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Jim Buckley
* Call for papers and demonstrations at SPLASH 2010 Workshop on Flexible 
Modeling Tools *


SPLASH 2010 Workshop on Flexible Modeling Tools

Monday, October 18, 2010, Reno, Nevada, USA.
(In conjunction with SPLASH/OOPSLA/Onward!)

"Flexible modeling tools" hold the promise of bridging the gap between
formal modeling and free-form
authoring. This workshop will bring together researchers and
practitioners to explore ideas and showcase
early results in this emerging field.

Both formal modeling and free-form authoring offer important benefits
for software architects and
designers, as well as others. Unfortunately, contemporary tools often
force users to choose one style of
work over the other. During the exploratory phases of design, it is
more common to use white boards than
modeling tools. During the early stages of architectural analysis, it
is more common to use office tools like
PowerPoint and Excel. These tools offer ease of use, freedom from
strict representation rules, and the
ability to prepare attractive presentations for a variety of
stakeholders. However, users miss out on the
clarity, consistency, and completeness that can accrue from using
modeling tools, as well as the powerful
visualization, navigation, manipulation, and guidance that
semantics-driven tools can provide.

At this workshop, people who build tools and people who use tools for
software development will discuss
the reasons for the current state of the practice, and will focus on
tool users' needs and tool capabilities to
address those needs. Papers and live demonstrations will present work
on free-form authoring tools and
formal modeling tools, as well as hybrid tools that aim to achieve the
benefits of both.

Full call for papers: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~nlopezgi/flexitools/cfp.html


Submission deadline:  Monday August 9, 2010
Notification of acceptance: Friday September 3, 2010
Early registration:  Mid-September, 2010
Workshop:   Monday October 18, 2010


Prospective participants are invited to submit 2-4 page position
papers on any topic relevant to the
dichotomy between modeling tools and more free-form tools. In
particular, papers analyzing specific
problems with existing tools, detailing requirements for flexible
modeling tools, analyzing the usability
tradeoffs involved in flexible modeling, describing approaches for
architecting and building flexible
modeling tools, and actual examples of such tools are all appropriate.

Alternatively, prospective participants can submit a 2-4 page
description of a live demonstration they
would present of a working prototype of a flexible modeling tool. The
description should indicate which
essential capabilities of the tool would be the focus of the demonstration.

Submissions must conform to the ACM SIGPLAN Proceedings Format
(http://www.sigplan.org/authorInformation.htm) and must be submitted
through Easy Chair
(www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=flexitools2010) by the submission
deadline noted below.
Submissions will be judged based on novelty, insightfulness, quality,
relevance to the workshop, and
potential to spark discussion. Accepted submissions will be posted on
the workshop website.


The workshop will consist of a few brief presentations from a subset
of the accepted position papers and
demonstrations.  Each presentation will be accompanied by considerable
discussion. To fuel this discussion,
all participants will be asked to prepare:

a) Two problems they have experienced with existing modeling tools, or
two tasks or situations for which
modeling tools would be helpful but are not used typically used; and
b) Two features/differences in behavior or ideas for radical new tools
they would like to see.

In addition, there will be an area where all accepted papers and
demonstrations can be displayed as posters,
to be viewed by all participants throughout the day.

Finally, all participants are encouraged to bring working prototypes
of tools along with them. If there is
sufficient interest, a SPLASH BOF will be organized to provide an
opportunity to discuss and showcase
tools and some of the workshop results in greater depth.


Doug Kimelman, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Harold Ossher, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
André van der Hoek, University of California, Irvine, USA
Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria, Canada


Elisa Baniassad, The Australian National University, Australia
Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo, Canada
Rob DeLine, Microsoft Research, USA
Michael Desmond, IBM Research, USA
Miryung Kim, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Andrew Ko, University of Washington, USA
Michele Lanza, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Crista Lopes, University of California, Irvine, USA
Marian Petre, Open University, UK
Dave Thomas, Bedarra Research Labs, Canada

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