MSC-News: SAM98 - Deadline Extension

Subject: MSC-News: SAM98 - Deadline Extension
From: Eckhardt Holz (
Date: Tue Mar 31 1998 - 08:46:46 GMT

Since we have have received many requests to extend the submission
for SAM98, we decided to extend the deadline by 10 days to April 10th.
Please note that April 10th is a HARD deadline.

Please accept our apologies if you receive multiple copies of
this announcement.

You will be doing us a great favor if you disseminate the
this information among your interested colleagues.

Thank you very much!


                       1st Workshop of the SDL Forum
                          Society on SDL and MSC
                     29.06. - 01.07. 1998 Berlin/Germany


Organized by:

          Humboldt University
                  Berlin SDL Forum Society GMD Fokus

Supported by: University of Kaiserslautern

Venue: GMD Fokus Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 31, D-10589 Berlin

Next Deadline: 10.04.1998


The SDL & MSC workshop shall provide an open discussion platform between
fora. It addresses 3 topics related to both description techniques. The
intended audience ranges from SDL Forum members, tool vendors over
researchers and users to standardizers and will be limited to about 80
persons. Being a less formal event as the bi-annual SDL Forum the
is expected to be a place for intensive discussions enabling the
of ideas for the future development and application of SDL and MSC.

The workshop will consist of a set of invited presentations and topic
centered breakout sessions. Potential participants of the sessions are
encouraged to submit and present papers reflecting their work. Following
presentations plenty of time will be made available for in-depth
discussions. In case of parallel sessions plenaries will be used to
all participants of the workshop of the outcome of the single sessions.

Program Committee :

   * Yair Lahav, SDL Forum Society
   * Joachim Fischer, Humboldt-University Berlin
   * Adam Wolisz, GMD Fokus Berlin

Session Chairs

   * Birger Moeller-Peddersen
   * Gregor Bochmann
   * Joachim Fischer
   * Andreas Prinz
   * Rolv Braek
   * Anders Ek
   * Phillipe Leblanc
   * Reinhard Gotzhein


Each day of the workshop will address one special topic:

*Day 1: Language Issues
*Day 2: SDL and MSC in Relation to other Languages and Techniques
*Day 3: Design, Methodology and Application experiences

Day 1 Morning 10.30 - 13.00

SDL 2000 - MSC 2000 (parallel sessions)
This session covers the future language developments of SDL and MSC the
introduction of new concepts, the removal of outdated concepts, the
alignment of existing concepts as well as experiences with the last
revision (SDL-96) and the latest MSC version.

Day 1 Afternoon 14.00 - 15.30

SDL 2000 - MSC 2000 (continued)

Day 1 Afternoon 16.00 - 17.00

Joint Wrap-Up Session
The joint session will give the participants of the two parallel
the opportunity to share the results of their sessions and to discuss
mutual influence of the further development of both languages, MSC and


Day 2 Morning 9.00 - 11.00

This session covers new approaches to formalize the semantics of current
and MSC as well as the semantic foundation of concepts to be introduced
new revisions of both languages. Space will also given aspects of the
verification and validation on base of the formal semantics.

Day 2 11.30 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 18.00

Other Languages, Object Orientation and Distributed Systems
This session addresses the combined application of SDL and MSC with
techniques from the area of object oriented analysis and design.
the Unified Modeling Language (UML) which is standardized by the OMG
gain a strong influence in future. Other topics of this session are the
application of SDL for the development of distributed systems according
the ODP standard and the OMG specifications and the relation of SDL to
languages used in this scope (object and interface definition languages
ODL and IDL).

Day 3 Morning 9.00 - 13.00

Industrial Applications
This session serves as a podium to share experiences resulting from the
application of SDL and MSC in real-life industrial projects between
language & tool developers and methodologists. The goal is to find out,
the languages fulfill the requirements of the industry and which
additions/changes to the languages, tools and methodologies are wanted.


Day 3 Afternoon 2.00pm - 6.00pm

Patterns and SDL
This session is organized and chaired by the University of
The reuse of software artifacts is of major concern in object-oriented
software development in general. Besides other well-known reuse concepts
such as class libraries or software frameworks design patterns have
as an especially fruitful concept. This session is dedicated to the
combination of SDL and software reuse with a special focus on SDL design
patterns. Thereby an SDL pattern is defined as a reusable software
representing a generic solution for a recurring design problem with SDL
applied design language. Software developers concerned with software
and/or SDL are invited to share their experiences. Topics of interest
include case studies on the reuse of SDL specifications in general and
patterns in particular, advanced SDL methodologies supporting reuse,
language constraints, discussion of SDL patterns, as well as tool
for the application and administration of SDL reuse libraries.

Invited Presentations will be given a time slot of 30-45 minutes,
participant's presentations 20-25 minutes (about 4 per session). The
remaining time of one hour is available for discussions.

Important Deadlines:

Paper submissions:

     Extended Abstracts (3-4 pages) due: 10.04.1998
     Notification of acceptance: 25.04.1998
     Final papers (max. 10-12 pages) due: 25.05.1998
     Registration will start: 30.03.1998

Only electronic submission of abstracts and final papers are accepted.
allowed formats are Postscript and PDF. Please send your submissions to:

The proceedings of the workshop will be published by Humboldt-University
form of a University Research Report (HU Informatikbericht).

The workshop will be held on a non-profit base to keep the fees as low
possible and to enable a large group of interested people to attend. The
workshop fee is 200 DEM (non SDL Forum Society members) 100 DEM (SDL
Society members).

The fee includes lunch on all three days, refreshments during breaks,
workshop proceedings and social event on Day 2.
For additional and more recent information check our web page at

or contact

     Prof. Joachim Fischer/Dr. Eckhardt Holz
     A.-Springer-Str. 54a
     10117 Berlin Germany

     Phone: +49-30-20181 233 +49-30-20181 241
     Fax: +49-30-20181 234

Copyright � 1998 [Humboldt-University Berlin]. All rights reserved.
Revised: March 27th, 1998.

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