**Call for Papers**

10th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 

23-24 October 2017, Vancouver, Canada

(Co-located with SPLASH 2017)

General chair:

   Benoit Combemale, University of Rennes 1, France

Program co-chairs:

   Marjan Mernik, University of Maribor, Slovenia
   Bernhard Rumpe, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Artifact evaluation chairs:

   Tanja Mayerhofer, TU Wien, Austria
   Laurence Tratt, King's College London, UK

Keynote Speaker: 

    Peter D. Mosses, Swansea University, UK (http://cs.swan.ac.uk/~cspdm/)

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Software Language Engineering (SLE) is the application of systematic, 
disciplined, and measurable approaches to the development, use, deployment, and 
maintenance of software languages. The term "software language" is used 
broadly, and includes: general-purpose programming languages; domain-specific 
languages (e.g. BPMN, Simulink, Modelica); modeling and metamodeling languages 
(e.g. SysML and UML); data models and ontologies (e.g. XML-based and OWL-based 
languages and vocabularies).

### Important Dates

Fri 2 Jun 2017 - Abstract Submission
Fri 9 Jun 2017 - Paper Submission
Fri 4 Aug 2017 - Author Notification
Thu 10 Aug 2017 - Artifact Submission
Fri 1 Sep 2017 - Artifact Notification
Fri 8 Sep 2017 - Camera Ready Deadline
Sun 22 Oct - SLE workshops
Mon 23 Oct - Tue 24 Oct 2017 - SLE Conference

### Topics of Interest

SLE aims to be broad-minded and inclusive about relevance and scope. We solicit 
high-quality contributions in areas ranging from theoretical and conceptual 
contributions to tools, techniques, and frameworks in the domain of 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 principled engineering approaches and 
techniques in the following areas:

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

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

* 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

* 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

### Types of Submissions

* **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 including bibliography in ACM SIGPLAN 
acmart conference style (http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author/).

* **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 including bibliography 
in ACM SIGPLAN acmart conference style 
(http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author/), 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.

* **Industrial papers**: These should describe real-world application scenarios 
of SLE in industry, explained in their context with an analysis of the 
challenges that were overcome and the lessons which the audience can learn from 
this experience. Industry paper submissions must not exceed 6 pages including 
bibliography in ACM SIGPLAN acmart conference style 

* **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 
including bibliography in ACM SIGPLAN acmart conference style 

### Artifact evaluation

SLE will for the second year use an evaluation process for assessing the 
quality of artifacts on which papers are based. The aim of this evaluation 
process is to foster a culture of experimental reproducibility as well as a 
higher quality in the research area as a whole.

Authors of papers accepted for SLE 2017 will be invited to submit artifacts. 
Any kind of artifact that is presented in the paper, supplements the paper with 
further details, or underlies the paper can be submitted. This includes, for 
instance, tools, grammars, metamodels, models, programs, algorithms, scripts, 
proofs, datasets, statistical tests, checklists, surveys, interview scripts, 
visualizations, annotated bibliographies, and tutorials.

The submitted artifacts will be reviewed by a dedicated Artifact Evaluation 
Committee (AEC). Artifacts that live up to the expectations created by the 
paper will receive a badge of approval from the AEC. The approved artifacts 
will be invited for inclusion in the electronic conference proceedings 
published in the ACM Digital Library. This will ensure the permanent and 
durable storage of the artifacts alongside the published papers fostering the 
repeatability of experiments, enabling precise comparison with alternative 
approaches, and helping the dissemination of the author’s ideas in detail.

Participating in the artifact evaluation and publishing approved artifacts in 
the ACM Digital Library is voluntary. However, we strongly encourage authors to 
consider this possibility as the availability of artifacts will greatly benefit 
readers of papers and increase the impact of the work. Note that the artifact 
evaluation cannot affect the acceptance of the paper, because it only happens 
after the decision about acceptance has been made.

### Publications

All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the program 
committee. All accepted papers, including tool papers, industrial papers and 
new ideas / vision papers will be published in ACM Digital Library.  

Selected accepted papers will be invited to a special issue of the Computer 
Languages, Systems and Structures (COMLAN) journal.

### Awards

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

* **Distinguished reviewer**: Award for distinguished reviewer, as determined 
by the PC chairs using feedback from the authors.

* **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.

### Program Committee

Marjan Mernik (co-chair), University of Maribor, Slovenia
Bernhard Rumpe (co-chair), RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Christian Berger, Chalmers, Sweden
Mark van den Brand, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Ruth Breu, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Jordi Cabot, ICREA, Spain
Walter Cazzola, University of Milan, Italy
Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto, Canada
Tony Clark, Middlesex University, UK
Tom Dinkelaker, Ericsson, Germany
Bernd Fischer, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Sebastian Gerard, CEA, France
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
Esther Guerra, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
Michael Homer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Ralf Lämmel, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Tihamer Levendovszky, Microsoft, USA
Gunter Mussbacher, McGill University, Canada
Terence Parr, University of San Francisco, USA
Jaroslav Porubän, University of Košice, Slovakia
Jan Ringert, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Julia Rubin, University of British Columbia, Canada
Tony Sloane, Macquarie University, Australia
Eugene Syriani, University of Montreal, Canada
Emma Söderberg, Google, Denmark
Eric Van Wyk, University of Minnesota, USA
Jurgen Vinju, CWI, Netherlands
Eric Walkingshaw, Oregon State University, USA
Andreas Wortmann, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Tian Zhang, Nanjing University, China

### Contact

For any question, please contact the organizers via email: sle2...@inria.fr

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