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Call for Papers

20th International Symposium on Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages (PADL 2018) http://popl18.sigplan.org/track/PADL-2018-papers

Los Angeles, CA, USA
8 - 9 January, 2018

Co-located with ACM POPL 2018 (http://popl18.sigplan.org/home)

The two best papers accepted for publication at PADL will be invited to submit an extended version for rapid publication in the journal Theory and Practice of Logic Programming.

Conference Description

Declarative languages build on sound theoretical bases to provide attractive frameworks for application development. These languages have been successfully applied to many different real-world situations, ranging from data base management to active networks to software engineering to decision support systems.

New developments in theory and implementation have opened up new application areas. At the same time, applications of declarative languages to novel problems raise numerous interesting research issues. Well-known questions include designing for scalability, language extensions for application deployment, and programming environments. Thus, applications drive the progress in the theory and implementation of declarative systems, and benefit from this progress as well.

PADL is a well-established forum for researchers and practitioners to present original work emphasizing novel applications and implementation techniques for all forms of declarative concepts, including, functional, logic, constraints, etc. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: * Innovative applications of declarative languages * Declarative domain-specific languages and applications * Practical applications of theoretical results * New language developments and their impact on applications * Declarative languages and software engineering * Evaluation of implementation techniques on practical applications * Practical experiences and industrial applications * Novel uses of declarative languages in the classroom * Practical extensions such as constraint-based, probabilistic, and reactive languages.

PADL 2018 welcomes new ideas and approaches pertaining to applications and implementation of declarative languages. It will be co-located with the Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL 2018), in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Important Dates and Submission Guidelines (tentative)

  • Abstract submission: September 3, 2017
  • Paper submission: September 10, 2017
  • Notification: October 9, 2017
  • Camera-ready: October 16, 2017
  • Symposium: January 8-9, 2017

Authors should submit an electronic copy of the full paper in PDF using the Springer LNCS format. The submission will be done through EasyChair conference system:


All submissions must be original work written in English. Submissions must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. Work that already appeared in unpublished or informally published workshops proceedings may be submitted but the authors should notify the program chair about the place on which it has previously appeared.

PADL 2018 will accept both technical and application papers:

  • Technical papers must describe original, previously unpublished research results. Technical papers must not exceed 15 pages (plus one page of references) in Springer LNCS format.

  • Application papers are a mechanism to present important practical applications of declarative languages that occur in industry or in areas of research other than Computer Science. Application papers are expected to describe complex and/or real-world applications that rely on an innovative use of declarative languages. Application descriptions, engineering solutions and real-world experiences (both positive and negative) are solicited. The limit for application papers is 8 pages in Springer LNCS format but such papers can also point to sites with supplemental information about the application or the system that they describe.

The proceedings of PADL 2018 will appear in the LNCS series of Springer Verlag ( www.springer.com/lncs ).

Two papers accepted for publication at PADL’18 will be nominated for the Most Practical Paper award (one of them as the Student Best Paper), each in cash amount of 250 Euro. These two papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their contribution to the journal “Theory and Practice of Logic Programming” for rapid publication. The extended version should contain at least 30% new content compared to the published conference paper. The extended paper will undergo an additional review process.

Program Committee

  • Daan Leijen, Microsoft Research
  • Daniel Winograd-Cort, University of Pennsylvania
  • David Van Horn, University of Maryland
  • Edwin Brady, University of St. Andrews
  • Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University
  • Erika Abraham, RWTH Aachen University
  • Esra Erdem, Sabanci University
  • Francesco Calimeri, University of Calabria
  • Geoffrey Mainland, Drexel University
  • Grigore Rosu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • James Cheney, University of Edinburgh
  • Jurriaan Hage, Universiteit Utrecht
  • Karl Crary, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Konstantin Schekotihin, University of Klagenfurt
  • Lars Bergstrom, Mozilla Research
  • Lukasz Ziarek, SUNY Buffalo
  • Manuel Carro, Technical University of Madrid and UPM and IMDEA Software Institute
  • Marcello Balduccini, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Marco Gavanelli, University of Ferrara
  • Marco Maratea, University of Genova
  • Martin Gebser, University of Potsdam
  • Mats Carlsson, SICS
  • Meera Sridhar, University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Neng-Fa Zhou, CUNY Brooklyn College and Graduate Center
  • Paul Tarau, University of North Texas
  • Paulo Oliva, Queen Mary University of London
  • Peter Schüller, Marmara University
  • Ricardo Rocha, University of Porto
  • Stefan Woltran, Vienna University of Technology
  • Stefania Costantini, University of L’Aquila
  • Wolfgang Faber, University of Huddersfield

Program Chairs:

  • Nicola Leone, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Kevin Hamlen, University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA


For additional information about papers and submissions, please write to the official conference email address, or contact the Program Chairs:

Important Dates AoE (UTC-12h)
Sun 3 Sep 2017new
Abstract submission
Sun 10 Sep 2017new
Paper submission
Mon 9 Oct 2017new
Notification to authors
Mon 16 Oct 2017new
Camera-ready due
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