Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam, Germany, March 25–30, 2012

Modularity Visions

Call for Papers

Modularity properties are key determinants of quality in information systems, software, and system production processes. Modularity influences system diversity, dependability, performance, evolution, the structure and the dynamics of the organizations that produce systems, human understanding and management of systems, and ultimately system value.

Yet the nature of and possibilities for modularity, limits to modularity, the mechanisms needed to achieve it in given forms, and its costs and benefits remain poorly understood. Significant advances in modularity thus are possible and promise to yield breakthroughs in our ability to conceive, design, develop, validate, integrate, deploy, operate and evolve modern information systems and their underlying software artifacts.

The Modularity Visions track of AOSD 2012 (MV) seeks papers presenting compelling insights into modularity in information systems, including its nature, forms, mechanisms, consequences, limits, costs and benefits. Rather than ex post results, MV seeks promising ex ante proposals for future work. The scope of MV is broad: open to submissions from all areas of computer science, as well as from other fields.

Reviewing Process

Reviewing will be based on norms applied to peer-reviewed proposals to programs that demand breakthrough potential. Papers must be well written, present new perspectives on, or approaches to, important problems, formulate clear hypotheses justified by analysis or results from preliminary work, evaluate potential significance and risks, articulate how progress can be evaluated, and discuss related and required future work.

MV will use a two-phase review process. Each paper will first be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee (PC). Any paper receiving at least one positive review will be reviewed by at least one more PC member. The PC will then recommend acceptance, rejection, or an invitation to revise and resubmit. Authors of revised papers should explain how they responded to earlier reviews. MV may include invited papers.

Important Dates

All deadlines are at 23:59:59 Apia, Samoa time.

  • Paper submission: September 23, 2011
  • Notification: October 28, 2011
  • Invited revisions: November 25, 2011
  • Notification for revised submissions: December 16, 2011
  • Camera-ready copy to publisher: January 9 18, 2012

Instructions for Authors

CyberChair submission available here.

Work submitted to the AOSD Modularity Visions track must not be under review for publication in any other venue and must not already have been published. Submission will be carried out electronically via CyberChair. The AOSD 2012 Research Results and MV tracks use separate CyberChair URLs. Papers must be submitted as PDF files not to exceed 12 pages (including bibliography, appendices and figures) using the SIGPLAN Proceedings Format and a 10 point font. By default the SIGPLAN Proceedings Format uses a 9 point font. If you are formatting your paper using LaTeX, you will need to set the 10pt option in the \documentclass command. If you are formatting your paper using Word, you may use the provided Word template, which uses a 10pt font. Include page numbers in submissions. Setting the preprint option in the \documentclass command generates page numbers. Ensure that your submission is legible printed when in black and white. Different colors must map to distinct gray values and all writing must be readable.

Submission deadlines, length limits, and formatting instructions are firm. Submissions that deviate materially will be rejected without review by the program chair. Submitted papers must adhere to SIGPLAN's republication policy.


Accepted papers will be published by the ACM in the AOSD 2012 Proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. Authors of accepted papers are expected to revise papers in light of reviewers' comments, agree to provide camera-ready versions by camera-ready deadlines, and agree to sign the standard ACM copyright form.

Program Chair

Program Committee

  • Carliss Baldwin, Harvard Business School, USA
  • Richard Gabriel, IBM Research, USA
  • William Griswold, University of California San Diego, USA
  • Fabio Kon, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Kumiyo Nakakoji, Software Research Associates Inc., Japan
  • Kevin Sullivan, University of Virginia, USA (Chair)
  • Laurence Tratt, Middlesex University, UK