REVE 2017

5th International Workshop on Reverse Variability Engineering

held in conjunction with SPLC2017 - 21st International Software Product Line Conference - 25 to 29 September 2017

25 or 26 September 2017, Seville, Spain

NEW 28/04/2017: We are pleased to announce that Professor Klaus Schmid , head of the Software Systems Engineering group at the University of Hildesheim, accepted our invitation for participating as keynote speaker. Title and abstract of the keynote coming soon.

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Software Product Line (SPL) migration remains a challenging endeavour

From organizational issues to purely technical challenges, there is a wide range of barriers that complicates SPL adoption.
This workshop aims to foster research about making the most of the two main inputs for SPL migration:
1) domain knowledge and 2) legacy assets.
Domain knowledge, usually implicit and spread across an organization, is key to define the SPL scope and to validate the variability model and its semantics.
At the technical level, domain expertise is also needed to create or extract the reusable software components.
Legacy assets can be, for instance, similar product variants (e.g. requirements, models, source code etc.) that were implemented using ad-hoc reuse techniques such as clone-and-own.
More generally, the workshop REverse Variability Engineering (REVE) attracts researchers and practitioners contributing to

processes, techniques, tools, or empirical studies related to the automatic, semi-automatic or manual extraction or refinement of SPL assets.

Held in conjunction with
SPLC 2017

Workshop organized by

Important dates

Paper submissions: May 24, 2017
Paper notifications: June 14, 2017
Final version of papers: June 22, 2017
REVE 2017 Workshop: 25 or 26 September 2017. To be defined soon.
SPLC 2017 Conference: 25-29 September 2017


We will encourage submissions that push the state of the art and practice in the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Experience reports on SPL migration
  • Organizational issues on SPL migration
  • Static, dynamic or information retrieval techniques for legacy assets analysis
  • Feature identification and location techniques
  • Feature constraints discovery
  • Feature model synthesis
  • Extraction of reusable components
  • Clone detection techniques
  • Visualisation techniques during SPL migration
  • Product Line Architecture reengineering
  • Refactoring theories and techniques for SPLE
  • Tacit knowledge and collaboration in SPL migration
  • Mining variability from software repositories
  • Literature reviews on reverse engineering in SPLE
  • Metrics and measurements for SPL migration
  • Case studies and benchmark examples
  • Industrial experiences of SPL migration
  • Tool support for SPL migration

Submission details

REVE proceedings will be included in SPLC proceedings (Volume 2)

Submission types: Authors interested in participating in the workshop are requested to submit either:

  • Regular paper (max. 8 pages) that presents original research or industrial experience report
  • Short paper (4 pages) that describes sound new ideas and concepts that are under research or experimental studies at industrial settings.

Format: Submissions should use the ACM SIG proceedings format in the same way as for the SPLC conference proceedings.
Templates for Word and LaTeX are available at

Submission: All papers submitted to the workshop must be unpublished original work and must not have been submitted anywhere else for publication. Each paper will be reviewed by three PC members and accepted papers will be selected based on quality, novelty, and relevance to the workshop topic. Papers should be submitted via

Technical Program Committee

  • Carlos Cetina, Universidad San Jorge, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Danilo Beuche, Pure Systems, Germany
  • Gilles Malfreyt, Thales, France
  • Jacques Robin, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
  • Jason Mansell, Tecnalia, Spain
  • Jens Krinke, University College London, UK
  • José Galindo, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Julia Rubin, The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Kentaro Yoshimura, Hitachi, Japan
  • Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim, Germany
  • Oscar Díaz, University of the Basque Country, Spain
  • Øystein Haugen, Østfold University College, Norway
  • Sandro Schulze, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
  • Sebastian Herold, Karlstad University, Sweden


  • Jabier Martinez, Sorbonne University, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, Paris, France (Main Contact)
  • Roberto E. Lopez-Herrejon, Ecole de technologie superieuré, Montreal, Canada
  • Tewfik Ziadi, Sorbonne University, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Mathieu Acher, Irisa, Inria and University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France


To be defined. Seville, Spain.

Workshop program

To be defined. These are some elements that will be part of the agenda.
- Workshop opening, welcome note and introduction
- Keynote: Professor Klaus Schmid
Keynote photo Head of the Software Systems Engineering group at the University of Hildesheim.
Title and abstract coming soon.