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5th Conference on Object-Oriented Technologies and Systems (COOTS)

May 3-7, 1999
Town & Country Hotel
San Diego, California, USA

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Important Due Dates

Paper submissions: Nov. 6, 1998
Tutorial submissions: Nov. 6, 1998
Notification to authors: Dec. 16, 1998
Camera-ready papers: March 23, 1999

Conference Organizers

Program Chair
Murthy Devarakonda, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Program Committee
Ken Arnold, Sun Microsystems, Inc
Rachid Guerraoui, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Jennifer Hamilton, Microsoft Corporation
Doug Lea, SUNY Oswego
Gary Leavens, Iowa State University
Scott Meyers, Software Development Consultant
Ira Pohl, UC Santa Cruz
Rajendra Raj, Morgan Stanley & Company
Doug Schmidt, Washington University
Joe Sventek, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Steve Vinoski, IONA Technologies, Inc.
Werner Vogels, Cornell University
Jim Waldo, Sun Microsystems
Yi-Min Wang, Microsoft Research
Jack C. Wileden, University of Massachusets, Amherst
Shalini Yajnik, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
Tutorial Program Chair
Douglas C. Schmidt, Washington University


As the last COOTS before the year 2000, COOTS '99 will focus on "The Object Lessons," our cumulative experiences in building and programming object-oriented systems. We invite you to submit high quality, previously unpublished, original papers on this theme as well as on all topics relating to object-oriented systems.

In addition to experience-centered papers, COOTS '99 accepts papers on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Distributed Objects
  • Object-oriented systems performance
  • Security for Distributed Objects
  • Object services
  • Mobile objects
  • Object-oriented design techniques
  • Component based operating systems
  • Standard Template Library
  • Advanced C++ topics/examples
  • Java and Web programming languages
  • Container technologies (e.g. Java Beans)
  • Design patterns
  • Visual J++ and other development tools
  • Fault tolerance
  • New OO programming languages
  • Object-Oriented database systems
  • Building distributed applications
  • Persistent Object Issues
  • Groupware
  • Patterns
  • Major fractures of C++
  • C++
  • SmallTalk systems
  • Commercial toolkits/OBDMS
  • Platform-independent features of C++
  • Keynote and Invited Speakers

    In the long-standing tradition of USENIX conferences, COOTS '99 will feature two prominent speakers, who combine extraordinary insights, original thinking, creativity, and years of experience to make a difference in the way we build and program computer systems. The first day of the technical sessions will feature a keynote address by James Gosling of Sun Microsystems, and the second day of the technical sessions will feature an invited talk by Professor Barbara Liskov of MIT.


    The COOTS conference will begin with two days of tutorials. We expect tutorial topics to include: Distributed object systems (CORBA, DCOM, RMI, etc.), Java and WWW programming languages, framework design, and object-oriented programming languages.

    If you are interested in proposing a tutorial, contact the USENIX tutorial coordinator, Dan Klein, by phone at +1.412.422.0285 or by email to

    Technical Sessions

    Two days of technical sessions will follow the tutorials. COOTS emphasizes research and advanced engineering aspects of object technology, focusing on experimental systems research. Conference Proceedings will be published by USENIX and provided free to technical session attendees. An award will be given for the best student paper at the conference.

    Advanced Topics Workshop

    As usual, the conference will conclude with an Advanced Topics Workshop, where a smaller audience can exchange in-depth technical information on a few position papers. The topic for the ATW will be announced several months before the conference.

    What to Submit

    Full papers should be 10 to 15 pages (around 5,000-6,000 words). All submissions will be judged on originality, relevance, and correctness.

    Each submission must include a cover letter stating the paper title, the contact author, email and regular addresses, and a phone number.

    The COOTS conference, like most conferences and journals, requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to another conference or publication and that submitted papers not be previously or subsequently published elsewhere. Please see the detailed guidelines for submission (including examples of extended abstracts).

    Where to Submit

    Please send one copy of a full paper to the program committee via email (Postscript, PDF, or ASCII) to: All submissions will be acknowledged.

    Registration Materials

    Materials containing all details of the technical and tutorial programs, registration fees and forms, and hotel information will be available in February 1999. Please go to the conference Web site.

    If you would like to receive the program materials in print, please contact:

    USENIX Conference Office
    22672 Lambert Street, Suite 613
    Lake Forest, CA USA 92630
    Phone: 949.588.8649
    Fax: 949.588.9706

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