Call for Papers

Supported by its strong community, the 13 previous editions of the VaMoS workshop successfully bootstrapped research on modelling and managing the variability of software systems, as witnessed by the many related breakthroughs published in top-tier conferences and journals. Embracing his new status of a working conference, VaMoS more than ever aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to share ideas, results and experience about their quest for mastering variability. As such, in addition to its usual call for technical research papers, VaMoS strongly supports the participation of industrials and starting researchers via the organisation of dedicated tracks.

The motto of this 14th edition is openness and diversity. Most of today’s software is made variable to allow for more adaptability and economies of scale, while many development practices (DevOps, A/B testing, parameter tuning, continuous integration...) support this goal of engineering software variants. VaMoS is the ideal venue to explore the underlying problems (automation, traceability, combinatorial explosion...) and their solutions. Moreover, variability is prominent in many systems — not only in software. For those reasons, we welcome contributions from related areas (configuration, configurable systems, product lines, adaptive systems, generators...) as well as from new and emerging domains where techniques to manage the complexity induced by variability are applied (IoT systems, 3D printing, autonomous and deep learning systems, software-defined networks, security, generative art, games...). Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Variability modelling and realisation Variability in emerging domains/technologies
Automated reasoning on variability Variability in AI methods
Variability across the software lifecycle Variability in adaptive systems
Test and verification of variable systems Configuration management
Evolution of variability-intensive systems Runtime variability
Variability mining Visualisation techniques for variability
Reverse-engineering of variability Economic aspects of variability
Variability and quality requirements Industrial development of variable systems

As a working conference, VaMoS opens different calls for contributions with the aim of expanding the community and further stimulating discussions.

Technical track. We welcome original and unpublished research ideas, methods, techniques, tools, empirical studies and surveys related to the management of variability. We encourage particularly the submission of research-in-progress and vision papers describing preliminary results, problem statement and open issues, especially in emerging domains where variability poses new challenges. Submissions should consist of 4 to 8 pages (+ 2 additional pages for references only) and will be evaluated based on VaMoS’ typical scientific standards.

Variability in Practice track. We welcome contributions from practitioners, industrials and researchers describing real-world, variability-related problems or solutions, including methodologies, tool demonstration and experience reports. Submissions should consist of 2 to 4 pages (+ 1 additional page for references only) and will be evaluated based on their relevance and originality.

Project Dissemination track. Principal investigators and co-investigators of research projects related to variability are welcome to submit an extended abstract (up to 2 pages references included) describing their project and their contributions to it. The evaluation will be based on relevance. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work during a dedicated session.

Student track. We encourage PhD candidates to submit an extended abstract (up to 2 pages references included) describing their ongoing work and thesis roadmap. The submissions will be evaluated based on relevance. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to participate to activities allowing them to receive feedback from the community in a relaxed atmosphere.

All submissions must be written in English and follow the double-column ACM template. They will be single-blind reviewed. Accepted contributions from the Technical and the Variability in Practice tracks will be published by ACM in the conference proceedings.

Additionally, this edition will proudly celebrate VaMoS’ own history and outstanding past publications. As such, it initiates the 10-year most influential paper award tradition and will reward papers from the first four VaMoS editions that had the highest impact on the community and beyond.

Following multiple requests, we extended the paper submission deadline by one week to November 13, AoE. Papers can be submitted even if a prior abstract was not submitted until now. However, we kindly ask authors to submit their abstracts ASAP to facilitate our organisation.

Abstract Submissions: October 30, 2019

Full Paper Submission: November 06, 2019 Extended: November 13, 2019

Notification: December 09, 2019

Camera-Ready Copy: December 23, 2019

  • Eduardo Almeida, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
  • Vander Alves, University of Brazilia, Brazil
  • Paolo Arcaini, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • David Benavides, University of Seville, Spain
  • Thorsten Berger, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Goetz Botterweck, Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Rafael Capilla, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
  • Philippe Collet, Université Côte d’Azur, France
  • Xavier Devroey, TU Delft, Netherlands
  • Lidia Fuentes, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Paul Grünbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Marianne Huchard, LIRMM, France
  • Pooyan Jamshidi, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Christian Kästner, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Timo Kehrer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • Axel Legay, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Malte Lochau, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • Roberto R. Lopez-Herrejon, Université du Québec, Canada
  • Jabier Martinez, Tecnalia, Spain
  • Edson Oliveira Jr., State University of Maringa, Brazil
  • Clément Quinton, Université de Lille, France
  • Gilles Perrouin, University of Namur, Belgium
  • Mikko Raatikainen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Rick Rabiser, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Gunter Saake, Universität Magdeburg, Germany
  • Ina Schaefer, TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • Christoph Seidl, ITU Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Leopoldo Teixeira, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Maurice H. Ter Beek, ISTI, National Research Council, Italy
  • Uwe Zdun, Universität Wien, Austria