REVE 2020

8th International Workshop on Reverse Variability Engineering

October 2020, Montreal, Canada (Online)

held in conjunction with SPLC2020 - 24rd International Software Product Line Conference - October 19-23 2020


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 2020

Workshop organized by

Important dates

Paper submissions: August 17, 2020
Paper notifications: September 17, 2020
Final version of papers: September 21, 2020
REVE 2020 Workshop: October 2019 (probably 19 or 20 October (to be defined))
SPLC 2020 Conference: 19-23 October 2020


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 must follow the 2019 ACM Master Article Template.
Templates for Word and LaTeX are available at
Latex users are indicated to use the “sigconf” option, so they are recommended to use the template that can be found in "sample-sigconf.tex".
In this way, the following latex code can be placed at the start of the latex document:

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. At least one author should register and present the paper during the workshop.
Papers should be submitted via

Technical Program Committee

  • Barbara Gallina, Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • Djamel Eddine Khelladi, DIVERSE Team, IRISA-INRIA, CNRS, Université Rennes 1, France
  • Eduardo Figueiredo, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
  • Elder de Macedo Rodrigues, Universidade Federal do Pampa, Brazil
  • Jaime Font, University San Jorge, Spain
  • Jennifer Perez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • João Bosco Ferreira Filho, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
  • José Galindo, University of Sevilla, Spain
  • Lukas Linsbauer, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
  • Marianne Huchard, LIRMM, Université de Montpellier and CNRS, France
  • Oscar Diaz, University of the Basque Country, Spain
  • Oystein Haugen, Østfold University College, Norway
  • Sebastian Herold, Karlstad University, Department of Computer Science, Sweden
  • Serge Demeyer, University of Antwerp, Belgium


  • Wesley K. G. Assunção, Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil (Main Contact)
  • Mathieu Acher, Irisa, Inria and University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France
  • Tewfik Ziadi, Sorbonne University, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Jabier Martinez, Tecnalia, Spain


Steering Committee

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


To be defined. Check SPLC 2020 website for information about the venue.

Workshop program

Workshop program to be defined.