[ecoop-info] Call for Papers to Workshops of CSMR 2012

CSMR 2012 ncsaba at inf.u-szeged.hu
Tue Dec 20 16:06:44 CET 2011

European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering,
IEEE CSMR 2012, 27-30 March 2012, Szeged, Hungary

Joint call for papers for CSMR2012 workshops

- 6th International Workshop on Software Quality and Maintainability
- 1st International Workshop on Volatility and Complexity of Software Systems

Time and place: 27th March 2012, Szeged, Hungary

IMPORTANT DATES for both workshops:
Abstract submission            20 January  2012
Paper submission               27 January  2012
Notification of acceptance     17 February 2012
Camera ready                    2 March    2012
Workshop date                  27 March    2012


6th International Workshop on Software Quality and Maintainability (SQM 2012)

"Bridging the gap between end user expectations,
 vendors' business prospects, and software engineers'
 requirements on the ground."


Software is playing a crucial role in modern societies. Not only do people
rely on it for their daily operations or business, but for their lives as
well. For this reason, correct and consistent behavior of software systems
is a fundamental part of end user expectations. Additionally, businesses
require cost-effective production, maintenance, and operation of their
systems. Thus, the demand for good quality software is increasing and is
setting it as a differentiator for the success or failure of a software
product. In fact, high quality software is becoming not just a competitive
advantage but a necessary factor for companies to be successful.

The main question that arises is how quality is measured and communicated
to the several stakeholders of an organisation. What, where and when we
assess and assure quality, are still open issues. Many views have been
expressed about software quality attributes, including maintainability,
evolvability, portability, robustness, reliability, usability, and
efficiency. These have been formulated in standards such as ISO/IEC-9126,
its successor ISO/IEC 25010 (SQuaRE) and CMMI. However, the debate about
quality and maintainability between software producers, vendors and users
is ongoing, while organizations need the ability to evaluate the software
systems they use or develop from multiple angles.

So, is "Software quality in the eye of the beholder"? This workshop session
aims at feeding into this debate by establishing what the state of the
practice and the way forward is.


We are pleased to invite paper submissions for a workshop in the IEEE
16th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering
(http://csmr2012.sed.hu/) on Software Quality and Maintainability.
We are looking for research and empirical contributions in areas
including, but not limited to the following:

1. Software quality attributes
2. Software measurement
3. Software maintainability
4. Software quality assessment: practice and automation
5. Software analysis using automated techniques
6. Software evolution
7. Software economics
8. Software quality standards
9. Software quality certification
10. Experience reports


We solicit short position papers or long papers with a maximum length
of 10 pages, following the IEEE Computer Society formatting guidelines
(see http://www.computer.org/portal/web/cscps/formatting).

See the workshop website for further submission details

The authors of papers accepted at SQM 2012 will be invited to submit an
extended version of their paper to a special issue at Springer's Software
Quality Journal.


Workshop Chairs
Yiannis Kanellopoulos, Software Improvement Group, The Netherlands
Yijun Yu, The Open University, UK

Publicity Chair
Miguel Alexandre Ferreira, Software Improvement Group, The Netherlands

Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, University of Macedonia, Greece
Florian Deissenboeck, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Juergen Ebert, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Neil Ernst, UBC, Canada
Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
LiGuo Huang, UT Dalas, USA
Robert Lagerstroem, the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Emmanuel Letier, UCL, UK
Lin Liu, Tsinghua, China
Christos Makris, University of Patras, Greece
Xin Peng, Fudan, China
Juan Fernandez Ramil, Open University, UK
István Siket, University of Szeged, Hungary
Markus Stromeiher, University of Linz, Australia
Joost Visser, Software Improvement Group, the Netherlands
Vadim Zaytsev - Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, The Netherlands

For more information please contact: sqm at sig.eu


1st International Workshop on Volatility and Complexity of Software Systems
(VCSS 2012)


Software systems of any significant size bring with them difficulties
due to their complexity. These difficulties may be most reported at
the maintenance and upgrade stage of the lifecycle, as this is the
point at which the expense is typically incurred: however, these
difficulties are often the manifestations of problems that have been
seeded much earlier in development. At the heart of many of the
problems is a failure to deal with the "change-proneness" or
volatility of the software system artefacts. Software volatility is
also an indicator of roots and sources of growth of complexity of the
software system. Thus, understanding better the driving factors behind
software volatility is key to improve the development process of
software systems and also to impose stricter controls on the
complexity of expanding software systems.

A large-scale system may be complex by design, or may have arrived in
that state as a result of integration over time of a number of
component systems, patching of existing systems or wrapping acquired
components-off-the-shelf (COTS) items, or a combination of these
things. As a result, the extent to which the system as a whole can be
understood, and the extent to which interactions between subsystems
can be analysed, is compromised. Overall the complexity of the
software system may hinder considerably the comprehensibility of the
software system, especially the integration of its components and the
evolution of the relationships between these components. Thus, having
more efficient ways to identify, represent, visualise and interpret
complexity aspects of large-scale software systems will help software
engineers to get a handle on such systems, improve their intuitive
understanding of how the system works and evolves, and be more
efficient in limiting and reducing the complexity growth of the


The workshop is concerned with approaches to address, measure, and
control volatility and complexity in complex software systems. Topics
of interest include, but are not limited to:

* The definition and evaluation of metrics for assessment of the
  volatility of a software system 
* Metrics based on complex systems analysis methods (e.g. network metrics)
* Identification of the most change-prone artefacts of a system
* Architectural approaches for containing the spread of changes
  through the system 
* Probabilistic reasoning about quality and functionality of software
  systems using software complexity and volatility metrics 
* Evolution of volatility and complexity of large-scale software
* Dynamic visualisation of the behaviour and evolution of software
* Visualisation supported reasoning about complex software systems 


Prospective presenters should submit short position papers or full
papers (max. 10 pages in the format used by the CSMR conference). All
accepted papers will be published online on the workshop website. The
organisers intend to publish formal proceedings after the workshop. 

See the workshop website for further submission details


Workshop Chairs
Peter Andras, Newcastle University
Claire Ingram, Newcastle University
Anjan Pakhira, Newcastle University
Steve Riddle, Newcastle University

David Budgen, Durham University,
Filomena Ferrucci, University of Salerno
Wahab Hamou-Lhadj, Concordia University, Montreal
Huzefa Kagdi, Wichita State University
Mircea Lungu, University of Bern
Andrian Marcus, Wayne State University, Detroit
Romain Robbes, University of Chile
David Röthlisberger, University of Bern
Martin Shepperd, Brunel University
Andrea Zisman, City University, London

For more information please contact: wvcss2012 at gmail.com

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