6th Asian Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (AsianPLoP 2017)

Post-Proceedings is now available: Post-Proceedings

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, March 12-13, 2017
(collocated with IEEE ICST 2017IEEE IWESEP 2017 and IPSJ/SIGSE 195th meeting)

Objective and Motivation

A pattern is a solution to a recurring problem in a certain context where numerous forces are felt. Patterns enable people to share experience-based proven solutions in designing products, managing processes, projects and organizations, and communicating with each other more efficiently and effectively. Asian Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (AsianPLoP) will take place for the sixth time, as a premier event for pattern authors and users to get together, discuss and learn more about patterns and pattern languages in the Asia region as well as other regions. The purpose of AsianPLoP is to promote development of patterns, pattern languages, technologies and experiences of patterns primarily about software as well as other domains.

AsianPLoP 2017 solicits paper submissions that are written in any one the three languages: English, Chinese and Japanese. Papers in each of the three languages will have their own sessions. Both practitioners from the industry and academics are invited to submit their papers. The conference solicits the papers for the following different sessions. Details can be found in Topics and Submission.

  • Writers’ Workshop – papers that document patterns and pattern languages will be workshopped in the traditional PLoP format. Papers that explore theories, techniques, applications, tools and case studies in patterns are also welcome.
  • Writing Group – papers of newcomers who want to learn how to better elaborate an idea intended to evolve to a pattern or pattern language. This is more like a hands-on tutorial on writing patterns.



Please contact us at: asianplop2017@easychair.org


Main conference will take place at the Waseda University, Nishi-Waseda campus, Building 62/63, 3-4-1 Ohkubo, Shijuku-ku, 169-8555 Tokyo, JAPAN. 2nd  Floor, Room 05.


Suggested topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • New patterns and pattern languages of:
    • innovation patterns,
    • business patterns,
    • requirements patterns,
    • analysis patterns,
    • architecture patterns,
    • design patterns,
    • programming and refactoring patterns,
    • testing and maintenance patterns,
    • process and organizational management patterns,
    • pedagogical and education patterns,
    • communication patterns,
    • other non-software patterns
  • Critiques, researches, and case studies of:
    • patterns and pattern languages,
    • related areas, such as agile development and Wiki



After submission, papers will be screened by the program committee to be accepted for the shepherding process. Authors of each accepted paper will be assigned a shepherd who helps the authors to improve the content and style of the paper. At the end of the shepherding process, papers will be reviewed again to be accepted into the Writers’ Workshops of the conference. More information about Writers’ Workshops  can be found here.

All authors should submit through EasyChair submission system. If you already have an EasyChair account from another conference, you can use that account to submit a paper to AsianPLoP 2017. If you have not used EasyChair Conference System before, click “sign up for an account” for instructions on how to setup an EasyChair account.

Paper style

Paper submissions may include short papers (e.g. 1 page), containing one or more patterns, longer pattern languages or sequences (e.g. 10 pages), or work-in-progress papers willing to get an in-depth shepherding by an experienced pattern author at the conference.

AsianPLoP 2017 solicit submissions in English, Chinese, and Japanese.

There is no specific paper format; however the ACM conference format is recommended.

Harrison, Neil B. “The language of shepherding.” Pattern languages of program design 5 (1999): 507-530.


Accepted papers of the workshop will be published in the workshop on-line proceedings. Post-proceedings will be published by SEAT (TBD). Please note that at least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a full participant of the conference to have the paper published in the conference on-line proceedings and the post-proceedings.

Papers discussed at Writers Workshop qualify for submission to the journal “TPLoP – Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming” published by Springer.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission due:January 15, 2017 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) January 22th, 2017 AoE(Anywhere on Earth)
  • Shepherding begins: January 7, 2017 (First come, first served basis)
  • Shepherd recommendations due: February 13, 2017 February 25, 2017
  • Acceptance notification: February 20, 2017 February 27, 2017
  • Author registration due: March 5, 2017
  • Final version for Writer’s Workshop due: March 5, 2017
  • Main conference: March 12-13, 2017
  • Banquet: March 12th evening

Conference Program



Here is the post-proceedings containing all papers.

List of papers accepted to the Writer’s Workshop:

  1. Kei Ito, Hironori Washizaki and Joseph Yoder. More Handover Solution Patterns
  2. Eduardo B. Fernandez and Elias Bou-Harb. A security pattern for honeypots
  3. Takashi Iba and Heizo Takenaka. Policy Language: A Pattern Language for Designing Public Policy
  4. Hiroyuki Ito and Yasuo Hosotani. アジャイルメトリクスパタンの提案
  5. Jung-Sing Jwo and Yu Chin Cheng. Patterns of Innovation: Part I
  6. Yung-Pin Cheng and Tsung-Lin Yang. Patterns of Test Oracles – A Testing Tool Perspective
  7. 虹儀 余 and 佑竹 陳. 以使用者行為數據提升操作效率之使用者介面模式
  8. Sami Lappalainen and Takashi Kobayashi. A Pattern Language for MVC Derivatives
  9. 崇 井庭, 汐理 柴田, 文夏 吉川 and 瞳 清水. 楽しみ方を言語化するファン・ランゲージ
  10. Yuma Akado and Takashi Iba. The Creation of Style in Generator: An Investigation Through Behavioral Properties
  11. Woei-Kae Chen, Chien-Hung Liu and Hong-Ming Huang. Software Debugging Patterns for Novice Programmers

List of papers accepted to the Writing Group:

  1. Miyuki Mizutani, Mihoko Wakui and Nao Ozaki. みらい創り研究員のための基本心得集
  2. Nao Ozaki and Miyuki Mizutani. みらい創り研究員のための実践心得集

Registration fee

  • Registration: 10,000 yen
  • Student registration: 5,000 yen

Registration page

Please access to the following page and finish your registration by 5th March.


Conference Committee

Conference/Program co-chairs:

Kiro Harada, Attractor Inc., Japan
Yu Chin Cheng, Taipei Tech, Taiwan

Local co-chairs:

Hironori Washizaki, Waseda University, Japan
Kei Ito, Waseda University, Japan
Xia Tien, Waseda University, Japan

Publicity co-chairs:

Joseph Yoder, The Rectory, Inc., USA

Program Committee:

Alan Liu, Nat’lChung Cheng Univ
Bimlesh Wadhwa, National University of Singapore
Chin-YunHsieh, National Taipei University of Technology
Chu-Ti Lin, National Chiayi University
Eduardo Fernandez, Florida Atlantic University
Eduardo Guerra, National Institute of Space Research
Emiliano Tramontana, Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica, University of Catania
Foutse Khomh, DGIGL, École Polytechnique de Montréal
Henry Hsieh, Taipei Tech
Hongyu Zhang, The University of Newcastle
Jung-Sing Jwo, Tunghai Universit
Kai Chang, Auburn University
Nien-Lin Hsueh, Feng Chia University
Norihiro Yoshida, Nagoya University
Richard Lai, La Trobe University
Shang-Pin Ma, National Taiwan Ocean University
Shinpei Hayashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology
S. Jie Lee, National Cheng Kung University
Takashi Iba, Keio University
Tatsuo Sato, Hiroshima Shudo University
Takeshi Kakeda, Zensow
Yasunobu Kawaguchi, Rakuten Inc.
Yung-Pin Cheng, CSIE Department, National Central University
Woei-Kae Chen, National Taipei University of Technolog