[ecoop-info] SPLC 2011 Workshops - Call for Contributions

Ina Schaefer schaefer at chalmers.se
Tue Apr 12 20:05:02 CEST 2011


          15th International Software Product Line Conference
                         21 - 26 August 2011
                          Munich, Germany


SPLC 2011 will host an exciting number of workshops addressing a variety
of aspects connected to software product line engineering. The SPLC 2011
workshops are summarized below.

For more information and the submission deadlines, please visit the
individual workshop web sites and the SPLC 2011 workshops page:


Third Workshop on Feature-Oriented Software Development (FOSD)

Submission Deadline: 29 May
Workshop: 21 and 22 August

Feature orientation is an emerging paradigm of software development. It
supports the automatic generation of large-scale software systems from
a set of units of functionality called features. The key idea of
feature-oriented software development (FOSD) is to emphasize the
similarities of a family of software systems for a given application
domain (e.g., database systems, banking software, text processing
systems) with the goal of reusing software artifacts among the family
members. Features distinguish different members of the family. A
feature is a unit of functionality that satisfies a requirement,
represents a design decision, and provides a potential configuration
option. A challenge in FOSD is that a feature does not map cleanly to
an isolated module of code. Rather it may affect (“cut across”) many
components/artifacts of a software system. Furthermore, the
decomposition of a software system into its features gives rise to a
combinatorial explosion of possible feature combinations and
interactions. Research on FOSD has shown that the concept of features
pervades all phases of the software life cycle and requires a proper
treatment in terms of analysis, design, and programming techniques,
methods, languages, and tools, as well as formalisms and theory.


MAPLE/SCALE 2011 - Joint workshop of the 3rd International Workshop on
Model-driven Approaches in Software Product Line Engineering and
3rd Workshop on Scalable Modeling Techniques for Software Product Lines

Submission Deadline: 14 May
Workshop: August 22

Many of the benefits expected from software product lines (SPL) are 
based on the assumption that the additional investment required for 
domain engineering, pays off during application engineering when 
products are derived from the product line. However, to fully exploit 
this we need to optimize application engineering processes and handle 
the reusable artefacts of an SPL in a systematic and efficient manner.

In this context, the joint MAPLE/SCALE workshop will focus on two 
closely related aspects: We will explore how model-driven approaches can 
help to achieve systematic and efficient derivation of products and we 
will address scalability challenges that arise from the application of 
product line techniques to product lines of realistic size and 
complexity. The workshop particularly aims at bringing together 
researchers and practitioners to discuss practical problems and 
potential solutions regarding model-driven approaches and/or scalability 


1st Workshop on Services, Clouds, and Alternative Design Strategies for
Variant-Rich Software Systems (SCArVeS)

Submission Deadline: 21 May
Workshop: 22 August

Software systems are essential for any business operation today and,
even more important, have been the drivers of innovation and business
process improvement. Despite that, non-embedded software systems have
been under-represented at Software Product Line (SPL) events. As a
consequence, many people have the feeling that the concept of SPL fits
better for embedded systems. In parallel, service orientation has
continued to receive increased recognition as a key paradigm for the
design and implementation of dynamic and highly distributed systems.
A workshop on services, clouds, and alternative design strategies for
variant-rich software systems at SPLC will allow the research and
industry communities to discuss questions such as: Are the current
SPL Engineering approaches suitable for the development of variant-rich
software systems? If not, what should be addressed? Are there 
other/better approaches for the development of variant-rich software 
systems? How do service-oriented engineering and SPL engineering relate 
to each other? What changes does the trend towards Cloud Computing bring 
to the current scenario? Participants are invited to review the state of 
the art and practice, report requirements and constraints from 
real-world product lines, discuss drawbacks and the need for extension 
of the current approaches, or present recent new ideas and results.


