[ecoop-info] CFP - 8th European Conference on Software Architecture - ECSA 2014

Paris Avgeriou paris at cs.rug.nl
Tue Feb 25 16:24:55 CET 2014

Call for Papers
8th European Conference on Software Architecture - ECSA 2014
August 25-29, 2014, Vienna, Austria

* Conference * Tool Demos * Workshops * Tutorials * Doctoral Symposium * 
MiniPLoP * Industry Day

Important Dates

Abstract submission: March 30, 2014
Paper submission: April 6, 2014
Notification: May 28, 2014
Camera-ready copy: June 18, 2014
Early registration: July 31, 2014

Workshop proposal submission: February 21, 2014
Tutorial proposal submission: June 10, 2014
Tool demonstration submission: April 28, 2014
Doctoral symposium submission: June 1, 2014
MiniPLoP submission: June 18, 2014
Industry day contribution: open

General Theme
The European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA) is the premier 
European software architecture event, providing researchers, 
practitioners, and educators with a platform to present and discuss the 
most recent, innovative and significant findings and experiences in the 
field of software architecture research and practice. In 2014, the 
conference will feature a research track, an industrial track, 
workshops, tutorials, doctoral symposium, tool demonstrations, keynotes, 
panels and poster presentations.

ECSA 2014 will take place at the University of Vienna, the oldest 
university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in 
Central Europe. Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. Each 
year since 2005, Vienna has been the world’s number one destination for 
international congresses and conventions. Vienna attracts about five 
million tourists a year. The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in 
architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well 
as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, 
monuments and parks.

=== Research Track Papers ===============================================

For the research track, the programme committee of ECSA 2014 seeks 
submissions of papers describing basic and applied research, novel 
applications and experience reports on all topics related to software 
architectures including, but not limited to:
•    Linking requirements engineering and software architectures,
•    architecture refactoring and re-engineering,
•    reverse engineering of architectures,
•    architecture conformance, run-time monitoring,
•    aspect-oriented software architectures,
•    Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) and Web Services,
•    architecture-based evolution,
•    architectures for ultra-large scale, long-lived systems and 
•    ontology-based approaches for component and architecture description,
•    management of architectural knowledge, decisions, and design rationale
•    architecture-centric process models and frameworks,
•    architecture-centric model driven engineering,
•    software tools and environments for architecture-centric software 
•    architectural concerns of autonomic systems,
•    component-based models, middleware, component-based deployment,
•    industrial applications, case studies, best practices and 
experience reports,
•    empirical studies, systematic literature reviews and mapping 
studies in software architecture,
•    architecture description languages and metamodels,
•    architectural patterns, styles and tactics,
•    reference architectures,
•    architecture viewpoints,
•    architecture analysis, validation and verification,
•    architecture transformation and refinement,
•    architecture-based synthesis, code generation,
•    architecture-based support for reconfigurable, adaptive or mobile 


ECSA 2014 seeks two types of papers:
- Full papers (max. 16 pages in LNCS style). These can be either: a) 
Research Papers which describe novel contributions to software 
architecture research, have a sound scientific basis and have been 
thoroughly validated; b) Experience Reports which describe a substantial 
experience from software architecting industrial practice (e.g. applying 
a tool, technique), have a technological/organizational basis which has 
been derived from practice, and involve participants other than just the 
- Short papers (max. 8 pages in LNCS style). Similarly to full papers 
these can be either Emerging Research papers which present promising 
preliminary results (without full validation) or short Experience Reports.

Research papers (both full and short) should be classified in at least 
one of the following categories:
- Analytical: the main contribution relies on new algorithms or 
mathematical theory (e.g. model transformations).
- Empirical: the main contribution is the empirical study of a software 
architecture technology or phenomenon. (e.g. controlled experiments, 
case studies, surveys of architects)
- Technological: the main contribution is of a technical nature (e.g. 
ADLs, tools)
- Methodological: the main contribution is a coherent system of broad 
principles and practices (not mathematical) to interpret or solve an 
architecting problem (e.g. new architecture design or evaluation methods)
- Perspectives: the main contribution is a novel perspective on the 
field as a whole, or part thereof (e.g. assessments of the current state 
of the art and achievements, systematic literature reviews)

All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings (Springer 

Submission Website


Conference Organisation

Program Chair: Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
General Chair: Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna, Austria

