‹Programming› 2018
Mon 9 - Thu 12 April 2018 Nice, France

Bidirectional transformations (bx) are a mechanism for maintaining the consistency of at least two related sources of information. Such sources can be relational databases, software models and code, or any other document following standard or ad-hoc formats. Bx are an emerging topic in a wide range of research areas, with prominent presence at top conferences in several different fields (namely databases, programming languages, software engineering, and graph transformation), but with results in one field often getting limited exposure in the others. Bx 2018 is a dedicated venue for bx in all relevant fields, and is part of a workshop series that was created in order to promote cross-disciplinary research and awareness in the area. As such, since its beginning in 2012, the workshop has rotated between venues in different fields.

Previous Bx Workshops

  • Bx 2017 collocated with ETAPS’17
  • Bx 2016 collocated with ETAPS’16
  • Bx 2015 collocated with STAF’15
  • Bx 2014 collocated with IDBT/ICDT’14
  • Bx 2013 collocated with ETAPS’13
  • Bx 2012 collocated with ETAPS’12

Call for Papers

Bidirectional transformations (bx) are a mechanism for maintaining the consistency of at least two related sources of information. Such sources can be relational databases, software models and code, or any other document following standard or ad-hoc formats. Bx are an emerging topic in a wide range of research areas, with prominent presence at top conferences in several different fields (namely databases, programming languages, software engineering, and graph transformation), but with results in one field often getting limited exposure in the others. Bx 2018 is a dedicated venue for bx in all relevant fields, and is part of a workshop series that was created in order to promote cross-disciplinary research and awareness in the area. As such, since its beginning in 2012, the workshop has rotated between venues in different fields.

Aim & Topics

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners, established and new, interested in bx from different perspectives, including but not limited to:

  • bidirectional programming languages and frameworks
  • data and model synchronization
  • view updating
  • inter-model consistency analysis and repair
  • data/schema (or model/metamodel) co-evolution
  • coupled software/model transformations
  • inversion of transformations and data exchange mappings
  • domain-specific languages for bx
  • analysis and classification of requirements for bx
  • bridging the gap between formal concepts and application scenarios
  • analysis of efficiency of transformation algorithms and benchmarks
  • survey and comparison of bx technologies
  • case studies and tool support

Paper Categories

The BX 2018 program committee considers five categories of submissions:

  • Full Research Papers (up to 10 pages)
    • in-depth presentations of novel concepts and results
    • applications of bx to new domains
    • survey papers providing novel comparisons between existing bx technologies and approaches case studies
  • Tool Papers (up to 6 pages)
    • guideline papers presenting best practices for employing a specific bx approach (with a specific tool)
    • presentation of new tools or substantial improvements to existing ones
    • qualitative and/or quantitative comparisons of applying different bx approaches and tools
  • Experience Report (up to 4 pages)
    • sharing experiences and lessons learned with bx tools/frameworks/languages
    • how bx is used in (research/industrial/educational) projects
  • Extended Abstracts (up to 3 pages)
    • work in progress
    • small focused contributions
    • position papers and research perspectives
    • critical questions and challenges for bx
  • Talk Proposals (up to 2 pages)
    • proposed lectures about topics of interest for bx
    • existing work representing relevant contributions for bx
    • promising contributions that are not mature enough to be proposed as papers of the other categories

All papers are expected to be self-contained and well-written. Tool papers are not expected to present novel scientific results, but to document artifacts of interest and share bx experience/best practices with the community. Experience papers are expected to report on lessons learnt from applying bx approaches, languages, tools and theories to practical application case studies. Extended abstracts should primarily provoke interesting discussion at the workshop and will not be held to the same standard of maturity as regular papers. Talk proposals are expected to present works of particular interest for the community and that are worth a talk slot at the workshop.

We strongly encourage authors to ensure that any (variants of) examples are present in the bx example repository at the time of submission, and for tool papers, to allow for reproducibility with minimal effort, either via a virtual machine (e.g. via Share - http://share20.eu) or a dedicated website with relevant artifacts and tool access.

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee.

Proceedings

The workshop proceedings, including all accepted papers (except talk proposals), will be published as International Conference Proceedings Series in the ACM Digital Library before the workshop.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: Jan. 19th, 2018
  • Author notification: Feb. 17th, 2018
  • Camera ready: TBA (around Mar 1st, 2018)

Submission Guideline

Submission site is to be announced.

Format

Submissions should use the ACM Conference acmart Format with the ‘sigconf’ option with a font size of 10 point and the font family Times New Roman. All submissions should be in PDF format. If you use LaTeX or Word, please use the provided ACM acmart templates. Otherwise, please follow the ACM author instructions.

If you are formatting your paper using LaTeX, you will need to set the 10pt option in the \documentclass command. If you are formatting your paper using Word, you may wish to use the provided Word template that supports this font size.

Please include page numbers in your submission for review using the LaTeX command \settopmatter{printfolios=true} (see examples in template).

Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible.

Submissions not complying with the above guidelines may be excluded from the reviewing process without further notice. If a paper is accepted, at least one author of the paper is expected to participate in the workshop to present it. Authors of accepted tool papers are also expected to be available to demonstrate their tool at the event.