FOAL: Foundations of Aspect-Oriented Languages

A one day workshop affiliated with AOSD 2009 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, on 2 March 2009.

Themes and Goals

FOAL is a forum for research in foundations of aspect-oriented programming languages. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

The workshop aims to foster work in foundations, including formal studies, promote the exchange of ideas, and encourage workers in the semantics and formal methods communities to do research in the area of aspect-oriented programming languages. All theoretical and foundational studies of this topic are welcome.

The goals of FOAL are to:

Workshop Format

The planned workshop format is primarily presentation of papers and group discussion. Talks will come in three categories: long (30 minutes plus 15 minutes of discussion), regular (20 minutes plus 5 minutes of discussion) and short (7 minutes plus 3 minutes of discussion). The short talks will allow for presentations of topics for which results are not yet available, perhaps for researchers who are seeking feedback on ideas or seek collaborations.

We also plan to ensure sufficient time for discussion of each presentation by limiting the overall number of talks.


Invitation to the workshop will be based on papers selected by the program committee; those wishing to attend but not having a paper to submit should contact the organizers directly to see if there is sufficient space in the workshop.

FOAL solicits long, regular, and short papers on all areas of formal foundations of AOP languages. Submissions will be read by the program committee and designated reviewers. Papers will be selected for long, regular, and short presentation at the workshop based on their length, scientific merit, innovation, readability, and relevance. Papers previously published or already being reviewed by another conference are not eligible. Some papers may not be selected for presentation, and some may be selected for presentation in shorter talks than their paper length would otherwise command. We will limit the length of paper presentations and the number of papers presented to make sure that there is enough time for discussion.

Abstracts of papers or, at the author's discretion, short versions of up to five pages will be included in the ACM Digital Library; full papers will be made available at the FOAL website. (Copyright on abstracts or short versions published in the ACM DL will be held by the ACM, while copyright on other material will be retained by authors.) However, as FOAL is a workshop, publication of extended versions of the papers in other venues will remain possible. We will also investigate having a special issue of a journal for revisions of selected papers after the workshop.

Authors should note the following details:

We will notify the corresponding author of papers that are selected for presentation at the workshop by 15 January 2009. Early registration for AOSD (you must register for AOSD to attend the workshop) will end on 15 February 2009 (tentative). Final versions of papers will be due on 15 February 2009 (tentative).

For more information, visit the FOAL Workshop home page (at

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline 11:59AM GMT, 24 December 2008
Notification of Acceptance 15 January 2009
Abstract or 5 page version due 24 January 2009
Final Versions of Papers Due 15 February 2009 (tentative)
Workshop 2 March 2009

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