Call for Participation - SIGAda 2002

ACM SIGAda Annual International Conference

8-12 December 2002
Houston at Clear Lake, Texas, USA
Sponsored by ACM SIGAda

Approval pending by ACM

The ACM Special Interest Group for Ada (SIGAda) will be conducting its SIGAda 2002 Conference near Houston at Clear Lake, Texas this December from 8-12 December. Houston has been an excellent technology-based city and is home to many NASA activities. Our hotel venue will be right across the street from the NASA/Johnson Space Center. We are currently working with NASA for a tour of their facillities as part of our evening activities. This is a beautiful time in Texas with extrememly pleasing weather and pleasant beaches. We look foward to seeing you!

Special Keynote Presentation:
Robert Deware
President, Ada Core Technologies

Constructing reliable software is an engineering challenge. The application of methods, tools, and languages interrelate to make the challenge easier or more difficult. This conference focuses on the interaction among these three aspects of software engineering, especially how features in a language such as Ada drive the tools, methods, and ultimately correctness, reliability, and quality of the resulting software. Especially welcome are papers that analyze Ada with respect to these factors or in comparison with other languages. This conference will gather industrial experts, educators, software engineers, and researchers interested in developing and testing reliable software. Technical or theoretical papers as well as experience reports with a focus on Ada are solicited. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Reliability needs and styles
  • Safety and high integrity issues
  • Use of Ada Distributed Systems Annex
  • Process and quality metrics
  • Testing and validation
  • Standards
  • Use of ASIS for new Ada tool development
  • Relationships between Ada and real-time Java
  • Mixed-language development
  • Ada in XML environments
  • Quality Assurance
  • Ada education
  • Use of Real-Time CORBA
  • Real-time networking/quality of service guarantees
  • Fault tolerance and recovery
  • Distributed system load balancing
  • Static and dynamic code analysis
  • Performance analysis
  • Debugging complex systems
  • Integrating COTS software components
  • System Architecture and Design
  • Information Assurance

How You Can Contribute

SIGAda 2002 is interested in receiving contributions in seven categories: Technical Articles, Extended Abstracts, Experience Reports, Workshops, Panel Sessions, Posters, and Tutorials.

Contributions from students are actively solicited.

Technical Articles present significant results in research, practice, or education. These papers will be double-blind refereed and published in the Conference Proceedings. Papers should not exceed 5000 words (equivalent to approximately 10 pages, typeset 10-point on 16-point spacing).

Please submit Technical Articles to the Program Chair, John McCormick (

Extended Abstracts discuss current work for which early submission of a full paper may be premature. If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to produce a full paper, which will appear in the proceedings. Extended abstracts will be competitively reviewed. Clearly state the contribution of the work being described, its relationship with previous work by you and others (with bibliographic references), results to date, and future directions. Please do not exceed 2500 words (equivalent to approximately 5 pages typeset 10-point on 16-point spacing).

Please submit Extended Abstracts to the Program Chair, John McCormick (

Experience Reports present timely results on the application of Ada and related technologies to the design and implementation of applications such as the following: avionics, aerospace, automobile, command and control, consumer electronics, process control, transportation, trading systems, energy, medical systems, simulation, telecommunications, etc. Such reports will be selected on the basis of the interest of the experience presented to the community of Ada practitioners. You are invited to submit a 1-2 page description of the project and the key points of interest of project experiences. Descriptions will be published in the final program or proceedings, but a paper will not be required.

Please submit Experience Reports to the Program Chair, John McCormick (

Workshops are focused work sessions, which provide a forum for knowledgeable professionals to explore issues, exchange views, and perhaps produce a report on a particular subject. A list of planned workshops and requirements for participation will be published in the SIGAda 2002 Advance Program. Workshop proposals will be evaluated by the Program Committee and selected based on their applicability to the conference and potential for attracting participants. Proposals should state the problem or issue to be addressed, the coordinator(s), and criteria for participant selection.

Please submit Workshop proposals to the Program Chair, John McCormick (

Panel Sessions gather a group of experts on a particular topic who present their views and then exchange views with each other and the audience. Panel proposals should be 1-2 pages in length, identifying the topic, coordinator, and potential panelists.

Please submit Panel Session Proposals to the Program Chair, John McCormick (

Posters provide a different forum for both completed work and work in progress. Poster proposals should be 1-2 pages in length. We particularly encourage students to showcase their work as a poster at SIGAda 2002.

Please submit Poster Proposals to the Program Chair, John McCormick (

Tutorials offer the flexibility to address a broad spectrum of topics relevant to Ada, and those enabling technologies which make the engineering of Ada applications more effective. Submissions will be evaluated based on relevance, suitability for presentation in tutorial format, presenter's expertise, and past performance. Tutorial proposals should include the expected level of experience of participants, an abstract or outline, the qualifications of the instructor(s), and the length of the tutorial.

Please submit Tutorial proposals to the Tutorials Chair, David Cook (

Best Student Paper Award. $500 plus free conference registration and lodging will be given to the student author(s) of the paper selected by the program committee as the best submitted and authored by one or more students.

Please submit questions on the conference to the Conference Chair, Salih Yurttas (

Vendors. Please contact Hal Hart (Hal.Hart@ACM.Org) for information about participation at SIGAda 2002.

Deadline for Tutorial submissions: 13 June 2002
Deadline for other submissions: 13 June 2002

The Program Committee will Include:

Martin Carlisle

David Cook
STSC/Shim Enterprises

Ed Falis
Ada Core Technologies

Franco Gasperoni

Greg Gicca

Dick Hull
Lenoir-Rhyne College

S. Ron Oliver
caress Corporation

Juan A. de la Puente
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Pat Rogers
Software Arts & Sciences

Joyce Tokar
last update: 2 July 2002 by cgr