SLE 2008: Software Language Engineering

SLE 2008: Software Language Engineering

From: Jean-Marie Favre <>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 02:12:12 +0200
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             Call for Participation - SLE 2008

1st International Conference on Software Language Engineering

         Toulouse, France, September 29-30, 2008


Co-located with 11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Model-Driven
Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS 2008)

- 17 research papers and 1 tool demo, the program is listed below
- Anneke Kleppe and Mark van den Brand - keynote speakers
- SLE 2008 registration also includes access to all MODELS 2008


The 1st International Conference on Software Language Engineering (SLE) 
is devoted to topics related to artificial languages in software 
engineering. SLE is an international research forum that aims to bring 
researchers and practitioners from both industry and academia to expand 
the frontiers of software language engineering. Historically, SLE 
emerged  from two established workshop series: LDTA (Language 
Descriptions, Tools, and Applications) which has been a satellite event 
at ETAPS for the last 8 years, and ATEM which has been co-located with 
MODELS and WCRE for the last 5 years. These, as well as several other 
conferences and workshops, have investigated various aspects of language 
design, implementation, and evolution but from different perspectives. 
SLE's foremost mission is to encourage and organize communication between
communities that have traditionally looked at software languages from 
different, more specialized, and yet complementary perspectives. SLE 
emphasizes the fundamental notion of languages as opposed to any 
realization in specific "technical spaces".


The term "software language" comprises all sorts of artificial languages 
used in software development including general purpose programming 
languages, domain-specific languages, modeling and metamodeling 
languages, data models, and ontologies. We use this term in its broadest 
sense. Thus, for example, modeling languages include UML and UML-based 
languages, synchronous languages used in safety critical applications, 
business process modeling languages, and web application modeling 
languages, to name a few. Perhaps less
obviously, the term "software language" also comprises APIs and 
collections of design patterns that are indeed implicitly defined 

Software language engineering is the application of a systematic,  
disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, use, and 
maintenance of these languages. Thus, the SLE conference is concerned 
with all phases of the lifecycle of software languages; these include 
the design, implementation, documentation, testing, deployment, 
evolution, recovery, and retirement of languages. Of special interest 
are tools, techniques, methods and formalisms that support these 
activities. In particular, tools are often based on or even 
automatically generated from a formal description of the language. 
Hence, of special interest is the treatment of language
descriptions as software artifacts, akin to programs - while paying 
attention to the special status of language descriptions, subject to 
tailored engineering principles and methods for modularization, 
refactoring,refinement, composition, versioning, co-evolution, and 

Accepted Papers
- Tiago Alves, Joost Visser, A Case Study In Grammar Engineering
- Bas Basten, Paul Klint, Language-Parametric Fact Extraction from 
Source Code
- Martin Bravenboer, Eelco Visser, Parse Table Composition - Separate
Compilation and Binary Extensibility of Grammars
- Nicholas Drivalos, Dimitrios Kolovos, Richard Paige, Kiran Fernandes,
Towards a Traceability Metamodelling Language
- Mathias Fritzsche, Jendrik Johannes, Uwe Assmann, Simon Mitschke,
Wasif Gilani, Ivor Spence, John Brown, Peter Kilpatrick, Systematic 
Usage of Embedded Modelling Languages in Model Transformation Chains
- Terje Gjøsæter, Ingelin F. Isfeldt, Andreas Prinz, A language 
description  for Sudoku
- Thomas Goldschmidt, Towards an Incremental Update Approach for 
Concrete Textual Syntaxes for UUID-Based Model Repositories
- Jurriaan Hage, Peter van Keeken, Neon: a library for language usage
- Einar Høst, Bjarte Østvold, The Java Programmer's Phrase Book
- Hongzhi Liang, Juergen Dingel, A Practical Evaluation of Using TXL  
for Model Transformation
- Daniel Moody, Jos van Hillegersberg, Evaluating the Visual Syntax  of 
UML: Improving the Cognitive Effectiveness of the UML Family of   Diagrams
- Emma Nilsson-Nyman, Torbjörn Ekman, Gorel Hedin, Practical  Scope 
Recovery using Bridge Parsing
- Jeffrey Overbey, Ralph Johnson, Generating Rewritable Abstract Syntax
Trees: A Foundation for the Rapid Development of Source Code 
Transformation Tools
- Jose E. Rivera, Esther Guerra, Juan de Lara, Antonio Vallecillo, 
Analyzing Rule-Based Behavioral Semantics of Visual Modeling  Languages 
with Maude Pablo Sanchez, Neil Loughran, Alessandro  Garcia, Lidia 
Fuentes, Engineering languages for specifying product-derivation
processes in Software Product Lines
- Bernhard Schaetz, Formalization and Rule-Based Transformation of  EMF 
Ecore- Based Models
- Pieter Van Gorp, Anne Keller, Dirk Janssens, Transformation Language
Integration based on Profiles and Higher Order Transformations

Tool Demo
- Yu Sun, Zekai Demirezen, Frédéric Jouault, Robert Tairas and Jeff Gray,
A Model Engineering Approach to Tool Interoperability

The acceptance rate for SLE 2008 was 20%.

Regitration is via

Registration to SLE also includes free access to all workshops and 
symposia at MODELS 2008 for all of three days of MODELS 2008 Satellite 
Keynote Speakers

* "Model-driven Engineering meets Generic Language Technology," Mark van 
den Brand, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands * "Software Language 
Engineering: Chartin' the Map, "Anneke Kleppe, Capgemini, The Netherlands


Steering Committee
* Mark van den Brand, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
* James Cordy, Queen's University, Canada
* Jean-Marie Favre, University of Grenoble, France
* Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada
* Gorel Hedin, Lund University, Sweden
* Ralf Laemmel, Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Germany
* Eric Van Wyk, University of Minnesota, USA
* Andreas Winter, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Germany

General Chair
* Ralf Laemmel, Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Germany

Program Committee Co-Chairs
* Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada
* Eric Van Wyk, University of Minnesota, USA

Organization Committee
* Jean-Marie Favre, University of Grenoble, France
* Jean-Sebastien Sottet, Web Chair, University of Grenoble, France
* Andreas Winter, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Germany
* Steffen Zschaler, Publicity Chair, TU Dresden, Germany

Program Committee
* Uwe Aßmann, Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
* Colin Atkinson, Universität Mannheim, Germany
* Jean Bezivin, Uinversité de Nantes, France
* Judith Bishop, University of Pretoria, South Africa
* Marco Brambilla, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
* Martin Bravenboer, Unversity of Oregon, USA
* Charles Consel, Uinversity of Paris VI, France
* Torbjörn Ekman, Oxford University, England
* Gregor Engels, Universität Paderborn, Germany
* Robert Fuhrer, IBM, USA
* Dragan Gasevic, co-chair, Athabasca University, Canada
* Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen, Germany
* Jeff Gray, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
* Klaus Havelund, NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, USA
* Reiko Heckel, Uinversity of Leicester, England
* Nigel Horspool, Univeristy of Victoria, Canada
* Joe Kiniry, University College Dublin, Ireland
* Paul Klint, CWI, The Netherlands
* Mitch Kokar, Northeaster Univeristy, USA
* Thomas Kuehne, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
* Julia Lawall, DIKU, Denmark
* Oege de Moor, Oxford University, England
* Pirre-Etienne Moreau, INRIA & LORIA, France
* Pierre-Alain Muller, University of Haute-Alsace, France
* Richard Paige, University of York, England
* Jeff Pan, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
* João Saraiva, Universidad do Minho, Portugal
* Micael Schwartzbach, University of Aarhus, Denmark
* Anthony Sloane, Macquarie University, Australia
* Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
* Laurence Tratt, Bournemouth University, England
* Walid Taha, Rice University, USA
* Eli Tilevich, Virginia Tech, USA
* Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase, Finland
* Eric Van Wyk, co-chair, University of Minnesota, USA
* Jurgen Vinju, CWI, The Netherlands
* Mike Whalen, Rockwell Collins, USA
* Steffen Zschaler, Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany

Jean-Marie Favre
Software Language Archeologist & Software Anthropologist
LIG, ACONIT, University of Grenoble, France
Received on Thu 18 Sep 2008 - 01:14:30 BST