Thursday, January 15, 2004

Invent the Future of Computing

Onward! Seeking New Thinking and New Paradigms is a sort of min-conference within the larger OOPSLA conference. While OOPSLA is focused on object-oriented programming, Onward! is broader, seeking new ideas for computer science and programming from any corner. It's a good track, and, I humbly think, an important thing to step back and look for bold ideas. Please consider submitting your ground-breaking work. Here's the complete Call for Participation, found also at

Onward! Call for Participation

OOPSLA 2004 welcomes papers describing new paradigms or metaphors in computing, new thinking about objects, new framings of computational problems or systems, and new technologies. Papers in the Onward! Track need not advance the state of the art, but should aim, instead, to alter or redefine the art by proposing a leap forwardóor sidewaysóregarding computing. Papers in the following areas are welcome, as are any papers representing radical thinking of interest to theoreticians and practitioners at OOPSLA:

* programming language theory, practice, and design
* architectures
* software development and methodologies
* applications
* environments
* education
* ethics
* biological or other non-traditional models of computing
* paradigms, metaphors, philosophy, and problem framings

An Onward! Track paper need not contain a fully worked out theory or implemented system, but must be well thought out, well-written, and compelling in its vision or uniqueness of thinking. Papers submitted to the Onward! Track will be reviewed by a separate program committee, and in some cases papers submitted to the regular program may be directed to the Onward! Track, if appropriate. Accepted papers will be presented in parallel with the OOPSLA regular technical program and published in an ACM publication. Onward! will have a Keynote speaker during a session open to the general public.

Important Dates

Firm deadline for receipt of submissions: March 19, 2004
Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 14, 2004
Deadline for camera-ready copy: July 19, 2004

For More Information

For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions, please contact the Onward! Chairman, Geoff A. Cohen, at

Program Committee

Geoff A. Cohen, Coherence Engine, USA, chair
William Cook, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Richard P. Gabriel, Sun Microsystems, USA
Cristina Lopes, University of California, Irvine, USA
Martin Rinard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA