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.

Submission Summary
Due on: July 01, 2013
Proposal evaluation begins: March 28, 2013
Format: Plain text or PDF
Submit to:
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (chair)

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.

New procedure for submissions and reviews

Note the changed submission and review procedure this year: after March 28th proposals are evaluated on a first-come first-serve basis, until the final deadline which is July 1st. Moreover, compared to previous years, proposals are significantly shorter (see details below).


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 formal proceedings.

  • 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 the workshop.

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.

Evaluation criteria

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 the participants?

  • 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Workshops Committee

  • Stephanie Balzer, CMU, USA (chair)
  • Ulrik Schultz, U Southern Denmark, Denmark (chair)
  • Ademar Aguiar, U Porto, Portugal
  • Dave Thomas, Bedarra Research Labs, USA
  • Eric Van Wyk, U Minnesota, USA
  • Erik Ernst, U Aarhus, Denmark
  • Frank Tip, U Waterloo, Canada
  • Gavin Bierman, Microsoft Research, UK
  • Robert Hirschfeld, U Potsdam, Germany


Antony Hosking
Patrick Eugster
Purdue U


Cristina V. Lopes
UC Irvine


Robert Hirschfeld


Carl Friedrich Bolz

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