September 8-12, 2002
Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, USA
Software developers and researchers have
long observed that certain themes recur and endure across
different applications and different domains. The emerging
interest in software patterns and pattern languages represents
an effort to document and communicate these themes and to
provide handbooks of proven solutions to common problems.
PLoP brings together practitioners and
researchers whose interests span a broad range of topics,
who share an interest in exploring the power of the pattern
form. PLoP invites you to add your expertise to the growing
body of patterns. At PLoP, we focus on improving the written
expression of patterns through writers's workshops. You
will have opportunities to refine and extend your patterns
with the assistance of knowledgeable and sympathetic patterns
enthusiasts and to work with others to develop pattern languages.
All aspects of programs and their production
are suitable topics of pattern languages. Patterns might
be so specific as to name particular objects, interface
elements, or implementation structures in a solution. They
might be so general as to document high-level architectures.
They might describe configurations of hardware, software,
or even people in the process of writing programs. Patterns
may or may not be specific to a particular domain or programming
language. The patterns community is particularly interested
in pattern languages that document software and software
The conference solicits papers written
in pattern form and will consider papers that discuss aspects
of the form or experiences using patterns. In addition,
papers that refactor existing patterns into pattern languages
are desired. The actual subject of patterns and pattern
languages need not be original. Rather, preference will
be shown to authors who are best able to exploit the patterns
to document patterns of software. Authors will be able to
revise their original patterns based on insights obtained
at the conference's writers' workshops.
Submission will be handled electronically.
See the conference's submission
requirements for more details.
Special Considerations for Papers accepted to PLoP 2001
Due to the tragic events of Sept. 11,
2001 there are a few papers that were accepted for workshopping
at the PLoP 2001 conference, but whose authors could not
attend the conference because of the difficulties in air
travel associated with that week. Any papers that were accepted
but not presented at last year's conference (as verified
from a list of accepted papers to be provided by last year's
program chair) will be considered as being pre-accepted
for workshopping at this year's conference. We will also
make special arrangements for shepherding of these papers;
if you are an author from this preaccepted list and you
would like to have your paper re-shepherded to further improve
it, then you have that option. We will make those papers
available for selection for shepherding by the shepherds
after all of the papers newly submitted to this conference
are selected. Furthermore, even if you do choose to have
your paper re-shepherded, the paper cannot "lose"
its accepted status; this is simply our way to allow you
to update the paper and receive comments for further improvement
prior to workshopping it at the conference.
One of the concerns expressed about
the writer's circle format of previous PLoP conferences
is that while they are effective in providing comments on
improving the form and style of the patterns papers workshopped,
they are less effective at providing valid and helpful feedback
on the content of the papers. To begin to address this concern,
this year we are fostering cooperation among domain experts
by allowing for the submission of "Focus topics"
in special areas where we will seek for paper submissions.
In the past, we have seen groups of papers
submitted in areas of particular interest to the patterns
community, for instance, Analysis patterns, telecommunications
patterns and J2EE patterns. We have also found that the
strongest pattern languages that have emerged are those
that are formed from the combined experience of several
experts in a field. If you have a particular area of interest
that you are interested in writing patterns for, and would
like to collaborate with others in that area, then please
submit a suggestion for a "Focus Topic" to the
program chair prior to the Focus Topic deadline.
If your Focus Topic
is accepted, then you will also be responsible for promoting
that topic in whatever forum you choose. We will provide
a mechanism by which other experts interested in that topic
can find and contact each other and begin to collaborate
on papers prior to the conference submission deadline. After
the paper submission deadline, we will also provide a list
of the authors who have submitted papers on the focus topics
to each other, and encourage them to contact each other
to continue interacting and collaborating
prior to the conference.
Furthermore, we will keep those
authors that have submitted papers on a particular Focus
Topic together in a writer's circle during the conference,
and provide additional time for Focus Topic authors to begin
collaborating outside of the writer's circle workshops.
We will also encourage the members of the Focus topic groups
to read and comment on the papers for the topic prior to
the conference, thus making it possible to more substantively
improve the papers during the conference.
Refactoring Workshop Proposals
Linda Rising's book, The Pattern Almanac
2000, was one of the first major attempts at organizing
and describing published patterns. Other groups have been
interested in structuring pattern languages from existing
patterns, such as those in the organizational, telecom and
elementary pattern communities. It is the goal of the refactoring
workshops to provide intensive, collaborative environments
where those interested in forming or extending pattern languages
can meet. This call for participation is for workshop organizers.
A later call will occur for workshop attendees.
See the conference's submission
requirements for more details.
||September 8-12, 2002
|Focus Topics Proposals Due
||Friday Feb 18, 2002
|Paper Submissions and Refactoring
Workshop Proposals Due
||Friday May 10, 2002
||May 20, 2002
|Shepherd Recommendations due
||July 1, 2002
|Notification of Acceptance
||July 8, 2002
|Final Conference Copy Due
||July 22, 2002
||To be announced
||September 8, 2002
The conference will be held at Allerton
House, a mansion on a large, mostly wooded estate that is
owned by the University of Illinois. Accommodations are
available on site, in the nearby village of Monticello,
or in Champaign-Urbana. Airport limousine service is available
to and from the conference site.
In addition to writers' workshops,
the conference will also offer discussions of patterns in
other forums. Extra sessions during the day will focus on
practical issues of interest to the patterns community.
One evening plenary session will focus on a large-scale
topic of interest to the community. Open time in the afternoons
and evenings will offer attendees the opportunity to organize
informal birds-of-a-feather sessions. Every effort will
be made to provide an informal and creative atmosphere for
the entire conference. The organizers are open to out-of-the-ordinary
proposals as long as they, like patterns, celebrate the
elusive quality called good design.
Everyone who plans to attend PLoP'2002
should register in advance. This includes authors, non-authors,
students, staff, and conference organizers. Space is limited,
so please register early.
Registration will also be handled electronically.
See the conference web page for
For More Information
If you have any questions, please check
the PLoP home
page. If you still can't find the answer, please feel
free to contact the conference organizers:
Last modified: December 21, 2001