[ecoop-info] CfP: Sustainability in Software Product Lines Workshop at SPLC 2014

Ruzanna Chitchyan rc256 at leicester.ac.uk
Mon May 12 16:22:26 CEST 2014

				15th September 2014, Florence, Italy
				at the Software Product Lines Conference
				Submission deadline: 20th June 2014 (or Sept. 10th 2014 for abstracts)

Sustainability encompasses a wide set of aims: ranging from energy efficient software products (environmental sustainability), reduction of software development and maintenance costs (economic sustainability), to employee well-being (social sustainability). The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to explore the role that sustainability will play in software product lines development. We aim to study how sustainability manifests itself in domain engineering, via study of, for instance, sustainability patterns in domain analysis, architectural decisions motivated by specific sustainability concerns, types of variability that results from sustainability considerations, etc., as well as engineering of sustainability as a domain itself. This workshop will explore the research challenges and define a long term research agenda for Sustainability in Software Product Line Engineering.

The goals of the SUSPL workshop are:
+ To consolidate cutting edge research and practice on how software product lines can incorporate sustainability and support sustainable software development. 
+ Create a repository of examples of sustainability in/for/through SPL in order to serve as a common resource for research, education, and practice in SPL, software engineering, and sustainability communities. 
+ Foster a research and practitioner community that will set out and tackle the long-term research and development agenda in this field. 

The expected results of the workshop are 
(i) initiation of the discussion/collaboration platform for those working on various aspects of sustainability in/through SPL;  
(ii) creation of the first State of Sustainability in Software Product Lines report which will be published on the workshop web site, and 
(iii) initiation of the examples repository to illustrate, motivate, and educate research and development in sustainability in SPL.

We welcome submissions on any papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of sustainability and software product lines. We also encourage submissions from industry.
Some example topics of interest to the workshop include:
1. Sustainability in Software Product Lines: this set of topics looks at how sustainability can be identified, modelled, and implemented within the SPL framework. The individual topics include, but are not limited to:
* social/economic/environmental sustainability patterns in domain analysis;
* architectural solutions that realise sustainability concerns/patterns;
* implementation of sustainability in SPL;
* commonalities and variability in sustainability models across product domains;
* case studies highlighting sustainability concerns in SPLs
2. Sustainability through Software Product Lines: this set of topics looks at how sustainability is promoted through SPL to the organisation using SPL as a practice, as well as to the wider environment (i.e., users) of the SPL products. Some example (not limiting) topics here are: 
* comparative studies of SPL and single-product development work practices with respect to sustainability (e.g., energy efficiency, environmental impact of development, etc.) ;
* economic and social sustainability impact of SPL adoption;
* SPL as enabler of environmental sustainability (specifically parallels in reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy of sustainability and SPL);
* case studies of SPL application to improve sustainability;
* sustainability impact of SPL on the product user organisation 
3.  Sustainability of Software Product Lines: this set of topics encompasses work on longevity, maintainability, and other quality aspects of SPLs. A number of these topics is already researched within the SPL community. In this workshop the emphasis is on what are the sustainability concerns of SPL and how are they handled all together, as part of wider sustainability goal, within the SPL. Some example topics here are:
* domain model of sustainability of SPL;
* conflicts and reinforcements between sustainability concerns in SPL

**Workshop Format**
The workshop will be organised as a full-day event, with presentations of selected papers in the morning. In the afternoon, discussion groups will be formed based on topics of the submitted papers and identified topics of interest. The discussion groups will run two sessions on example development. To conclude the workshop, the results of the discussion groups are merged to form a research agenda for the community and set out the State of Sustainability in Software Product Lines report, and the example development session results will be published in the workshop examples repository.

The pre-activities of the workshop will consist of initiating a preliminary online discussion among participants to determine their interest and potential topics for discussion during the workshop. A sample case study will also be provided for those wishing to use it in demonstration of their work as well as for use during the workshop example development sessions. The workshop website will be used to disseminate the accepted papers and facilitation of the online discussion.

After the workshop has completed the organisers, in collaboration with participants, will produce a workshop report highlighting the research topics that have been identified and future directions that can be taken to establish sustainability through software product line application. This report will be published on the workshop website.

**Submission format**
All submissions should follow the ACM 2014 style guidelines and must be in PDF format.
Full paper submissions may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. Short and industry experience papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. 
Extended Abstracts up to two (2) pages long can also be submitted (Note: abstracts can be submitted up till 10th of September 2014, long/short paper submission cut of date does not apply to extended abstracts).
All papers will be reviewed by at least three program committee members. Please refer to Instructions for Authors for more information on formatting.

Proceedings of the workshop will be published in volume 2 of the SPLC conference proceedings published by ACM, as well as the website of the SUSPL workshop.

**Important dates**
Long and Short submission deadline: June 20, 2014
Extended Abstract submission (notification within 10 days of submission): 10 September, 2014
Notification (long/short papers): July 10, 2014
Final camera-ready copy: July 20, 2014
SUSPL Workshop: September 15, 2014

**Program committee**
Vander Alves, University of Brasilia, Brazil 
Rami Bahsoon, University of Birmingham, UK
Ruzanna Chitchyan, University of Leicester, UK
Iris Groher, JKU, Austria
Jajoon Lee, Lancaster University, UK
Martin Mahaux, University of Namur, Belgium
Somayeh Malakuti, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
John McGregor, Clemson University, USA
Stefan Naumann, University of Applied Sciences, Trier, Germany 
Joost Noppen, University of East Anglia, UK
Birgit Penzenstadler, University of California, Irvine, USA
Christa Schwanninger, Siemens, AG	Germany

**Workshop Organisers**
Ruzanna Chitchyan (University of Leicester, United Kingdom)
Joost Noppen (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
Iris Groher (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)

Dr. Ruzanna Chitchyan
Lecturer in Software Engineering
Department of Computer Science
University of Leicester
United Kingdom

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