[ecoop-info] CFP: SLE 2021 - 14th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering

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Wed May 12 11:11:17 CEST 2021

14th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering
(SLE 2021)
October 17-19, 2021
Chicago, Illinois

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We are pleased to invite you to submit papers to the 14th ACM SIGPLAN
International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2021), held
in conjunction with SPLASH, GPCE and SAS 2021. Based on the future
developments the conference will be hosted in Chicago, Illinois, United
States on October 17-19, 2021 or will be held as a virtual event.


The ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering
(SLE) is devoted to the principles of software languages: their design,
their implementation, and their evolution.

With the ubiquity of computers, software has become the dominating
intellectual asset of our time. In turn, this software depends on software
languages, namely the languages it is written in, the languages used to
describe its environment, and the languages driving its development
process. Given that everything depends on software and that software
depends on software languages, it seems fair to say that for many years to
come, everything will depend on software languages.

Software language engineering (SLE) is the discipline of engineering
languages and their tools required for the creation of software. It
abstracts from the differences between programming languages, modelling
languages, and other software languages, and emphasizes the engineering
facet of the creation of such languages, that is, the establishment of the
scientific methods and practices that enable the best results. While SLE is
certainly driven by its metacircular character (software languages are
engineered using software languages), SLE is not self-satisfying: its scope
extends to the engineering of languages for all and everything.

Like its predecessors, the 14th edition of the SLE conference, SLE 2021,
will bring together researchers from different areas united by their common
interest in the creation, capture, and tooling of software languages. It
overlaps with traditional conferences on the design and implementation of
programming languages, model-driven engineering, and compiler construction,
and emphasizes the fusion of their communities. To foster the latter, SLE
traditionally fills a two-day program with a single track, with the only
temporal overlap occurring between co-located events.

Topics of Interest

SLE 2021 solicits high-quality contributions in areas ranging from
theoretical and conceptual contributions, to tools, techniques, and
frameworks in the domain of software language engineering. Broadly
speaking, SLE covers software language engineering rather than engineering
a specific software language. Topics of interest include, but are not
limited to:

* Software Language Design and Implementation
      - Approaches to and methods for language design
      - Static semantics (e.g., design rules, well-formedness constraints)
      - Techniques for specifying behavioral / executable semantics
      - Generative approaches (incl. code synthesis, compilation)
      - Meta-languages, meta-tools, language workbenches

* Software Language Validation
      - Verification and formal methods for languages
      - Testing techniques for languages
      - Simulation techniques for languages

* Software Language Integration and Composition
      - Coordination of heterogeneous languages and tools
      - Mappings between languages (incl. transformation languages)
      - Traceability between languages
      - Deployment of languages to different platforms

* Software Language Maintenance
      - Software language reuse
      - Language evolution
      - Language families and variability

* Domain-specific approaches for any aspects of SLE (design,
implementation, validation, maintenance)

* Empirical evaluation and experience reports of language engineering tools
      - User studies evaluating usability
      - Performance benchmarks
      - Industrial applications

Important Dates

All dates are Anywhere on Earth.

* Mon 5 Jul 2021 - Abstract Submissions
* Fri 9 Jul 2021 - Paper Submissions
* Wed 1 Sep 2021 - Review Notification
* Wed-Fri 1-3 Sep 2021 - Author Response Period
* Mon 13 Sep 2021 - Notification
* Wed 15 Sept 2021 - Artifact Submissions
* Tue 28 Sep 2021 - Artifact Kick-the-tires Author Response
* Tue 12 Oct 2021 - Artifact Notification
* Sun-Tue 17-19 Oct 2021 - SLE Conference

Types of Submissions

SLE 2021 solicits three types of papers:

* Research papers
These are "traditional" papers detailing research contributions to SLE.
These papers have a limit of 12 pages, and may optionally include 8 further
pages of bibliography/appendices

* Tool papers
These are papers which focus on the tooling aspects which are often
forgotten or neglected in research papers. A good tool paper focuses on
practical insights that are likely to be useful to other implementers or
users in the future. Any of the SLE topics of interest are appropriate
areas for tool demonstrations. Submissions must not exceed 5 pages and may
optionally include 1 further page of bibliography / appendices. They may
optionally come with an appendix with a demo outline / screenshots and/or a
short video/screencast illustrating the tool. The title of a Tool paper
must start with "Tool Demo:".

