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Call for Papers

The fundamental turn of software into concurrency and distribution is not only a matter of performance, but also of design and abstraction. It calls for programming paradigms that, compared to current mainstream paradigms, would allow us to more naturally think about, design, develop, execute, debug, and profile systems exhibiting different degrees of concurrency, autonomy, decentralization of control, and physical distribution.

The AGERE! workshop is dedicated to focusing on and developing the research on programming systems, languages and applications based on actors, agents and any related programming paradigm promoting a decentralized mindset in solving problems and in developing systems to implement such solutions. The workshop is designed to cover both the theory and the practice of design and programming, bringing together researchers working on the models, languages and technologies, and practitioners developing real-world systems and applications.

The first edition of AGERE! was organized in SPLASH 2011, drawing significant interest and attendance (see program at http://agere2011.apice.unibo.it) . The workshop is now scheduled to take place also at SPLASH 2012.

Main topics

The topics of interest for the workshop include:

  • Programming languages and frameworks: theory and practice about languages and frameworks based on agents, actors, and decentralized control.
  • Foundations: ideas, concepts, formalization of the computation and programming models for agents, actors and decentralized control.
  • Design: design principles underlying the paradigms and bridging the gap between design to programming.
  • Validation and verification: theory and tools about testing, debugging, profiling, verifying and validating software systems based on such paradigms.
  • Applications: design and development of real-world applications based on such paradigms.
  • Teaching: experiences and reflections about using these paradigms in teaching (concurrent and distributed) programming.

Contributions & deadlines

AGERE! welcomes four kinds of contributions:

  • Full-papers: length up to 12 pages.
  • Short-papers & position papers: up to 4 pages.
  • Reviews & surveys: up to 12 pages.
  • Demo: up to 4 pages.
Deadline (strict):
* Abstracts: August 5, 2012
* Papers: August 12, 2012
* Notification: September 7, 2012
* Workshop: October 21-22, 2012

Papers can be submitted here: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ageresplash2012 in PDF format. Submissions should use the ACM format, following the guidelines in http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author

Publication channels

Accepted papers (full, short, position, demo) will be included in the ACM DL proceedings after the conference and (to be confirmed) in the SPLASH Companion DVD.

Besides, a selected set of papers will be invited to be extended and included in a special issue which is being organized for the end of the year on the journal Science of Computer Programming. The special issue will be about actor-oriented and agent-oriented programming, and - more generally - on programming systems, languages, and applications based on actors, agents, and decentralized control abstractions.