[ecoop-info] CfP: 12th International Conference on Quality Software

James Clause clause at udel.edu
Mon Dec 12 18:11:08 CET 2011

12th International Conference on Quality Software


Xi'an, China, August 27th -- 28th, 2012


Workshop and Tutorial Proposal: January 16, 2012
Technical and Industry (SQiP) Papers: April 23, 2012
Conference Date: August 27-28, 2012


Designing and developing software systems that fulfill the requirements of different stakeholders is no simple matter. Quality assurance is required at each phase of the entire development process, starting from requirements elicitation, software architecture design, program design, and the eventual implementation of a system, since they are closely linked with one another. The quality of the artifacts from each development phase impacts on the rest of the system. The theme of QSIC 2012 is Engineering of Quality Systems. Under this theme, there are at least three major dimensions where research and investigations are ongoing. Firstly, quality assurance of artifacts such as programs and software architecture design. Secondly, quality relationships between software development phases such as the quality of requirements and their impact on the quality of software architecture. Thirdly, codification and communication of knowledge and how they impact on software quality. 

The QSIC series of conferences has a long tradition of bringing together researchers and practitioners to present and discuss innovative methods of assuring software and system qualities. In QSIC 2012, we emphasize on a holistic view of quality assurance across different aspects of software engineering. Additionally, we will have a Software Quality in Practice (SQiP) industry track where experience reports from practitioners will be presented. We aim to facilitate discussions and cross cultivations between industry practitioners and researchers, and between researchers who study different aspects of quality assurance.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (not to be considered a restrictive list)

° Software Testing, Verification and Validation: based on requirements specification, software architecture design, software programs, software and system configurations, implementation settings.
° Process and Management: quality assurance processes, measurements and metrics, cost benefit analysis, quality impact analysis
° Knowledge Codification and Communication: methods and processes for communicating requirements, design and other software system related knowledge amongst stakeholders to avoid miscommunication of desired intents.

We invite researchers to submit original research papers on these topics. Research paper submissions can be theoretical, methodological or practical. Papers will be reviewed based on their originality, validity, readability and evidential support.

We invite practitioners and researchers to submit experience reports and practice-oriented papers to our Software Quality in Practice (SQiP) industry track (short or long papers). Papers will be reviewed based on practical relevance for a broader audience, readability, and evidential support. We particular solicit papers from practitioners which give insights in application of research results, evaluations, case studies, and/or describe open problems in practice. 


° Full papers (research and industry) --- up to 10 pages in IEEE Conference Proceedings format

° Position and emerging results papers (research and industry) --- up to 4 pages in IEEE Conference Proceedings format

° Workshop proposals --- up to 4 pages, following the guidelines provided on the website

° Tutorials --- up to 2 pages, following the guidelines provided on the website


Submissions to QSIC 2012 must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication in any other conference, journal, book, or workshop. 
All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the QSIC 2012 Program Committee.

Submissions must be formatted according to the IEEE CS proceedings format (8.5" x 11" two-column format). Templates and instructions can be downloaded from the IEEE Computer Society Press [http://www.computer.org/portal/web/cscps/submission].

Papers (properly formatted in IEEE CS proceedings format) must not exceed the size limits specified above. 

Submissions will be made through the EasyChair on-line submission system. Details are present on the conference web site.

Accepted papers will be published by the IEEE Computer Society. Each paper accepted must be presented by one of the co-authors. 

Selected papers and speakers will be invited to submit to a special issue of a renowned journal (under negotiation). Invited submissions must extend their contributions extensively in addition to the original work. All invited papers will be reviewed by a separate panel of reviewers to meet the standards of the journal.


General Chair: Chaochen Zhou (Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences) 

Program Chairs: Antony Tang (Swinburne University of Technology) and Henry Muccini (University of L'Aquila)

Industry Papers Chairs: Wolfgang Grieskamp (Google) and HongYu Zhang (Tsinghua University)

Organizing Chair: YunWei Dong (Northwest Polytechnic University)

Publicity Chairs: James Clause (University of Delaware), Huai Liu (Swinburne University of Technology) and Patrizio Pelliccione (University of L'Aquila)

Web Master: Davide di Ruscio (University of L'Aquila)


Xi'an area was inhabited by the Lantian Man at least 500,000 years before, and a Banpo Neolithic village was established here 6500 years ago. The city of Xi'an is one of the four great ancient capitals of China with more than 3100 years of history. Some of the most important dynasties in China set up their capitals here. The first emperor of the Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and he built the Terracotta Army and his mausoleum in Xi'an. Many of the original walls, towers, palaces and artifacts remain here. The conference will be located conveniently within Xi'an. After the conference, we intend to organize extra-conference activities for those who are interested in visiting some of the historical and interesting sites here.

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