[ecoop-info] STAF2015: Call for Satellite Events (Workshops and Tutorials)

Davide Di Ruscio davide.diruscio at univaq.it
Mon Nov 17 14:00:45 CET 2014

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STAF 2015: Software Technologies: Applications and Foundations

Call for Satellite Events (Workshops and Tutorials)
   *** Special Theme on Reproducibility ***

July 20-24, 2015 - L’Aquila, Italy


Software Technologies: Applications and Foundations (STAF) is a
federation of a number of the leading conferences on software
technologies. It was formed after the end of the successful TOOLS
federated event (http://tools.ethz.ch) in 2012, providing a loose
umbrella organisation, with a steering committee that aims to provide

The STAF federated event runs annually; the conferences that
participate may vary from year to year, but all focus on practical and
foundational advances in software technology. The conferences address
all aspects of software technology, from object-oriented design,
testing, mathematical approaches to modelling and verification,
transformation, model-driven engineering, aspect-oriented techniques,
and tools.

STAF 2015 will bring together the 8th International Conference on
Model Transformation (ICMT), the 8th International Conference on Graph
Transformation (ICGT), the 11th European Conference on Modelling
Foundations and Applications (ECMFA), and the 9th  International
Conference on Tests and Proof (TAP).

STAF 2015 will also host a number of satellite events (workshops and
tutorials) during July 20th-24th, 2015. Workshops will provide a
collaborative forum for groups of typically 15 to 35 participants to
exchange recent and/or preliminary results, to conduct intensive
discussions on a particular topic, or to coordinate efforts between
representatives of a technical community. They are intended as a forum
for lively discussion of innovative ideas, recent progress, or
practical experience on model-driven engineering for specific aspects,
specific problems, or domain-specific needs. Each workshop should
provide a balanced distribution of its time for both presentation of
papers and discussions. We encourage prospective workshop organizers
to submit proposals for highly-interactive workshops focusing on areas
related to modeling in general. Both research-oriented and applied
topics are welcome. The duration of each workshop is either one day or
half a day. Tutorials must cover advanced topics that fit the scope of
STAF and are of current interest to the STAF community. Tutorials may
be lectures, interactive workshops, hands-on training, or any
combination of the above. Exploring diverse ways of interacting with
the audience is welcome as are cross-disciplinary topics. Tutorials
will need to attract at least 5 registered participants to ensure
their financial viability.

The STAF 2015 workshop and tutorial theme is “Reproducibility”.
Workshop organizers are encouraged, even though it is not mandatory,
to make a special edition of their workshop by putting additional
focus on trending topics such as:

1. open access to data sets,
2. online supplements which lower the barrier to reproducing the
results of a paper,
3. online supplements which strengthen the confidence that a proposed
software technology is based on (or could at least be applied on) more
than the paper’s running example.

Regarding (1), STAF 2015 workshop and tutorial organizers are
encouraged to explore platforms such as FigShare.com.  Regarding (2)
and (3), interested organizers will be granted an administration
account for the academic SHARE [http://SHARE20.eu] platform. Workshop
organizer instructions will be provided later. Among others, author
instructions will be made available in the shared call for papers for
all workshops and tutorials.

It is important to remark that STAF workshops are not expected to be
mini-conferences with batches of presentations. Instead, workshops
should stimulate lively discussions among participants to debate novel
ideas and challenge the status quo. Workshop organizers are encouraged
to experiment with innovative methods that really leverage physical
presence of attendees.

