Dagstuhl seminar on bidirectional transformations (BX)

Zhenjiang Hu, Andy Schurr, Perdita Stevens, James F. Terwilliger

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The Dagstuhl BX seminar, held January 16–21, 2011, brought together researchers from 13 countries across disciplines that study bidirectional transformations. It was a follow-up of the GRACE International Meeting on Bidirectional Transformations held in December 2008 near Tokyo, Japan [5]. This consisted of short introductions from each of the participants on their background and work, followed by presentations and demonstrations on representative technologies from each field, and some open discussion time. A major benefit of the GRACE meeting was the opportunity for the disciplines to get some initial exposure to each other.

The Dagstuhl seminar intended to go a step further and begin to identify commonalities between the disciplines and start to set a cross-disciplinary research agenda. The first part of the seminar consisted of tutorials from each of the four represented disciplines. The second part consisted of cross-disciplinary working groups dedicated to investigating specific examples of commonality between solutions or identifying requirements, terminology, or scenarios that may reach across fields. There were also sessions in which participants gave position statements on their own work.

Participants at both the Dagstuhl and GRACE seminars came from four disciplines: (1) Programming Languages, (2) Graph Transformations, (3) Software Engineering, and (4) Databases. At Dagstuhl, each of the first three disciplines made up about 2/7 of the participants, while databases took the remaining 1/7 out of about 45 participants. Representation from the database field was, nevertheless, an improvement over the turnout from the GRACE meeting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalSIGMOD Rec.
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011

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