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acm SAC PSC 2014
Programming for Separation of Concerns
(10th edition)
Call for Papers (CFP)

ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

Gyeongju, Korea March 24-28, 2014

Paper Due September 21, 2013 [updated]
Student Research Abstract Due September 21, 2013 [updated]

Notification November 15, 2013

Camera Ready December 6, 2013

Registration December 13, 2013

Corrado Santoro
University of Catania, Italy

Emiliano Tramontana
University of Catania, Italy

Programme Committee

Joao Araujo
University Nova de Lisboa Portugal

Mario Luca Bernardi
University of Sannio Italy

Christoph Bockisch
University of Twente Nederlands

Walter Cazzola
University of Milano Italy

Alfredo Cuzzocrea
ICAR-CNR and University of Calabria Italy

Cynthia Disenfeld
Israel Institute of Technology

Rosario Giunta
University of Catania Italy

Miguel Goulão
University Nova de Lisboa Portugal

Maciej Koutny
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne UK

Somayeh Malakuti
Technical University of Dresden Germany

Shahar Maoz
Tel Aviv University Israel

Hidehiko Masuhara
University of Tokyo Japan

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

Jooyong Yi
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 whole.


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 following topics:

  • 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 systems
  • 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

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 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 website.

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.

Call for Papers --- ACM SAC Programming for Separation of Concerns 2014 --- Call for Papers