17th European Symposium on Programming

Budapest (Hungary), 29 March - 6 April, 2008



Call for Papers
Important Dates
Invited Speaker
Programme Committee
Steering Committee
ETAPS 2008


Accepted Papers

ESOP received 136 original, and 104 full submissions. For each submission at least 3, and on the average 3.6, reviews were written. After an intensive electronic meeting over four weeks, the programme committee decided to accept 27 papers, two of which are tools presentations.

The titles of these papers, and the ESOP conference program can be found here.

ESTAP'08 Programme Overview

Conference Description

ESOP is a member conference of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software (ETAPS), which is the primary European forum for academic and industrial researchers working on topics relating to Software Science. ETAPS 2008 is the eleventh joint conference in this series.

The prior conferences have been ETAPS 1998 in Lisbon, ETAPS 1999 in Amsterdam, ETAPS 2000 in Berlin, ETAPS 2001 in Genova, ETAPS 2002 in Grenoble, ETAPS 2003 in Warsaw, ETAPS 2004 in Barcelona, ETAPS 2005 in Edinburgh, ETAPS 2006 in Vienna, and ETAPS 2007 in Braga.

ESOP is an annual conference devoted to fundamental issues in the specification, analysis, and implementation of programming languages and systems. This includes:

  • Design of programming languages and calculi and their formal properties
  • Techniques, methods, and tools for their implementation
  • Exploitation of programming styles within different programming paradigms
  • Automatic and manual methods for generating and reasoning about programs
  • The design and invention of systems and tools to assist in exploitation of the languages

Contributions bridging the gap between theory and practice are particularly welcome. Topics traditionally covered by ESOP include programming paradigms and their integration, semantics, calculi of computation, security and privacy, advanced type systems, program analysis, program transformation, and practical algorithms based on theoretical developments.

Additional information about ESOP can be found at ESOP's home page.


Submission -- now closed

The ETAPS conferences accept two types of contributions: research papers and tool demonstration papers. Both types of contributions will appear in the proceedings, published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Submitted papers must:

  • be in English
  • present original research which is unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere; in particular, simultaneous submission of the same contribution to multiple ETAPS conferences is not permitted
  • be in the format specified by Springer-Verlag at the URL:
  • be submitted electronically in PDF format via the web site of ESOP Conference Service

    Papers submission deadline: Friday 12th October 2007 23.59 Samoa time (GMT -11)

Submissions not adhering to the specified format and length may be rejected immediately, without review. All papers, especially research papers, should clearly identify their novel contributions to the domain of fundamental approaches to software engineering. One author of each accepted paper must attend the conference to present the paper.

Research papers

Research papers should describe a novel contribution to the field. Final papers shall not be more than 15 pages long. 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.

Tool demonstration papers

Tool demonstration papers should describe novel and state-of-the-art tools. Submissions should consist of two parts. The first part, no more than 4 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, no more than 6 pages, should explain how the demonstration will be carried out and what it will show, including screen dumps and examples. This part will not be included in the proceedings, but will be evaluated.

Important Dates

  • Friday 5th October 2007 Abstract submission
  • Friday 12th October 2007, 23.59 Samoa time (GMT -11): Paper submission
  • Friday 7th December 2007: Author notification
  • Friday 4th January 2008: Camera-ready paper versions due
  • Saturday 29 March to Sunday 6th April 2008: ETAPS 2008
The above deadlines are strict. Making the deadline for submission of abstracts a week early allows the programme committee to start work before full versions are available. Obviously, there is no need to wait with submission of the full version until the final deadline.

Submission of an abstract implies no obligation to submit a full version; abstracts with no corresponding full versions by the final deadline will be treated as withdrawn.


Invited Speaker

Thierry Coquand, Goeteborg University, Sweden


Programme Committee

Chair: Sophia Drossopoulou, Imperial College London (UK)

  • Dave Clarke, , Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, CWI (Netherlands)
  • Doug Lea, State University of New York at Oswego (USA)
  • Peter Mueller, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and Microsoft Research (USA)
  • Vijay Saraswat, U. Penn State University and IBM TJ Watson Research Lab (USA)
  • Frank Tip, IBM TJ Watson Research Center (USA)


Steering Committee

Chair: Chris Hankin, U.K.

  • Pierpaolo Degano, Italy
  • Neil Jones, Denmark
  • Daniel Le Metayer, France
  • Alan Mycroft, U.K.
  • Hanne Riis Nielson, Denmark
  • Bengt Nordström, Sweden
  • David Sands, Sweden
  • David Schmidt, USA
  • Gert Smolka, Germany
  • Doaitse Swierstra, The Netherlands
  • Reinhard Wilhelm, Germany