Paper Due September 21,
Abstract Due September 21,
Notification November 15,
Camera Ready December 6,
Registration December 13,
University Nova de Lisboa
Mario Luca Bernardi
University of Sannio
University of Twente
University of Milano
ICAR-CNR and University of Calabria
Israel Institute of Technology
University of Catania Italy
University Nova de Lisboa
Technical University of Dresden
Tel Aviv University Israel
University of Tokyo
EPITA R&D Lab France
Valter Vieira de Camargo
Federal University of São
National University of Singapore
Complex systems are intrinsically expensive to develop because several
concerns must be addressed simultaneously. Once the development phase is
over, these systems are often hard to reuse and evolve because their
concerns are intertwined and making apparently small changes force
programmers to modify many parts. Moreover, legacy systems are difficult
to evolve due to additional problems, including: lack of a well defined
architecture, use of several programming languages and paradigms, etc.
Modularity issues tackled by Separation of Concerns (SoC)
techniques such as computational
reflection, aspect-oriented programming (AOP),
subject-oriented programming (SOP) and
context-oriented programming (COP) have been successfully employed to
produce systems whose concerns are well separated, thereby
facilitating reuse and evolution of system components or systems as a
The Programming for Separation of
Concerns (PSC) track at the 2014 Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC)
aims to explore challenges that developers currently face when using SoC
techniques during development and evolution.
This year we aim at finding whether solutions based on SoC techniques can be appropriate for dealing with distributed and parallel systems, such as cloud computing and GPGPUs. Moreover, we aim at finding out how to change legacy systems in order to improve their modularity, hence the techniques helping rejuvenation. In this sense, we encourage submissions related with strategies that aim at tackling the discovery of faults related with distribution, parallelisation and ageing.
The track will address questions like: How such techniques cope with
architectural erosion? Are these techniques helpful to deal with
evolution of legacy systems?
Is there a need to extend current technologies supporting SoC?
Authors are invited to submit original
papers. Submissions are encouraged, but not limited, to the
- Software architectures
- Configuration management systems
- Software reuse and evolution of legacy systems
- Performance issues for metalevel and aspect-oriented systems (AOSD)
- Testing of aspect-based systems
- Mining of faults on aspect-based systems
- Consistency, integrity and security
- Generative approaches
- Analysis and evaluation of software systems
- Experiences in using reflection, composition filters, aspect-
subject- and feature- orientation, and change-oriented-software-engineering
- Reflective and aspect-oriented middleware for distributed
- Language support for aspect-oriented and SoC systems
- Modelling of SoC techniques to allow predictable outcomes from their use
- Formal methods for metalevel and SoC systems
Original papers from the above mentioned or other related areas will be
considered. Only full papers about original and unpublished
research are sought. Parallel submission to other conferences or
tracks is not acceptable.
Papers can be submitted in electronic format via the
within 21 September 2013.
Please make sure that the authors name and affiliation do not
appear on the submitted paper.
Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will blindly review
submissions to the track.
At least one author of the accepted paper should register and
participate in the PSC track. Accepted papers will be published in
the annual conference ACM proceedings.
The camera-ready version of the accepted paper should be prepared
using the ACM format (guidelines will be given on the SAC website).
The maximum number of pages allowed for the final papers is six (6),
with the option, at additional cost, to add two (2) more pages.
A set of papers submitted to the PSC track and not accepted as full
papers will be selected as poster papers and published in the ACM
proceedings as 2-page papers, with the option, at additional cost, to
add one (1) more page.
Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper.
This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.
Student Research Competition
Graduate students are invited to submit
their work as abstract research paper within within 21 September
2013 (minimum two pages, maximum four pages). The work has to be
authored by one student only. The abstract should reflect on the
originality and innovation of the approach, and applicability of
preliminary results to real-world problems. All abstracts must be
submitted via SAC
Authors of selected abstracts are eligible to apply to
the SIGAPP Student Travel Award program for support.
Please contact the track chairs for any further information needed.