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[aspectj-announce] FW: Workshop on Modularization, Composition and Generative Techniques for Product Line Engineering

                   Call for Participation

                         Workshop on 

     Modularization, Composition and Generative Techniques for 
          Product Line Engineering - McGPLE (formerly AOPLE)

                 7th International Conference on 
    Generative Programming and Component Engineering (GPCE’08)
            Nashville, Tennessee, October 19-23, 2008


Product Line Engineering (PLE) is an increasingly important paradigm in
software development whereby commonalities and variations among similar
systems are systematically identified and exploited. PLE covers a large
spectrum of activities, from domain analysis to product validation and
testing. Variability is manifested throughout this spectrum in artifacts
such as models, requirements, code and components and it is often of
crosscutting nature. These characteristics make different kinds of
modularization and composition techniques (e.g. objects, components,
aspects, features, subjects, frames, etc.) appealing as suitable candidates
to modularize variability. Work on Generative Programming (GP) and Component
Engineering (CE) has shown the crucial role they play in PLE. This workshop
aims at expanding and capitalizing on the increasing interest of researchers
from these communities. The main goal of the workshop is to share and
discuss ideas, identify research opportunities and foster collaboration to
tackle the challenges these opportunities may bring about.


Work on software modularization and composition concepts and techniques when
applied to Software Product Line Engineering has shown promising results.
These results can be further strengthened when Generative Programming and
Component Engineering techniques are applied in concert. The main goal of
the workshop is to foster and strengthen the collaboration between the
different software composition and modularization techniques, PLE and
generative research communities by identifying common interests and research
venues. The new workshop builds on the success of the aspect-oriented
product line engineering (AOPLE) workshops that established an initial
community of researchers,  but focuses on a broader range of issues,
techniques and approaches. 

We expect the following results from the workshop: 
* A list of the participants’ interests and contact details that will be
posted on the workshop website, 
* The papers and a summary of the discussions will be compiled into a
technical report, publicly available through the workshop website and other
university departmental sites, 
* Extending the research agenda that would lead into further joint projects
and publications. 

Workshop Format

The workshop is scheduled as a full day workshop. Participants are expected
to read the papers accepted beforehand to be able to contribute to lively
discussions about approaches and ideas presented. The morning session will
consist of short presentations of the most representative papers.
Interesting discussion topics will be collected for the afternoon session.
In the afternoon we will use the “Open Space” format in order to discuss
topics of interest that might be related but not restricted to the papers
presented in the morning. The results of the discussion groups will be
presented in the last half hour of the workshop.

The papers and a summary of the discussions will be compiled into a
technical report that will be posted on the workshop’s website. If we
receive a significant amount of submissions of high quality, we will
consider submitting them to a special issue of some journal.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: August 15, 2008
Notification: September 1, 2008
Camera ready: October 3, 2008 
Workshop: October 22, 2008

We invite submissions of 2 to 6 pages long in ACM or IEEE format. The papers
will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee and the
organization committee. The authors will be notified about acceptance before
the early registration deadline.

We are looking for contributions in the following topics:
* Domain Engineering and/or Application Engineering
* Modularization techniques applied to mapping and traceability of
requirements to architecture, design and implementation of product line
* Approaches for independent feature development and feature composition
* Application of generative techniques to product line engineering
* Product line testing and evolution 
* Core asset and variability management 
* Product line adoption
* Alliance between modularization techniques, DSLs and MDD in product line
* Case studies using modularization and generative approaches in software
product lines


Neil Loughran
Research Associate in AOSD
Lancaster University

Roberto Lopez-Herrejon
Career Development Fellow
Computing Laboratory and Kellogg College 
University of Oxford
Iris Groher
PhD Student, 
Siemens AG, Munich, Germany 

Christa Schwanninger
Senior Research Scientist 
Siemens AG, Munich, Germany 

Sven Apel
Assistant Professor (akad. Oberrat)
Department of Informatics and Mathematics
University of Passau, Germany

Program Committee (Full list to be confirmed)
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Vander Alves, Lancaster University
Markus Völter, Independent Consultant
Don Batory, University of Texas at Austin
Andreas Rummler, SAP Research, Dresden

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