The 8th International Conference on Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD.09)
March 2-6, 2009
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Held at the University of Virginia

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Research Papers

Important Dates
Abstract submission: Saturday, September 27, 2008, 23:59 (Samoan)
Submission: Sunday, October 5, 2008, 23:59 (Samoan)
Note: papers that did not submit an abstract on Sep. 27 will still be accepted
Acceptance notification: Monday, December 8, 2008
Camera-ready: Thursday, January 8, 2009, 23:59 (Samoan)

Modularity Across the Software Ecosystem: Call for Research Papers

Major organizations are now planning, building, and will soon rely upon software-intensive systems, the complexity of which will pose extraordinary technical and managerial challenges. Modularity and abstraction are essential tools for managing such complexity. However, modules based on traditional software abstractions appear to be inadequate to this task in some important ways.

The community of researchers in aspect-oriented software development is working to develop richer notions of modularity for software and software-intensive systems. Much of the work in this area has focused on programming abstractions and language mechanisms, in particular. The 8th International Conference on Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD.09) seeks to foster the continuation of work in these areas while increasing the emphasis on modularity not only of code, but across lifecycle artifacts (e.g., from requirements to tests), and not only involving artifacts, but whole software ecosystems, including the organizations and processes that define, develop, deploy, operate, protect, evolve and use these systems. AOSD.09 will bring together an international community of academic and industrial researchers and industrial practitioners from across sub-fields of computer science and engineering who are working to advance our understanding and use of modularity and abstraction across all levels in complex software-intensive systems.

AOSD.09 invites high quality papers reporting documented research results emerging from work in computer systems, software engineering, programming languages, and other areas. Research areas and topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Software engineering

  • Requirements engineering
  • Analysis and design modeling
  • Domain engineering
  • Software architectures
  • Evaluation and metrics
  • Modular Reasoning
  • Testing and verification
  • Aspect interference and composition
  • Traceability
  • Software development methods
  • Patterns

Programming languages

  • Domain-specific aspect languages
  • Semantics and type systems
  • Compilation and static program analysis
  • Execution environments & dynamic weaving

Related paradigms

  • Model-driven development
  • Generative programming
  • Software product lines
  • Meta-programming
  • Contracts and components

Tool support

  • Aspect mining
  • Evolution and reverse engineering
  • Crosscutting program views
  • Refactoring


  • Distributed/concurrent systems
  • Middleware, web services, and networking
  • Pervasive computing
  • Runtime verification
  • Performance improvement

Submission Requirements

Submissions will be carried out electronically via CyberChair. All papers must be submitted in PDF format. Submissions must be no more than 12 pages (including bibliography and any appendices) in standard ACM SIG Proceedings format (Please note: This format is different from last year). Submissions must use a 9pt size font.

The submission deadline, length limitations and formatting instructions are firm: any submissions that deviate from these will be rejected by the research program chair. Submitted papers must adhere to SIGPLAN's republication policy. Each paper should explain its contributions in both general and technical terms, clearly identifying what has been accomplished, explaining why it is significant, and comparing it with previous work. Where appropriate, systems and experimental data should be made available on the web. Authors should strive to make the technical content of their papers understandable to a broad audience.

Please submit abstracts and papers through CyberChair at:

Prospective authors are welcome to direct any queries about the research program to the Research Program Chairs (Ana Moreira and Christa Schwanninger) at research at

Accepted Paper Instructions

Authors of accepted research papers should keep in mind the hard deadline for submission of their camera-ready paper (January 8th). Specific details about preparing the final camera-ready version are available at