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acm SAC PSC 2013
Programming for Separation of Concerns
(9th edition)

ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

Coimbra, Portugal March 18-22, 2013

Paper Due September 28, 2012
Student Research Paper Due October 31, 2012
Author Notification Nov. 10, 2012
Camera Ready Nov. 30, 2012

Yvonne Coady
University of Victoria, Canada

Corrado Santoro
University of Catania, Italy

Emiliano Tramontana
University of Catania, Italy

Programme Committee

Joao Araujo
University Nova de Lisboa Portugal

Filippo Bannò
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa Italy

Andrea Calvagna
University of Catania Italy

Walter Cazzola
University of Milano Italy

Shigeru Chiba
Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan

Alfredo Cuzzocrea
ICAR-CNR and University of Calabria Italy

Rosario Giunta
University of Catania Italy

Stefan Hanenberg
University of Duisburg-Essen Germany

Maciej Koutny
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne UK

Somayeh Malakuti
University of Twente Netherlands

Hidehiko Masuhara
University of Tokyo Japan

Fabrizio Messina
University of Catania Italy

Giuseppe Pappalardo
University of Catania Italy
Didier Verna
EPITA R&D Lab France
Valter Vieira de Camargo
Federal University of São Carlos Brazil


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.

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 whole. However, a criticism of techniques such as computational reflection or aspect-orientation is that they may bring about degraded performance compared with conventional software engineering techniques. Besides, it is difficult to precisely evaluate the degree of flexibility for reuse and evolution of systems provided by the adoption of these SoC techniques. Other serious issues come to mind, such as: is the use of these techniques double-edged? Can these systems suffer a ripple effect, whereby a small change in some part has unexpected and potentially dangerous effects on the whole?


The Programming for Separation of Concerns (PSC) track at the 2013 Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) aims to bring together researchers to share experiences in using SoC techniques, and explore the practical problems of existing tools, environments, etc. The track will address questions like: Can performance degradation be limited? Are unexpected changes dealt with by reflective or aspect-oriented systems? Is there any experience of long term evolution that shows a higher degree of flexibility of systems developed with such techniques? How such techniques cope with architectural erosion? Are these techniques helpful to deal with evolution of legacy systems?

Authors are invited to submit original papers. Submissions are encouraged, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • Software architectures
  • Configuration management systems
  • Software reuse and evolution
  • Performance issues for metalevel and aspect-oriented systems (AOSD)
  • Software engineering tools
  • Consistency, integrity and security
  • Generative approaches
  • Experiences in using reflection, composition filters, aspect- subject- and feature- orientation, and change-oriented-software-engineering
  • Evolution of legacy systems
  • Reflective and aspect-oriented middleware for distributed systems
  • Modelling of SoC techniques to allow predictable outcomes from their use
  • Formal methods for metalevel systems

Student research work

Graduate students are invited to submit their work as abstract research paper within within 31 October 2012 (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 website.

The selected papers will be included as CD proceedings and online proceedings. Authors of selected abstracts are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award program for support.

Authors of selected abstracts will have the opportunity to give poster presentations of their work and compete for three top winning places. The winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP recognition certificates during the conference banquet dinner.

Please contact the track chairs for any further information needed.

Submission Guidelines

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 SAC website within 28 September 2012. 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.

ACM SAC Programming for Separation of Concerns 2013