[ecoop-info] CFP: VARI-ARCH workshop @ ECSA 2010

Paris Avgeriou paris at cs.rug.nl
Thu Apr 1 12:02:36 CEST 2010


                    CALL FOR PAPERS

                      Workshop on
      Variability in Software Product Line Architectures

              contact: vari-arch at cs.kuleuven.be
             Submission deadline: May 17, 2010

            Copenhagen, Denmark, August 23, 2010

                      Co-located with
The 4th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2010)



The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers from the 
software product line community and software architecture community to 
identify critical challenges and progress the state-of-the-art on 
variability in software product line architectures.


The product line architecture is key to the success of a software 
product line. In contrast to single system architectures, a product line 
architecture is designed to underpin multiple systems. A product line 
architecture reifies the commonalities between the various products and 
also clearly delineates the variability that is allowed between 
products. As such a product line architecture is paramount to 
predictably achieve the qualities of the various products in a software 
product line.

Two prominent communities that have been studying product line 
architectures are the community on software product lines and the 
community on software architecture. Whereas both communities have been 
successful in addressing some of the challenges of product line 
architectures, persistent challenges remain, in particular concerning 
variability in product line architectures.

In the software product line community, it is generally acknowledged 
that variability of a product line should be captured explicitly. Many 
variability modeling techniques exist, but most of those techniques 
capture variability relative to generic/holistic concepts as "features" 
or "decisions" and do not specifically focus on variability relative to 
the software architecture of the product line.

In the software architecture community, it is generally acknowledged 
that a software architecture should be described using multiple views. 
Each view captures the architecture using (a) suitable model(s) from the 
perspective of a specific stakeholder and his/her concerns. In contrast 
to single system architectures, variability is a key quality of product 
line architectures. Although some work exists in this area, it is 
under-investigated how viewpoints/views can be used to support 
variability of product line architectures.


Topics of interest to VARI-ARCH include, but are not limited to:
- Modeling variability using architectural views/viewpoints
- Mechanisms/tactics/patterns/styles for variability in product line 
- Evaluating variability in product line architectures
- Resolving architectural variability during product derivation
- Traceability of variability in product line architectures.
- Conformance of products to the product line architecture
- Practical and industrial examples of variability in product line 
- Relation between variability and (other) quality attributes

VARI-ARCH welcomes the submission of theoretical, experimental, 
methodological as well as application papers which focus on the topics 
outlined above. Papers may report on completed work, descriptions of 
work-in-progress, or discussion topics.


- Submission of papers: May 17, 2010
- Author notification: June 7, 2010
- Submission of camera-ready paper: July 1, 2010


Submissions can be either regular papers and short papers:
- Regular papers should be between 6 and 8 pages long, including the 
text, figures and references
- Short papers should be between 2 and 4 pages long, including the text, 
figures and references

The submissions must be formatted according to ACM conference 
proceedings style. PDF format is required.

Papers can be submitted via EasyChair "VARI-ARCH 2010":

Accepted papers will be published in a second volume of the ECSA 2010 
conference proceedings with an ISBN number and through ACM digital 
library (approval pending).


The list of PC members includes both people from the software 
architecture community and people from the software product line community:

- Pierre America, Philips Research, The Netherlands
- Sven Apel, University of Passau, Germany
- David Benavides, University of Seville, Spain
- Jan Bosh, Intuit, USA
- Felix Bachmann, Software Engineering Institute, USA
- Laurence Duchien, INRIA, France
- Rich Hilliard, USA
- Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Klaus Pohl, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
- Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim, Germany
- Eddy Truyen, DistriNet Labs, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
- Andrzej Wasowski, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Uwe Zdun, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


- Alexander Helleboogh (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
- Paris Avgeriou (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
- Nelis Boucké (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
- Patrick Heymans (University of Namur, Belgium)

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