Important Dates

25 January 2015: Satellite Event Proposal Submission
14 February 2015: Notification
21 February 2015: Submission of final version of Call for papers

Accepted events will run according to the following suggested deadlines:

Abstract submission: 24 April 2015
Paper submission:  8 May 2015
Author notification: 5 June 2015
Camera-ready version: 19 June 2015

Satellite Event Proposal Guidelines

Your proposal document must contain the following information:

1. General Information
  1.1 Event title
  1.2 Event type (workshop/tutorial)
  1.3 Organizers and primary contact (name/affiliation/email)
  1.4 Abstract (200 words), intended for the STAF 2015 web site

2. Objectives and Scope
  2.1 Motivation
  2.2 Objectives
  2.3 Intended audience
  2.4 Relevance (in particular to the STAF community)
  2.5 Previous events (including, where applicable, the number of
submitted and accepted papers, and the number of attendees)

3. Organization Details
  3.1 Details on the organizers (150 words max each), including
relevant past experience in workshop/tutorial organization
  3.2 Workshop program committee (workshops only)
  3.3 Would you be willing to merge your workshop with other workshops
on a similar topic if this were a condition for hosting your workshop
at STAF? (workshops only)

4. Workshop/Tutorial Format
  4.1 Intended paper format (number of pages; types of paper, e.g.,
full-papers, work-in-progress papers, practitioners' reports, posters)
  4.2 Paper evaluation process (workshops only)
  4.3 Intended publication of accepted papers (printed proceedings or
Web site) (workshops only)
  4.4 Intended workshop format (including duration, number of
presentations, and planned keynotes, panels, etc.) (workshops only)
  4.5 Intended tutorial format (lecture along with slides, hands-on
exercises, group problem solving sessions, etc.) (tutorials only)
  4.6 Intended audience, its assumed background, and its expected
expertise level (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
  4.7 How many participants do you expect (please explain your educated guess)?
  4.8 What kind of equipment do you need (e.g., data projector,
computer, whiteboard, reliable internet connection)?

For section 4.4, please clarify in particular why participants should
submit to your workshop instead of to a conference or journal on
related topics. If you do not plan to apply some interactive parts
(such as interactive brainstorming, prototyping, benchmarking,
experimentation, …) please clarify why you still think a physical
workshop is the appropriate format. Moreover, organizers should
clearly detail how they plan to encourage all attendees to actively
participate in the workshop, beyond listening to presentations, asking
questions, or simply splitting into groups. Novel and out-of-the-box
ideas on how to stimulate discussions and engage participants into the
workshop are very welcome.

5. Additional Material
  5.1 Event Web page (URL of the draft Web page, if one exists)
  5.2 Draft Call for papers for the Workshop (a one page Call for
Papers that you intend to send out if your workshop is accepted)
(workshops only)

6. First and second choices for the date of the event; indicate
possible conflicts with STAF 2015 conferences (those that a
significant number of potential event participants will want to
attend). In case there are multiple potential conflicts, then please
provide priorities in order to facilitate the scheduling.


Please ensure that you adhere to the above workshop/tutorial proposal
guidelines providing all requested information using at most six pages
(not including the draft Call for Papers).

Submit your satellite event proposal electronically in PDF using the
Springer LNCS style (see

The proposal must be submitted as a PDF file to EasyChair. Please use
the following URL to submit your satellite event proposal:

Proposals will be selected based on their relevance to the conferences
aims, beneficiaries, and timely advances in their respective topics.
In particular, proposals will be evaluated according to the following

  * The potential to advance the state of research and practice
  * The organizers’ commitment to arrange for sensible digital and
permanent post-meeting proceedings (workshops only)
  * The organizers' experience and ability to lead a successful event
  * The meaningful use of methods that activate the audience,
leveraging physical participation (why a workshop instead of a
conference/journal, why a physical tutorial instead of an online
tutorial/video, …),
  * The balance and synergy between the proposed events
  * The continuity of previous years events


Workshops will need to make individual arrangements regarding
publishing their proceedings.

Satellite Events Co-Chairs

Davide Di Ruscio (davide.diruscio at univaq.it)
Pieter Van Gorp (p.m.e.v.gorp at tue.nl)

For further information, please email us at
staf2015satelliteevents at easychair.org

Davide Di Ruscio, PhD in Computer Science
Department of Information Engineering Computer Science and Mathematics
University of L'Aquila
Via Vetoio, Coppito I-67010 L'Aquila (Italy)
Email: davide.diruscio at univaq.it
WWW:   http://www.di.univaq.it/diruscio
Skype: davidediruscio
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