AsianPLoP 2018: 7th Asian Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs

March 1-2, 2018, Tokyo, Japan

Sponsored by Waseda University

AsianPLoP 2018 is a PLoP ® Conference sanctioned by the Hillside Group. PLoP is a registered trademark of the Hillside Group.

  • (Oct 2017) AsianPLoP 2018 website has been launched.

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 seventh 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 domains.

AsianPLoP 2018 solicits paper submissions that are written in any one the two languages: English and Japanese. Papers in each of the two 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 into a pattern or pattern language. This is more like a hands-on tutorial on writing patterns.

Please contact us at:

Conference Site: Waseda University, Kikui-cho Campus, Building 40, Green Computing System Center


Maps & Directions


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.

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 2018 solicit submissions in English 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.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission due: Jan 7, 2018
  • Shepherding begins: Jan 12, 2018
  • Shepherding ends: Feb 6, 2018
  • Shepherd recommendations due: Feb 8, 2018
  • PC members vote for acceptance: Feb 10, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: Feb 13, 2018
  • Author registration due: Feb 17, 2018
  • Final version for Writer’s Workshop due: Feb 19, 2018
  • Main conference: Mar 1-2, 2018
  • Banquet: Mar 1, 2018

Conference Program


Conference Committee

General chair:

Hironori Washizaki, Waseda University, Japan

Program co-chairs:

Takashi Iba, Keio University, Japan

Joseph Yoder, The Refactory Inc., USA

Finance chair:


Publication chair:


Program Committee: