MODULARITY: aosd•13 > Calls: Modularity Visions

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 2013 (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 research programs that demand breakthrough potential. Papers must be well written, must present new perspectives on, or approaches to, important problems, must formulate clear hypotheses justified by analysis or results from preliminary work, must evaluate potential significance and risks, must articulate how progress can be evaluated, and must discuss related and required future work.

There is a single submission deadline for MV (which is the same date as RR Round 3). Papers submitted to MV will undergo a two-phase review process. Each paper will first be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee (PC). The PC will then recommend acceptance, rejection, or an invitation to revise and resubmit. Invited revisions will then be reviewed by at least one more member of the PC. Authors of revised papers should explain how they responded to earlier reviews. MV may include invited papers.

A paper accepted to the MV track will be published in the proceedings and presented at the conference.

Important Dates — Modularity Visions

(all deadlines are in 2012, 23:59:59 Pago Pago/American Samoa time)

  • Submission: October 8th (same deadline as RR-3)
  • Notification: December 10th

Instructions for Authors

Submissions to AOSD Modularity Visions will be carried out electronically via CyberChair at (Note that the Modularity Visions track has a separate CyberChair URL that Research Results track.) All papers must be submitted in PDF format. Submissions must be no longer than 12 pages (including bibliography, figures, and appendices) in standard ACM SIG Proceedings format.

The submission deadline, length limitations, and formatting instructions are firm: any submissions that deviate from these may be rejected without review by the program chairs. Submitted papers must adhere to SIGPLAN's republication policy.

Each paper should contain an explanation of its contributions in both general and technical terms, clearly identifying what has been accomplished, explaining why it is significant, and placing it in the context of relevant prior work. Where appropriate, systems and experimental data should be made available on the Web. Authors should make the technical content of their papers understandable to a broad but technically sophisticated audience.


Accepted papers will be published by the ACM in the main AOSD 2013 conference proceedings and will appear in the ACM Digital Library. Authors of accepted papers are expected to revise their papers in light of reviewers' comments, and to provide camera-ready versions of the papers by the camera-ready deadline. All authors will also be required to sign the standard ACM copyright form.

Program Co-Chairs — Modularity Visions

Program Committee