ACM Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages, and Applications:
          Software for Humanity (SPLASH'16)

      Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      30th of October - 4th of November 2016


      Sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN


Early Deadline: January 15th, 2016
Late Deadline: March 4th, 2016


# SPLASH'16 Call for Workshop Proposals

Following its long-standing tradition, SPLASH 2016 will host a variety of
high-quality workshops, allowing their participants to meet and discuss
research questions with peers, to mature new and exciting ideas, and to
build up communities and start new collaborations. SPLASH workshops
complement the main tracks of the conference and provide meetings in a
smaller and more specialized setting. Workshops cultivate new ideas and
concepts for the future, optionally recorded in formal proceedings.


Early Submissions Due: January 15, 2016
Notification: February 12, 2016
Late Submissions Due: March 4, 2016
Notification: April 1, 2016
Format: ACM SIGPLAN Proceedings format
Submit to: https://splash16workshops.hotcrp.com/
Chairs: Jan Rellermeyer and Craig Anslow
Contact: worksh...@splashcon.org

** Please note the earlier submission deadline than in previous years. **


We encourage proposals for workshops on any topic relevant to SPLASH. If
there is a topic relevant to SPLASH that you feel passionate about, and you
want to connect with others who have similar interests, you should consider
submitting a proposal to organize a workshop! The exact format of the
workshop can be defined by the proposal submitters, and we more than
welcome new, and unconventional ideas for workshop formats. The following
suggestions may serve as a starting point:

Mini-conferences provide their participants the possibility to present
their work to other domain experts. The smaller and more specialized
setting of the workshop allows for more extensive Q&A sessions and
facilitates ample discussions, which may continue after the workshop.
Typically, presentations of work-in-progress as well as of completed
projects are welcome. The workshop may or may not produce formal

Retreats act as a platform for domain experts to gather with the purpose of
tackling the issues of a predetermined research agenda. Retreats are highly
interactive and goal-oriented, allowing their participants to address open
challenges in their domain, to explore new, uncharted ideas, and to (maybe
even) uncover new, promising research domains.

Agenda-setting workshops provide a forum for domain experts to determine a
research agenda for a sub-field, and may include collaborations on an
agenda document that is published after the workshop is over.

Other common activities at workshops include poster sessions, hands-on
practical work, and focus groups. Proposal submitters should feel free to
direct questions about workshop formats to the workshop chairs. Workshops
that include presentation of research papers, and that implement a
SIGPLAN-approved selection process, may be archived as formal proceedings
in the ACM Digital Library; note that this option is available only to
submitters to the early phase.


### Reviewing Phases

This year, SPLASH provides two submission phases to accommodate different
schedules, a early round in January and a late round of proposals in March.
Since space is limited at the venue, the PC will consider prospective
attendance as one of the selection criteria.

### Proposal Content

SPLASH workshop proposals should not exceed 6 pages, and must include the
following information:

Title and desired abbreviation: if the workshop is accepted, this will be
used for advertising purposes.

Theme, goals and format: the main topic and goals of the workshop, the
workshop's relevance to the SPLASH community, as well as the workshop's
format (e.g., mini-conference, retreat, agenda-setting workshop).

Abstract: a 150-word abstract that summarizes the theme and goals of the
workshop. If the workshop is accepted, this abstract will be used for
advertising purposes.

Organizers: workshop organizers are responsible for advertising the
workshop (e.g., creating the anchoring website for the workshop and sending
CFPs to relevant mailing lists), organizing the reviewing process (e.g., by
forming a small program committee), running the workshop, and collating any
results of the workshop for dissemination. The proposal should indicate the
names, affiliations, and contact details of the workshop organizers as well
as a primary organizer and contact person (primary organizer and contact
person do not need to be the same). For each organizer, the proposal should
describe his/her background (expertise in the area and previous experience
in running workshops) and also identify his/her responsibilities for the

Anticipated attendance: the ideal, minimum, and maximum expected number of
participants. Please note that there will be an additional charge for
workshop registration at SPLASH 2015. The SPLASH organizing committee
reserves the right to cancel any workshops that do not meet attendance

Advertisement: the planned advertisement for the workshop to ensure
sufficient participation.

Participant preparation: what preparation is expected from workshop
participants, including how attendees gain access to the workshop (e.g.,
submission of a full paper, an extended abstract, a position paper).

Activities and format: the format of the workshop and a timetable. All
SPLASH 2015 workshops must be planned for one or two full days of
activities. For example, the proposal should describe whether there will be
introductory material, paper presentations, panel discussions, debates,
hands-on sessions, or focus groups, and how such groups will report back to
the other participants.

Post-workshop activities: what results are expected, and how these will be
disseminated to the wider public after the workshop. Workshops that result
in peer-reviewed papers and implement an ACM SIGPLAN-approved selection
process can submit formal proceedings to the ACM Digital Library. To get
the approval, the workshop has to meet the usual requirements defined for
ACM SIGPLAN events (i.e., approval of workshop proposal and workshop
program committee by ACM SIGPLAN). The approval process is coordinated by
the SPLASH organizers.

Special requirements: any special requirements you might have, in terms of
room configuration, audio and video equipment, etc.

### Format

Submissions should use the SIGPLAN Proceedings Format, 10 point font. Note
that by default the SIGPLAN Proceedings Format produces papers in 9 point
font. If you are formatting your paper using LaTeX, you will need to set
the 10pt option in the \documentclass command. If you are formatting your
paper using Word, you may wish to use the provided Word template that
supports this font size. Please include page numbers in your submission.

### Publication

If your workshop chooses to have published proceedings, be aware that
accepted papers will be available in the ACM Digital Library as early as
September 23, 2016. The official publication date is the date the
proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. The official
publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to
published work. It is therefore vital that this information will be
communicated to participants in your workshop.

### Evaluation criteria

Workshop proposals will be selected based on the quality of the proposal
and according to the space available at SPLASH. The following questions may
be helpful in devising a high-quality proposal:

Are there at least two organizers and do they represent a reasonably varied
cross-section of the community close to the topic?

Does the abstract present a compelling case for the importance of the topic

Are the goals of the workshop expressed clearly?

Is the topic likely to be attractive to SPLASH attendees?

Does the chosen format encourage a high level of interaction between the

Is a workshop the right forum to address the theme and goals or does the
proposal fit better into another type of SPLASH event?

Workshop chairs

For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions please
contact worksh...@splashcon.org

Researcher Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)
Master of Software Engineering Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

Dr. Tijs van der Storm @ Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)
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