*New ideas / vision papers
These are papers on forward-looking, innovative research in software
language engineering. Our aim here is to accelerate the exposure of the
software language engineering community to early yet potentially
ground-breaking research results, or to techniques and perspectives that
challenge the status quo in the discipline. New ideas / vision papers must
not exceed 5 pages, and may optionally include 1 further page of
bibliography / appendices. The title of a new ideas / vision papers must
start with "New Ideas:" or "Vision:".

Artifact Evaluation

For the sixth year, SLE will use an evaluation process for assessing the
quality of the artifacts on which papers are based to foster the culture of
experimental reproducibility. Authors of accepted papers are invited to
submit artifacts. For more information, please have a look at the Artifact
Evaluation page (http://www.sleconf.org/2021/ArtifactEvaluation.html).


Submissions have to use the ACM SIGPLAN Conference Format “acmart” (
http://sigplan.org/Resources/Author/#acmart-format); please make sure that
you always use the latest ACM SIGPLAN acmart LaTeX template(
and that the document class definition is
\documentclass[sigplan,anonymous,review]{acmart}. Do not make any changes
to this format!

Ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white
printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font
sizes in figures and tables are legible.

To increase fairness in reviewing, a double-blind review process has become
standard across SIGPLAN conferences. In this line, SLE will follow the
double-blind process. Author names and institutions should be omitted from
submitted papers, and references to the authors’ own related work should be
in the third person. No other changes are necessary, and authors will not
be penalized if reviewers are able to infer their identities in implicit

All submissions must be in PDF format.

Concurrent Submissions:
Papers must describe unpublished work that is not currently submitted for
publication elsewhere as described by SIGPLAN’s Republication Policy (
http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Policies/Republication). Submitters should
also be aware of ACM’s Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism (
http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/plagiarism_policy). Submissions
that violate these policies will be desk-rejected.

Submission Site:
Submissions will be accepted at https://sle21.hotcrp.com/

Reviewing Process

All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the
program committee. Research papers and tool papers will be evaluated
concerning novelty, correctness, significance, readability, and alignment
with the conference call. New ideas / vision papers will be evaluated
primarily concerning novelty, significance, readability, and alignment with
the conference call.

For fairness reasons, all submitted papers must conform to the above
instructions. Submissions that violate these instructions may be rejected
without review, at the discretion of the PC chairs.


* Distinguished paper: Award for most notable paper, as determined by the
PC chairs based on the recommendations of the programme committee.

* Distinguished reviewer: Award for distinguished reviewer, as determined
by the PC chairs.

* Distinguished artifact: Award for the artifact most significantly
exceeding expectations, as determined by the AEC chairs based on the
recommendations of the artifact evaluation committee.


All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the
proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be
up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official
publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to
published work.



* General chair: Eelco Visser, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
* Program co-chair: Dimitris Kolovos, University of York, United Kingdom
* Program co-chair: Emma Söderberg, Lund University, Sweden
* Artefact Evaluation co-chair: Elias Castegren, KTH, Sweden
* Artefact Evaluation co-chair: Andreas Wortmann, RWTH Aachen University,

Program Committee:

Vincent Aranega, University of Lille, France
Mikhail Barash, University of Bergen, Norway
Melanie Bats, Obeo, France
David Broman, KTH, Sweden
Shigeru Chiba, University of Tokyo, Japan
Alfonso de la Vega, University of York, United Kingdom
Juan De Lara, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Davide Di Ruscio, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Marcos Didonet del Fabro, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
Juergen Dingel, Queen's University, Canada
Michalis Famelis, University of Montreal, Canada
Bernd Fischer, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Niklas Fors, Lund University, Sweden
Antonio Garcia Dominguez, Aston University, United Kingdom
Esther Guerra, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Görel Hedin, Lund University, Sweden
Stuart Hutchesson, Independent, United Kingdom
Adrian Johnstone, Royal Holloway, United Kingdom
Paddy Krishnan, Oracle Labs, Australia
James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Carlos Olarte, ECT UFRN, Brazil
João Saraiva, HASLab / INESC TEC and Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Anthony Sloane, Macquarie University, Australia
Daniel Strüber, Radboud University , Netherlands
Ulyana Tikhonova, CWI, Netherlands
Mark van der Brand, TU Eindhoven,  Netherlands
Juan Manuel Vara, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Ran Wei, Dalian University of Technology, China
Bahman Zamani, University of Isfahan, Iran


For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions, please
contact the Programme Chairs (Emma Söderberg and Dimitris Kolovos).

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