[TYPES/announce] Call for workshop proposals - SPLASH 2013
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Tue Mar 19 12:19:35 EDT 2013
*** Call for Workshop Proposals ***
for ACM Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages, and
Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH) 2013
Indianapolis, Indiana, October 26-31, 2013
The reviewing process for SPLASH Workshop proposals has been changed
to allow for a FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED SCHEME using short proposals
that can be submitted over an extended period of time:
- March 28, 2013: START of reviewing period for submitted proposals
- July 1, 2013: DEADLINE for proposal submissions
Workshop proposals can be submitted STARTING from March 28, 2013, and
authors will be notified about acceptance or rejection of the proposal
within about a week's time. As long as there is enough space,
high-quality proposals can be submitted and accepted until July 1,
Please find the complete call for proposals below, also found at
WORKSHOPS: Call for Proposals
Following its long-standing tradition, SPLASH 2013 will host a variety
of high-quality workshops, allowing their participants to meet and
discuss research questions with peers, to mature new and exciting
ideas, and to build up communities and start new
collaborations. SPLASH workshops complement the main tracks of the
conference and provide meetings in a smaller and more specialized
setting. Workshops cultivate new ideas and concepts for the future,
optionally recorded in formal proceedings. Note the changed
submission and review procedure this year, a first-come first-serve
process with lightweight proposals.
The ACM International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages
and Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH) is sponsored by ACM
SIGPLAN. SPLASH is the home of OOPSLA Research Papers, Onward!, and
the Dynamic Languages Symposium, among other events.
We encourage proposals for workshops on any of the topics relevant to
SPLASH. If there is a topic relevant to SPLASH that you feel
passionate about and you want to connect with others who have similar
interests, you should consider submitting a proposal to organize a
workshop! The exact format of the workshop can be defined by the
proposal submitters, and we more than welcome new, maybe even
unconventional ideas for workshop formats. The following suggestions
may serve as a starting point for possible workshop formats:
* Mini-conferences provide their participants the possibility to
present their work to other domain experts. The smaller and more
specialized setting of the workshop allows for more extensive Q&A
sessions and facilitates ample, maybe post-workshop,
discussions. Typically, presentations of work-in-progress as well as
of completed projects are welcome, and the workshop may result in
* Retreats act as a platform for domain experts to gather with the
purpose of tackling the issues of a predetermined research
agenda. Those gatherings are highly interactive and goal-oriented,
allowing their participants to address open challenges in their
domain, to explore new, uncharted ideas, and to (maybe even) uncover
new, promising research domains.
Other common activities include poster sessions, hands-on practical
work, and focus groups. Proposal submitters can direct any open
questions about workshop formats to the workshop chairs (see
below). Workshops that result in research papers and that implement a
SIGPLAN-approved selection process may be archived as formal
proceedings in the ACM Digital Library; note that only workshops
submitted before April 28th are eligible for this option.
SPLASH workshop proposals can be submitted either as PDF files or
plain text files and include the following information:
(1) Title and desired abbreviation: If the workshop is accepted, this
will be used for advertising purposes.
(2) Main theme and goals: the main topic and goals of the workshop,
the workshop's relevance to the SPLASH community, as well as the
workshop's format (e.g., mini-conference, retreat - contact
workshop chairs for questions/suggestions).
(3) Abstract: a 150-word abstract that summarizes the theme and goals
of the workshop. If the workshop is accepted, this abstract will
be used for advertising purposes.
(4) Organizers: workshop organizers are responsible for advertising
the workshop (e.g., creating the anchoring website for the
workshop and sending CfPs to relevant mailing lists), organizing
the paper reviewing process (e.g., by forming a small program
committee), running the workshop, and collating any results of the
workshop for dissemination. The proposal should indicate the
names, affiliations, and contact details of the workshop
organizers as well as a primary organizer and contact person
(primary organizer and contact person do not need to be the same
persons). For each organizer, the proposal should describe his/her
background (expertise in the area and previous experience in
running workshops) and also identify his/her responsibilities for
Once a workshop proposal is accepted, the workshop organizers are
asked to provide further details, such as the anticipated attendance,
planned advertisement, special requirements, etc.
Workshop proposals will be selected on a first-come first-served
basis. Evaluation of submitted proposals starts after March 28
2013. Proposals submitted after that date may be selected based on
their quality and provided there is space available. The following
questions may be helpful in devising a high-quality proposal:
* Are there at least two organizers and do they represent a reasonably
varied cross-section of the community close to the topic?
* Does the abstract present a compelling case for the importance of
the topic area?
* Are the goals of the workshop expressed clearly?
* Is the topic likely to be attractive to SPLASH attendees?
* Does the chosen format encourage a high level of interaction between
* Is a workshop the right forum to address the theme and goals or does
the proposal fit better into another type of SPLASH event?
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions
please contact the Workshops Chair, Stephanie Balzer and Ulrik
Schultz, at workshops at splashcon.org.
* Stephanie Balzer, CMU, USA (chair)
* Ulrik Schultz, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark (chair)
* Ademar Aguiar, University of Porto, Portugal
* Dave Thomas, Bedarra Research Labs, USA
* Eric Van Wyk, University of Minnesota, USA
* Erik Ernst, University of Aarhus, Denmark
* Frank Tip, University of Waterloo, Canada
* Gavin Bierman, Microsoft Research, UK
* Robert Hirschfeld, University of Potsdam, Germany
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