Call for Workshop Proposals

Workshops are a good venue for students to get initial feedback on their first research endeavors, and for more experienced researchers to brainstorm with their peers about emerging topics in their field. Workshops are incubators for research. In contrast to conference technical tracks, where presentations dominate Q&A and interaction, workshops have the potential to foster spontaneous in-depth discussions of emerging research topics in a focused community. 
We hereby solicit proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the main Modularity'15 conference. We encourage proposals on conference-related topics that are novel or of emerging importance. We stress the importance of active and creative workshops that promise to form a collaborative environment of interest to both practitioners and researchers. Workshops can be full or half day, and devoted to a specific topic of interest in the modularity domain or in its neighborhood. Workshops should have a focused topic, provide opportunity for lively discussion, and attract enthusiastic participants.
Workshop proposals will be judged on originality, relevance to Modularity'15, expected level of interest in the topic, and the organizers ability to lead a successful workshop.
Important Dates
    Proposal submission: October 15, 2014
    Notification: October 20, 2014
    Workshop websites up: November 1, 2014
Important Dates for All Workshop Papers
    Workshop Paper submission deadline: January 12, 2015
    Workshop Paper notification date: February 2, 2015
    Workshop Paper camera-ready deadline: February 15, 2015
Submission Guidelines
A workshop proposal must be authored by at least two organizers, preferably from different institutions, and should contain the following three sections:
    About the Organizers
  • Name: Organizers' full names.
  • Contact information: Affiliation, job title, postal address, email address, URL, phone number, and fax number.
  • Brief biography: 100-200 words, focusing on the organizers' expertise in the field and experience as workshop organizers.
  • Primary contact: Identify one organizer as the primary contact.
    About the Workshop
  • Title: Workshop title and acronym.
  •  Abstract: 150-200 words describing the workshop, suitable for the conference Web site and advance program.
  •  Topics and motivation:
            What are the topics, themes, and areas of interest of the workshop?
            How is the workshop relevant to Modularity'15?
            How does the workshop connect Modularity'15 to other research communities, if at all?
  • Goals and expected results:
            Explicitly state the goals of the workshop and how you intend to reach them.
            What are the expected results of the workshop?
            How will these results be disseminated?
  • Format:
            What is the planned workshop format and length?
            What will be done to stimulate collaborative interaction?
            What are the planned pre- and post-workshop activities?
  • Participants:
            What is the expected number of participants?
            Explain why this workshop will attract a sufficient number of attendees.
            Specify the participant selection process.
  • Previous workshops:
            Have there been previous workshops on the same topic?
            When, where, and how many participants?
  • Required equipment: Overhead projector, PC projector, whiteboard, flip charts, microphone, etc.
The conference organizers are negotiating with ACM to enable the inclusion of the workshop papers in both the electronic conference proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. The inclusion of a workshop's proceedings in the digital library is optional and is at the discretion of each workshop's organizers. However, for consistency we suggest each workshop request papers to be submitted in ACM formatting (sigplanconf style, 9pt font size) and use the following dates for submissions to meet ACM's publication deadlines:
    Workshop Paper submission deadline: January 12, 2015
    Workshop Paper notification date: February 2, 2015
    Workshop Paper camera-ready deadline: February 15, 2015
Note that the above requirements are for the actual workshop papers that are to be published by ACM not the workshop proposals, and such dates are still temporary. Workshop proposals should mention these paper formatting requirements in the sample Call for Papers, and have compatible deadlines.
Submission requirements
Proposals must be submitted in ASCII text or PDF format.
To obtain a balanced and cohesive workshop program, the Conference Committee will collaborate closely with workshop organizers and reserves the right to circulate proposals to other submitters in view of possible workshop mergers. The organizers of an accepted workshop will be required to create and maintain a Web site in a timely manner to serve as a workshop information center and to provide a repository for documenting pre- and post-workshop activities. Recommended paper submission deadline and notification deadlines will be notified here when available.
How to submit
Workshop proposals must be sent via email to the Workshops Chair at, and must be received no later than Oct 15, 2014. Notifications to submitters will be made no later than Oct 20, 2014. By Nov 1, 2014, workshop initial web sites should be set up and notified to the Workshops Chair, and calls for papers should have been disseminated.
For additional information feel free to contact the Workshops Chair:
Walter Cazzola, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy