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                          CALL FOR PAPERS
       Int. Workshop on the Foundations of Spreadsheets (FOS'04)


                           Rome, Italy
                        September 30, 2004

to be held in conjunction with the:

   IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
   Rome, Italy, September 26-29, 2004 (

Important dates

   * Submission:    June 20, 2004
   * Notification:  July 18, 2004
   * Final Version: August 31, 2004


Spreadsheets are among the most used software packages. Spreadsheets
are used
in many different application areas by many people, most of whom are not
professional programmers or computer scientists.  Numerous studies have
that existing spreadsheets contain errors at an alarmingly high rate.
Therefore, knowledge about the use and users of spreadsheets as well as
and techniques that can improve the creation and maintenance of
are in great demand.

This workshop is concerned with all aspects that affect the effective
use of
spreadsheet systems. We invite you to submit papers that help to
ways to improve the currently unsatisfactory situation of spreadsheet

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following.

 From an HCI and empirical point of view:

* Studies on how spreadsheets are created
* Studies on categories of errors and their frequency
* Studies on the usability of spreadsheets
* Studies on what spreadsheet features are used in practice

 From a software engineering point of view:

* Design methods for spreadsheets
* Testing of spreadsheets
* Spreadsheet auditing
* Spreadsheet reuse
* Spreadsheet maintenance

 From a theoretical point of view:

* Formal models of spreadsheets
* Type systems for spreadsheets
* Notions of spreadsheet correctness
* New spreadsheet languages
* Support for abstraction in spreadsheets

Paper Submission and Publication

Authors are invited to submit papers in PDF format.
Papers should be 10 - 15 pages long.
Keeping in mind the ENTCS post-workshop publication,
submitted papers should be formatted following the ENTCS
formatting instructions.

Submission should be sent by email to [log in to unmask]
The deadline for sumbitting papers is June 20, 2004.

Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings that will
distributed at the workshop. After the workshop all accepted and
presented papers will be published in the Electronic Notes in
Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS).

Program Committee

Alan Blackwell, University of Cambridge, UK
Margaret Burnett, Oregon State University, USA
Martin Erwig, Oregon State University, USA (chair)
Shriram Krishnamurthi, Brown University, USA
Clayton Lewis, University of Colorado, USA
Simon Peyton Jones, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
Jorma Sajaniemi, University of Joensuu, Finland
Susan Wiedenbeck, Drexel University, USA