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SLE 2012 : 5th International Conference on Software Language Engineering


Conference Series : Software Language Engineering
When Sep 25, 2012 - Sep 28, 2012
Where Dresden, Germany
Abstract Registration Due Jun 4, 2012
Submission Deadline Jun 11, 2012
Notification Due Aug 3, 2012
Final Version Due Sep 3, 2012
Categories    software engineering   model driven engineering   ontology engineering   grammar engineering

Call For Papers

Fifth International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2012)
Sept 25-28, 2012, Dresden, Germany
(Co-located with GPCE 2012)

General chair:
Uwe Assmann, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Program co-chairs:
Krzysztof Czarnecki, Waterloo University, Canada
Görel Hedin, Lund University, Sweden

The 5th International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2012)
is devoted to topics related to artificial languages in software engineering.
SLE's foremost mission is to encourage and organize communication among
communities that have traditionally looked at software languages from
different and yet complementary perspectives. Thus, of particular relevance
to SLE are technologies, methods, experiments, and case studies on software
languages from modelware, grammarware and ontologyware perspectives.


Abstract submission deadline : June 4, 2012
Article submission deadline : June 11, 2012
Notification to authors : August 3, 2012
Camera-ready papers for preproceedings : September 3, 2012
Camera-ready papers for postproceedings : TBA


We solicit the following types of papers:

- Research papers: These should report a substantial research contribution to
SLE or successful application of SLE techniques or both. Full paper
submissions must not exceed 20 pages.

- Industrial experience papers: These papers discuss practical applications
of SLE technology with an emphasis on the advantages and disadvantages of the
method, techniques, or tools used. These papers must not exceed 10 pages.

- Tool demonstration papers: Because of SLE's ample interest in tools, we
seek papers that present software tools related to the field of SLE. These
papers will accompany a tool demonstration to be given at the conference.
These papers must not exceed 10 pages. The selection criteria include the
originality of the tool, its innovative aspects, the relevance of the tool to
SLE, and the maturity of the tool.

Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently be
submitted for publication elsewhere.


All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the
program committee. As for previous instances of SLE, all accepted papers will
be made available at the conference in the pre-proceedings and published in
the post-proceedings of the conference, which will appear in Springer's
Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (pending approval). Authors will
have the opportunity to revise their accepted paper for the pre- and
post-proceedings. All papers must be formatted according to the Springer’s
Lecture Notes in Computer Science style.


The term "software language" refers to artificial languages used in software
development including general-purpose programming languages, domain-specific
languages, modeling and meta-modeling languages, data models, and ontologies.
Examples include general purpose modeling languages such as UML, but also
domain-specific modeling languages for business process modeling, such as
BPMN, or embedded systems, such as Simulink or Modelica, and specialized
XML-based and OWL-based languages and vocabularies. The term "software
language" also comprises APIs and collections of design patterns that define
a language implicitly.

Software language engineering is the application of systematic, disciplined,
and quantifiable approaches to the development (design, implementation,
testing, deployment), use, and maintenance (evolution, recovery, and
retirement) of these languages. Of special interest are (1) formal
descriptions of languages that are used to design or generate language-based
tools and (2) methods and tools for managing such descriptions, including
modularization, refactoring, refinement, composition, versioning,
co-evolution, recovery, and analysis.


We solicit high-quality contributions in the area of SLE ranging from
theoretical and conceptual contributions to tools, techniques, and frameworks
that support the aforementioned lifecycle activities. The topics of interest
include, but are not limited to the following:

- Formalisms used in designing and specifying languages and tools that
analyze language descriptions: Examples are formalisms for grammars, schemas,
ontologies, and metamodels; tools that detect inconsistencies in metamodels
or analyze grammars to build a parser; and formal logics and proof assistants
that verify properties of language specifications.

- Language implementation techniques: These include advances in traditional
compiler generator tools such as parser/scanner generators, attribute grammar
systems, term-rewriting systems, functional-programming-based combinator
libraries; also of interest are metamodel-based and ontology tools
implementing constraint, rule, view, transformation, and query formalisms and

- Program and model transformation tools: Examples are tools that support
program refinement and refactoring, model-based development, aspect and model
weaving, model extraction, metamodeling, model transformations, reasoning on
models, round-trip engineering, and runtime system transformation.

- Composition, integration, and mapping tools for managing different aspects
of software languages or different manifestations of given language: Examples
are tools for mapping between the concrete and abstract syntax of a language
and for managing textual and graphical concrete syntax for the same or
closely related languages.

- Transformations and transformation languages between languages and models:
transformation descriptions and tools or XML/RDF/ontology/object/relational
mappings; also, reasoning for and about transformations.

- Language evolution: Included are extensible languages and type systems and
their supporting tools and language conversion tools. Ontologies and APIs,
when considered as languages, are subject to evolution; thus tools and
techniques that assist developers in using a new version of an ontology or an
API or a competing implementation in a program are also of interest.

- Approaches to the elicitation, specification, and verification of
requirements for software languages: Examples include the use of requirements
engineering techniques in domain engineering and in the development of
domain-specific languages and the application of logic-based formalisms for
verifying language and domain requirements.

- Language development frameworks, methodologies, techniques, best practices,
and tools for the broader language lifecycle covering phases such as
analysis, testing, and documentation. For example, frameworks for advanced
type or reasoning systems, constraint mechanisms, tools for metrics
collection and language usage analysis, assessing language usability,
documentation generators, visualization backends, generation of tests for
language-based tools, knowledge and process management approaches, as well as
IDE support for many of these activities are of interest.

- Design challenges in SLE: Example challenges include finding a balance
between specificity and generality in designing domain-specific languages,
between strong static typing and weaker yet more flexible type systems, or
between deep and shallow embedding approaches, as, for example, in the
context of adding type-safe XML and database programming support to general
purpose programming languages.

- Applications of languages including innovative domain-specific languages or
"little" languages: Examples include policy languages for security or service
oriented architectures, web-engineering with schema-based generators or
ontology-based annotations. Of specific interest are the engineering aspects
of domain-specific language support in all of these cases.

The program committee chairs encourage potential contributors to contact them
with questions about the scope and topics of interest of SLE.


Emilie Balland, INRIA Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, France
Paulo Borba, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Claus Brabrand, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jordi Cabot, École des Mines de Nantes, France
Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo, Canada (co-chair)
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada
Jeremy Gibbons, University of Oxford, UK
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
Görel Hedin, Lund University, Sweden (co-chair)
Markus Herrmannsdoerfer, Technische Universität München, Germany
Zhenjiang Hu, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Paul Klint, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Julia Lawall, INRIA/LIP6, France
Kim Mens, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Mira Mezini, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Daniel Moody, Ozemantics Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia
Pierre-Etienne Moreau, Ecole de Mines de Nancy, France
Peter Mosses, Swansea University, UK
Ralf Möller, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Klaus Ostermann, University of Marburg, Germany
Bijan Parsia, University of Manchester, UK
Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
Lukas Renggli, Google, Zurich, Switzerland
Bernhard Rumpe, Aachen University, Germany
Joao Saraiva, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Michael Schwartzbach, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Friedrich Steimann, Fernuniversität in Hagen, Germany
Mark van den Brand, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Eric Van Wyk, University of Minnesota, USA
Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK
Steffen Zschaler, King's College, London, UK

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