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.

  • (16 Feb 2018) Conference Program available
  • (16 Feb 2018) Registration available
  • (6 Jan 2018) Paper submission deadline extension to Jan 15, 2018
  • (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.

All authors should submit through submission system.

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 Jan 15, 2018
  • Shepherding begins: Jan 12, 2018 Jan 19, 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

Chris Kohls

Which environments can make you and your team more creative? This talk will explore good practices for designing creative spaces. The patterns are based on a broad analysis of existing work and learning environments. They have helped to design new innovation spaces for different creative activities. Tools, furniture, materials and atmosphere are important drivers to foster innovative processes and design thinking. The presentation will include practical examples how to make your own work and learning environments fit for creative thinking. It will also show unexpected places for creative work, such as shopping malls or trains.

In this workshop, we open a chatting workshop with using Style Language for Family Lifestyle. All of the family is different and unique. However, you don’t really know about other families’ diverse styles of living and there is no opportunity to know about them daily. For example, you don’t know, how they have their dinnertime, how they spend their weekends, and what kinds of rules they have. Here, we used the method of “Style Language” to visualize 390 styles of living from more than 100 families. Every single style word is described in a card and it gives you hints on how to make your own family style and helps you to find what kind of style your family has. In this workshop, we spread 390 cards on the table all at once, and explore and find your favorite style cards from a jumbled table by yourself. Then, you chat about your favorite styles with other participants to discover your own family styles and support your way of creating your own new family styles of living through chatting.

本ワークショップでは、『家族を育むスタイル・ランゲージ』を用いたおしゃべりワークショッ プを行う。『家族を育むスタイル・ランゲージ』とは、家族の多様なあり方、暮らし方を「スタ イル・ランゲージ」の手法を用いて言語化したものである。普段の暮らしの中では知ることの できないような、他の家族が行なっている週末の過ごしかた、食事の時のこと、家庭内ルール 2 などの、各家族のあり方が計390個のスタイル・ワードとしてまとめられている。1つ1つのス タイル・ワードは、カード形式で表現されており、それぞれが自分たちなりの家族スタイルを つくっていくための発想のヒントとなっている。本ワークショップでは、390枚一斉にカードを 広げ、その中から選りすぐりのスタイルを自分で選択する。そのカードをについて、他者とお しゃべりすることで、自分たちなりの家族のスタイルを発見し、自分たちらしいより良い家族 のあり方や暮らし方をつくっていくための支援をする。

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Title list of accepted papers and workshop group

English Language: Innovation, Security, Patterns to Live By (Moderators: Chris Kohls & Joseph Yoder)
Num. Title Author(s)
2 Patterns for innovation – 5 patterns for idea implementation Christian Kohls
4 An abstract security pattern for Authentication and a derived concrete pattern, the Credential-based Authentication EDUARDO B. FERNANDEZ, NOBUKAZU YOSHIOKA, HIRONORI WASHIZAKI, JOSEPH YODER
19 Patterns We Live By: Pattern App as a Platform to Familiarize Pattern Languages HARUKA MORI, KAWABE YUKI, TAKASHI IBA
23 Deliver Fast with Confidence: The Slack Time Pattern Joseph W. Yoder, Hironori Washizaki, Ademar Aguiar
24 A Pattern for Secure Cargo Port Drayage Virginia Romero, Eduardo B. Fernandez
Japanese Language: Welfare and Family (Moderators: Miyuki Mizutani & Kiro Harada)
Num. Title Author(s)
5 Suggestion of "Pattern Language for Supporters" and tentative plan of "Vocational Rehabilitation Patterns" keiji endo
15 多様なあり方を言語化するスタイル・ランゲージ Takashi Iba, Kotomi Nozaki, Yusuke Shimoda, Konomi Munakata
20 家族を育むスタイル・ランゲージ Ryohei Suzuki, Yuma Ozaki, Miwane Umewaka, Tomoki Kaneko, Seiko Miyakawa, Nobuko Yoshida, Takashi Iba
25 旅のことばの活用支援 Tomoki Kaneko, Makoto Okada, Takashi Iba
Writing Groups
Num. Title Author(s)
6 口伝と体伝 Takashi Takebayashi
8 ニコニコ Takashi Takebayashi
22 Proposal on patterns for human heads modeling 横小路 高行, 鷲崎 弘宜, 深澤 良彰

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:

Alan Liu, National Chung Cheng University
Arisa Kamata, Japan
Bimlesh Wadhwa, National University of Singapore
Christian Kohls, Germany
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
Jiwon Kimm, Korea
Kai Chang, Auburn University
Kyle Brown, US
Miyuki Mizutani, Fuji Xerox
Nien-Lin Hsueh, Feng Chia University
Norihiro Yoshida, Nagoya University
Richard Lai, La Trobe University
Shinpei Hayashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Sumit Kalra, India
Takeshi Kakeda, Zensow
Tatsuo Sato, Hiroshima Shudo University
Woei-Kae Chen, Taipei Tech
Yasunobu Kawaguchi, Rakuten Inc.
Yuma Akado, Japan
Yu Chin Cheng, Taipei Tech
Yung-Pin Cheng, CSIE Department, National Central University