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[aspectj-announce] Second Call for Papers: 15th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2022)

15th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language
Engineering (SLE 2022)
December 5-10, 2022
Auckland, New Zealand
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We are pleased to invite you to submit papers to the 15th ACM SIGPLAN
International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2022),
held in conjunction with SPLASH, GPCE and SAS 2022. Based on the
future developments the conference will be hosted in Auckland, New
Zealand on December 5-10, 2022.

Topics of Interest

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, language and software product lines
- 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
- "Synergies between Language Engineering and emerging/promising research areas"
- AI and ML language engineering (e.g., ML compiler testing, code
classification) Quantum language engineering (e.g., language design
for quantum machines)
- Language engineering for physical systems (e.g., CPS, IoT, digital twins)
- Socio-technical systems and language engineering (e.g., language
evolution to adapt to social requirements)
- Etc.

Types of Submissions

SLE accepts the following types of papers:

- **Research papers**: These are "traditional" papers detailing
research contributions to SLE. Papers may range from 6 to 12 pages in
length, and may optionally include 2 further pages of
bibliography/appendices. Papers will be reviewed with an understanding
that some results do not need 12 full pages and may be fully described
in fewer pages.

- **New ideas / vision papers**: These are papers that may describe
new, unconventional software language engineering research positions
or approaches that depart from standard practice. They can describe
well-defined research ideas that are at an early stage of
investigation. They could also provide new evidence to challenge
common wisdom, present new unifying theories about existing SLE
research that provides novel insight or that can lead to the
development of new technologies or approaches, or apply SLE technology
to radically new application areas. New ideas / vision papers must not
exceed 5 pages, and may optionally include 1 further page of
bibliography / appendices.

- **SLE Body of Knowledge**: The SLE Body of Knowledge (SLEBoK) is a
community-wide effort to provide a unique and comprehensive
description of the concepts, best practices, tools and methods
developed by the SLE community. To this respect, the SLE conference
will accept surveys, essays, open challenges, empirical observations
and case study papers on the SLE topics. These can focus on but they
are not limited to methods, techniques, best practices and teaching
approaches. Papers in this category can have up to 20 pages, including

- **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.

**Workshops**: Workshops will be organized by SPLASH. Please inform us
and contact the SPLASH organizers if you would like to organize a
workshop of interest to the SLE audience. Information on how to submit
workshops can be found at the SPLASH 2022 Website.

Important Dates

All dates are Anywhere on Earth.

* Abstract submissions: August 8, 2022
* Paper submissions: August 12, 2022
* Review notification: September 18, 2022 (starting of the rebuttal)
* Author response period: September 28, 2022 (end of the rebuttal)
* Notification: September 30, 2022
* Artifact submissions: October 11, 2022
* Camera-ready (for both rounds): October 15, 2022
* Artifact kick-the-tires Author response: October 24, 2022
* Artifact notification:  November 11, 2022
* Conference: December 5-10, 2022


Submissions have to use the ACM SIGPLAN Conference Format
"acmart"(; please
make sure that you always use the latest ACM SIGPLAN acmart LaTeX
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 ways.

All submissions must be in PDF format. The submission website is:

Concurrent Submissions

Papers must describe unpublished work that is not currently submitted
for publication elsewhere as described by SIGPLAN’s Republication
Policy (
Submitters should also be aware of ACM’s Policy and Procedures on
Plagiarism (
Submissions that violate these policies will be desk-rejected.

Policy on Human Participant and Subject Research

Authors conducting research involving human participants and subjects
must ensure that their research comply with their local governing laws
and regulations and the ACM’s general principles as stated in the
ACM’s Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and
Subjects (
Submissions that violate this policy will be rejected.

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. SLEBoK papers will be reviewed on
their significance, readability, topicality and capacity of
presenting/evaluating/demonstrating a piece of BoK about SLE.

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.

After each review round, authors will get a chance to respond before a
final decision is made.

Artifact Evaluation

For the seventh 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 research
papers are invited to submit artifacts. For more information, please
have a look at the Artifact Evaluation
( page.

Special Issue

There will be a special issue on Software Language Engineering in the
Journal of Systems and Software (JSS). The best papers accepted at the
conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their


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

SLE and Doctoral Students

SLE encourages students to submit to the SPLASH doctoral symposium.
Authors of accepted papers will have the chance to present their work
to the SLE audience, too.



* General chair: Bernd Fischer, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
* PC co-chair: Lola Burgueño, Open University of Catalonia, Spain
* PC co-chair: Walter Cazzola, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
* Artefact Evaluation co-chair: Thomas Kühn, Karlsruhe Institute of
Technology, Germany
* Artefact Evaluation co-chair: Juliana A. Pereira, Pontifical
Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Program committee:

Shaukat Ali, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Arvid Butting, Aachen University, Germany
Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto, Canada
Shigeru Chiba, University of Tokyo, Japan
Benoît Combemale, University of Rennes, France
Zhenjiang Hu, Peking University, China
Jörg Kienzle, McGill University, Canada
Dimitris Kolovos, University of York, UK
Thomas Kühn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Juan de Lara, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Stefan Marr, University of Kent, UK
Marjan Mernik, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Natsuko Noda, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
Juliana A. Pereira, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Elizabeth Scott, University of London, UK
Marco Servetto, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Emma Söderberg, Lund University, Sweden
Walid Taha, Halmstad University , Sweden
Marco Tullio Valente, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Erik Van Wyk, University of Minnesota , USA
Alfonso de la Vega, University of Cantabria, Spain
Ran Wei, Dalian University of Technology, China
Andreas Wortmann, Stuttgart University, Germany
Vadim Zaytsev, University of Twente, Netherlands
Steffen Zschaler, King’s College London, UK


For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions,
please contact the Programme Chairs (Lola Burgueño and Walter Cazzola)
at sle22-chairs _at_

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