Most Influential Paper Award for Software Product LinesThe Software Product Line (SPL) Conference has established a Most Influential Paper (MIP)
award to recognize significant research contributions to SPLs. Nominations are sought and will be reviewed by the SPLMIP
committee. A nominated paper:
Call for Nominations
anticipate an MIP Award will be given every year. Award winners will be contacted
at least 3 months in
advance of the Conference and will be posted/announced in June of that year. It is also intended that a stipend will be
given to the authors of an awarded paper for one or more of them to
receive the award and to give a presentation at the conference.
- Must be published at least 10 years ago.
- The title, author(s), and publication venue
(conference, journal) of the paper should be included in a nomination, along
with the description of the work (250-500 words in length) and why particular attention to its
contributions merits the award.
Citations alone are not
sufficient. Supporting letters from a
list of 3 or more endorsers, their names and institutions should be enclosed. An example nomination letter is below.
- A nominated paper could have appeared in any conference or journal venue, not just SPL Conference.
- If an author
of a nominated papers is on the Award Committee, the paper will not be
considered until the author(s) rotates off the committee; the nomination
is time-stamped by its submission date, not when the nomination becomes
- Nominations are active for up to 4 years upon receipt and would need to be
resubmitted upon nomination expiration.
Current Nominations. Set of nominations received to date is here.
Nominations are now being received. Nominations should be sent to SPLCMIP@cs.utexas.edu, which is a mailing alias to all committee members.
All participants, endorses and the Award Committee, will observe ACM's Guidelines on Conflict of Interest.
Don Batory, University of Texas at Austin (Chair)
Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Rick Rabiser, Johannes Kepler University
David Benavides, University of Seville
Example Nominating Letter
Is approximately one page, providing an overview and reasons for an MIP award. Presumably the letter would be a bit more detailed than the sketch below on impact.
We the undersigned nominate the paper "Mass Produced Software Components" by Doug McIlroy, presented at the NATO Software Engineering of 1968. McIlroy's
visionary paper predates software product lines as a research
area, but captures the essence of what SPLs have become -- the ability
to declaratively specify programs from predefined lists of optionally
selectable properties or characteristics, many would now call
The paper itself sketches the foundation of future
areas of research: product lines, software components, the software
component industry, software reuse, and even parameterized modularity. McIlroy's
work predates Dijkstra's 1970 work on Structured Programming (where
program families was briefly mentioned) and Parna's "On the design and
Development of Program Families" paper of March 1976. It predates
Goguen's early 1980s work that formalized parameterized programming as
a foundation for formal models of program variability. Now, all of the
previously mentioned pioneers have made fundamental contributions of
their own to SPLs, but in McIlroy's paper we see the outlines of
these important future research topics.
significance, McIlroy's paper was seminal to Software Reuse Community
(circa 1990s), which offered the first regularly-held conference series
in which Software Product Lines (although not yet named as such) were
routinely explored and the significance of SPLs became widely evident.
At the SPLC-2015 conference in Nashville, Linda Northrup, a
co-founder of the SPL Conference series, cited work on SPLs in the
Reuse Conference that gave birth to SPLC Series.
The above is a
brief summary of our position on this paper. Below we list brief
paragraphs that provide individual points of justification of this
Individual confirmation on this joint nomination will be sent, by email, from each of us below.
- Person XY -- I have cited McIlroy's work in my research (give citations) for the following reasons...
QR -- I have worked in Software component repositories, and McIlroy's
paper inspired my work and that of others by ... (give reasons).
- Person ST -- McIroy's paper should be among the "top-reads" in the history of SPL development.
ZW -- His paper was cited in the following venues, all of which have
contributed (the following...) to the development of SPLs.
XY, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Univeristy of Pennsylvania
QR, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Nebraska
ST, Program Director, Tata Consultancy
ZW, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
from each endorser, there should be a PDF on institution letter head or
email coming directly from the endorser, confirming (in 1 sentence)
their support from this petition.