[ecoop-info] QUATIC 2018 track on Quality Aspects in DevOps Development: CALL FOR PAPERS

Diego Perez diego.perez at lnu.se
Wed Mar 7 15:05:14 CET 2018


Quality Aspects in DevOps Development at QUATIC 2018: CALL FOR PAPERS

The 11th International Conference on the Quality of Information and 
Communications Technology
Track on Quality Aspects in DevOps Development

September 4-7, 2018, Coimbra, Portugal

- Aim and scope

The Track on Quality Aspects in DevOps Development is part of the he 
11th International Conference on the Quality of Information and 
Communications Technology (QUATIC 2018), which is a leading biennial 
scientific conference that gathers experts from industry and academia to 
exchange ideas and approaches regarding all quality aspects in ICT 
systems engineering and management.  The forum is dedicated to a live 
discussion on how to further the state-of-the-art and define future 
directions, as well as to disseminate advanced new methods, techniques 
and tools.

DevOps is recently emerging as a disruptive series of principles and 
practices that reduce the amount of time between software refactoring 
and operationally deploying changes. DevOps principles and tools also 
primarily aim at strengthening the collaboration between software 
development and operations engineers in the process of speedily making a 
design refactoring actionable in operations as well.
On one hand, the goal of this tighter collaboration is to deliver the 
software product faster to its production environment, by whatever 
means, procedures, or tools. On the other hand, establishing and 
certifying the quality of outcoming software and processes is strained 
by the “need for speed”.

For example, one of the pillars of DevOps approaches for building 
software fast is the utilisation of automations along its creation 
toolchain, passing through testing, packaging, release, deployment, 
monitoring, and runtime management. The achievement of these automations 
is assisted by techniques for software continuous integration, 
continuous delivery, infrastructure-as-code, and more. However, the 
quality assessment of both software product and development process, 
which in traditional software lifecycles are relatively mature fields, 
in DevOps contexts suffers from the presence of automated steps that 
cannot be trivially analyzed with conventional means. Hence, DevOps 
quality assurance techniques are far from being mature, and are often 
limited to expensive trial-and-error exercises.

This thematic track of the QUATIC 2018 conference seeks to shed light 
over the synergies and challenges in DevOps quality engineering. In so 
doing, we seek novel contributions on any quality aspects, quality 
evaluations, fallacies, or pitfalls arising or playing a role in the 
context of DevOps. Suggested topics of interest include, but are not 
limited to:

- Methods and models for software quality assessment in DevOps
- Techniques for software quality improvement in DevOps
- Tools for quality assessment and/or improvement during DevOps 
- Experiences on the impact of software quality engineering in DevOps
- Experiences on the impact of DevOps practices in consolidated Quality 
engineering processes.
- Emergent Quality Properties of DevOps Architectures
- Analysing, Testing, or otherwise assessing the Quality of DevOps 
- DevOps Tools, that is, tools or technical approaches that fit in the 
DevOps paradigm
- Qualities of skills and human aspects of DevOps engineers;
- Quality and Quality assessment of DevOps processes;
- Quality of Education of DevOps engineers;
- Continuous Aspects of Quality Assurance;
- Qualities changed or introduced by DevOps practices, e.g., quality of 
Infrastructures and quality of Infrastructure-as-Code;
- Quality of DevOps Architectural Styles, e.g., Microservices Quality;

-Paper submission instructions

Authors should submit to 
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=quatic2018 a PDF version of 
their paper. Full Papers must be in CPS format ( 
) and not exceed 9 pages, including figures, references, and appendices. 
Work In Progress (WIP) works with relevant preliminary results are 
limited to 4 pages. Submissions must be original and will be reviewed by 
the Track Program Committee. Accepted papers will be included in the 
electronic proceedings of QUATIC’2018 published by Conference Publishing 
Services (CPS), subject to one of the authors registering for the 
conference. The authors of the best papers of this thematic track will 
be invited to present their papers at the main track of the conference 
for the wider audience.

- Important dates

Paper submission:  Friday, April 20,  2018
Author's notifications: Friday, May 25, 2018
Camera ready submission: Friday, June 15, 2018

-Proceedings publication

As in the previous editions, papers accepted at the Thematic Tracks will 
be published by the Conference Publishing Services (CPS).  Previous 
editions have been published by CPS (from 2007 onward), and CEUR (until 
2004) and are included in IEEEXplore, Scopus/Elsevier, ACM Digital 
Library, and DBLP. The American Society for Quality has partnered with 
QUATIC in the publication of special issues in the Software Quality 
Professional journal.

More information at:

- Program Committee:

Radu Calinescu, University of York
Mauro Caporuscio, Linnaeus University
Vittorio Cortellessa, Universita' dell'Aquila
Michele Ciavotta, University of Milano Bicocca
Martin Garriga, Politecnico di Milano
Anne Koziolek, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
John Klein, SEI / CMU
Philipp Leitner, Chalmers University Gothenburg
José Merseguer, Universidad de Zaragoza
Raffaela Mirandola, Politecnico di Milano
Fabio Palomba, University of Zurich
Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna

-Track Chairs:

Diego Perez-Palacin, Linnaeus University,  Sweden
Damian Andrew Tamburri, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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