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Programming Language Approaches to Concurrency
and communication-cEntric Software
23rd March 2013, Rome, Italy
Affiliated with ETAPS 2013


Theme and Goals

Applications today are built using numerous interacting services; soon off-the-shelf CPUs will host thousands of cores, and sensor networks will be composed from a large number of processing units. Many applications need to make effective use of thousands of computing nodes. At some level of granularity, computation in such systems is inherently concurrent and communication-centred.

To exploit and harness the richness of this computing environment, designers and programmers will utilise a rich variety of programming paradigms, depending on the shape of the data and control flow. Plausible candidates for such paradigms include structured imperative concurrent programming, stream-based programming, concurrent functions with asynchronous message passing, higher-order types for events, and the use of types for communications and data structures (such as session types and linear types), to name but a few. Combinations of these abstractions will be used even in a single application, and the runtime environment needs to ensure seamless execution without relying on differences in available resources such as the number of cores.

The development of effective programming methodologies for the coming computing paradigm demands exploration and understanding of a wide variety of ideas and techniques. This workshop aims to offer a forum where researchers from different fields exchange new ideas on one of the central challenges for programming in the near future, the development of programming methodologies and infrastructures where concurrency and distribution are the norm rather than a marginal concern.


Topics of Interest

Submissions are invited in the general area of foundations of programming languages for concurrency, communication and distribution. Specific topics include:

  • language design and implementations for communications and/or concurrency,
  • session types, 
  • concurrent data types,
  • concurrent objects and actors,
  • multicore programming,
  • use of message passing in systems software,
  • integration of sequential and concurrent programming,
  • interface languages for communication and distribution, 
  • program analysis
  • web services,
  • novel programming methodologies for sensor networks,
  • high-level programming abstractions for security concerns in concurrent, distributed programming,
  • runtime architectures for concurrency, scalability and/or resource allocations,


Papers are welcome which present novel and valuable ideas as well as experiences.


Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit a title and a 200 word abstract by Friday 14th December 2012, to help the PC chairs assign reviewers to papers. Papers of up to five pages in length should be submitted in PDF format by Friday 21st December 2011 using the EasyChair proceedings template available at:

Abstracts and full papers should be submitted using EasyChair:

Preliminary proceedings will be available at the workshop. A post-proceedings will be published in EPTCS.


Important Dates

Extended deadline:

 * abstracts Friday 21 December

 * 5-page paper Friday 28 December

[Deadline for abstracts: Friday 14th December 2012 (10.00 GMT on 15th December)

 Deadline for 5-page papers: Friday 21st December 2012 (10.00 GMT on 22nd December)]

Notification: Wednesday 23rd January 2012

Final version for pre-proceedings: Monday 4th February 2012


Program Committee

Program Committee

Alastair Beresford _ University of Cambridge, UK
Viviana Bono _ Universita di Torino, Italy
Alastair Donaldson _ Imperial College London, UK
Dan Ghica _ University of Birmingham, UK
Joshua Guttman _ Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, US
Thomas Hildebrandt _ IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Paul Keir _ Codeplay Ltd, UK
Hans-Wolfgang Loidl _ Heriot-Watt University, UK
Conor McBride _ University of Strathclyde, UK
Jeremy Singer _ University of Glasgow, UK
Sven-Bodo Scholz _ Heriot-Watt University, UK
Nikhil Swamy _ Microsoft Research, US
Wim Vanderbauwhede (co-chair) _ University of Glasgow, UK
Hugo Torres Vieira _ Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Nobuko Yoshida (co-chair) _ Imperial College London, UK

Organizing Committee

Alastair Beresford, University of Cambridge, UK

Kohei Honda, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Simon Gay, University of Glasgow, UK

Alan Mycroft, University of Cambridge, UK

Vasco Vasconcelos, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Nobuko Yoshida, Imperial College London, UK

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