Wed 5 Apr 2023

5 April 2023, Delft, The Netherlands

Eelco Visser (1966–2022) was Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Programming Languages Group in the Department of Software Technology at TU Delft. His research career started with studies at the University of Amsterdam and CWI, followed by appointments at Oregon Graduate Institute and Utrecht University. He was highly influential in the software language engineering and programming language design communities. His many scientific contributions about meta-languages and domain-specific languages have been of high importance in both the scientific and industrial communities. He was a founding member of IFIP Working Groups 2.11 (Program Generation) and 2.16 (Programming Language Design).

Eelco Visser’s work on the cutting-edge language workbench Spoofax started with a ground-breaking publication in 2010, for which he received a Most Influential Paper award at OOPSLA 2020. As a strong advocate of tool-supported programming education, he led the development of WebLab, a learning management system that is in use for a range of programming languages and courses at TU Delft. He also led the design, implementation and use of conf.researchr.org, a content management system for scientific events used by hundreds of international events since 2014.

A commemorative symposium for Eelco Visser is to be held on the first anniversary of his untimely passing in April 2022. It will bring together colleagues from various communities, with presentations of papers on topics related to his research and his other academic activities.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Language engineering
  • Program transformation
  • Language workbenches
  • Declarative language specification
  • Name binding and scope graphs
  • Type soundness and intrinsically-typed interpreters
  • Language specification testing
  • Language implementation generation
  • Domain-specific programming languages
  • DSLs for software deployment
  • DSLs for web application development
  • Tool-supported programming education

For all enquiries about the symposium, please use the contact form or email symposium@eelcovisser.org

Call for Papers

For enquiries related to paper submission, please use the symposium contact form or email symposium@eelcovisser.org

Types of Submissions

  • Unpublished research: These are extended abstracts of novel research contributions related to Eelco Visser’s work. Papers may range from 4 to 8 pages in length, and may optionally include up to 2 further pages of bibliography. Papers will be reviewed by selected members of the relevant research communities. Subsequent submission of full papers including the same results to other venues is encouraged.
  • On the relationship between Eelco Visser’s work and other frameworks: These are papers that present some framework and explain its relationship to his work, but without novel research contributions. Papers may range from 4 to 8 pages in length, and may optionally include up to 2 further pages of bibliography. Papers will be reviewed by experts on the relevant topics.
  • Personal reflections on Eelco Visser’s activities: These are short papers that recall and reflect upon personal experiences of his contributions in academia or industry. Papers may range from 1 to 4 pages in length, including bibliography. Papers will be lightly reviewed for relevance.


The submission website is on EasyChair. Declaration of intent to submit is optional, but helpful for allocation of appropriate reviewers. It is to include a provisional title, the type of submission, and an indication of the topics covered. Submitted papers should be formatted using LaTeX according to the author instructions for the Dagstuhl OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs), respecting the page limits indicated above.


All accepted papers will appear in the Proceedings of the EVCS, to be published as a volume in the Dagstuhl OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs). Authors retain copyright.


All accepted papers are to be presented at the symposium. Presenters may choose between 5, 10, and 15-minute slots (including questions) subject to availability. Remote presentations are possible.