Call for Workshops

Software Technologies: Applications and Foundations (STAF) is a federation of 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, formal approaches to modelling and verification, transformation, model-driven engineering, aspect-oriented techniques, and tools.

STAF 2017 will bring together:

  • 10th International Conference on Model Transformation (ICMT)
  • 10th International Conference on Graph Transformation (ICGT)
  • 13th European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications (ECMFA)
  • 11th International Conference on Tests and Proof (TAP)

STAF 2017 will also host a number of satellite events including workshops.

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 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. Both research-oriented and applied topics are welcome. The duration of each workshop is either half day or full day.

Important Dates

  • Dec 15, 2016: Workshop proposal submission due
  • Jan 15, 2017: Notification of acceptance/rejection of workshop proposals
  • Jan 30, 2017: Workshop Websites online (although draft web pages for workshops at submission time are encouraged)
  • Mar 02, 2017 (latest): First call for papers
  • May 25, 2017 (latest): Workshop paper notification

Workshop Proposal Guidelines

Your proposal document must contain the following information:
  1. General Information
    1. Event title
    2. Organizers and primary contact (name/affiliation/email)
    3. Abstract (200 words), intended for the STAF 2017 website
    4. Desired length of the workshop (half day or full day)
    5. Related STAF conference (among ICMT, ICGT, ECMFA, TAP). If more than one, please indicate the most related one.
  2. Objectives and Scope
    1. Motivation
    2. Objectives
    3. Intended audience
    4. Relevance (in particular to the STAF community)
    5. Previous events including, where applicable,
      • a link to the website,
      • the number of submitted and accepted papers, and
      • the number of attendees
  3. Organization Details
    1. Details on the organizers (150 words max each), including relevant past experience in workshop organization
    2. Preliminary list of program committee members (either proposed or confirmed — please specify)
  4. Workshop Format
    1. Intended paper format (number of pages; types of papers, e.g., full papers, work-in-progress papers, practitioners’ reports, posters)
    2. Paper evaluation process
    3. Intended publication of accepted papers (please see proceedings options stated below)
    4. Intended workshop format (number of presentations, planned keynotes, panels, etc.)
    5. How many participants do you expect (please explain your underlying assumptions)?
    6. Specific requirements (e.g., equipment, room capacity)
      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 your plan does not contain substantial interactive parts (such as interactive brainstorming, prototyping, benchmarking, experimentation, …) please clarify why you still think a physical workshop is the appropriate format.
  5. Additional Material
    1. Event Web page (URL of the draft Web page, if one exists)
    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)

For accepted workshops

General rules:
  • The organizers will be required to issue the workshop Web page and the first Call for Papers by the deadline indicated above (see Important Dates).
  • All participants, including workshop organizers, keynote speakers, and invited guests, must register at least for the workshop day.
  • STAF 2017 will not pay for registration, travel, or other arrangements for workshop organizers and any of their invited speakers or guests.
  • Workshop organizers must attend their workshop or, if not possible, communicate in advance to the STAF Workshop co-chairs who will act as session chair(s) and will be responsible for the correct realization of the event.
  • STAF Workshop co-chairs may decide at any time to merge workshops on similar topics.
  • The actual dates of workshops will be decided by the STAF organizers.
Recommended deadlines to be set by the organizers of accepted workshops:
  • Workshop paper submission: April 21, 2017 (or later)
  • Workshop paper notification: May 25, 2017 (or before, but STRICTLY NOT LATER)

Proceedings

STAF 2016 organized joint Springer LNCS post-proceedings for the workshops. If there is a critical mass of workshop organizers interested in offering Springer post-proceedings, STAF 2017 will also organize such post-proceedings. Please indicate your preference in your proposal (Sect. 4.3, see above).

Otherwise, the workshops are expected to publish the proceedings on an individual basis—for example, as CEUR Workshop Proceedings (see link for preconditions for publishing).

Submissions

Please ensure that you adhere to the above workshop proposal guidelines providing all requested information using at most six pages (not including the draft Call for Papers).

Submit your workshop proposal in PDF using the Springer LNCS style (see here) to EasyChair

Proposals will be selected based on their relevance to the conferencesÂ’ aims, beneficiaries, and timely advances in their respective topics. In particular, proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • potential to advance the state of research and practice
  • organizers’ experience and ability to lead a successful event
  • meaningful use of methods that activate the audience
  • balance and synergy between the proposed topics
  • continuity of workshop series

Workshop Co-Chairs

For further information, please email us at staf2017workshops@easychair.org.