Call for Papers


A multi product line is a product line that integrates assets which themselves have been developed as product lines, or as parts of product lines, by independent teams or organizations. Multi product lines differ from single product lines in the sense that these assets are managed independently of each other, and have their own requirements and stakeholders. The cross-organizational distribution of reusable assets introduces several challenges, such as inconsistent configuration of components and development artifacts, costly and time-consuming integration processes, diverging evolution speed and direction, and inadequate testing.
The goal of this workshop is to identify and better understand the challenges that are involved with managing the development and evolution of multi product lines and the distribution of assets used for their production across organizations. To this end, we aim at bringing together researchers, practitioners, and experts from various fields of software engineering to discuss practical challenges, investigate potential solutions, and establish a common research agenda on Multi Product Line Engineering.


We particularly encourage position papers and experience reports, which identify and structure open challenges and research questions. We are interested in all topics related to multi product line engineering, including but not limited to:
  • scoping for multi product lines
    • domain requirements engineering for multi product lines
  • (cross-organizational) modeling of multi product lines
    • commonality and variability analysis
  • multi product lines integration and interoperability management
    • product derivation & configuration management
    • asset management
    • transition strategies
  • (cross-organizational) evolution of multi product lines
    • model maintenance
    • change impact analysis
    • metrics and measurement
  • multi product line certification, verification and validation
  • industrial experiences & empirical studies on multi product lines
  • multi product lines and software ecosystems
    • multi product lines in the open source world
  • non-technical issues surrounding multi product lines
    • economic and legal issues
    • organizational, managerial, and process issues
    • multi product line training for organizations

Submission guidelines

We are looking for position papers and experience reports (2-4 pages) in ACM SIGS proceedings format. Submissions will be selected based on the relevance to the workshop topics and the suitability to trigger discussions. All submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the SPLC workshop proceedings. Papers should be submitted via Easychair at:

Important dates

   Extended Submission Deadline:    June 2, 2013  (23:59 AoE)   
   (extended) Author Notifications:    July 1, 2013   
   Camera-ready copies:    July 8, 2013   
   Workshop date:    August 27, 2013   

Contact information

To contact the organizers, please send an email to: MultiPLE2013-organizers [at]