2nd International Workshop on Real World Domain Specific Languages 2017

Held in conjunction with the CGO'17 international symposium on Code Generation and Optimisation
Austin, Texas USA, Saturday 4 February, 2017.


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.

Key dates

 Paper submission deadline 25 November 2016
 Author notification 18 December 2016
 Final manuscript due  13 January 2017
 Workshop 4 February 2017

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 http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template.

The EasyChair submission page for this workshop is


The DSL workshop venue is the Hilton hotel, located in downtown Austin, 500 East 4th Street, Austin Texas, United States 78701.
Booking information: click here
Guests can also call in to 1-800-HILTONS and reference the following code: ICS

Transportation to Austin

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is the major airport in the Austin area. Neighbouring cities with major airports include: San Antonio (1.75 hours car ride), Dallas (3.5 hours car ride), and Houston (3.5 hour car ride).

Transportation around Austin

Taxis from the airport cost around $25 USD one-way. Other options include SuperShuttle and the ride-sharing apps RideAustin and Fasten. Note: Uber and Lyft currently do not operate in Austin. A good guide for Austin travel information (not maintained by the conference organization) can be found here .

Program committee

Program Chairs
Rob Stewart, Heriot-Watt University ( R.Stewart@hw.ac.uk )
Greg Michaelson, Heriot-Watt University

PC Members
Jost Berthold, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Andy Gill, University of Kansas
Kevin Hammond, University of St Andrews
Patrick Maier, University of Glasgow
Josef Svenningsson, Chalmers University
Simon Thompson, University of Kent
Phil Trinder, University of Glasgow