysis. It can
describe a personal journey, perhaps that by which the author reached an
understanding of such a topic. Accepted essays will be presented at the
conference, published in the SPLASH Proceedings, and will appear in the
ACM Digital Library. The author or authors of accepted essays may choose
the form of the presentation.

*** FILMS ***

The Onward! film track invites "submissions in motion". Papers and slide
presentations are not always the right media to convey ideas. We are
therefore interested in anything that combines film with with programming
and software. For example, film can show the interactive nature of a
proposed system in a way that goes well beyond the capacity of
requirements  specifications and use-case diagrams. Film can reveal how a
proposed system should or might work, and reveal exceptional circumstances
in which the system still must work. There is also an increasing need of
describing research projects whose results are difficult to explain to
non-experts.  The interesting behavior of such systems often stretches
into weeks or months and a film  might be much more helpful than a
real-time demo. Other topics include (but not limited to): documentary on
learning a new language; interviews with practitioners; diary of a
frustrated grad student, capturing group interaction dynamics; mobile
video microblogging.


The Onward! conference is dedicated to new ideas at the frontier of
knowledge about software and programming. Onward! workshops are located a
day's ride past the frontier. They are where groups can explore uncharted
ideas. They are an ideal base for intellectual insurrections. Workshops
proposals are welcome on all topics related to software and programming,
especially topics unacceptable at mainstream Computer Science conferences.


Electronic submission is required through the Onward! website. Text
submissions must follow the standard ACM SIGPLAN format. Detailed author
guidelines are also available at the website. Submissions must not have
been previously published, and must not be concurrently submitted for
publication elsewhere (including journals and formal proceedings of
conferences and workshops). Violation of this policy will result in
desk-rejection of the submission.


March 25, 2010        - Submission of workshop proposals
April 23, 2010        - Submission of essays and research papers
June 24, 2010 - Submission of films

Siobhán Clarke, Lero @ Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
chair at onward-conference.org

Kevin Sullivan, University of Virginia, USA (chair) -
papers at onward-conference.org
Gail Murphy, University of British Columbia, Canada
Ingolf Krueger, University of California San Diego, USA
Yael Dubinsky, Technion University, Israel
Peri Tarr, IBM Research, USA
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
Shigeru Chiba, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Elisa Baniassad, Australian National University, Australia
Hridesh Rajan, Iowa State University, USA
Richard Gabriel, IBM Research, USA
Jeff McGee, Imperial College London, UK
Linda Northrop, Carnegie Mellon - Software Engineering Institute, USA

Aki Namioka, Cisco Systems, USA - panels at onward-conference.org

Daniel Steinberg, Dim Sum Thinking (chair) - essays at onward-conference.org
Kent Beck, Three Rivers Institute, USA
Eric Freeman, The Walt Disney Company, USA
Erich Gamma, IBM Rational Zurich Research, Switzerland
Mark Mahoney, Carthage College, USA
Linda Northrop, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Brian Sletten, Bosatsu Consulting, USA
Glenn Vanderburg, Relevance, USA
Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, USA
David West, New Mexico Highlands University, USA

Bernd Bruegge (chair), TU München, Germany - films at onward-conference.org
Roberto Bisiani, University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy
Oliver Creighton, Siemens Corporation, Germany
Ralph Guggenheim, Alligator Planet, USA
Martin Purvis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Maryam Purvis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Harald Stangl, Technische Universität München, Germany

Jonathan Edwards, MIT (chair) - workshops at onward-conference.org
Bruce Horn, Powerset

Alessandro Garcia, PUC-Rio, Brazil - publicity at onward-conference.org

Eamonn Linehan, Lero @ Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
web at onward-conference.org

A detailed version of this call for each submission category is available
on http://www.onward-conference.org/

An Onward! ad is available on YouTube:

Alessandro Garcia
Assistant Professor           mailto: afgarcia at inf.puc-rio.br
Informatics Department, PUC-Rio
R. Marquês de São Vicente, 225 - Gávea
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Post code: 22453-900

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