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Call for Papers: Onward! 2009

For your information, the call for papers for Onward! 2009. I’m on the program committee (and was last year’s chair).


The conference for new ideas, new paradigms,

and reflections on everything to do with programming and software.

Co-located with OOPSLA 2009

Orlando, Florida October 25-29 2009


Sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN in cooperation with SIGSOFT

Onward! is a place for highly original ideas about how technological advances and new applications are going to shape computational fabrics of the future. Onward! is more radical, more visionary, and more open than other conferences to not so well proven but well argued ideas. We welcome different ways of thinking about, approaching, and reporting on programming languages and software engineering research. Onward! takes a broad and inclusive view of computation and seeks contributions from all fields represented at OOPSLA and other software conferences. Onward! particularly encourages contributions influenced by other disciplines such as art, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, economics, communities, politics, ethics, or any other human endeavor. Anything to do with programming and software can be submitted. Anything!

Onward! is innovative not only with regard to its topics and ideas but also to the contribution formats. This year, we seek high quality submissions in one of the following categories:

Research Papers

While regular research papers tell what work has been done and validated in recent years, Onward! papers show what exciting work is being done right now. Onward! accepts papers that talk about innovative research work that is early in its life or is not in the mainstream. We request submissions of position papers that propose bold directions of research and advocate nontraditional methodologies. An Onward! paper does not need to contain a fully worked out theory or implemented system, but must be well-thought-out and compelling in its vision or uniqueness of thinking. Papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the OOPSLA 2009 Proceedings, and will appear in the ACM Digital Library.


An Onward! essay is a thoughtful reflection upon software-related technology. Its goal is to help the reader share a new insight, engage with an argument, or wrestle with a dilemma. A successful essay is a clear and compelling piece of writing that explores a topic important to the software community. An essay can be an exploration of its topic, its impact, or the circumstances of its creation; it can present a personal view of what is, explore a terrain, or lead the reader in an act of discovery; it can be a philosophical digression or a deep analysis. It can describe a personal journey, perhaps that by which the author reached an understanding of such a topic. Essays will be peer-reviewed. Accepted essays will be published in the OOPSLA 2009 Proceedings, and will appear in the ACM Digital Library.


Years ago, sophisticated software systems had to be constructed by highly trained programmers who understood the ins and outs of software development. Today, with the advent of new mashup technologies and service architectures, these barriers have been lowered. The goal of this track is to explore new developments in how film and other narrative multimedia technologies can be used to enrich the software development process. Descriptions of accepted films will be published in the OOPSLA 2009 Companion, and will appear in the ACM Digital Library.


Onward! workshops provide a creative and collaborative environment for attendees to discuss and investigate challenging problems related to software and its creation and nurturing. Workshops provide a great opportunity for software people and researchers to establish as well as foster communities. Descriptions of accepted workshops will be published in the OOPSLA 2009 Companion, and will appear in the ACM Digital Library.

How To Submit

Electronic submission is required through the Onward! homepage. Text submissions must follow the standard ACM SIGPLAN format. Papers should not exceed 8 pages, essays 20 pages. Submissions must not have been previously published, and must not be concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere (including journals and formal proceedings of conferences and workshops). Violation of this policy will result in desk-rejection of the submission.

Critical Dates

March 19, 2009 Submission of workshop proposals
April 20, 2009 Submission of essays and research papers
May 20, 2009 Notification of acceptance or rejection for workshop proposals
July 2, 2009 Submission of films
June 3, 2009 Notfication of acceptance or rejection for papers and essays
August 15, 2009 Notfication of acceptance or rejection for films

Chairs and Committees

General Chair

Bernd Bruegge, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany

Program Committee

Yvonne Coady, University of Victoria, Canada (chair)

Roger Dannenberg, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Dilma Da Silva, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA

Maja Dhondt, IMEC, Belgium

Bjorn Freeman-Benson, Eclipse Foundation, USA

Harald Gall, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Bruce Horn, Powerset, USA

Gail Kaiser, Columbia University, USA

Caitlin Kelleher, Washington University St. Louis, USA

Michele Lanza, University of Lugano, Switzerland

Rick McGeer, HP Labs, USA

Linda Northrop, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Nuno Jardim Nunes, University of Madeira, Portugal

Dirk Riehle, SAP Research, Germany

Christa Schwanninger, Siemens, Germany

Essay Committee

Siobhán Clarke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Conal Elliott, Independent, USA

Richard P. Gabriel, IBM Research, USA (assistant chair)

Ralph Johnson, University of Illinois, USA

Simon Peyton-Jones, Microsoft Research, Great-Britain (chair)

Daniel Steinberg, Dim Sum Thinking, USA

Film Committee

Martin Purvis, University of Otago, New Zealand (chair)

Roberto Bisiani, University of Milano – Bicocca, Italy

Oliver Creighton, Siemens, Germany

Ralph Guggenheim, Allegator Planet, USA

Andrew Long, University of Otago, New Zealand

Workshop Committee

Bruce Horn, Powerset, USA (chair)

Steering Committee

Elisa Baniassad, Chinese University of Hongkong (chair)

Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Canada

Geoff Cohen, Coherence Engine, USA

Richard P. Gabriel, IBM Research, USA

Cristina Videira Lopes, University of California, USA

James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Dirk Riehle, SAP Research, Germany


Joao Araujo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Walid Maalej, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany


Torsten Layda, Six Group, Switzerland

A detailed version of this call for each submission category is available on http://onward-conference.org/calls/

An Onward! ad is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcIjUSpwspk


  1. Dirk Riehle Avatar

    Tuhin, please use papers@onward-conference.org to reach out to Yvonne. All the information is provided in the call for papers. And I’m sure you can use Internet search to find her home page. –Dirk

  2. Tuhin Sharma Avatar
    Tuhin Sharma

    I have been trying to contact Mr Coady but with no luck could you please tell me how I can contact him. I mean his Blog or Email ID etc.
    Thank You
    Tuhin Sharma

  3. Tuhin Sharma Avatar
    Tuhin Sharma

    Thank You

  4. Dirk Riehle Avatar

    Dear Tuhin: The number of submissions and who can submit and whether as a team or alone is completely open. I recommend you get in touch with the program chair, Yvonne Coady, for more detailed concerns you may have. Good luck! Dirk

  5. Tuhin Sharma Avatar
    Tuhin Sharma

    I would like to ask one more thing related to research papers/essays. How many students can submit 1 paper/essay as a team
    Thank You Again
    N Apologies for bothering you

  6. Tuhin Sharma Avatar
    Tuhin Sharma

    Thank You very much Sir

  7. Dirk Riehle Avatar

    Hello Tuhin Sharma: Onward! is open for everyone. Please see the website for the submission process.

  8. Tuhin Sharma Avatar
    Tuhin Sharma

    Hello Sir/Ma’am
    I just wanted to know that whether I a Law student from Gujarat National Law University India am eligible to participate and present a paper.
    Rply ASAP on the above mentioned Mail ID
    Thank You

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