First Call for Papers: 12th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2019)

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First Call for Papers: 12th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2019)

Andrei Chis
Call for Papers:
12th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2019)
co-located with SPLASH 2019
Athens, Greece
October 21-22, 2019
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We are pleased to invite you to submit papers to the 12th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2019), held in conjunction with SPLASH 2019 at Athens, Greece on October 21-22, 2019.

Topics of Interest

SLE 2019 solicits high-quality contributions in areas ranging from theoretical and conceptual contributions, to tools, techniques, and frameworks in the domain of software language engineering. Topics relevant to SLE cover generic aspects of software languages development rather than aspects of engineering a specific language. In particular, SLE is interested in contributions from the following areas:

* Software Language Design and Implementation
      - Approaches to and methods for language design
      - Static semantics (e.g., design rules, well-formedness constraints)
      - Techniques for specifying behavioral / executable semantics
      - Generative approaches (incl. code synthesis, compilation)
      - Meta-languages, meta-tools, language workbenches

* Software Language Validation
      - Verification and formal methods for languages
      - Testing techniques for languages
      - Simulation techniques for languages

* Software Language Integration and Composition
      - Coordination of heterogeneous languages and tools
      - Mappings between languages (incl. transformation languages)
      - Traceability between languages
      - Deployment of languages to different platforms

* Software Language Maintenance
      - Software language reuse
      - Language evolution
      - Language families and variability

* Domain-specific approaches for any aspects of SLE (design, implementation, validation, maintenance)

* Empirical evaluation and experience reports of language engineering tools
      - User studies evaluating usability
      - Performance benchmarks
      - Industrial applications

Important Dates

All dates are Anywhere on Earth.

* Fri 14 Jun 2019 - Abstract Submission
* Fri 21 Jun 2019 - Paper Submission
* Fri 9 Aug 2019 - Author Notification
* Fri 16 Aug 2019 - Artifact Submission
* Fri 30 Aug 2019 - Artifact Kick-the-tires Author Response (7 days)
* Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Camera ready deadline
* Wed 25 Sep 2019 - Artifact notification
* Fri 27 Sep 2019 - Artifact-related paper updates
* Mon-Tue 21-22 Oct 2018 - SLE Conference

Types of Submissions

SLE 2019 solicits three types of contributions: Research Papers, Tools Papers, and New Ideas/Vision papers.

* Research papers
These should report a substantial research contribution to SLE or successful application of SLE techniques or both. Full paper submissions must not exceed 12 pages, excluding bibliography.

* Tool papers
Because of SLE’s interest in tools, we seek papers that present software tools related to the field of SLE. Selection criteria include originality of the tool, its innovative aspects, and relevance to SLE. Any of the SLE topics of interest are appropriate areas for tool demonstrations. Submissions must provide a tool description of 4 pages excluding bibliography, and a demonstration outline including screenshots of up to 6 pages. Tool demonstrations must have the keywords “Tool Demo” or “Tool Demonstration” in the title. The 4-page tool description will, if the demonstration is accepted, be published in the proceedings. The 6-page demonstration outline will be used by the program committee only for evaluating the submission.

*New ideas / vision papers
New ideas papers should describe new, non-conventional SLE research approaches that depart from standard practice. They are intended to describe well-defined research ideas that are at an early stage of investigation. Vision papers are intended to present new unifying theories about existing SLE research that can lead to the development of new technologies or approaches. New ideas / vision papers must not exceed 4 pages, excluding bibliography.

Workshops will be organized by SPLASH. Please inform us and contact the SPLASH organizers if you would like to organize a workshop of interest to the SLE audience. Information on how to submit workshops can be found at the SPLASH 2019 Website.

Artifact Evaluation

SLE will continue to use an evaluation process for assessing the quality of the artifacts on which papers are based to foster the culture of experimental reproducibility. Authors of accepted papers are invited to submit artifacts. For more information, please have a look at the Artifact Evaluation page.

Submission Details

Paper Format: Submissions must conform to the ACM SIGPLAN Conference Format “acmart”; please make sure that you always use the latest ACM SIGPLAN acmart LaTeX template, and that the document class definition is \documentclass[sigplan,screen]{acmart}. Do not make any changes to this format!

Using the Word template is strongly discouraged.

Ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes in figures and tables are legible.

To increase fairness in reviewing, a double-blind review process has become standard across SIGPLAN conferences. For the first time, SLE will follow the double-blind process. Author names and institutions should be omitted from submitted papers, and references to the authors’ own related work should be in the third person. No other changes are necessary, and authors will not be penalized if reviewers are able to infer their identities in implicit ways.

All submissions must be in PDF format.

Concurrent Submissions: Papers must describe unpublished work that is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere as described by SIGPLAN’s Republication Policy. Submitters should also be aware of ACM’s Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism. Submissions that violate these policies will be desk-rejected.

Submission Site:
Submissions will be accepted at

Reviewing Process

All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Research papers and tool papers will be evaluated concerning novelty, correctness, significance, readability, and alignment with the conference call. New ideas / vision papers will be evaluated primarily concerning novelty, significance, readability, and alignment with the conference call.

For fairness reasons, all submitted papers must conform to the above instructions. Submissions that violate these instructions may be rejected without review, at the discretion of the PC chairs.


* Distinguished paper: Award for most notable paper, as determined by the PC chairs based on the recommendations of the programme committee.

* Distinguished reviewer: Award for distinguished reviewer, as determined by the PC chairs.

* Distinguished artifact: Award for the artifact most significantly exceeding expectations, as determined by the AEC chairs based on the recommendations of the artifact evaluation committee.


All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.



* General chair: Oscar Nierstrasz (University of Bern, Switzerland)
* Program co-chair: Bruno Oliveira (University of Hong Kong, China)
* Program co-chair: Jeff Gray (University of Alabama, USA)
* Artefact Evaluation co-chair: Emma Söderberg (Lund University, Sweden)
* Artefact Evaluation co-chair: Abel Gomez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)

Program Committee:

Xuan Bi (Standard Chartered Bank)
Erwan Bousse (TU Wien)
Loli Burgeuno (Open University of Catalonia)
Marsha Chechik (University of Toronto)
Matteo Cimini (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
Thomas Degueule (CWI)
Juan de Lara (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Juergen Dingel (Queen's University)
Romina Eramo (University of L'Aquila)
Sebastian Gerard (CEA)
Paolo Giarusso (TU Delft)
Esther Guerra (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Pablo Inostroza (CWI)
Dimitris Kolovos (University of York)
Marjan Mernik (University of Maribor)
Alfonso Pierantonio (University of L'Aquila)
Jaroslav Porubän (University of Košice)
Casper Poulsen (TU Delft)
Yann Regis-Gianas (Paris 7/INRIA)
Bernhard Rumpe (RWTH Aachen University)
Markus Schordan (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Neil Sculthorpe (Nottingham Trent University)
Marco Servetto (Victoria University of Wellington)
Elizabeth Scott (Royal Holloway)
Eugene Syriani (University of Montreal)
Ulyana Tikhonova (CWI)
Juha-Pekka Tolvanen (MetaCase)
Antonio Valecillo (University of Malaga)
Mark van den Brand (TU Eindhoven)
Vadim Zaytsev (Raincode Labs)
Tian Zhang (Nanjing University)


For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions, please contact the organizers by email ([hidden email] and [hidden email])