Call for Satellite Events (workshops and tutorials)

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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 continuity.

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.

Submissions

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 theSpringer LNCS style (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

The proposal must be submitted as a PDF file to EasyChair. Please use the following URL to submit your satellite event proposal: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=staf2015satelliteevents

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 criteria:

* 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

Proceedings

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

Satellite Events Co-Chairs

Davide Di Ruscio (davide.diruscio@univaq.it)

Pieter Van Gorp (p.m.e.v.gorp@tue.nl)

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