[ecoop-info] GPCE’16 Call for Papers

Christoph Seidl c.seidl at tu-braunschweig.de
Fri Mar 11 17:57:53 CET 2016



15th International Conference on

Generative Programming: Concepts & Experiences (GPCE 2016)

October 31-November 1, 2016

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(collocated with SPLASH 2016)





* Submission of abstracts:June 17, 2016

* Submission of papers:June 24, 2016

* Paper notification:August 26, 2016



Generative and component approaches and domain-specific abstractions are

revolutionizing software development just as automation and

componentization revolutionized manufacturing. Raising the level of

abstraction in software specification has been a fundamental goal of the

computing community for several decades. Key technologies for automating

program development and lifting the abstraction level closer to the

problem domain are Generative Programming for program synthesis, Domain-

Specific Languages (DSLs) for compact problem-oriented programming

notations, and corresponding Implementation Technologies aiming at

modularity, correctness, reuse, and evolution. As the field matures,

Applications and Empirical Results are of increasing importance.

The International Conference on Generative Programming: Concepts &

Experiences (GPCE) is a venue for researchers and practitioners interested

in techniques that use program generation, domain-specific languages, and

component deployment to increase programmer productivity, improve software

quality, and shorten the time-to-market of software products. In addition

to exploring cutting-edge techniques of generative software, our goal is

to foster further cross-fertilization between the software engineering and

the programming languages research communities.


We seek research papers reporting original and unpublished results of

theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental research that

contribute to scientific knowledge in the areas listed below (the PC chair

can advise on appropriateness). GPCE distinguishes the following types of


Research Papers:

* Full Papers: Full papers report original and unpublished results of

theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental research that

contribute to scientific knowledge in the areas listed below (the PC

chair can advise on appropriateness). Full paper submissions are limited

to 10 pages + 2 extra pages for references.

* Short Papers: The goal of short papers is to promote current work on

research and practice. Short papers represent an early communication of

research and do not always require complete results as in the case of a

full paper. In this way, authors can introduce new ideas to the

community, discuss ideas and get early feedback. Please note that short

papers are not intended to be position statements. Short papers are

included in the proceedings and will be presented with a smaller time

slot at the conference. Short papers are limited to 4 pages + 1 extra

page for references.

* Tool demonstrations: Tool demonstrations should present tools that

implement generative techniques, and are available for use. Any of the

GPCE topics of interest are appropriate areas for tool demonstrations,

although purely commercial tool demonstrations will not be accepted.

Submissions must provide a tool description of 4 pages, excluding 1

extra page for references and a demonstration outline including

screenshots of up to 4 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 4-page demonstration outline will be used by the

program committee only for evaluating the submission.

Tech talks: Depending on whether there is space in the program, GPCE may

solicit Tech talks. See the GPCE’15 tech talks call for contributions for

details. For now, if you are interested in presenting a Tech talk, please

contact the chairs.

Submissions must adhere to the SIGPLAN proceedings style

(sigplanconf.cls, see http://www.sigplan.org/authorInformation.htm) can be

made via the submission page https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gpce16.

Authors of a set of top ranked papers selected by the GPCE’16 program

committee will be invited to submit extended versions of their GPCE’16

papers to a special issue of the Elsevier Computer Languages, Systems and

Structures (COMLAN) journal. The special issue will publish GPCE’16 papers

by invitation from the guest editors and will only include top-ranked

papers from GPCE’16 (based on the GPCE’16 review). The special issue will

be published by Elsevier in Computer Languages, Systems and Structures


GPCE seeks contributions on all topics related to generative software and

its properties. As technology is maturing and sophisticated but

increasingly complex applications and services are realized in a variety

of application areas (e.g., Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, Internet of

Things, Cyber Physical Systems, Software Defined Networking, etc.), this

year, we are particularly looking for empirical evaluations in this

context. Key topics include (but are certainly not limited to):

* Generative software

- Domain-specific languages

- Product lines

- Metaprogramming

- Program synthesis

- Implementation techniques and tool support

* Practical applications and empirical evaluations

- Empirical evaluations of all topics above

- Application areas and engineering practice

* Properties of generative software

- Correctness of generators and generated code

- Reuse and evolution

- Modularity, separation of concerns, understandability, and


- Performance engineering, nonfunctional properties

- Application areas and engineering practice

A more detailed list of topics can be found on the website.

Examples of key challenges in the field are

* Synthesizing code from declarative specifications

* Supporting extensible languages and language embedding

* Ensuring correctness and other nonfunctional properties of generated

code; proving generators correct

* Improving error reporting with domain-specific error messages

* Reasoning about generators; handling variability-induced complexity in

product lines

* Providing efficient interpreters and execution languages

* Human factors in developing and maintaining generators

Note on empirical evaluations: This year, GPCE seriously commits on

encouraging submissions about empirical evaluations of generative

software. Empirical papers often have a difficult stand at programming

language venues. We understand the frustration with reviews for empirical

papers that, for example, simply recommend repeating entire experiments

with human subjects due to slight deviations in the execution. To

alleviate these problems, we have asked several experts routinely working

with empirical methods to join the program committee and we will actively

seek external reviews where appropriate. During submissions, authors can

optionally indicate whether their paper contains substantial empirical

work, and we will invest all effort necessary to ensure that such papers

will be reviewed by experts familiar with the used empirical research

method. The program-committee discussions will reflect on both technical

contribution and research method.

Policy: Incremental improvements over previously published work should

have been evaluated through systematic, comparative, empirical, or

experimental evaluation.Submissions must adhere to SIGPLAN's

republication policy (http://www.sigplan.org/republicationpolicy.htm).

Please contact the program chair if you have any questions about how this

policy applies to your paper (chairs at gpce.org).


Chairs (chairs at gpce.org)

General Chair: Bernd Fischer (Stellenbosch University, ZA)

Program Chair: Ina Schaefer (Technische Universität Braunschweig, DE)

Publicity Chair: Christoph Seidl (Technische Universität Braunschweig, DE)

Program Committee

* Kenichi Asai (Ochanomizu University)

* Anya Helene Bagge (University of Bergen, NO)

* Walter Binder (University of Lugano, CH)

* Sandrine Blazy (IRISA / University of Rennes 1, FR)

* Rastislav Bodik (University of Washington, US)

* Shigeru Chiba (University of Tokyo, JP)

* Ewen Denney (NASA Ames Research Center, US)

* Sebastian Erdweg (TU Darmstadt, DE)

* Martin Erwig (Oregon State University, US)

* Matthew Flatt (University of Utah, US)

* Aniruddha Gokhale (Vanderbilt University, US)

* Jeff Gray (University of Alabama, US)

* Michael Haupt (Oracle Labs)

* Christian Kästner (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US)

* Julia Lawall (LIP6, FR)

* Derek Rayside (University of Waterloo, CA)

* Tiark Rompf (Purdue & Oracle Labs, US)

* Ulrik Schultz (University of Southern Denmark, DK)

* Sandro Schulze (Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, DE)

* Mary Sheeran (Chalmers University of Technology, SE)

* Norbert Siegmund (University of Passau, DE)

* Walid Taha

* Markus Völter (itemis, DE)

* Steffen Zschaler (King's College London, UK)

* Tijs van der Storm (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, NL)

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