[ecoop-info] Last CfP - QoSA 2012 - 8th International ACM Sigsoft Conference on the Quality of Software Architectures

Bara Buhnova buhnova at fi.muni.cz
Tue Jan 17 22:03:02 CET 2012

                          CALL FOR PAPERS
                   (Deadline: February 17, 2012)

        Eighth International ACM Sigsoft Conference on the
         Quality of Software Architectures (QoSA 2012)

                   Bertinoro, Italy, June 25-28, 2012

(QoSA 2012 is part of CompArch 2012: http://comparch2012.dei.polimi.it/)

* Deadline for Abstracts: 17 February 2012
* Deadline for Paper Submission: 28 February 2012
* Notification to Authors: 9 April 2012


* A special issue of the journal Science of Computer Programming
   wil publish extended versions of the best papers of QoSA 2012.

* ACM SIGSOFT will give the "ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award"
   to the best paper of QoSA 2012.

* Johan Bendz, convenor of the ISO/IEC-JTC1-SC7 Working Group on
   Architecture, has agreed to deliver the QoSA 2012 keynote speech
  "International standards supporting quality in software architecture"



The goal of QoSA (Quality of Software Architectures) is to address the
quality aspects of software architecture, focusing broadly on its
quality characteristics and how these relate to the design of software
architectures. Specific issues of interest are defining and modeling
quality measures, evaluating and managing architecture quality, linking
architecture to requirements and implementation, and preserving
architecture quality throughout the system lifetime.

QoSA is the premier forum for the presentation of new results in the
area of software architecture quality. It brings together researchers,
practitioners and students who are concerned with software architecture
quality in a holistic way. As a working conference QoSA has a strong
practical bias, encompassing research papers, industrial reports and
invited talks from renowned speakers.

This year the main theme of QoSA is "Evolving Architectures". Papers
addressing both novel research results advancing the state-of-the-art
of the field and experience learned from industrial case studies are
welcome. Reflecting the practical emphasis of QoSA, papers showcasing
applications along with a sound conceptual contribution are
particularly welcome. In addition to mature research papers this year
we also welcome position papers presenting ground-breaking and more
risky innovative research ideas, methods, and proposals that address
unexplored areas of research and challenge current thinking and/or


Topics of interest for the conference include (but are not limited to)
the following themes:

Architecture Design

* design decisions and their influence on the quality of software
* maintaining software architectures in the presence of change
* architectural refactorings and their implications for quality
* architectural standards and reference architectures
* model-driven methods and tools for architecture design and

Architecture Evaluation

* quality assessment of legacy systems and third party applications
* empirical validation, testing, prototyping and simulation for
   assessing architecture quality
* quality attributes of software architectures
* methods and processes for evaluating architecture quality
* model-driven evaluation of software architecture quality
* evaluating the effects of architectural adaptations at run-time
* lessons learned and empirical validation of theories and frameworks on
   architecture quality

Architecture Management

* assessment and enforcement of architectural conformance throughout
   the software lifecycle
* traceability of software architecture to requirements and
* models and tools for coping with software architecture evolution
* applications to industrial case studies and use cases


We solicit two types of submissions: regular papers and position papers.

* Regular papers should describe original and significant results of
   theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental research and
   industrial practice. Regular papers are limited to 10 pages.

* Position papers describe novel ideas or innovative proposals whose
   aim is to stimulate discussion related to experiences and ideas,
   rather than   to present mature results. Position papers are limited
   to 6 pages.

All accepted contributions will be published in the ACM digital library.
Papers should respect the standard ACM format for conference proceedings
(see http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). Manuscripts
must be submitted through the Easychair submission system available
online at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=qosa2012.

All contributions will be subject to a rigorous selection process by the 
international Program Committee, with a stress on originality,
usefulness, practicality and overall quality. Papers must not have been
previously published or being currently submitted elsewhere. If
accepted, the paper must be personally presented at the QoSA 2012
Conference by one of the authors.

The best contribution of the conference will receive the ACM SIGSOFT
Distinguished Paper Award, given by the ACM Special Interest Group on
Software Engineering (http://www.sigsoft.org/).

In addition, a selection of the best QoSA 2012 papers will be invited
to submit extended versions to a dedicated special issue of the Science
of Computer Programming journal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/scico/).


* Abstract submission deadline: February 17, 2012
* Papers submission deadline: February 28, 2012
* Notification to authors: April 9, 2012
* Camera-ready version: May 1, 2012
* Conference: June 26-28, 2012


Johan Bendz, Convenor, ISO/IEC-JTC1-SC7 Working Group on Architecture
Title: International standards supporting quality in software architecture


Raffaela Mirandola, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Vincenzo Grassi, Universita di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy


Barbora Buhnova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Antonio Vallecillo, University of Malaga, Spain


Muhammad Ali Babar, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Colin Atkinson, University of Mannheim, Germany
Mehmet Aksit, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Steffen Becker, Universität Paderborn, Germany
Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Marko Boskovic, Athabasca University, Canada
Michel Chaudron, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Ivica Crnkovic, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Carlos Cuesta, Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain
Antinisca Di Marco, Universita' dell'Aquila, Italy
Xavier Franch, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Geri Georg, Colorado State University, USA
Anirüddha Gokhalé, Vanderbilt University, USA
Ian Gorton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
Jens Happe, SAP Research, Germany
George Heineman, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Rich Hilliard, IEEE, USA
Jan Kofron, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Samuel Kounev, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Heiko Koziolek, ABB, Germany
José Merseguer, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Robert Nord, Software Engineering Institute, USA
Sven Overhage, University of Augsburg, Germany
Claus Pahl, Dublin City University, Ireland
Richard Paige, University of York, UK
Dorina Petriu, Carleton University, Canada
Alfonso Pierantonio, Universita' dell'Aquila, Italy
Frantisek Plasil, Charles University, Czech Republic
Marek Prochazka, European Space Agency/ESTEC, The Netherlands
Ralf Reussner, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Roshanak Roshandel, Seattle University, USA
Antonino Sabetta, SAP Research Sophia-Antipolis, France
Jean-Guy Schneider, Swinburne University, Australia
Judith Stafford, Tufts University, USA
Michael Stal, Siemens, Germany
Clemens Szyperski, Microsoft, USA
Bedir Tekinerdogan, Bilkent University, Turkey
Hans van Vliet, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands

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