FOAL: Foundations of Aspect-Oriented Languages

A one day workshop affiliated with MODULARITY'14 at the University of Lugano (USI), Switzerland on April 22, 2014.

Themes and Goals

FOAL is a forum for research in foundations of aspect-oriented and other advanced separation of concern mechanisms. 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 consider advanced separation of concern mechanisms. All theoretical and foundational studies of this topic are welcome. Even though the workshop title contains the term "aspect-oriented", the workshop is not limited to aspect-oriented programming languages, but welcomes topics on other advanced separation of concern mechanisms such as feature-oriented or context-oriented programming.

The goals of FOAL are to:

Workshop Format

The planned workshop format is primarily presentation of papers and group discussion. Talks will come in two categories: regular (25 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 regular and short papers on all areas of formal foundations of advanced separation of concern mechanisms. Submissions will be read by the program committee and designated reviewers. Papers will be selected for 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.

Five page papers presented at the workshop can be included in the ACM Digital Library, at the discretion of the authors. Authors of accepted papers who wish to have their papers in the ACM Digital Library will be asked to transfer copyright to the ACM. 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 16 February 2014. Early registration for MODULARITY'14 (you must register for the conference to attend the workshop) shortly follows that date. Final versions of papers for the ACM digital library will be due on 24 February 2014.

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

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline 23:00 GMT, 26 January 2014
Paper Submission Deadline 23:00 GMT, 28 January 2014
Notification of Acceptance 16 February 2014
Final Versions of Papers Due 24 February 2014
Workshop 22 April 2014

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We are pleased to have assembled another exceptional program committee for FOAL this year:

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