[ecoop-info] Call for Papers: Variability in Software Architecture @ WICSA2012

Matthias Galster m.r.galster at rug.nl
Tue Apr 3 22:21:06 CEST 2012


2nd International Workshop on Variability in Software Architecture (VARSA
August 20, 2012, Helsinki, Finland

at the Joint 10th Working IEEE / IFIP Conference on Software Architecture
& 6th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA)


Papers with the highest evaluations may be considered for a special issue of
the Journal of Systems and Software (JSS) on "Variability in Software
Architecture" (details about the special issue can be found at the workshop

Variability is the ability of a software system or artifact to be adapted
for specific contexts in a preplanned manner. Many of today's software
systems are built with variability in mind, e.g., product lines and
families, self-adaptive systems, open platforms, or service-based systems
with dynamic runtime composition of web services. Variability is reflected
in and facilitated through the software architecture. Also, as the software
architecture is a reference point for many development activities and for
achieving quality attributes, variability should be treated as a first-class
and cross-cutting concern in software architecture. VARSA 2012 aims at
identifying critical challenges and progressing the state-of-the-art on
variability in software architecture. The goal is to bring together
researchers and practitioners interested in a) variability as it occurs in
software architecture, particularly in relation to quality attributes, b)
how variability can be facilitated in architecture descriptions, and means
to achieve variability, c) particular challenges of variability in software
architecture (e.g., in the context of new architecture paradigms or
unprecedented systems, and d) variability as a key technique to realize
self-adaptation of software-intensive systems at the architecture level.

Topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:
- Variability in software architecture as a cross-cutting concern beyond
product line architectures.
- Architecture viewpoints and views to manage variability.
- The role of variability in architecture knowledge and design decisions.
- Reference architectures for variability-intensive systems.
- Architecture patterns, styles and tactics for variability.
- Consistency, traceability and evolution in the context of variability in
software architecture.
- Handling variability from requirements to architectures and throughout the
software life cycle.
- Variability in self-adaptive systems and architectures.
- Variability in the architecture of dynamic software product lines.
- Variability in the architecture of large-scale systems and eco-systems.
- Variability in unprecedented systems, in emerging architecture paradigms
(e.g., SOA, REST), and in new and critical domains.
- Variability and quality attributes.
- Design time and runtime variability in software architecture.
We are particularly interested in industrial experiences, best practices,
lessons learned, etc.

We welcome a) future trend papers, describing ongoing research, new results,
and future trends (up to 4 pages), b) research papers describing innovative
and significant original research in the field (up to 8 pages), and c)
industrial papers describing industrial experience, case studies,
challenges, problems and solutions (up to 8 pages). Submissions must follow
the IEEE conference proceedings format. Please submit your contributions (in
PDF) through https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=varsa2012.

Submission deadline: May 4, 2012
Notification of acceptance: June 8, 2012
Camera-ready due: June 21, 2012

Matthias Galster, U of Groningen, Netherlands
Danny Weyns, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Paris Avgeriou, U of Groningen, Netherlands
Martin Becker, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany

Jesper Andersson, Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Len Bass, NICTA, Australia.
David Benavides, University of Seville, Spain.
Jan Bosch, Chalmers University, Sweden.
Paul Clements, BigLever Software Inc., USA.
Hassan Gomaa, George Mason University, USA.
Rich Hilliard, Consulting Software Systems Architect, USA.
Jens Knodel, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany.
Kai Koskimies, Tampere University of Technology, Finland.
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Gerrit Muller, Buskerud University College, Norway.
Martin Naedele, ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland.
Elisa Yumi Nakagawa, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Claus Pahl, Dublin City University, Ireland.
Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim, Germany.
Michael Stal, Siemens, Germany.
Bedir Tekinerdogan, Bilkent University, Turkey.
Tim Trew, NDS Ltd, UK.
Eddy Truyen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna, Austria.

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