Due to the untimely passing of Eelco Visser, members of his former research 
communities TU Delft, CWI, OOPSLA, SLE, and IFIP Working Groups 2.11 & 2.16 
have joined in organizing the Eelco Visser Commemorative Symposium. The 
event will be held on the occasion of the first anniversary of his passing 
in April of next year. You are cordially invited to contribute to this 
symposium, by writing a paper and giving a presentation related to Eelco 
and his influential work, or by just attending. Please see the CfP below.

Best regards,

The EVCS Organizing Committee


Eelco Visser Commemorative Symposium (EVCS)
5 April 2023
Delft, The Netherlands


Eelco Visser (1966–2022) was Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor of Computer 
Science and Chair of the Programming Languages Group in the Department of 
Software Technology at TU Delft. His research career started with studies 
at the University of Amsterdam and CWI, followed by appointments at Oregon 
Graduate Institute and Utrecht University. He was highly influential in the 
software language engineering and programming language design communities. 
His many scientific contributions about meta-languages and domain-specific 
languages have been of high importance in both the scientific and 
industrial communities. He was a founding member of IFIP Working Groups 
2.11 (Program Generation) and 2.16 (Programming Language Design).

Eelco Visser’s work on the cutting-edge language workbench Spoofax started 
with a ground-breaking publication in 2010, for which he received a Most 
Influential Paper award at OOPSLA 2020. As a strong advocate of 
tool-supported programming education, he led the development of WebLab, a 
learning management system that is in use for a range of programming 
languages and courses at TU Delft. He also led the design, implementation 
and use of conf.researchr.org, a content management system for scientific 
events used by hundreds of international events since 2011.

Call for Papers

A commemorative symposium for Eelco Visser is to be held on the first 
anniversary of his untimely passing away in April 2022. It will bring 
together colleagues from various communities, with presentations of papers 
on topics related to his research and other academic activities. 

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Language engineering
- Program transformation
- Language workbenches
- Declarative language specification
- Name binding and scope graphs
- Type soundness and intrinsically-typed interpreters
- Language specification testing
- Language implementation generation
- Domain-specific programming languages
- DSLs for software deployment
- DSLs for web application development
- Tool-supported programming education

Important Dates

- Friday 30 September 2022: Declaration of intent to submit
- Friday 28 October 2022: Paper submission deadline
- Monday 28 November 2022: Notifications
- Wednesday 5 April 2023: Symposium

Types of Submissions

- **Unpublished research**: These are extended abstracts of novel research 
contributions related to Eelco Visser’s work. Papers may range from 4 to 8 
pages in length, and may optionally include up to 2 further pages of 
bibliography. Papers will be reviewed by selected members of the relevant 
research communities. Subsequent submission of full papers including the 
same results to other venues is encouraged.

- **On the relationship between Eelco Visser's work and other frameworks**: 
These are papers that present some framework and explain its relationship 
to his work, but without novel research contributions. Papers may range 
from 4 to 8 pages in length, and may optionally include up to 2 further 
pages of bibliography. Papers will be reviewed by an expert on the relevant 

- **Personal reflections on Eelco Visser's activities**: These are short 
papers that recall and reflect upon personal experiences of his 
contributions in academia or industry. Papers may range from 1 to 4 pages 
in length, including bibliography. Papers will be lightly reviewed for 


Declaration of intent to submit is optional, but helpful for allocation of 
appropriate reviewers. It is to include a provisional title, the type of 
submission, and an indication of the topics covered. The other details 
regarding submissions will be announced later. The page ranges for 
submissions (see above) are assuming a format such as Springer LNCS or 
Dagstuhl OASIcs.


All accepted papers are to be published in an open access volume by the 
start of the symposium (publisher to be decided). Authors retain copyright.


All accepted papers are to be presented at the symposium. Presenters may 
choose between 5, 10, and 15-minute slots (including questions) subject to 
availability. Remote presentations are allowed.

Organising Committee

- Jonathan Aldrich, Carnegie Mellon University
- Benoit Combemale, University of Rennes, Inria, and IRISA
- Paul Klint, CWI and University of Amsterdam
- Ralf Lämmel, University of Koblenz
- Peter Mosses (chair), TU Delft and Swansea University
- Friedrich Steimann, Fernuniversität in Hagen
- Tijs van der Storm, CWI and University of Groningen
- Eric Van Wyk, University of Minnesota

Local Organisation Committee

- Arie van Deursen
- Jasper van Dijck
- Peter Mosses
- Roniet Sharabi
- Shémara van der Zwet


For all enquiries about the symposium, please use the contact form at
symposium.eelcovisser.org/contact or email sympos...@eelcovisser.org

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