[ecoop-info] CFP: SPAQu'09 at OOPSLA - Submission deadline extended to 31 August (Software Patterns and Quality)

Hironori Washizaki washizaki at waseda.jp
Tue Aug 25 17:32:31 CEST 2009

*Extended submission deadline: 31 August*
*Call for Papers*

3rd International Workshop on Software Patterns and Quality (SPAQu'09)

   One day on October 25, 2009, collocated with OOPSLA 2009:
 24th Annual ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming,
               Systems, Languages, and Applications
       Disney's Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA,


*Objective and Motivation*

As requirements for software products and processes have become more
complex, larger in scale and requiring higher reliability and
security, demand is increasing for technologies to capture, share,
enhance, apply and evaluate software patterns.  Although several
pattern catalogues have been published, little is known about how to
specify, measure and evaluate those patterns themselves and/or the
effect of their application on quality.  Quality is "the Degree to
which a set of inherent characteristic fulfills requirements"
[ISO9000]. Because there are many kinds of characteristics of
software, such as accessibility, compatibility, efficiency,
maintainability, performance, security, and so on, it is difficult to
understand the nature of software patterns and pattern-oriented
development approaches.

To improve this state, first workshop of this series was held on
December 2007 collocated with APSEC, and it attracted more than 30
people. Second one was held on October 2008 collocated with PLoP and
it attracted around 10 people. These previous workshops were
successful to discuss the theoretical, social, technological and
practical issues related to quality aspects of patterns including
security aspects.

However, we believe there is still room to improve this understanding
and to further research these topics, and we are proposing a similar
workshop. This workshop will provide the opportunity to bring together
researchers and practitioners and discuss the future prospects of this

Suggested topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Quality in the application of software patterns: management,
  assurance, measurement, rating, testing, review and evaluation of
  quality in software products, processes, people and projects with
  software patterns (e.g. how much does maintainability of software
  become high by applying design patterns? )
- Quality of software patterns: management, assurance, measurement,
  rating, testing, review and evaluation of quality of software
- Quality-specific patterns: e.g. security patterns, safety patterns
  and performance patterns
- Quality aspects of activities related to software patterns
- Quality in pattern system and languages: how to build quality
  systems of patterns, pattern compositions, and stable/testable
  pattern languages
- Patterns and pattern languages pitfalls and how to avoid them
- Nature of "Quality Without A Name (QWAN)" in software development
- Methods and tools: modeling tools, measurement tools, testing
  tools and management tools related to software patterns quality
- Case studies and lessons learned from the viewpoint of quality
- Relationships among software patterns and related technologies
  from the viewpoint of quality

Please note that in this workshop we will use the following
definition (and related definitions) on software quality:
"capability of software product to satisfy stated and implied needs
 when used under specified conditions" -- ISO/IEC 25000, 9126

*Workshop Format*

Firstly, we will have short talks on what software patterns are,
and how they are related to quality. Secondly, we will have accepted
paper presentations to expose the latest researches and practices
on software patterns and quality. Finally, we will discuss several
topics related to these presentations in small groups.

Newcomers, interested researchers and practitioners are free
to attend the workshop to facilitate their understandings,
researches and practices on software patterns and quality.

*Paper Submission*

The workshop invites the submission of both full papers and position
papers. Full papers shall describe in detail research projects and
experience, and must not exceed 6 pages in the IEEE conference format
( http://www.computer.org/portal/pages/cscps/cps/cps_forms.html ).
Position papers shall describe visions, new perspectives, research
experience, or emerging research questions, and must not exceed 2
pages of the same format.

Both types of submissions will be reviewed by the program committee
for their relevance as well theoretical, technological and practical
contributions to the workshop topics. We especially encourage the
submission of provoking or unconventional ideas that can lead to
lively and productive discussions.

Please send your submission (in PDF) to:
spaqu-organizers [at] sse-project.org


Accepted papers of the workshop will be published in the workshop
on-line proceedings as a volume of GRACE Technical Report with ISSN
(pending). Please note that at least one of the authors of each
accepted paper must register as a full participant of the workshop
to have the paper published in the workshop on-line proceedings.

*Important Dates*

Full/position paper submission  August 31, 2009 (extended)
Acceptance notification         September 17, 2009
Final camera-ready              October 9, 2009
Workshop                        One day on October 25, 2009

*Workshop Organizers*

Hironori Washizaki, Waseda University, Japan
Nobukazu Yoshioka, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Eduardo B. Fernandez, Florida Atlantic University, US
Jan Jurjens, TU Dortmund / Fraunhofer ISST, Germany

*Sponsors and Contact Us*

The workshop is co-sponsored by the IPSJ/SIGSE Patterns Working Group
and the GRACE Center of the National Institute of Informatics (NII).
Please contact us at: spaqu-organizers [at] sse-project.org

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