========================= WORKSHOP PROPOSALS =============================


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for 
workshops to be affiliated to ECSA 2014 on topics related to software 
architecture and its applications. Example topics include: requirements 
engineering and software architectures, architecture analysis, 
validation and verification, architecture-based support for 
reconfigurable, adaptive or mobile applications, architectures for 
ultra-large and long-lived systems, and cross-fertilization between 
industry and academia. A workshop is a forum for exchanging ideas and 
theories that are still in an evolutionary stage. Typically, a workshop 
will either address a focused topic in depth or explore connections 
between topics that are typically studied in loosely connected 
subcommunities. The papers accepted for the workshops will be published 
in the ACM Digital Library.

Workshop Chair:
Danny Weyns, Linnaeus University Sweden

=======================  Doctoral Symposium ============================


The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to encourage PhD students in the 
field of software architecture to actively participate in and contribute 
to the main conjoint conferences on software architecture.  Students 
will be able to present their research goal, methods and preliminary 
research results in this domain.  The Symposium aims to provide students 
with useful guidance and feedback for the successful completion of their 
dissertation from established scholars and other PhD attendees. The 
Symposium also helps participants to establish a new research and social 
network of their peers in the field of software architecture.

The technical scope of the Doctoral Symposium is that of ECSA 2014, as 
represented by the list of the topics in the ECSA 2014 call for papers. 
Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium after 
they have settled on a dissertation topic with some initial research 
results. Students should be at least one year from completion of their 
dissertation to obtain maximum benefit from participation. We invite 
students at different stages to submit to the Doctoral Symposium:

     Initial stage: Students should show evidence that they are 
concretizing their research questions and approaches. These students 
will be involved in discussions that will help them to think critically 
about their ideas and proposed research approaches. The submission of 
this category is limited to four (4) pages using LNCS style.
     Middle and mature stage: Students should have published or be about 
to publish research papers on concrete research questions and 
approaches. These students will be asked to present a talk about their 
work and get feedback to further improve it. The submission of this 
category is limited to eight (8) pages using LNCS style.

To participate at the Doctoral Symposium,  students  should prepare a 
submission package consisting of two parts: a research abstract and a 
letter of recommendation.

Important Dates

Research Summary and Letter of Recommendation Submission: June 1, 2014
Notification of decision on papers: June 25, 2014
Camera-ready paper due: July 20, 2014

=== ARCHITECTURE TOOL DEMONSTRATIONS ====================================


The ECSA tool track provides an opportunity for practitioners and 
researchers to present and discuss the most recent advances, 
experiences, and challenges in the field of software architecture by 
means of live tool presentations. Software architects are constantly 
challenged to improve the observability of and manage architectural 
characteristics of systems, to monitor system behavior and provide 
situated feedback throughout design, development, operations and system 

Tool demo submissions, addressing any aspect of support to software 
architects, are sought in two distinct categories: tools used in 
practice from commercial vendors or open-source projects and research 
tools from academic or industrial research environments.

Tool Demonstration Co-Chairs:
Ipek Ozkaya, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Rich Hilliard, IEEE, USA

=== Tutorials ====================================


We would like to enrich the program of ECSA with a half dozen half day 
tutorials on Monday August 22nd or Tuesday 23rd.
Hopefully some of these tutorials might also be of interest to the local 
industry in the Vienna area, and make them come to the University for a 
day to hear what researchers can contribute to the practice of software 
architecture (and vice versa).

If you feel up to the challenge, please send us a proposal before June 10th.

Tutorial co-chairs
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada
Tomi Männistö, University of Helsinki, Finland

=== MiniPLoP ====================================


Patterns of software architecture are an important tool in software 
architectural design. They appear in nearly every significant software 
architecture, even where the architects did not know they were using 
them. Architecture patterns continue to be an important area of research 
and practice, and have proved their worth not only for architectural 
design, but for capturing and conveying architectural design knowledge 
and decisions. At the MiniPLoP at ECSA, we will have stimulating 
discussions about new advances and insights about architecture patterns.
We encourage submissions of architectural patterns and related works for 
discussion, such as new architectural patterns, significant variants to 
existing patterns, research on patterns, and empirical studies on 
architectural patterns.

MiniPLoP Co-Chairs:

Neil Harrison, Utah Valley University
Stefan Sobernig, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Uwe van Heesch, Capgemini Germany

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