KoalaPLoP 2002 Preliminary Agenda


PLoPs are primarily focussed for the authors of the patterns that were submitted to the conference so that they can workshop the patterns with other authors and improve them. If you didn't submit any patterns to the conference, you will attend the writer's workshops as a reviewer. Observing the writer's workshops and giving suggestions has proven to be a strong learning experiences for non-authors as well as authors.

There is also a lot of time (breaks, meals, evenings) for more informal discussions and interaction with the other attendees. This is why PLoPs are live-in conferences, to enable this informal interaction. For more details on writer's workshops and PLoP conferences in general, check out: http://jerry.cs.uiuc.edu/~plop/ and follow the "What is PLoP" and "Activities at PLoP" links.

Tues 14th May: (NOTE: Staying at Country Place on Tuesday night is entirely optional, and is at the attendee's expense ; see the Accommodation page for prices, options and alternatives)

5:00-7:30 Dinner (optional)
8:00-11:00 Drinks at the bar (optional)

Wed 15th May: Conference Day 1

7:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:30 Arrival and Registration
9:30-10:00 Welcome (Conference Chairs -- Paul T and Andy B), Opening Remarks (Program Chairs -- James N and Brian F); Identify Writer's Workshop groups (James N)
10:00-12:00 The Annual KoalaPLoP Cohesion Games -- every year we run this important initiation session for all attendees -- we will be lead by a professional (facilitator from Corporate OUTDOOR Training, in a wide range of activities and games that are designed to familiarise people and build cohesion
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 Study time
1:30-2:00 Games
2:00-3:00 Demonstration Writer's Workshop (Brian F) -- this introduction to the writer's workshop protocol is performed at every PLoP Conference
3:00-3:15 Writer's Workshop groups meet for the first time to organize themselves -- this involves establishing chairing roles, expectations, sequencing the papers and choosing rooms
3:15-3:45 Study time -- last chance to review the first paper to be workshopped
3:45-4:00 Break -- grab a coffee!
4:00-5:00 Writer's Workshop #1
5:00-7:30 Pre-dinner drinks, 3-course Dinner and wine, coffee and tea
7:30-8:30 Birds Of a Feather (BOF) Session#1 -- James Coplien (topic to be advised).
8:30-9:30 Birds Of a Feather (BOF) Session#2 -- Brian Foote (topic to be advised).
9:30-Late Drinks at the bar, pool, storytelling by the fire.

Thursday 16th May: Conference Day 2

7:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Study time
9:00-9:15 Plenary and games
9:30-10:30 Writer's Workshop #2
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Writer's Workshop #3
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 Study time
1:30-3:30 Writer's Workshop #4, #5
3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-5:00 Plenary Workshop: Patterns of Design (Known Uses of Patterns in Non-software Domains) (Facilitated by Paul T.) -- this session will describe how patterns have been used in non-software domains, including real-world architecture and industrial design. We hope to have a guest architect to present uses and experiences of patterns in town planning.
5:15-7:30 Nite-Walk -- this nature-walk through the nearby Silvan Reserve was so successful last year that we have decided to do it again; we walk 3 or 4 kilometers through the dense Australian bush under the cover of darkness, using only torches and our ears to hear or spot Ring-tailed possums, wallabies, sugar-gliders, nocturnal mice, wombats, tawny frogmouths, and powerful owls -- we are lead by a knowledgeable guide from an Eco-Touring Company; torches supplied, just bring a warm jacket and walking shoes
7:30-9:30 Conference Dinner -- BBQ on the Terrace under the stars (Guest: Assoc Professor Christine Mingins from Monash University)
9:30-Late Drinks at the bar, pool, listening for Powerful Owls on the terrace

Friday 17th May: Conference Day 3

7:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Study time
9:00-10:00 Writer's Workshop #6
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Plenary: Feedback on workshop experiences (Brain F); The Future of PLoPs (James C); Publication options and KPLoP Proceedings (James N); KoalaPLoP 2003 and Beyond (James N, Paul T)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 Closing Ceremony -- in PloP tradition, we wrap up with a few final activities including the 'woolen web of relationships'
2:00 Departures for Melbourne city and suburbs; Airport and Hotels
7:45-10:00 Hawthorn v Carlton -- any visitors to Melbourne who are staying on are welcome to attend the icon of Melbourne's sporting pride, a game of Australian Rules Football at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground -- join an expected 70,000 people to cheer on Hawthorn or Carlton in the match of the round; a ticket will cost approximately $A25, we will organise this optional event during the conference