ICGT 2020


ICGT 2020. June 22-26 Bergen, Norway

Aims and Scope


The use of graphs and graph-like structures as a formalism for specification and modelling is widespread in all areas of computer science as well as in many fields of computational research and engineering. Relevant examples include software architectures, pointer structures, state space graphs, control/data flow graphs, UML and other domain-specific models, network layouts, topologies of cyber-physical environments, and molecular structures. Often, these graphs undergo dynamic change, ranging from reconfiguration and evolution to various kinds of behaviour, all of which may be captured by rule-based graph manipulation. Thus, graphs and graph transformation form a fundamental universal modelling paradigm that serves as a means for formal reasoning and analysis, ranging from the verification of certain properties of interest to the discovery of fundamentally new insights.

The International Conference on Graph Transformation aims at fostering exchange and collaboration of researchers from different backgrounds working with graphs and graph transformation, either in contributing to their theoretical foundations or by applying established formalisms to classical or novel areas. The conference not only serves as a well-established scientific publication outlet, but also as a platform to boost inter- and intra-disciplinary research and to leeway for new ideas.

The 13th International Conference on Graph Transformation (ICGT 2020) will be held in Bergen, Norway, as part of STAF 2020 (Software Technologies: Applications and Foundations). The conference takes place under the auspices of EATCS and IFIP WG 1.3. Proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Topics of interest


In order to foster a lively exchange of perspectives on the subject of the conference, the programme committee of ICGT 2020 encourages all kinds of contributions related to graphs and graph transformation, either from a theoretical point of view or a practical one.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following subjects:

  • General models of graph transformation (e.g. adhesive categories and hyperedge replacement systems)
  • Analysis and verification of graph transformation systems
  • Graph theoretical properties of graph languages
  • Automata on graphs and parsing of graph languages
  • Logical aspects of graph transformation
  • Computational models based on graphs
  • Structuring and modularization of graph transformation
  • Hierarchical graphs and decomposition of graphs
  • Parallel, concurrent, and distributed graph transformation
  • Term graph and string diagram rewriting
  • Petri nets and other models of concurrency
  • Business process models and notations
  • Bigraphs and bigraphical reactive systems
  • Graph databases and graph queries
  • Model-driven development and model transformation
  • Model checking, program analysis and verification, simulation and animation
  • Syntax, semantics and implementation of programming languages, including domain-specific and visual languages
  • Graph transformation languages and tool support
  • Efficient algorithms (e.g. pattern matching, graph traversal, network analysis)
  • Applications and case studies in software engineering (e.g. software architectures, refactoring, access control, and service-orientation)
  • Applications to computing paradigms (e.g. bio-inspired, quantum, ubiquitous, and visual)

Important Dates (Tentative)


  • Abstract submission: February 21, 2020
  • Paper submission: February 28, 2020
  • Notification: April 10, 2020
  • Camera-ready: May 01, 2020
  • Conference: June 22-26, 2020

Submission Guidelines


Papers can be submitted here using Springer’s LNCS format. For regular and tool demonstration papers, simultaneous submission to other conferences with proceedings or submission of material that has already been published elsewhere is not allowed. The page limits are strict and include references.

Papers are solicited in three categories:

  • Regular papers (limited to 16 pages in Springer LNCS format) describe innovative contributions and are evaluated with respect to their originality, significance, and technical soundness. We also solicit case studies describing applications of graph transformation in any application domain. Additional material intended for reviewers but not for publication in the final version may be included in a clearly marked appendix.

  • Tool presentation papers (limited to 8 pages in Springer LNCS format) demonstrate the main features and functionality of graph-based tools. A tool presentation paper may have an appendix with a detailed demo description (up to 4 pages), which will be reviewed but not included in the proceedings.

  • New ideas papers (limited to 2 pages in Springer LNCS format) report on relevant contributions to the theory or applications of graph transformation, which may have been published (or accepted for publication) in a peer-reviewed conference other than ICGT, as a book chapter or journal article since 2018. Papers in this category will be selected for presentation at the conference according to their relevance to the graph transformation community, and they will be considered for the special issues. Submissions will consist of a 2-page abstract. In case of extended abstracts of published papers, the submission must refer to the published paper and include the original paper in PDF.

Special Issues


We are pleased to confirm two special issues for ICGT2020, devoted to the theoretical and application-oriented sides of the conference, respectively. The former is going to appear in Theoretical Computer Science, the latter has been proposed as special issue in Science of Computer Programming.

Program chairs


  • Fabio Gadducci (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • Timo Kehrer (Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, Germany)