Third International Conference on

Generative Programming and Component Engineering (GPCE'04)

Vancouver, October 24-28, 2004
co-located with OOPSLA 2004 and ISMM 2004

Sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN, in cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and Microsoft

Workshop Chair

Important Dates

Workshop proposals schedule

  • Submission deadline for workshop proposals: March 19, 2004
  • Notification of workshop acceptance: April 5, 2004
  • Workshop program posted on the website: August 31, 2004

This call for participation is for workshop organizers; a later call will occur for workshop attendees.

Workshop attendee schedule (all workshops):

  • Calls for Workshop Paper Submissions issued: April 15, 2004
  • Workshop paper submission deadline: July 1, 2004
  • Workshop papers - notification of acceptance: August 31, 2004
  • Workshop papers - final versions posted at the workshop sites: October 20, 2004

  • Workshop day: Monday, October 25, 2004

Early conference registration closes on ...


GPCE workshops provide intensive collaborative environments where generative and component technologists meet to surface, discuss, and solve challenging problems facing the field.

Workshops occur on the day before the conference. To ensure a sufficiently small group for effective interaction, workshop organizers manage attendance based on an objective criterion, typically, a short position paper submitted by potential attendees. Other criteria are permitted as long as they are clearly specified in the workshop's call for participation.

We encourage proposals for innovative, well-focused workshops on a broad spectrum of component engineering and generative programming topics. All topics related to generative programming and component engineering are potential candidates for workshops. Workshops typically fall into the following categories:

  • A workshop may address a specific sub-area of generative and component technology in depth.
  • A workshop may cover areas that cross the borders of several sub areas. Workshops that cross the borders of the formal and the applied areas is one example.
  • A workshop may focus on the applications and deployment of generative and/or component technology in areas such as telecommunications, mobile computing or real-time systems. Workshops reporting on industrial experiences are particularly welcome.

Workshop topics are by no means limited to the types mentioned above. However, in each case, the proposed area is supposed to have enough impetus to yield new results that can be considered important and worth more detailed investigation.

What should a proposal look like?

Workshop proposals should be sent in ASCII or PDF format to the workshop chair, and they should consist of four pages/parts:

  1. Cover Page
    • Name of the proposed workshop.
    • Names and addresses of the organizers.
    • Intended number of participants.
    • Requested Audio/Video equipment.
  2. Abstract
    • Why it is relevant to GPCE and a short overview of the rationale for the workshop and the major topics. In particular, statements about the review process and ways to ensure creativity during the workshop would be appreciated.
    • The abstract should preferably not exceed 200 words.
  3. Call for Participation
    • A preliminary version of the Call for Participation that the organizers must prepare if the workshop is accepted.
    • Should provide a brief overview of the proposed workshop including a description of the goals of the workshops and the work practices.
    • May repeat some of the statements made on the abstract page, but should be targeted specifically to potential workshop participants.
  4. Organizers
    • Short biography of each organizer.
    • References to similar workshops organized at previous conferences, including the number of participants.
    • If a workshop is accepted, the organizers will be requested to prepare a WWW page that will contain the latest information about the workshop. The web pages of each workshop will be linked to the GPCE workshop web site.
    • Each workshop must have at least two organizers, preferably from different organizations. Preference will be shown to workshops that have more organizers. Workshop organizers and participants have to register for the conference.


  • Workshop organizers should in particular take care to foster the creative potential that is tentatively present in a workshop.
  • Remember that a workshop is NOT a conference!
  • The success of a workshop depends greatly on the results generated on-site.
  • A number of interrelated issues should be taken into account in order to provide a good framework for such on-site creativity.

  • Time allocation
    • During the workshop, enough time should be reserved for collaborative work.
    • Such creative sessions should have a precise topic and objective and their results should be written down so that they can be reported later. Reasonable expectations
    • One should not count on people's instantaneous and proactive participation.
    • For many reasons, participants tend to prefer a consumer role much to a producer role during a workshop.
    • Thus prescreened presentations, even formally reviewed papers, should usually precede any creative sessions. Task forces
    • Large groups tend to behave like an audience, whereas groups of four to eight people are much more likely to interact.
    • When planning collaborative sessions, consider having several smaller groups rather than one large group in order to foster the generation of new ideas.

  • Presentation selection
    • Quality should obviously be the primary criterion for selecting the presentations.
    • However, in order for a workshop to be productive, consider also having presentations on some new, controversial topics to spark discussion.
  • Participant selection
    • Although the number of workshop participants does not need to be restricted to the selected presenters, the overall size of the workshop should remain small enough to foster creativity.
    • Usually this means less than 20 participants.

Submission Process

Electronic submission of proposals is required--send to Proposals must be submitted no later than March 19, 2004, BUT EARLIER IS BETTER, as it allows for a more satisfactory coordination between workshop proposals.

Proposal Review and Acceptance

The proposals received will be reviewed by the Workshop Committee to determine a high quality and appropriate mix for the conference.

For More Information

For additional information, clarification, or questions please feel free to contact the Workshop Chair.

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