Call For Papers

Variability management is a major challenge during the development, maintenance, and evolution of software-intensive systems. An important precondition for the effective and efficient management of variability is that it must be explicitly modelled. With variability modelling coming of age, it is important to consider also non-functional properties of variable software systems.

The theme of VaMoS 2018 is “variability in the context”, exploring the role, importance, and characteristics of context-aware, self-adaptive and critical systems that use context properties that are or can be reconfigured at post-deployment time. Therefore, in this edition we particularly focus on those modeling and implementation approaches of software variability that use context features and are able to support dynamic changes of variants at runtime.

The VaMoS workshop series aims to bring together researchers from different areas dedicated to mastering variability in order to discuss advantages, drawbacks, and complementarities of various approaches, and to present new results for mastering variability throughout the life cycle of systems, system families, and (dynamic) Software Product Lines.

VaMoS 2018 Flyer 

Important Dates

Abstract submission: October 23, 2017
Paper submission: November 2, 2017
Notification: November 27, 2017
Camera ready: December 11, 2017
VaMoS workshop: February 7-9, 2018

Workshop Format

VaMoS 2018, like previous VaMoS workshops, will be a highly interactive event. Each session is organised in such a way that discussions among the presenters of papers, discussants, and other participants are highly stimulated. Typically, after a paper is presented, it is immediately discussed by pre-assigned discussants – after which a broader discussion involving all participants follows. All sessions are closed by a general discussion of the papers presented in that session. The workshop language is English. Attendance is open to all authors of accepted papers, invited speakers, the organisers, PC members, and to guest visitors that commit to become assigned as discussants of papers.

Topics of Interest (non-exclusive)

  • Variability across the software life cycle
  • Quality properties in variability models
  • Runtime variability approaches
  • Software variability and approaches to represent and manage context knowledge
  • Variability in software architecture
  • Managing variability at post-deployment time
  • Formal verification, testing, and debugging of variable software systems
  • Refactoring and evolution of variable software systems
  • Variability in systems of systems
  • Variability mining and reverse engineering approaches
  • Formal reasoning and automated analysis on variability
  • Software economic aspects of variability
  • New visualization techniques for large variability models
  • Variability constraint checking at runtime
  • Multiple binding modes for critical systems

Submission and Publication

We welcome the following type of submissions related to the topics of VaMoS:

  • Research papers describing novel contributions
  • Problem statements describing open issues of theoretical or practical nature
  • Reports on positive or negative experiences with techniques and tools
  • Surveys and comparative studies investigating pros, cons and complementarities
  • Research-in-progress reports including research results at a premature stage
  • Data papers presenting interesting and important data sets to the community
  • Case studies and empirical studies
  • Tool papers or demonstrations
  • Vision papers

Submissions must be in English, and between 4 and 8 pages in length in the ACM proceedings format (

EasyChair submission site:

The proceedings will be published in ACM’s International Conference Proceedings Series,
which includes a publication in the ACM digital library.