Calls: Call for Workshops

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 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 2018 will bring together
  • 11th International Conference on Model Transformation (ICMT)
  • 11th International Conference on Graph Transformation (ICGT)
  • 14th European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications (ECMFA)
  • 12th International Conference on Tests and Proof (TAP)
  • 16th International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods (SEFM).
STAF 2018 will be held between June 25-29 within the premises of the National Polytechnic Institute (INP/ENSEEIHT) in Toulouse, France. STAF 2018 will also host a number of satellite events including workshops between June 25-29 2018. 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

January 19nd, 2018 Workshop proposal submission deadline
January 26th, 2018 Notification of acceptance/rejection of workshop proposals
February 16th, 2018 Workshop Web page and Call for Papers issued

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 2018 website
    4. Desired length of the workshop (half day or full day)
    5. Related STAF conference (among ICMT, ICGT, ECMFA, TAP, SEFM).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 educated guess)?
    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 you do not plan to apply some 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.
    • Every workshop will have one free registration every 15 paying registrants. We encourage workshop organisers to use these free registrations for keynote speakers.
    • 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.
    • 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 20, 2018 (or later)
    • Workshop paper notification: May 25, 2018 (or before, but STRICTLY NOT LATER since the STAF early registration deadline will be end of May)


    Workshops organizers may choose between two publishing options:

    • joining the STAF Workshop Post-Proceedings published with Springer LNCS
    • own agreements for proceedings or special issue publication

    In order to be included in the Springer LNCS post-proceedings, workshop papers should be:

    • written in English and prepared using the specific LNCS templates
    • be at least 6 pages but not exceed 15 pages long
    • have been suitably peer-reviewed
    Accepted papers of all workshops that opted for LNCS post-proceedings will be published in one (or more) collective volumes edited by the STAF Workshop co-chairs.


    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). Workshop proposals should be submitted in PDF using the Springer LNCS style (see and via Easychair: Proposals will be selected based on their relevance to the conferences’ 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

    • Manuel Mazzara, Innopolis University, Russia
    • Iulian Ober, University of Toulouse, France
    • Gwen Salaün, University of Grenoble Alpes, France
    For further information, please send us an email at