[ecoop-info] CALL FOR PAPERS: ICSA 2019 - Intl. Conf on Software Architecture

Bastian Tenbergen bastian.tenbergen at oswego.edu
Mon Nov 5 17:58:25 CET 2018

This is a friendly reminder for the upcoming deadlines in *four weeks* of 

                  ICSA 2019 

   International Conference on Software Architecture  

                  March 25-29, 2019

                  Hamburg, Germany 



Please accept our apologies if this email is received again.


ICSA cordially invites contributions related to all aspects of software architecture, for its parts

* Technical track

* New and Emerging Ideas (NEMI) track

* Software Architecture in Practice (SAIP) track

* Tool Demonstrations track

* Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF-ICSA 2019)

* 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 architecture

* 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  https://swk-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~icsa2019/call-for-papers/author-instructions/index.html. Papers submitted to the ICSA2019 technical track that disregard these review requirements will not be reviewed but desk-rejected. 

All submissions must conform to the Author Instructions, see https://swk-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~icsa2019/call-for-papers/author-instructions/index.html. 

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



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 https://swk-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~icsa2019/call-for-papers/author-instructions/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



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 https://swk-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~icsa2019/call-for-papers/author-instructions/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 tool.


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 requirements.


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 https://swk-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~icsa2019/call-for-papers/author-instructions/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 proceedings. 

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 submissions.



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 problem

·       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 evidence

·       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 forum.



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.



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 practice)

   * 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  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, and

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, Germany

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

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For updated and detailed information about ICSA 2019, please visit http://icsa-conferences.org/2019.






Dr. Bastian Tenbergen
Asst. Professor for Software Engineering

Department of Computer Science
427 Shineman Center
State University of New York at Oswego
7060 State Route 104
Oswego, NY, 13126, USA
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