The goal of the SPLC Vision Track 2016 is to look to the future of software and system product lines, discussing trends, emerging directions, and synergies with fields outside traditional software and system product line communities. The Vision Track encourages discussion of radical new directions and potentially disruptive software and system engineering innovations. To support that goal, the Vision Track will publish three kinds of papers:

  • Reaching out principles and practices from software product lines to other fields, such as:
    • Runtime variability as a first-class citizen to manage uncertainty
    • Variant binding and binding time as key principles to manage the blurring boundaries between development time and run time
    • Strategic reuse applied to fields such as mobile systems, cloud, big data, Process-Aware Information Systems (PAIS) and XaaS (Everything as a Service
    • Software product line principles and practices as development paradigm for systems of systems, cyber physical systems, multi-agent systems, smart ecosystems, IoT, etc.
    • Automated analysis operations catalogue as role model in analysis engines of BPMS (Business Process Management Systems), HCS (Highly configurable services), etc..
    • Software Innovation, platforms as enablers of open-innovation, business model-platform coordination, etc.
  • Uptake of principles from other fields to software product lines, such as:
    • Self-adaptation to push product configuration/adaptation into the runtime
    • Context-awareness to adapt variant binding based on the concrete context of use
    • Models at runtime to reason about late variant binding
    • Self-organization as a principle to enable self-configuration
    • Meta-variability to cope with software product line evolution
    • Microservice architectural style to cope with the scalability and integration of tooling support
  • Reflections on the past and visions for the future:
    • Papers that call existing views into questions and suggest to change perspectives
    • Results that disregard established results and call for fundamentally new directions
    • Interdisciplinary efforts with potential unusual synergies
  • Software ecosystems:
    • Dynamic software product lines: hype or the future?
    • How microservices impact software product line practices?

Vision Track submissions must clearly motivate and illustrate a rationale for changing current practice and/or research in software product lines engineering or related fields. We solicit long papers (up to 10 pages) and short papers (up to 5 pages). Long papers for the Vision Track require supporting evidence for the claims made; short papers do not require evaluation results but can optionally be presented.


The SPLC Vision Track provides a forum for innovative, thought-provoking directions in software and system product lines aiming to accelerate the exposure of the community to promising and potentially inspiring research and engineering efforts. Contributions should provide novel, soundly motivated research and engineering directions and emerging results.

Out of scope

A Vision Track submission should not be a position statement or an SPLC research submission that lacks sufficient evaluation. Vision Track papers are fundamentally different in nature, focusing on future trends and directions.

How to submit

In the submission form, authors must explicitly categorize their papers into one of the following categories:
  • Reaching out principles from software product lines to other fields;
  • Uptake of principles from other fields to software product lines;
  • Reflections on the past and visions for the future.

A Vision Track submission must conform to the ACM SIGS proceedings format and must not exceed 10 pages for long papers and 5 pages for short papers, including text, references and figures. Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the SPLC 2016 Vision Track program committee. Papers must be submitted electronically via easychair by the submission deadline. Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and size limits may be rejected without review.

Submission link: Easychair - select Vision Papers At least one author of accepted papers will present the work at the conference.

Program Committee (Vision Track)

  • PC chairs:
    • Jesper Andersson, Linnaeus University, Sweden
    • Antonio Ruiz-Cortés, University of Seville, Spain
  • PC members:
    • Germán H. Alférez, Universidad de Montemorelos, México
    • Raian Ali, Bournemouth University, UK
    • Eduardo Almeida, Federal University of Bahia and RiSE, Brasil
    • Jakob Axelsson, Malardalen University, Sweden
    • Luciano Baresi, DEIB - Politecnico di Milano,Italy
    • Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
    • Rafael Capilla, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
    • Josh Dehlinger, Towson University, US
    • Laurence Duchien, University of Lille, France
    • Lidia Fuentes, University of Malaga, Spain
    • Wallid Gaaloul, TELECOM SudParis, France
    • Kurt Geihs, Universitaet Kassel, Germany
    • Mike Hinchey, Lero, Ireland
    • Jean-Marc Jézéquel, University of Rennes 1, France
    • Wouter Joosen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    • Marcello La Rosa, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
    • Jaejoon Lee, Lancaster University, UK
    • Ingrid Nunes, UFRGS, Brasil
    • Cesare Pautasso, University of Lugano, Switzerland
    • Vicente Pelechano, Universidad Politcnica de Valencia, Spain
    • Gilles Perrouin, PReCISE, University of Namur, Belgium
    • Romain Rouvoy, University of Lille / Inria, France
    • Pablo Trinidad, University of Seville, Spain
    • Danny Weyns, Linnaeus University, Sweden
    • Krzysztof Wnuk, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden