PLACES 2017 – Call for papers

10th Workshop on Programming Language Approaches to
Concurrency- and Communication-cEntric Software

Co-located with ETAPS 2017, Uppsala, Sweden

Modern hardware platforms, from the very small to the very large, increasingly provide parallel computing resources which software may use to maximise performance. Many applications therefore need to make effective use of tens, hundreds, and even thousands of compute nodes. Computation in such systems is thus inherently concurrent and communication-centric.

Effectively programming such applications is challenging; performance, correctness, and scalability are difficult to achieve. Various programming paradigms and methods have emerged to aid this task, including structured imperative concurrent programming, stream-based programming, concurrent functions with asynchronous message passing, automatic parallelisation, and the use of types to describe communications and data structures (such as session and linear types), to name but a few. To fully exploit a (possibly heterogeneous) parallel computing environment often requires these approaches to be combined, depending on the shape of the data and control flow. All the while, the underlying runtime environment must ensure seamless execution without relying on differences in available resources such as the number of cores.

The development of effective programming methodologies for this increasingly parallel landscape therefore demands exploration and understanding of a wide variety of foundational and practical ideas. This workshop offers a forum where researchers from different fields can exchange new ideas on this key challenge to modern and future programming– where concurrency and distribution are the norm rather than a marginal concern.

Submissions are invited in the general area of programming language approaches to concurrency, communication and distribution, ranging from foundational issues, through language implementations, to applications (such as scientific computing) and case studies. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and implementation of programming languages with first class support for concurrency and communication
  • Behavioural types, including session types
  • Concurrent data types, objects and actors
  • Verification and program analysis methods for concurrent and distributed software
  • Runtime systems for scalable management of concurrency and resource allocation
  • High-level programming abstractions addressing security concerns in concurrent and distributed programming
  • Multi- and many-core programming models, including methods for harnessing GPUs and other accelerators
  • Memory models for concurrent programming on relaxed-memory architectures
  • Integration of sequential and concurrent programming techniques
  • Use of message passing in systems software
  • Interface languages for communication and distribution
  • Novel programming methodologies for sensor networks
  • Programming language approaches to web services
  • Concurrency and communication in event processing and business process management

Papers are welcome which present novel and valuable ideas as well as experiences.

Submissions should be (at most) 6-page extended abstracts in EPTCS format and may include an appendix of up to 4 pages. An abstract should be registered via the EasyChair submission site ( by February 12th (anywhere-on-Earth) with the paper submitted by February 19th (anywhere-on-Earth). There will be a post-proceedings special issue in JLAMP (Journal of Logic and Algebraic Methods) after the workshop which will be open to anyone (with a further round of reviewing).

Abstract submission: 12 February 2017
Paper submission: 19 February 2017
Notification: 8 March 2017
ETAPS early-registration deadline: 12 March 2017
Camera-ready copy: 23 March 2017
PLACES workshop: 29 April 2017

Submission deadlines are “anywhere on Earth”.


Programme chairs: Philipp Haller and Vasco T. Vasconcelos

Programme committee:

  • Sebastian Burckhardt, Microsoft Research
  • Ilaria Castelani, INRIA Sophia Antipolis
  • Marco Carbone, ITU
  • Silvia Crafa, University of Padova
  • Patrick Eugster, TU Darmstadt
  • Ganesh L Gopalakrishnan, University of Utah
  • Philipp Haller, KTH
  • Dimitrios Kouzapas, University of Glasgow
  • Sam Lindley, University of Edinburgh
  • Luca Padovani, Univ Torino
  • Aleksandar Prokopec, Oracle Labs
  • Peter Thiemann, University of Freiburg 
  • Vasco T. Vasconcelos, University of Lisbon

Organising committee: Simon Gay, Alan Mycroft, Vasco T. Vasconcelos, and Nobuko Yoshida

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