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Sun 20 - Fri 25 October 2019 Athens, Greece


The changing hardware and software landscape along with the increased heterogeneity of systems make metaprogramming once more an important research topic to handle the associated complexity. Meta’19 workshop aims to bring together researchers working on metaprogramming and reflection, as well as users building applications, language extensions, or software tools using them.

The challenges which metaprogramming faces are manifold. They start with formal reasoning about reflective programs, continue with performance and tooling, and reach into the empirical field to understand how metaprogramming is used and how it affects software maintainability. While industry accepted metaprogramming on a wide scale with Ruby, Scala, JavaScript and others, academia still needs to bring it to the same level of convenience, tooling, and understanding as for direct programming styles.

Contributions to the workshop are welcome on a wide range of topics related to the design, implementation, and application of metaprogramming techniques, as well as formal methods and empirical studies for such systems and languages.


For further inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us via meta-at-splash19@googlegroups.com


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09:00 - 10:30
Model and TheoryMETA at Room 1A
Chair(s): Guido Chari Czech Technical University
Ambiguous, Informal, and Unsound: Metaprogramming for Naturalness
Toni Mattis Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam, Patrick Rein Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany, Robert Hirschfeld Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI), Germany
From Definitional Interpreter To Symbolic Executor
Adrian Mensing , Hendrik van Antwerpen TU Delft, Eelco Visser Delft University of Technology, Casper Bach Poulsen Delft University of Technology
Link to publication Pre-print
Mμl: The Power of Dynamic Multi-Methods
Isaac Oscar Gariano Victoria University of Wellington, Marco Servetto Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
File Attached
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee breakCatering at Break area
Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30
Concurrency and Data Structures META at Room 1A
Chair(s): Christophe Scholliers Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Meta-programming in Data Science
Jan Vitek Northeastern University, Aviral Goel Northeastern University
Squirrel: An Extensible Distributed Key-Value Store
Kevin De Porre , Elisa Gonzalez Boix Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
12:30 - 14:00
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee breakCatering at Break area
Coffee break

16:00 - 17:30
ClosingMETA at Room 1A

Call for Papers

This workshop aims to explore meta-level technologies that help tackling the heterogeneity, scalability and openness requirements of emerging computations platforms.

Topics of Interest

The workshop is a venue for all approaches that embrace metaprogramming, from static to dynamic techniques:

  • reflection, meta-level architectures, staging, open language runtimes applications to middleware, frameworks, and DSLs optimization techniques
  • contract systems, or typing of reflective programs
  • reflection and metaobject protocols to enable tooling
  • case studies and evaluation of such techniques, e.g., to build applications, language extensions, or tools
  • empirical evaluation of metaprogramming solutions
  • security in reflective systems and capability-based designs
  • meta-level architectures and reflective middleware for modern runtime platforms (e.g. IoT, cyber-physical systems, mobile/cloud/grid computing, etc)
  • surveys, conceptualization, and taxonomization of existing approaches

In short, we invite contributions to the workshop on a wide range of topics related to design, implementation, and application of reflective APIs and meta-programming techniques, as well as empirical studies and typing for such systems and languages.

Workshop Format and Submissions

This workshop welcomes the presentation of new ideas and emerging problems as well as mature work as part of a mini-conference format. Furthermore, we plan interactive brainstorming and demonstration sessions between the formal presentations to enable an active exchange of ideas.

Papers submitted by the first deadline will be considered for publication in the ACM DL, if not requested otherwise by the authors. Thus, they will be part of SPLASH workshop proceedings. For all papers, use of the SIGPLAN acmart style is mandatory: http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author/. Please use the provided double-column templates for Latex or Word

  • technical paper: max. 8 pages, excluding references
  • position and work-in-progress paper: 1-4 pages, excluding references
  • technology demos or a posters: 1-page abstract

Abstracts do not have to be submitted before the submission deadline.

Demos, posters, position and work-in-progress papers can be submitted on a second, later deadline to discuss the latest results and current work, but will not be considered for publication in the ACM DL.

For all submission, please use the submission system at: