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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS: Theory and Practice of Software, 24 Mar - 1 Apr 2012, ESTONIA

European Joint Conferences on Theory And Practice of Software, Tallinn (Estonia)


(ETAPS) is the primary European forum for academic and industrial researchers working on topics 
relating to software science. ETAPS, established in 1998, is a confederation of six main annual 
conferences (one of them, POST, being new in 2012), accompanied by satellite workshops. ETAPS 
2012 is already the fifteenth event in the series.


    * CC: Compiler Construction
    * ESOP: European Symposium on Programming
    * FASE: Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering
    * FOSSACS: Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures
    * TACAS: Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems
    * New! POST: Principles of Security and Trust


    * Bruno Blanchet (INRIA / ENS / CNRS, France),
    * Georg Gottlob (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
    * Franois Bodin (IRISA and CAPS Entreprise, France)
    * Bjarne Stroustrup (Texas A&M Univ., USA)
    * Wil van der Aalst (Techn. Univ. of Eindhoven, Netherlands)
    * Glynn Winskel (Univ. of Cambridge, UK)
    * Holger Hermanns (Univ. of Saarland, Germany)
    * Cynthia Dwork (Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, USA)


    * 7 October 2011: Submission deadline for abstracts (strict)
    * 14 October 2010: Submission deadline for full papers (strict)
    * 16 December 2011: Notification of acceptance
    * 6 January 2012: Camera-ready versions due

Some conferences will use a rebuttal (author response) phase.


ETAPS conferences accept two types of contributions: research papers and tool demonstration papers.
Both types will appear in the proceedings and have presentations during the conference. (TACAS has
more categories, see below.)

A condition of submission is that, if the submission is accepted, one of the authors attends the 
conference to give the presentation. Submitted papers must be in English presenting original 
research. They must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. In particular, 
simultaneous submission of the same contribution to multiple ETAPS conferences is forbidden. The 
proceedings will be published in the Advanced Research in Computing and Software Science (ARCoSS) 
subline Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Papers must follow the formatting guidelines specified by Springer at the URL

and be submitted electronically in pdf through the Easychair author interface of the respective conference.

Submissions not adhering to the specified format and length may be rejected immediately.

- Research papers

Different ETAPS 2012 conferences have different page limits.
Specifically, FASE, FOSSACS and TACAS have a page limit of 15 pages, whereas CC, ESOP and POST 
allow at most 20 pages. Additional material intended for the referee but not for publication in the final version
- for example, details of proofs - may be placed in a clearly marked appendix that is not included
in the page limit. ETAPS referees are at liberty to ignore appendices and papers must be 
understandable without them.

TACAS solicits not only regular research papers, but also case study papers.

- Tool demonstration papers

Submissions should consist of two parts:

    * The first part, at most four pages, should describe the tool
      presented. Please include the URL of the tool (if available) and
      provide information that illustrates the maturity and robustness
      of the tool (this part will be included in the proceedings).

    * The second part, at most six pages, should explain how the
      demonstration will be carried out and what it will show,
      including screen dumps and examples. (This part will be not be
      included in the proceedings, but will be evaluated.)

FOSSACS does not accept tool demonstration papers.

In addition to tool demonstration papers (max 6 pages in their case), TACAS solicits also longer 
tool papers (max 15 pages) adhering to specific instructions about content and organization.


20 satellite workshops will take place before or after ETAPS 2012.


Tallinn, a city of 412,000 people, is the capital and largest city of Estonia, a small EU member 
country in Northern Europe, bordering Russia to the East and Latvia to the south. Located in the 
north of the country, on the southern shores of the Gulf of Finland, opposite Helsinki in Finland,
Tallinn is most well known for its picturesque medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
But it also has a vivid cultural scene, outperforming most European centres of similar size. In 
2011, Tallinn, along with Turku in Finland, is the Cultural Capital of Europe.

Tallinn is easy to travel to. Estonia is part of Schengen and the Eurozone. The Lennart Meri 
International Airport of Tallinn /TLL) is only 4 kms from the city centre.


    * General chair: Tarmo Uustalu
    * Workshop chair: Keiko Nakata
    * Organizing committee: James Chapman, Monika Perkmann and

    * Host institution: Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University
      of Technology


Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers at