[ecoop-info] Call For Papers: IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA 2019)

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    *** CALL FOR PAPERS ***

                 ICSA 2019

  IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture  

                 March 25-29, 2019

                 Hamburg, Germany


ICSA cordially invites contributions related to all aspects of software
architecture. Submissions can be made in the following categories:


* Technical track

* New and Emerging Ideas (NEMI) track

* Software Architecture in Practice (SAIP) track

* Tool Demonstrations track

* Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF-ICSA 2019)

* Workshops

* Tutorials


The International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA 2019) is the
premier gathering of practitioners and researchers interested in software
architecture, in component-based software engineering and in quality aspects
of complex software systems.

ICSA continues the tradition of a working conference, where researchers meet
practitioners and where software architects can explain the problems they
face in their day-to-day work and try to influence the future of the field.
Interactive working sessions will be the place where researchers meet
practitioners to identify opportunities to create the future.

The increasing size of software systems and the emergence of increasingly
autonomous systems is asking for innovative software engineering practices.
The way software is being developed and maintained is rapidly changing and
must take into account multifaceted constraints like fast-changing and
unpredictable markets, complex and changing customer requirements, pressures
of shorter time-to-market, rapidly advancing information technologies, just
to name a few of these new aspects. To cope with such constraints, software
is increasingly produced according to rapid continuous software engineering
development processes. The theme of ICSA 2019 is "Architectures to
interconnect Services and Systems".

We welcome original contributions that explore and explain the role of
architecture in current systems as well as in near future systems. This
conference looks at what can be learned from our software architecture
history, experience, studies, and best practices.


*Call for Papers*


We solicit the software architecture community original submissions of the
following types:


*Technical Papers*


Technical research papers (10 pages) should describe original and
significant results of theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental
research in software architecture research or industrial practice. The
novelty of the contribution needs to be clearly described and the results
validated. Technical research papers are limited to 10 proceedings pages,
and will be evaluate based on soundness, significance, verifiability, and
presentation quality, in that order.




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

* Architecture & CI, CD and DevOps,

* Microservices

* Model driven engineering for continuous architecting

* Up-front architecture and agile development

* Architecting Systems of Systems, IoT systems, CPSs, software ecosystems,
self-adaptive systems, or autonomous systems

* Component based software engineering and architecture design

* Architecture evaluation and quality aspects of software architectures

* Automatic extraction and generation of software architecture descriptions

* Re-factoring and evolving architecture design decisions and solutions

* Architecture frameworks and architecture description languages

* Linking architecture to requirements and/or implementation

* Preserving architecture quality throughout the system lifetime

* Reusable architectural solutions

* Software architecture knowledge management

* Software architecture for legacy systems and systems integration

* Architecting families of products

* Cultural, economic, business and managerial aspects of software

* Software architects roles and responsibilities

* Training, education, and certification of software architects

* State-of-the-art and state-of-practice in software architecture

* Industrial experiments and case studies


*Anonymization, Formatting and Submission Instructions*


Please note that ICSA 2019 will pursue a double-blind review process for the
main Technical track (only), therefore all submissions to this track have to
fulfill the double-blind reviewing requirements, see
nstructions/index.html. Papers submitted to the ICSA2019 technical track
that disregard these review requirements will not be reviewed but

All submissions must conform to the Author Instructions, see

All papers are to be submitted electronically via the EasyChair submission
system https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsa2019 by the submission
deadline, and must not have been published before.

For more information please contact the Program Committee chairs through the
email contact address  <mailto:icsa2019 at easychair.org>
mailto:icsa2019 at easychair.org




All accepted technical track contributions will be published in ICSA 2019
proceedings, and appear in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.


*New and Emerging Ideas*


The goal of the New and Emerging Ideas (NEMI) track at ICSA 2019 is to
encourage the software architecture community to propose new software
architecture research visions and ideas, which can potentially challenge the
status quo of the software architecture discipline (research and practice)
and point to new directions and opportunities.


*Types of submissions*


The ICSA 2019 NEMI track seeks the following types of contributions:


*New Ideas*:


* Visions or new directions supported by a strong and well motivated
scientific foundation or practical application;

* Arguments or results that challenge established results or beliefs, giving
evidence that calls for fundamentally new directions, opening up new
research avenues or software architecture practices;

* Radically new approaches, techniques, or theories that can bring new
results to software architecture research or practice.


*Emerging Results*:


* Not yet fully mature research results, that may lack full validation but
that still can stimulate discussions; papers should trigger discussion and
raise awareness and reflection on specific topics, in research and/or
industrial practice.

NEMI papers must clearly motivate and illustrate a rationale for changing
current practice and/or research in software architecture. Evaluation
results are not required for NEMI papers (but if such results exist, then
they may be presented, if only to give the reviewers a feel about the
evaluation plan). Strong argumentation and reasoning is expected to inspire
the readers.




NEMI provides a forum for innovative, thought-provoking insights in software
architecture in order to accelerate the exposure of the community to early
and on-going yet promising and potentially inspiring innovations in industry
and academia.

NEMI papers are not second-class ICSA research track papers. NEMI is a forum
for first-class contributions that provide novel, soundly motivated
directions and emerging results in research and practice.

In principle, the track addresses the same topics of interest as those of
the technical paper track. However, NEMI authors are encouraged to combine
these topics in new ways, to establish connections to other fields outside
of classical software architecture, push the boundaries of software
architecture to new avenues, as well as to argue for the importance of
software architecture research and practice in areas not explicitly listed.


*Out of scope*


A NEMI submission should not be just incremental results on existing
research, nor disguised advertisements for previously published results,
products, tools or methods, or experience reports. ICSA 2019 has several
tracks and workshops where such works can be submitted.




All submissions will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

* Value: the problem is worth exploring, ideally real world use-inspired.

* Impact: the potential for disruption of current practice and/or research;

* Originality: new insights or ideas/visions;

* Rationale: soundness of the justification, reasoning and argumentation;

* Evaluation: appropriate consideration of relevant literature and/or
research evaluation to demonstrate originality, arguments and limitations;

* Quality: overall manuscript quality.


*Formatting and submission Instructions*


All NEMI submissions must conform to the Author Instructions
nstructions/index.html, and must not exceed *four pages*, including all
text, references, appendices, and figures. No double-blind, but single-blind
review will apply to NEMI papers. All papers are to be submitted
electronically via the NEMI EasyChair submission system
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsa2019nemi, by the submission
deadline. Submissions must not have been published elsewhere and must not be
under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for
ICSA 2019 NEMI track..

Note that in addition to an oral plenary presentation at the conference,
authors of accepted papers may also bring a poster describing their work to
further showcase their work to a broader ICSA audience.

For more information please contact the NEMI track chairs through the email
contact address  <mailto:icsa2019nemi at easychair.org>
mailto:icsa2019nemi at easychair.org




All accepted technical track contributions will be published in ICSA 2019
Companion proceedings, and appear in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.


*Software Architecture in Practice*


The ICSA Software Architecture in Practice (SAIP) Track provides
practitioners and researchers a platform to present and discuss the most
recent innovations and findings in the field of software architecture by
means of experience reports and talks. Topics of interest are the same as
for the ICSA 2019 Technical Track.


*Types of Submissions and Publication*


We solicit the following types of submissions:

*SW Architecture in Practice papers* (4-8 pages) address industry-relevant
software architecture problems through systematic investigations. Full
papers may describe industry-relevant experience and best practices.
Successful applications of research ideas in industrial settings are
welcomed as well as negative results that rigorously describe why a research
approach cannot be applied. Empirical analyses of industry-relevant software
architecture issues may help both practitioners and researchers.

The evaluation criteria are potential impact, repeatability, and real-world
focus. An extensive discussion of the context in which the result was
obtained is useful to transfer an approach to other contexts. Full papers
will appear in the ICSA Companion proceedings.

*Technical talk proposals* (2 pages) must feature current trends in the
industry on the practice of software architecture presenting ideas that are
both inspirational and informative. Proposals should make clear why the talk
is interesting to ICSA SAIP attendees. Each accepted talk will be of 30
minutes duration. Extended abstracts of the accepted talks will appear in
the ICSA Companion proceedings.


*Formatting and Submission Instructions*


All submissions must conform to the Author Instructions
nstructions/index.html. No double-blind, but single-blind review will apply
to SAIP papers. All papers are to be submitted electronically via the
EasyChair submission system
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsa2019saip, and must not have been
published before.

For more information please contact the SAIP track chairs through the email
contact address mailto:icsa2019saip at easychair.org


*Tool Demonstrations*


The ICSA 2019 Tool Demonstrations track provides researchers, practitioners,
and educators with a platform to present and discuss the most recent
innovations and findings in the field of software architecture by means of
live tool presentations. We distinguish two categories of tool demo
submissions addressing any aspect of tool support to help software
architects, researchers, and practitioners:


*Tools used in practice*, either from commercial vendors or open-source
projects. These demonstrations should focus on practical applications within
the different activities of software architecting and should particularly
show how they advance the current state of the practice. New ideas and
features are particularly welcome.

*Research tools* from academic or industrial research environments. These
demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions
and show how scientific approaches have been transferred into a working


Both categories may range from early prototypes to in-house or
pre-commercialized products. Authors of regular ICSA papers are also welcome
to submit an accompanying tool paper by adding information regarding the
actual demo as an appendix, as described further under submission


We especially appreciate tool demos in line with the theme of ICSA 2019,
which is "Architectures to interconnect Services and Systems" - leveraging
advances like cross-functional and cross-national teams, scaling research to
industry scale problems, bridging customer-developer divides, and working in
an 'intelligent connected' world. Of course tool demos on other topics of
Software Architecture are welcome too.


*Submission Requirements*


Submissions of papers for tool demonstrations must:

* Have a maximum length of 4 pages, describing the technology or approach,
how it relates to other industrial or research efforts, including
references, and what the expected benefits are.

* Have an appendix of maximum 2 pages (not included in the page count) that
provides a brief description of how the presentation will be conducted,
information on tool availability, maturity and the web-page for the tool (if
one exists).

* Clearly state the tool category: in-practice or research.

* Must conform to the Author Instructions
nstructions/index.html. No double-blind, but single-blind review will apply
to tool demo track submissions.

* Are to be submitted electronically via the EasyChair submission system
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsa2019tool, and must not have been
published before.


Optionally, the submission can be accompanied with a video (maximum length
of 5 minutes) in high resolution. In this case, a link to a page where the
video can be viewed needs to be included in the appendix. Note that the
video is not mandatory, but if it is available, it will be used to the
benefit of the evaluation of the submission.


Tool demos papers and accompanying artifacts will go through a peer review
process and accepted papers will be included in the IEEE companion

For more information please contact the track organizers through the contact
address icsa2019tool at easychair.org


*Early Career Researchers Submissions*


The goal of the Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF-ICSA 2019) is to
inspire and bring together early career researchers in the field of software
architecture. This forum provides a vibrant place for discussing potential
and ongoing research at any stage, from ideas to results. This forum strives
to provide a friendly environment for early career researchers to present
their research proposals and early results, and get feedbacks and
inspirations from experienced researchers. This forum stimulates
interactions between early career researchers and experienced academic and
industry members of the community by offering a two-stage submission process
that will enable early career researchers to obtain feedbacks on their



Participation is open to research candidates (PhD or Masters), industrial
researchers or recent PhD graduates who want to share and improve their
research in the field of software architecture.

*Submission and Process*


The submission shall be a written report of between 6-8 pages. The format of
the submission shall be in IEEE format (see Author Instructions). Each
submission shall include the following:

*Part 1: Research Submission*

Each submission should include the following information

.       The title of your submission

.       Your information (name, affiliation, and e-mail address)

.       An abstract of your research

.       Motivations and goals justifying the importance of your research

.       Research questions and hypotheses that describes what you want to
achieve, solve or demonstrate

.       A discussion of the existing and related works that your research is
built upon, especially explaining why these works do not solve the
problem(s) that you have identified

.       Description of the research methods and the collection of your

.       Description of your potential contributions or contributions

.       Description of your research agenda

Note that the scope of this submission is not limited to one area of
research, it could be a research agenda that connects several related
research questions. Please submit this part through the Easychair submission
system https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecrficsa2019.

*Part 2: Recommendation Letter*

Ask your main research advisor (in case of research candidates) or
supervisor (in case of PhD graduates or industry researcher) for a letter of
recommendation. This letter should include:

.       Your name and position

.       Current status of your research

.       An endorsement of the publication of your submission

The letter should be in PDF format and should be sent directly by your
advisor via e-mail to the ECRF-ICSA2019 Chairs through this email address
mailto:ecrficsa2019 at easychair.org. This recommendation letter will be held
confidential. The e-mail subject should have the subject "ICSA2019-ECRF
Recommendation" plus your Last Name.



In the first round, one member of the programme committee will provide
feedbacks and comments to each initial submission. Based on the initial
feedbacks, some early career researchers will be invited to improve their
works for resubmissions. Submissions in the second round will be evaluated
by two committee members. A selection will take place based on the quality
and potential of the research and its relevance to Software Architecture.
Selected submissions will be accepted for publications and talks in the ECRF



Submissions that are selected by the program committee members will be
invited to publish in the ICSA 2019 Companion Proceedings.

*Presentation and Discussion*


All early career researchers who have their submissions accepted must
present in the ECRF-ICSA 2019. The chairs of ECRF reserve the rights not to
publish the paper of an absentee. A researcher shall have 15 minutes to
present their research and research agenda. Experienced researchers shall
provide feedbacks and facilitate discussions.


*Workshop Proposals*


ICSA 2019 workshops provide a unique forum for researchers and practitioners
to present, learn, discuss and explore the latest experiences, challenges,
trends and emerging R&D results in the field of software architecture. A
workshop is not a mini-conference. The goal of workshops is to provide a
forum for participants to engage in intensive discussion and explore the
topic from different perspectives.

Workshops can be half-day or one-day events. Potential topics for workshops
are the same as, but not limited to, those of the ICSA 2019 Technical track.

Workshop chairs are responsible for submission and selection of papers.
Submissions must follow the IEEE Computer Science proceedings format, as
workshop proceedings will be published by IEEE CS Digital Library.  Workshop
organizers may allow for different types of contributions  (e.g., short and
long papers), but a workshop paper should not exceed a maximum of 8 pages in
IEEE format.


*Formatting and Submission Instructions*


All workshop proposals must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE
Formatting Guidelines

Proposals must be written in English and not exceed 4 pages in length. They
are submitted through the Easychair submission system
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsa2019ws by the proposal
submission deadline.

Proposals should contain:

1. Motivation and objectives of the workshop

  * Title and acronym of the workshop

  * Motivation and objectives of the workshop topic (not exceeding 500
words) (Note: If your workshop is accepted then this description will be
used as early publicity.)

  * A more detailed discussion of the anticipated outcomes of the workshop
(e.g., open research problems to pursue, validation objectives, empirical
studies, why the topic needs to be explored in a workshop setting etc.)

  * Information about previous editions of the same workshop (if any)

  * Potential connection with other ICSA events (if any)

2. Workshop format and needed services

  * What will be the format and timings for the workshop? (e.g., position
talks, keynotes, breakout sessions, panel discussions, experiments, paper
presentation and discussion,or a combination thereof)

  * What are the requirements in terms of rooms, equipment, and support
staff? (e.g., do you need special room layout or assistance from student

3. Target audience

  * What backgrounds should the workshop attendees have?

  * What is the range (min, max) for number of attendees for the workshop?

  * What mix of industry and research participants is being sought?

  * Please outline a strong and proactive publicity plan, including
information about the expected number and type of contributions and the
initial acceptance rate.

  * Who are the potential Keynote speakers? In particular can you attract
keynote speakers from from industry?

4. Workshop contributions and evaluation

  * What types of contribution are being solicited for the workshop? (e.g.,
full papers, position papers, posters, demos, experiments, or other
interactive sessions)

  * What type of evaluation process will be used?

5. Workshop duration and timetable

  * Indicate if you plan for a half-day or a full-day workshop and provide a
timetable for the structure of the event

6. Organizers and program committee

  * Names and bios of organizers

  * List of the potential program committee members

7. Draft call for papers for the workshop (a one page call for papers that
you intend to send out if your workshop is accepted)


*Evaluation Criteria*


Workshop proposals will be reviewed in a separate evaluation process from
research papers.  Acceptance will be based on:

  * evaluation of the workshop's potential to advance the state of research
and/or practice or bridging disciplines, between research and practice;

  * timeliness and expected interest in the topic;

  * relevance to the conference topics (See the topics of interest in the
ICSA 2019 conference site);

  * the potential for attracting an appropriate number of participants;

  * organizers' ability to lead a successful workshop and attract

  * balance and synergy with other ICSA events.


A workshops may be canceled or merged with others after the early
registration deadline if too few participants have registered to make the
event viable.

For more information please contact the ICSA2019 workshop chairs through
this email contact address mailto:icsa2019ws at easychair.org




Tutorials at the International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA
2019) provide a valuable opportunity for conference participants to expand
their knowledge and skills in specific research topics under the umbrella of
software architecture. Tutorials will be held before the main ICSA 2019
conference in half-day or full-day sessions (25th and 26th of April, 2019).

Type of submission

A tutorial proposal consists of 2-4 pages containing sections that describe
the relevance of the topic, including the state of the art, the
implementation of the planned tutorial session, as well as the background of
the presenter(s). In particular, the proposal should contain:

  * Tutorial title (one line).

  * A summary of 350 words (maximum) suitable for posting on the conference
web site.

  * Topic description and relevance for the ICSA community: this section
should include (i) a description of the topic, (ii) the state of art in the
topic, (iii) the intended audience - profile of the ideal targets - for the
tutorial, and (iv) the relevance for ICSA. The topic should be described in
detail, stressing its importance and timeliness, including the 2 or 3 key
take-away messages the audience should leave with.

  * Implementation section: this section should include (i) the duration of
the proposed tutorial - half or full day, if both durations are suitable
submit two proposals with different outlines - (ii) a preliminary schedule
of events including estimated times, (iii) a detailed description of what
the tutorial will cover, (iv) a justification of the tutorial for the
expected audience, and (v) an explanation of how the tutorial will be
conducted - lecture, hands on exercise, facilitated discussion, group
activity, role playing, game, etc. - including a description of materials to
be included in the tutorial notes.

  * The Presenter(s)' Background section: this section should include
affiliation, relevant biographical information (250 words maximum), as well
as summaries of the presenters' technical, presentation, and tutorial
qualification and experience. This section should include a description of
where and when the tutorial has been offered previously and the past number
of attendees.

*Submission Instructions and Evaluation Criteria*

Tutorial proposals must be submitted via email
mailto:icsa2019-tutorials at informatik.uni-hamburg.de. They will be reviewed
by the organizers. Acceptance will be based on:

  * Evaluation of the tutorial's interest to the community (research and/or

  * Timeliness and expected interest in the topic

  * Organizer's ability to lead a successful tutorial

  * Balance and synergy with other ICSA 2019 events

For more information please contact the ICSA2019 workshop chairs through
this email contact address
mailto:icsa2019-tutorials at informatik.uni-hamburg.de


*Important Dates*


Please note that all submission dates have been moved to earlier ones


*Technical Track*


Abstract (mandatory) due          29 November 2018

Full Papers due               06 December 2018

Notification of acceptance         17 January 2019

Camera-ready due         07 February 2019

List of accepted papers publication   19 January 2019

Technical program publication              09 February 2019


*New and Emerging Ideas, Software Architecture in Practice, and Tool
Demonstrations Track*


Abstract (mandatory) due          29 November 2018

Papers due          06 December 2018

Notification of acceptance         17 January 2019

Camera-ready due         07 February 2019


*Early Career Researchers Forum*


Abstract (mandatory) due          03 December 2018

Submission due              10 December 2018

First round feedback  21 December 2018

Resubmission due          07 January 2019

Notification of acceptance         14 January 2019

Camera-ready due         04 February 2019




Proposal submission  21 September 2018

Proposal notification of acceptance  30 September 2018

Workshop CfP publication         14 October 2018

Paper submission           17 January 2019

Paper notification          07 February 2019

Workshop program publication, possible cancellation notice             08
February 2019

Camera-ready due         21 February 2019

Workshop days              25 and 26 March 2019




Proposal Submission  25 January 2019

Proposal Notification 01 February 2019

Possible cancellation notice   08 February 2019

Camera-Ready Tutorial Summary         08 February 2019

Tutorial handouts           15 February 2019

Tutorial days   25 and 26 March 2019


Early registration deadline         28 February 2019

Author registration deadline 07 February 2019

Conference         25 - 29 March 2019


*Organizing Committee*


General Chair: Matthias Riebisch, University of Hamburg, Germany

Local Chair: Sebastian Gerdes, University of Hamburg, Germany

Finance Chair and Conference Desk: Stephanie Schulte Hemming, University of
Hamburg, Germany

Program Co-Chairs: Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, The Netherlands,

Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna, Austria

New and Emerging Ideas Track Co-Chairs: Matthias Galster, University of
Canterbury, New Zealand,

and Eltjo Poort, CGI, The Netherlands

SW Architecture in Practice Co-Chairs: Wilhelm Hasselbring, University of
Kiel, Germany,

and Heiko Koziolek, ABB Corporate Research, Germany

Early Career Researchers Forum Co-Chairs: Claus Lewerentz, Brandenburg
University of Technology, Germany, and

Anthony Tang, Swinburne University,  Australia

Tool Demonstrations Co-Chairs: Tomáš Bureš, Charles University Prague, Czech
Republic, and

André van Hoorn, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Workshop Co-Chairs: Ipek Ozkaya, SEI,  U.S.A, and

Eoin Woods, Endava, UK

Tutorials Co-Chairs: Eduardo Santana de Almeida, Universidade Federal da
Bahia (UFBA), Brazil, and

Michael Stal, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany  

Publicity Chair: Paula Rachow, University of Hamburg, Germany

Social Media Chair: Bastian Tenbergen, State University of New York at
Oswego, U.S.A.

Publications Chair: Stephanie Schulte Hemming, University of Hamburg,

Student Volunteers Chair: Sandra Schröder, University of Hamburg, Germany


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