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From: (Michael Feldman)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 14 Mar 2007 14:29:41 -0400
Organization: The George Washington University
Keywords: conference, Ada
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                                                            SIGAda 2007
                                    Call for Participation - SIGAda 2007
                              ACM SIGAda Annual International Conference
                                        Submission Due Date: 16 May 2007

                                  Conference on Software Development for
                          Safety, Security, and High Reliability Systems
                                                    November 4-8, 2007
                                                  Washington, DC, USA
            Sponsored by ACM SIGAda, the ACM Special Interest Group on Ada

                                            (Approval pending by ACM)


            formatted PDFs, suitable for printout and distribution, are at
(US letter)


Constructing high reliability software is an engineering challenge that can
now be met in many domains. The application of software engineering methods,
tools, and languages interrelate to make the challenge easier or more

This conference focuses on safety, security and high reliability systems and
the issues related to their development. Topics such as applied software
engineering principles, conforming to specific safety or security standards,
testing philosophies, programming language selection, etc. will be discussed.

The conference will gather industrial experts, educators, software engineers,
and researchers interested in developing, analyzing, and certifying reliable,
cost-effective software. Technical or theoretical papers as well as experience
reports with a focus on, or comparison with, Ada are solicited. Possible
topics include but are not limited to:

        * Safety, security and high integrity development issues
        * Language selection for a high reliability system:
            Ada, C, C++, Java, C#, or others
        * Use of high reliability subsets or dialects:
            Java HIP, MISRA C, Ravenscar, SPARK, etc.
        * High reliability standards and their issues:
            DO-178B, EIC 61508, FDA, SAE, CC, EAL, etc.
        * Process and quality metrics
        * Analysis, Testing, and Validation
        * Use of ASIS for new Ada tool development
        * Mixed-language development
        * Quality Assurance
        * Performance Analysis

        * High reliability software engineering education
        * High reliability development experience reports
        * Real-time networking/quality of service guarantees
        * Fault tolerance and recovery
        * Distributed system load balancing
        * Static and dynamic code analysis
        * Debugging complex systems
        * Integrating COTS software components
        * System Architecture & Design
        * Information Assurance in the age of terrorism
        * Use of new Ada 2005 features/capabilities
        * Ada products evaluated per Common Criteria, Protection Profiles,
            or Security Targets


SIGAda 2007 is interested in receiving contributions in six major
categories: Technical Articles, Extended Abstracts, Experience Reports,
Workshops, Panel Sessions, 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 and in Ada Letters.
            Articles will also be considered for poster presentations.

            Please submit Technical Articles by 16 May 2007 to the Program
            Chair, Leemon C. Baird III (leemon.baird at

        * 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 double-blind refereed.
            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 submit Extended Abstracts by 16 May 2007 to the Program
            Chair, Leemon C. Baird III (leemon.baird at

        * 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 by 16 May 2007 to the Program
            Chair, Leemon C. Baird III (leemon.baird at

        * 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 2007 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

            Please submit Workshop proposals by 16 May 2007 to the Workshops
            Chair, Bill Thomas (

        * 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 by 16 May 2007 to the Program
            Chair, Leemon C. Baird III (leemon.baird at

        * 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 by 16 May 2007 to the Tutorials
            Chair, David A. Cook (DCook at AEgisTG.Com).

    Final acceptance will be contingent on at least one co-author
    registering for and presenting the contribution at the Conference.

        * OUTSTANDING STUDENT PAPER AWARD. An award will be given to the
            student author(s) of the paper selected by the program committee
            as the outstanding student contribution to the conference.

        * VENDORS. Please contact S. Ron Oliver (SROliver at CSC.CalPoly.Edu)
            for information about participation at SIGAda 2007.

Please submit any questions on the conference to the Conference Chair,
Alok Srivastava (Alok.Srivastava at AUATAC.Com).


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