Ninth International Workshop on Feature-Oriented Software Development (FOSD), co-located with SPLC 2018, September 10, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Call for papers


We invite submissions 2 to 8 pages long in ACM proceedings format. Submissions must follow the ACM proceedings format, similar to the SPLC submission guideline (see here for more details). The papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. The authors will be notified about acceptance before the early registration deadline. Accepted papers will be posted on the website and published in the ACM Digital Library. In particular, we are looking for contributions in the following topics:

  • Programming language and tool support for FOSD
  • Formal methods and theory for FOSD
  • Variability-aware analysis (e.g., testing, type checking, dataflow analysis, and verification)
  • Feature composition and refactoring
  • Detection and handling of feature interactions
  • Versioning, evolution, and maintenance
  • Reverse engineering variability
  • Re-engineering, e.g., to model-driven SPLs or featureoriented architectures
  • Generative programming and automatic programming
  • Components, services, and models
  • Build systems and feature-to-code mappings
  • Feature modeling concepts and languages
  • Program comprehension (e.g., modularization, visualization, searching, tools and interfaces)
  • Empirical studies of all these topics

Submissions should be sent using EasyChair:
At least one author of each accepted submission must register and attend FOSD 2018 in order for the submission to be published.

Papers should exhibit originality and should not present already finished research. Instead, we explicitly invite papers that present new, visionary ideas that are in an early stage with some questions still being open. In particular, the papers should highlight:

  • What is the problem and why?
  • What are the challenges in solving this problem?
  • What is the idea of the proposed approach/technique/method, process, etc. and why it is worth to consider?
  • What my hinder success of the proposed approach (i.e., why it may fail)?

Workshop Format

The workshop will be a highly interactive event for one full day. The opener will be a keynote by a speaker relevant to the FOSD community (TBD). Then, accepted papers are presented in sessions. For each accepted paper, we allocate 10–15 min for presentation (depending on number of presentations) and 3–5 min clarification questions. Then, at the end of each session, there will be a panel discussion (approx. 30 min) with all speakers of this session.

Additionally, we will allocate one slot for a discussion sessions to address issues raised during the paper presentations or other “hot topics". The ultimate goal of this session is to join forces and, in summary, obtain a kind of manifesto of FOSD reflecting on the main challenges and future directions for research in the field of FOSD.

Tool Demos. To make the FOSD workshop an interactive event we also allocate a session for informal discussion and demonstrations. We thus want to encourage you to prepare a demonstration related to FOSD or think about topics you ever wanted to discuss.

Important Dates.

  • Paper submission: May 23, 2018 NEW: May 30, 2018
  • Notification: June 22, 2018
  • Camera-ready version: July 2, 2018
  • Workshop: September 11, 2018 (tentative)