Call for Papers - Research Results track

Modularity at the semantic as well as the syntactic level is a key enabler for the expression of high quality software systems, because one of the most important techniques for complexity reduction in any context is separation of concerns. Novel concepts and abstraction mechanisms including aspect-oriented techniques are a focus point for improvements in the support for modularity. The scope of this effort covers all perspectives on software systems in all their life-cycle phases, for instance application domain analysis, programming language constructs, formal proofs of system properties, program state visualization in debuggers, performance improvements in compiler algorithms, etc. As the premier international conference on modularity, Modularity'14 continues to advance our understanding of these issues and the expressive power of known techniques.

The Modularity'14 conference invites full, scholarly papers of the highest quality on new ideas and results. Papers are expected to contribute significant new research results with rigorous and substantial validation of specific technical claims, based on scientifically sound reflections on experience, analysis, experimentation, or formal models. Compelling new ideas are especially welcome, which means that the requirements in the areas of validation and maturity are higher for papers that contribute more incremental results.

Modularity'14 is deeply committed to eliciting works of the highest caliber. To this aim, two separate paper submission deadlines and review stages are offered. A paper accepted in any round will be published in the proceedings and presented at the conference. Promising papers submitted in the first round that are not accepted may be invited to be revised and resubmitted for review by the same reviewers in the second round. Authors of such invited resubmissions are asked to also submit a letter explaining the revisions made to the paper to address the reviewers' concerns. While there is no guarantee that an invited resubmission will be accepted, this procedure (similar to major revisions requested by journals) is designed to help authors of promising work get their papers into the conference. Submission to both rounds is open for all, and authors who submit to the first round may of course choose to resubmit a revised version in the second round without such an invitation, in which case new reviewers may be appointed. Finally, the same paper cannot be simultaneously submitted to other conferences or journals. In case of doubt, please get in touch with the Program Chair.



Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Varieties of modularity. Context orientation; feature orientation; generative programming; aspect orientation; software product lines; traits; families of classes; meta-programming and reflection; components; view-based development.

Programming languages. Support for modularity related abstraction in: language design; verification, contracts, and static program analysis; compilation, interpretation, and runtime support; formal languages and calculi; execution environments and dynamic weaving; dynamic languages; domain-specific languages.

Software design and engineering. Requirements and domain engineering; architecture; synthesis; evolution; metrics and evaluation; empirical studies of existing software; economics; testing and verification; semantics; composition and interference; traceability; methodologies; patterns.

Tools. Crosscutting views; refactoring; evolution and reverse engineering; aspect mining; support for new language constructs.

Applications. Data-intensive computing; distributed and concurrent systems; middleware; service- oriented computing systems; cyber-physical systems; networking; cloud computing; pervasive computing; runtime verification; computer systems performance; system health monitoring; enforcement of non-functional properties.

Complex systems. Finally, Modularity'14 invites works that explore and establish connections across disciplinary boundaries, bridging to such areas as biology, economics, education, infrastructure such as buildings or transport systems, and more.


Important Dates

  • First round:
    • Submission: July 25, 2013 (23:59 Baker Island / UTC-12)
    • Notification: September 14, 2013
  • Second round:
    • Submission: October 13, 2013 (23:59 Baker Island / UTC-12)
    • Notification: December 13, 2013
  • Camera ready: February 17, 2014

Submission Guidelines

Please use to submit your paper.

Papers must be formatted according to the SIGPLAN Conference standard, 9pt, as described here, and they must be at most 12 pages long, including bibliography, figures, and appendices.

Please include page numbers in your submission, as this will be helpful for the reviewers and also for you when reading the reviews. If your submission is written using LaTeX, please set the preprint option in the LaTeX \documentclass command, which will enable the generation of page numbers. Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible.

Note that submissions must conform to both the ACM Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions and the SIGPLAN Republication Policy.


Program Committee Chair

Erik Ernst, Aarhus University, Denmark


Program Committee

Sven Apel, University of Passau, Germany
Christoph Bockisch, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Eric Bodden, EC SPRIDE - Fraunhofer SIT & Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Yvonne Coady, University of Victoria, Canada
Cynthia Disenfeld, Technion, Israel
Ismael Figueroa, University of Chile, Chile
Pascal Fradet, Inria France
Lidia Fuentes, University of Málaga, Spain
Alessandro Garcia, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stefan Hanenberg, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Klaus Havelund, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Andy Kellens, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
Ralf Lämmel, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Julia Lawall, Inria/LIP6, France
Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Jacques Noyé, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
Bruno C.d.S. Oliveira, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Hridesh Rajan, Iowa State University, USA
Awais Rashid, Lancaster University, UK
Guido Salvaneschi, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Ina Schaefer, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Alex Villazón, Universidad Privada Boliviana, Bolivia

External Review Committee

Mehmet Aksit, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Walter Cazzola, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo, Canada
Atsushi Igarashi, Kyoto University, Japan
Viviane Jonckers, Vrije Universtiteit Brussel, Belgium
Shmuel Katz, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Gary T. Leavens, University of Central Florida, USA
Luigi Liquori, Inria Sophia Antipolis, France
Christian Prehofer, fortiss GmbH, Munich, Germany
Yannis Smaragdakis, University of Athens, Greece
Clemens Szyperski, Microsoft Research, USA
Eric Wohlstadter, University of British Columbia, Canada


For additional information feel free to contact the Program Committee Chair:
Erik Ernst, Aarhus University, Denmark