Systems Engineering

The International Systems and Software Product Line Conference (SPLC) is a premier forum where researchers, practitioners, and educators can present and discuss the most recent ideas, trends, experiences, and challenges in the area of software and system product lines engineering.

The 20th SPLC will take place in Beijing, China, September 19-23, 2016.

Formerly known as the Software Product Line Conference, the 2016 edition includes Systems in its name to reflect the growing importance of product lines in systems engineering, and it will host a focused Systems Engineering Track for the second time.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) defines “systems engineering” as an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. This encompasses operations, cost and schedule, performance, training and support, test, and all technical considerations.

The SE Track solicits both research-oriented and/or industry-oriented papers, which are explicitly aimed at product lines residing primarily in the Systems Engineering space. Specifically, this track is for papers addressing product line engineering where the focus extends beyond software to other lifecycle phases (design, testing, mechanical, electrical, operations, portfolio management, manufacturing, systems modeling, simulation, etc.) and/or concerns across all stakeholder organizations. (NB: Industry or research papers focusing primarily on software product lines should be submitted to the traditional industry and research tracks.)


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Industrial experiences in systems-engineering-centered product lines
  • PLE and model-based development (including systems architecture and simulation)
  • PLE and product/portfolio management
  • PLE and manufacturing
  • PLE and operations
  • PLE-based approaches to complexity management
  • PLE and sales and marketing
  • Variation management across all stages of the lifecycle
  • PLE and the “V” model for engineering
  • PLE’s role in and relationship to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • PLE’s role in and relationship to Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)
  • PLE and safety, dependability, and systems verification and validation
  • Tooling for PLE systems engineering cross-lifecycle solutions


We invite the following types of contributions:

  • Full papers (up to 10 pages) describing original results that address topics relevant to the track. Papers in this category must provide sufficient context of the problems identified or addressed, describe clear requirements and/or experience in solving them, provide an assessment of benefits and drawbacks or other lessons learned, and explain why the contribution is innovative or valuable to others.
  • Short papers (up to 5 pages) describing early results on topics relevant to the track, or other more focused system engineering topics of interest.

Submissions should follow the ACM SIG Proceedings format and will be reviewed by at least three members of the SPLC 2016 Systems Engineering Track program committee.

The SPLC proceedings will be published by ACM in the ACM Digital Library within its International Conference Proceedings Series.

SPLC 2016 Easychair submission link:


Abstract Submission: Feb. 22, 2016

Paper Submission: Feb. 29, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: April 25, 2016

Camera-ready Paper Due: May 23, 2016

Conference: Sept. 19-23, 2016


Submissions will be evaluated by at least two PC members according to the relevance and originality of the work as well as presentation quality. Data papers should describe the dataset according to the points outlined above. Work that has not been previously presented at SPLC is given a priority. Tools previously presented at SPLC should include a description of new features of the tool or new aspects to be presented.


Accepted proposals will appear in the SPLC 2016 Proceedings (second volume) published by ACM. At least one author of each accepted submission must register and attend SPLC 2016 in order for the submission to be published. For each accepted submission a formal presentation will be scheduled in the conference program.

For further information, please contact Norbert Siegmund (siegmunn(at) or Thorsten Berger (thorsten.berger(at)


SPLC 2016 General Chair:

  • Hong Mei, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Systems Engineering Track Chairs:

  • Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Bran Selic, Malina Software Corp., Canada

Local Chair:

  • Dan Hao, Peking University, China

Publicity Chairs:

  • David Benavides, University of Sevilla, Spain
  • Leopoldo Teixeira, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Jiangtao Wang, Peking University, China


  • Martin Becker, Fraunhofer IESE
  • Paul Clements, BigLever Software, Inc.
  • Sebastien Gerard, CEA, LIST
  • Paul Gruenbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • Oystein Haugen, Østfold University College
  • Jean-Marc Jézéquel, University of Rennes 1
  • Hisashi Miyashita, Maplesoft
  • Ramesh, General Motors R&D
  • Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase
  • Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp and McGill University
  • Tim Weilkiens, oose Innovative Informatik eG
  • Tao Yue, Simula Research Laboratory and University of Oslo