CFP: OOPSLA'93 workshop on debugging, profiling, and understanding OO systems 
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 CFP: OOPSLA'93 workshop on debugging, profiling, and understanding OO systems

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR UNDERSTANDING, PROFILING, AND DEBUGGING OO SYSTEMS

A one-day workshop to be held at OOPSLA '93
Sep 26 - Oct 1 1993
Washington, D.C.
U.S.A.

PURPOSE AND GOALS FOR THE WORKSHOP

As object-oriented systems become larger and more complex, it is
becoming increasingly important to leverage audio and visual techniques
in tools for program understanding, debugging, and tuning.  When
profiling a given OO system, visual techniques become valuable, even
indispensable, when determining clusters of instances or classes that
appear to consume most processing power. The majority of the
relationships between object instances are naturally expressed in a
visual fashion.  Therefore, it seems logical to use visual techniques
for monitoring and debugging OO systems. Another potentially
appropriate technique is sound. Sound might have a wider information
bandwidth than text, at the very least it has an attention getting
power that is quite useful.  Other techniques might very well included
virtual reality or sensory inputs other than visual or audio.

This workshop will bring together people that have developed advanced
techniques other than textual to enhance the understanding of an OO
system, or to improve its execution or correctness.  The different
techniques will be presented to the other attendees and their
individual applicability, strengths, and limitations will be
discussed.

We are convinced that this topic is exciting. It is an interesting AND
necessary area to explore.  Displaying networks of object instances,
maybe customized representations of objects that are normally difficult
to trace as they are manipulated during the execution of the system?
These are all definitely important issues. Discussions should be
started to gain ideas about how to obtain generally applicable tools to
be added to existing object browsers and de{*filter*}s to equip them with
more powerful visualization techniques.

PARTICIPANTS

The proposed attendees are researchers that have developed advanced
techniques for investigating running OO applications. People who have
been actively involved in the implementation of such techniques and
have experience with applying the techniques in "real-live"
applications are especially welcome.

WORKSHOP FORMAT AND LENGTH

The position papers for the workshop will be sent by email to the
attendees prior to the workshop so everyone will have the possibility
of preparing themselves in advance for the workshop. During the
workshop, a limited number of presentations will be given by attendees
that have been invited to do so by the organizers. Of course, visual
presentation techniques such as video could be used. The presentations
will serve as a catalyst for discussion. The workshop will have a
limited number of presentations to ensure that subjects can be
discussed in depth and that discussions do not get dispersed over too
many aspects.

POSITION PAPERS

All participants must submit short (2 page) position papers to the
workshop organizers.  The paper should briefly describe your specific
techniques and how they enhance the understanding of OO systems or
contribute in profiling or debugging them.  Papers must be submitted by
August 20, 1993.  Participants will be selected and notified by Sept.
15, 1993.  Position papers MUST be submitted by email, in ASCII.  It is
highly recommended that position papers be accompanied by relevant
technical papers. The distribution of these papers at the workshop is
left to the attendants.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

    Chris Laffra and Ashok Malhotra
    IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

    Vicki de Mey
    University of Geneva, Switzerland.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

    Ashok Malhotra
    IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, P.O.Box 704,
    Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, USA.
    Tel: (914) 784 7644, Fax: (914) 784 7455



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