December 06, 2007

European Lisp Symposium 2008 - Call for Papers

1st European Lisp Symposium

Bordeaux, France, May 22-23, 2008

LaBRI, Université Bordeaux 1

Important Dates

  • Submission of research papers: February 11, 2008

  • Work-in-progress papers: March 24, 2008

  • Author notification: April 7, 2008

  • First final versions due: April 28, 2008

Accepted research papers will be invited for a special issue of the Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS). See the symposium website for more details.


The European Lisp Symposium 2008 invites high quality papers about novel research results, insights and lessons learned from practical applications, and educational perspectives, all involving Lisp dialects, including Common Lisp, Scheme, ISLISP, Dylan, and so on.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Language design and implementation techniques

  • Language integration, interoperation and deployment

  • Experience reports and case studies

  • Reflection and meta-level architectures

  • Educational approaches

  • Software adaptation and evolution

  • Configuration management

  • Artificial intelligence

  • Large and ultra-large-scale systems

  • Development methodologies

  • Development support and environments

  • Persistent systems

  • Scientific computing

  • Parallel and distributed computing

  • Data mining

  • Semantic web

  • Dynamic optimization

  • Innovative applications

  • Hardware and virtual machine support

  • Domain-oriented programming

We also encourage submissions about past approaches that have been largely forgotten about, as long as they are presented in a new setting.

We invite submissions in two categories:
original contributions and work-in-progress papers.

  • Original contributions have neither been published previously nor are under review by other refereed events or publications. Research papers should describe work that advances the current state of the art, or presents old results from a new perspective. Experience papers should be of broad interest and should describe insights gained from substantive practical applications. The program committee will evaluate each contributed paper based on its relevance, significance, clarity, and originality.

    Accepted papers will be published in the Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS). Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their work at the symposium main track in Bordeaux on May 23, 2008.

  • Work in progress describes ongoing work that is not ready for publication yet, but would benefit strongly from feedback by other researchers, practitioners and educators. Such contributions will not be published in the symposium proceedings, but will be made available at the symposium website. The work-in-progress track will be organized as a series of writers' workshops where authors work together to improve their papers. Some authors who submit papers for the main track will be suggested to contribute their work in this track instead, if the program committee decides that their submission is not yet ready for a publication.

    The writers' workshops will take place at the symposium in Bordeaux on May 22, 2008.


Papers for the main track must be submitted electronically, preferably as PDF or PostScript file (level 1 or 2). However, submissions in RTF or Word format are also accepted. Initial submissions may not exceed 15 pages in the J.UCS style, including all appendices. (Invited papers for the journal publication will have a page limitation of 25 pages in the same format.) See the symposium website for more details, including about the submission procedure.

Papers for the work-in-progress track may be in PDF, PostScript level 1 or 2, RTF or Word, and may not exceed 25 pages. There are no further requirements on their format. Papers for the work-in-progress track must be sent via email to

Program Chair

  • Pascal Costanza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Program Committee

  • Marco Antoniotti, Universita Milano Bicocca, Italy

  • Marie Beurton-Aimar, Université Bordeaux 1, France

  • Jerry Boetje, College of Charlston, USA

  • Theo D'Hondt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

  • Irène Durand, Université Bordeaux 1, France

  • Marc Feeley, Université de Montréal, Canada

  • Erick Gallesio, Universite de Nice / Sophia Antipolis, France

  • Rainer Joswig, Independent Consultant, Germany

  • António Leitão, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Henry Lieberman, MIT, USA

  • Scott McKay, ITA Software, Inc., USA

  • Ralf Möller, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

  • Nicolas Neuss, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Kent Pitman, PTC, USA

  • Christophe Rhodes, Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom

  • Jeffrey Mark Siskind, Purdue University, USA

  • Didier Verna, EPITA Research and Development Laboratory, France

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