[ecoop-info] CFP - First International Workshop on Software Architecture Metrics (SAM) @ WICSA 2014

Paris Avgeriou paris at cs.rug.nl
Fri Oct 25 17:20:37 CEST 2013

Call for Papers
First International Workshop on Software Architecture Metrics (SAM)
in conjunction with WICSA 2014, Sydney, Australia

Architecting complex software systems faces the challenge of how best to
assess the achievement of quality attributes and other key drivers, how
to reveal issues and risks early, and how to make decisions on
architecture improvement. Software architecture quality has a large
impact on this effort but is usually not assessed with quantitative
measures. As the pace of software delivery and technology churn
increases, organizations need guidance on how to meet business goals
(e.g., time to market, cost, productivity, quality) of their software.
There is an increasing need to provide ongoing insights into the quality
of the system being developed. Additionally, it is highly desirable to
accelerate the feedback loop between development and deployment through
measurable means for intrinsic quality, value, and cost, and how they
vary over time. There is also increasing attention to other fields (such
as software analytics as well as empirical software engineering and
measurement) that can provide the theory, tooling, or inspiration to
develop measurement and analysis frameworks for software architecture.
The software engineering community has an opportunity to improve the way
architecture is measured reliably, consistently, and with repeatable

The goal of this workshop is to discuss progress on architecture
metrics, measurement, and analysis; to gather empirical evidence on the
use and effectiveness of metrics; and to identify priorities for a
research agenda. The workshop addresses both academic researchers and
industrial practitioners for an exchange of ideas and collaboration.

We are seeking papers on practical experiences and research approaches
to evaluate and manage architecture through metrics including, but not
limited to, the following topics:
* Proposing and validating new metrics
    o architecture quality, value, cost, and uncertainty
    o architecture properties: understandability, maintainability,
evolvability, concern dispersion, and modularization
    o architecture models and views: completeness, consistency, and
violation of reference models or patterns
    o traceability: the connection between architecture and other
artifacts, such as requirements and code
    o architecture knowledge and decision models: confidence,
completeness, relevance, and coverage

* Creating and validating tools and techniques
    o eliciting and visualizing architecture metrics
    o composing architecture metrics by aggregating or combining
code-level metrics
    o associating multiple views and quality concerns with metrics

* Using architecture metrics
    o application to software evolution, maintenance, refactoring, or
software aging
    o analytics on software architecture data for managers and software
engineers to make better decisions
    o support for project management with data such as velocity, scrap
and rework rates, and uncertainty
    o use by product management for the software business case
    o input to economic models: technical debt management, real option
analysis, and valuation

* Principles and practices
    o Creating principles for industrial software architecture metrics
    o Executing empirical studies on how architecture metrics are used
in practice and their effectiveness

We invite submissions of papers in any areas related to the themes and
goals of the workshop in the following categories:

1. research papers - describing innovative and significant original
research in the field (8 pages)
2. industrial papers - describing industrial experience, case studies,
challenges, problems, and solutions (4-8 pages)
3. position and future-trend papers - describing ongoing research, new
results, and future trends (4 pages)

Papers must conform to the ACM proceedings format
(http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). Papers
must be original and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
All submissions will be reviewed by members of the program committee for
quality and relevance. Accepted papers will become part of the workshop
proceedings and published in the WICSA companion proceedings. Submit
your paper electronically via EasyChair

Important dates:
Submission: January 12, 2014
Final camera-ready copy: February 10, 2014
Notification of acceptance: January 27, 2014
Workshop: April 7, 2014

Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen
Heiko Koziolek, ABB Corporate Research
Robert L. Nord, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Ipek Ozkaya, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

Program Committee:
Pierre America, Philips Research, NL
Steffen Becker, University of Paderborn, DE
Eric Bouwers, Technical University Delft, NL
Yuangfang Cai, Drexel University, US
Jane Cleland-Huang, DePaul University, US
Neil Ernst, Software Engineering Institute, US
Rich Hilliard, Consulting Software Systems Architect, US
Oliver Hummel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE
Anton Jansen, ABB, SE
Rainer Koschke, University of Bremen, DE
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, CA
Tim Menzies, West Virginia University, US
Matthias Naab, Fraunhofer IESE, DE
Oscar Pastor, Valencia University of Technology, ES
Neeraj Sangal, Lattix, US
Jean-Guy Schneider, Swinburne University of Technology, AU
Carolyn Seaman, University of Maryland Baltimore County, US
Bran Selic, Malina Software Corp., CA
Will Snipes, ABB, US
Michael Stal, Siemens, DE
Robert Stoddard, Software Engineering Institute, US
Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna, AT
Liming Zhu, National ICT Australia, AU
Olaf Zimmermann, University of Applied Sciences, CH

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