4th International Workshop on Domain-Specific Languages and models for ROBotic systems (DSLRob-13)

The Fourth International Workshop on Domain-Specific Languages and Models for Robotic Systems (DSLRob'13) will be held November 8th 2013 at Tokyo (Japan), just after the IROS 2013 conference.

Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) and Model-driven Software Development (MDSD) are emerging areas of interest in the robotics research community. Both have been instrumental for resolving complex issues in a wide range of domains, including e.g. distributed and modular robotics, control, and vision. The goal of this workshop is to bring together robotics researchers working with DSLs and models in different aspects of robotics.


A domain-specific language (DSL) is a programming language dedicated to a particular problem domain that offers specific notations and abstractions that increase programmer productivity within that domain. Models offer a high-level way for domain users to specify the functionality of their system at the right level of abstraction. DSLs and models have historically been used for programming complex systems. However recently they have garnered interest as a separate field of study. Robotic systems blend hardware and software in a holistic way that intrinsically raises many crosscutting concerns (concurrency, uncertainty, time constraints, ...), for which reason, traditional general-purpose languages often lead to a poor fit between the language features and the implementation requirements. DSLs and models offer a powerful, systematic way to overcome this problem, enabling the programmer to quickly and precisely implement novel software solutions to complex problems within the robotics domain.

The main objective of this workshop is a cross-pollination of ideas between robotics researchers in DSLs and models from different domains. DSLs and models are key elements in many robotic systems presented at leading conferences such as IROS and ICRA, but the domain-centric structure of the typical robotics conference does not offer a natural venue for exchange of ideas regarding DSLs and models.

This workshop will focus on the use of Domain-Specific Languages and Models for Robotic Systems. Topics that are of special interest include:

The intended audience is those robotics researchers throughout the entire robotics community who use DSLs and models as a key component of their robotics software infrastructure. In addition, robotics researchers with an interest in modern approaches to solving complex software-related issues will find the workshop inspirational.

Relation to previous workshops organized

This is the fourth installment of this workshop: the first edition DSLRob 2010 was held at IROS 2010, the second edition DSLRob 2011 collocated with IROS 2011 and third edition DSLRob 2012 was organized during SIMPAR 2012.

The proceedings of the previous editions are freely available on arXiv: DSLRob 2010 proceedings, DSLRob 2011 proceedings, DSLRob 2012 proceedings.

Submissions guidelines

All submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. At least two reviews for each paper will be conducted. All workshop papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format through the EasyChair website and should use the IEEE US letter format.

We are looking for submission of full research papers and experiences reports (up to 8 pages) and work in progress submissions (up to 4 pages). Please create your account on Easy Chair website as soon as possible if you intend to submit a paper: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dslrob2013

Journal Special Issue

After the workshop, authors of the last previous DSLROB editions since 2010 will be asked to submit an extended version of their papers to the following journal special issue: Special issue of Journal of Software Engineering for Robotics.


Preliminary proceedings are now available here. Final proceedings will be available after the workshop at arXiv.


Workshop Venue

The workshop will be organized at the Tokyo University, Faculty of engineering Bldg.14, Hongo Campus, Room number #300. See the Access Map

The closest station to the Workshop venue is TODAIMAE. If you want to go from IROS 2013 venue (Tokyo big sight) to the DSLRob 2013 venue, please follow this schedule. It takes 7 min by foot from TODAIMAE station to the Building 14.

Important dates

Sept 6, 2013 (Sept 1)
Due date for workshop papers submission (deadline extension)
Sept 20, 2013
Final acceptance
Nov 8, 2013
Workshop date

Organization committee

Program committee


Please contact Serge Stinckwich (Serge DOT Stinckwich AT gmail DOT com) for further enquiries about this workshop.