Following its long-standing tradition, SPLASH will host a variety of 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.

Call for Workshops

We encourage proposals for workshops on any topic relevant to SPLASH. If there is a topic you feel passionate about, and want to connect with others who have similar interests, submit a workshop proposal! We more than welcome new, and unconventional ideas for workshop formats. The following suggestions are a starting point:

  • Conference-style workshops allow participants to present their work to other domain experts. The smaller and more focused setting of a workshop allows for Q&A sessions and facilitates discussions. Presentations of work-in-progress are welcome.

  • Retreats act as a platform for experts to gather to tackle issues of a predetermined research agenda. Retreats are highly interactive and goal-oriented, allowing participants to address open challenges, explore new and uncharted ideas.

  • Agenda-setting workshops provide a forum for experts to determine a research agenda for a sub-field.

  • Other common activities at workshops include poster sessions, hands-on practical work, and focus groups.

Workshops that include presentation of research papers, and that implement a SIGPLAN-approved selection process may archive proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. The workshop chairs will provide advice on achieving this for those interested.

Workshop Submission

This year, SPLASH will make decisions in a first-come first-served fashion. Workshop applications will be considered until 3 March 2018 or until all slots are allocated.

There are currently 15 slots available.

Proposal Content

Please note that we now require each workshop proposal to include the following information:

  • Title and desired abbreviation: this will be used for advertising purposes.
  • Theme, goals and format: the main topic and goals of the workshop, relevance to SPLASH, as well as the workshop’s format.
  • Abstract: a 150-word abstract that summarizes the theme and goals of the workshop. This will be used for advertising purposes.
  • Organizers: workshop organizers are responsible for advertising the workshop, managing the workshop web site, organizing the reviewing process, running the workshop, and collating any results of the workshop for dissemination. The proposal should state the names, affiliations, and contact details of the workshop organizers as well as a primary organizer and contact person.
  • Anticipated Attendance: the ideal, minimum, and maximum expected number of participants. Please note that there will be an additional charge for workshop registration at SPLASH. Workshops with low attendance may be canceled.
  • Publication: what results are expected, and how these will be disseminated to the wider public after the workshop. Workshops that result in peer-reviewed papers and implement an ACM SIGPLAN-approved selection process can submit formal proceedings to the ACM Digital Library. Only pre-proceedings are supported - please contact the workshops chairs if you are unsure.
  • Special Requirements: any special requirements you might have, in terms of room configuration, audio and video equipment.
  • Call for Submission: Text of the call for submission as it will appear on the web site.
  • Program committee: List of the PC (if applicable), including name, affiliation, and picture as they will appear on the web site.

Evaluation Criteria

Workshop proposals will be selected based on the quality of the proposal and according to space available. The following questions may be helpful in devising a high-quality proposal:

  1. Are there at least two organizers and do they represent a reasonably varied cross-section of the community close to the topic?
  2. Does the abstract present a compelling case for the importance of the topic area?
  3. Are the goals of the workshop expressed clearly?
  4. Is the topic likely to be attractive to SPLASH attendees?
  5. Does the chosen format encourage a high level of interaction between the participants?
  6. Is a workshop the right forum to address the theme and goals?
  7. Proposals are limited by the available conference rooms. Submissions will only be evaluated if there is space available, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Workshop Workflow

  • All workshops must host their content on Conf.Researchr (https://conf.researchr.org/), the same content management system that is being used by SPLASH. Workshop websites will be setup by the SPLASH organizing committee, but content is to be managed by the workshop organizers. Workshop Co-Chairs will help where necessary. Conf.Researchr is the website management system for SPLASH.
  • To submit a workhop proposal, you create an account on conf.researchr.org and use the Submit Proposal link on the SPLASH 2018 Workshops page.

Important Notes for 2018 Process

  • All the workshops are expected to submit all of the above information, including the PC members, using the new workshop proposal submission system hosted by conf.researchr.org to be approved.
  • Note that if you choose to proceed with publication of the workshop proceedings, this needs to be stated at the submission time and your PC will need to go through special SIGPLAN approval process - late change of mind about proceedings will not be possible.
  • Friday 17th of August, 2018 will be the submission deadline for all the workshops with or without proceedings with a camera ready deadline to be around mid-September and has to be common and strictly adhered to so that publisher can produce the proceedings in the ACM DL. SPLASH early registration deadline is going to be around late September and we expect all workshops to notify the participants of the acceptance/rejection before such early bird registration deadline.

More Information

For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions please contact the Workshop Co-Chairs.