Call for workshop proposals

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We invite you to submit proposals for one-day or two-day workshops in any area related to the field of system and software product lines. In particular, workshops on challenging, emerging areas related to the conference topics are specially sought. We particularly encourage proposals for highly interactive and collaborative workshops, rather than mini-conferences, e.g., apart from the traditional short and long papers, consider allowing position papers with only one page (not included in the proceedings) and focus on a lively discussion after the presentation at the workshop to foster new ideas and gather feedback (rather than just defending the presented work). The expected dates of the workshops would be September 10th and 11th, 2018, before the main track of the conference.


  • Workshop proposal: February 15, 2018
  • Notification: March 1, 2018
  • Call for workshop papers and workshop website (incl. finalized PC): March 15, 2018
  • Workshop papers submission: May 23, 2018
  • Workshop papers notification: Jun 22, 2018
  • Final version of papers + summary of the workshop: July 2, 2018


SPLC workshop papers will be published in volume 2 of the SPLC conference proceedings published by ACM. Moreover, a one-page summary of each accepted workshop will be published in volume 1 of the proceedings.

Workshop proposals should be authored by at least two organizers, preferably from different institutions, and they should contain the following three sections and address each corresponding point:

1. Organizers

  • Name: organizers’ full names
  • Contact information: affiliations, job titles, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, URLs, and phone
  • Brief biography: 100-200 words, focusing on the organizers’ expertise in the field and experience as workshop organizers

2. Workshop content

  • Title: workshop title and acronym
  • Abstract: max 150 words describing the workshop (suitable for the conference’s website)
  • Topics and motivation:
    • What are the topics, themes, and areas of interest of the workshop?
    • How is the workshop relevant to SPLC?
    • How does the workshop connect SPLC to other research communities?
  • Goals and expected results:
    • Explicitly state the goals of the workshop and how you intend to reach them
    • What are the expected results of the workshop?
    • How will these results be disseminated?
  • Format:
    • What is the planned workshop format (paper presentations, working sessions, lightning talks, demonstrations, etc.)?
    • What will be done to stimulate collaborative interaction?
    • What are the planned pre- and post-workshop activities?
  • Participants:
    • What is the expected number of submissions and participants? Provide a plan for attracting sufficient submissions and promoting attendance
    • If applicable, specify the participant selection process
    • If applicable, please provide information from previous or related workshops. Have there been previous workshops on the same or a closely related topic? When, where and with how many participants?
    • Required equipment: Overhead projector, PC projector, whiteboard, flip charts, microphone, etc.
  • Program committee: list of tentative program committee members, names and affiliations.

3. Preliminary Call for Papers

This will necessarily repeat some of the information from the previous sections but should be targeted towards prospective participants. It should address the following items:

  • Overview of the motivation, topics, and goals
  • Workshop format
  • Deadlines of the workshop (see dates in this call for proposals)
  • Submission guidelines and review process
  • References to previous workshops (websites)

Submission instructions

Please send your workshop proposals using EasyChair:

A workshop proposal must be at most 4 pages.

The ACM styles have changed recently, and all authors should use the official 2017 ACM Master article template.

Latex users are indicated to use the “sigconf” option, so they are recommended to use the template that can be found in “sample-sigconf.tex”. In this way, the following latex code can be placed at the start of the latex document:


\acmConference[SPLC'18]{22nd International Conference on Software Product Line}{10--14 September, 2018}{Gothenburg, Sweden}

Relevant supporting material, such as proceedings from previous offerings of the proposed workshop or other workshops run by the proposal authors, should be included if available but are not required for submission.

Acceptance Criteria

Each workshop proposal will be evaluated according to the relevance of its topic, the expertise and experience of the workshop organizers, and the workshop’s potential for attracting participants and generating useful results. We underline the importance of active and creative workshops that foster a collaborative environment of interest to both practitioners and researchers, aiming, e.g., to evolve the field of software product lines and to identify elements of joint future work. To obtain a balanced and cohesive workshop program, the Organizing Committee will collaborate closely with workshop organizers and reserves the right to circulate proposals to other submitters in view of possible workshop mergers. The organizers of accepted workshops will be required to create and maintain a Web site in a timely manner to serve as a workshop information center and to provide a repository for documenting pre- and post-workshop activities.

The SPLC proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library. SPLC is ranked as a top conference.

At least one author of each accepted proposal must register and attend SPLC 2018 in order for the workshop to be accepted and the summary of the workshop published.



Christoph Seidl
Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany
Jabier Martinez
LIP6, Sorbonne Universites, France