ACM Workshop on Real World Domain Specific Languages 2019

4th International ACM RWDSL Workshop, Washington DC, USA, 16th February, 2019.


As the use of computers proliferates, the complexity and variety of systems continues to grow. As a result, it is becoming increasingly inflexible to "hard wire” behaviours into software. Software developers can enable more control over their software configurations by exploiting Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). Such DSLs provide a systematic way to structure the underlying computational components: to coin a phrase, a DSL is a library with syntax.

There is an enormous variety of DSLs for a very wide range of domains. Most DSLs are highly idiosyncratic, reflecting both the specific natures of their application domains and their designers’ own preferences. This workshop will bring together constructors of DSLs for “real world” domains; that is, DSLs intended primarily to aid in building software to solve real world problems rather than to explore the more theoretical aspects of language design and implementation. We are looking for submissions that present the motivation, design, implementation, use and evaluation of such DSLs.

Accepted RWDSL 2019 papers

  • A Case Study on RNA-RNA Interaction Application Implementation using AlphaZ. Swetha Varadarajan, Colorado State University.
  • What we talk about when we talk about pcap expressions. Nik Sultana, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Athos - A Model Driven Approach to Describe and Solve Optimisation Problems. Benjamin Hoffmann, KITE-THM; Kevin Chalmers, Edinburgh Napier University; Neil Urquhart, Edinburgh Napier University; Michael Guckert, KITE-THM.


Accepted RWDSL papers to be presented within the COSMIC 2019 workshop on Sunday 17th February 2019.

To be held in conjunction with the International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimisation (CGO 2019), co-located with PPoPP and HPCA and CC.

Key dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 9th November 2018.
  • Author notification: 7th December 2018.
  • Final manuscript due: 11th January 2019.
  • Workshop: 17th February 2019.

The workshop programme:

Submission instructions

Accepted submissions will be published in the ACM Digital Library within its International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS). Submissions should be 8-10 pages in ACM double-column format. Authors should follow the information for formatting ACM SIGPLAN conference papers, which can be found at

The EasyChair submission page for this workshop is:

Program committee

Program Chairs

Rob Stewart, Heriot-Watt University ( )

Greg Michaelson, Heriot-Watt University

PC Members

Allin Cottrell, Wake Forest University

Nina Dethlefs, University of Hull

Kevin Hammond, University of St Andrews

Patrick Maier, Sheffield Hallam University

Simon Thompson, University of Kent

Phil Trinder, University of Glasgow

Andy Gill, X, the moonshot factory

Mathijs Schuts, Philips

Jost Berthold, Digital Asset, AU

Proceedings of previous RWDSL events


CGO 2019 will be held at the Marriott Marquis, located at: 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, 20001, Washington, DC.