2nd International Workshop on Formal Methods and Analysis in
Software Product Line Engineering (FMSPLE 2011)

Submission Deadline: 14 May
Workshop: 26 August

This workshop will bring together researchers interested in raising the
efficiency and the effectiveness of SPLE by applying innovative analysis
approaches and formal methods. Participants will be invited to review 
the state of the art and practices in their respective fields, identify 
further promising application areas, report practical requirements and 
constraints from real-world product lines, discuss drawbacks and 
complements of the various approaches, or present recent new ideas and 


Second International Workshop on Knowledge-Oriented Product Line
Engineering (KOPLE 2011)

Submission Deadline: 30 May
Workshop: 26 August

Software Product Line Engineering (PLE) exploits systematic reuse by
identifying and methodically reusing software artifacts to develop 
different but related software systems. Developing Product Lines 
requires analysis skills to identify, model, and encode domain and 
product knowledge into artifacts that can be systematically reused 
across the development life-cycle. As such, knowledge plays a paramount 
role in the success of the various activities of PLE. The objective of 
KOPLE is to bring together SPL researchers and practitioners from 
academia and industry to investigate the role of knowledge engineering 
(KE) in PLE. KOPLE also aims to become a discussion forum about 
techniques and methods to convert from tacit to explicit
knowledge in PLE and to process and use this Knowledge for optimizing
and innovating PLE processes. The key objectives of the workshop are:
(1) Compile current practices in applying KE techniques in PLE,
(2) Explore how the PLE industry can benefit from the KE community and 
vice versa,
(3) Discuss challenges and barriers for knowledge management and 
modelingin PLE,
(4) Investigate innovative techniques for modeling, developing, and
implementing knowledge-oriented PLE,
(5) Initiate a Working Group that focuses on knowledge issues related to
PLE to further develop this area and its practice.


1st International Workshop on Quantitative Methods in
Software Product Line Engineering (QMSPLE 2011)

Submission Deadline: 27 May
Workshop: 26 August

Software product line practices have been extensively applied in 
industry for improving software productivity, quality and cycle time. 
Many of the benefits expected from these practices are based on the 
assumption that the investment in setting up a product line pays off 
later when products are created. However, in order to take advantage of 
this assumption, organizations need to optimise the development of core
assets and products that bring the maximum business value. The
objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners to report and discuss the challenges and opportunities
for integrating quantitative methods in product line engineering with
the objective of achieving both technical and business goals. However,
what are business goals for product lines? What does this mean in terms
of value and how does a business optimise its product line to achieve
these goals? The workshop will help to define value, discuss the use of
quality attributes to quantify value, identify factors that can
influence the achievement of this value (either for good or for bad),
and finally, propose ways to develop business models to help a business
make trade-off decisions, estimate and optimise its product line. We
are seeking contributions that, on the one hand, deal with product line
estimation and metrics for the effective management of product line
projects; and on the other hand, provide some insight into new trends
in value-based product line engineering.


Fifth International Workshop on Dynamic Software Product Lines (DSPL)

Submission Deadline: 24 May
Workshop: 26 August

Software systems are addressing an increasing range of requirements;
requirements that in turn evolve over time. If systems are expected to
operate successfully under these circumstances, they need to be able to
autonomously adapt to the various constraints and situations 
autonomously. Software product line (SPL) techniques can be successfully 
used to provide such flexibility, but in order to be effective their 
capabilities need to be fully automatized and be made to work at system 
runtime. Over the last few years, this branch of software systems has 
established itself as dynamic software product lines (DSPL).

In a DSPL various software variants are managed, variation points are 
bound flexibly, but all this is done at runtime, this may even mean that 
the whole product derivation is fully automatic. DSPL is strongly 
related to current research topics like self-managing systems, 
autonomous and ubiquitous systems, etc. However, it adds product line 
engineering techniques, methods and processes to the mix as a conceptual 

The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for the exchange
of ideas, to establish cooperations, and to bring industry and research 

Dr. Ina Schaefer
Institut für Software Systems Engineering
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Mühlenpfordtstr. 23
D-38106 Braunschweig

Tel: +49-531-391-2275
Fax: +49-531-391-2277
URL: http://www.tu-braunschweig.de/sse

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