[ecoop-info] Industry Track CFP: 15th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2021)

AURORA MACÍAS auroramo at gmail.com
Fri Apr 2 10:03:20 CEST 2021

CFP: 15th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2021)
Växjö, Sweden, September 13-17, 2021 (virtual)
Web: https://conf.researchr.org/home/ecsa-2021
Tweeter: @ECSACONF
The European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA) is the premier
European software architecture conference, providing researchers,
practitioners, and educators with a platform to present and discuss the
most recent, innovative and significant findings and experiences in the
field of software architecture research and practice. The 15th European
Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2021) will be held from 13 to 17
September 2021.
ECSA 2021 was originally planned in the beautiful city of Växjö Sweden. Yet
due to COVID-19 and considering what impact this may have on the
conference, the ECSA Steering and Organizing Committee decided to organize
ECSA 2021 as a virtual event.
We would like to express our empathy and condolences with those affected by
COVID-19. Our primary concern is that members of our community, and their
families and friends, remain safe and well.

******INDUSTRY TRACK******

The Industry Track at ECSA 2021 brings together practicing software
architects and software architecture researchers from regional, European,
and worldwide communities. We are seeking contributions from industry that
share challenges, practical solutions, successful practices, failures, and
lessons learned while analyzing, designing, implementing, evaluating, and
evolving software architectures.
The ECSA 2021 Industry Track aims to contribute bridging the gap between
academia and industrial practice by establishing an open communication and
discussion environment. It will offer researchers and practitioners the
opportunity to interact with fellow professionals and develop new ideas and
skills for addressing industrial problems, and collaborations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following themes and
- Architectures for emerging technologies. Experiences with modern
architectural concepts, technologies, and platforms, such as: Artificial
intelligence and machine learning, Big data and blockchain, Internet of
Things (IoT) and advanced cyber-physical/embedded systems, Microservices
and reactive systems, Social networks and online games, Software-defined
infrastructure (infrastructure as code).
- Domain-specific challenges for software architects and architectures.
Challenges in a particular industry or business sector, for instance: what
makes it hard (and interesting) to be an architect in the Energy Industry
(or any other domain)?
- Architecture challenges in digitalization. Transitioning from
non-software products and services to digital ones: for instance,
technology or business model disruption (market dynamics), impact of/on
regulation (or lack thereof), legacy system migration issues.
- The interplay between software architecture and enterprise architecture.
For example, conflicts between the value propositions and business models
of a company and its organizational structure in business and IT.
- Architecture specification and modeling. Agile modeling and sketching;
Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) for architects and Architecture
Description Languages (ADLs); DSLs and ADLs supporting container management
and DevOps practices; Containers as components/architectural elements;
Ad-hoc design specifications vs. after-the-fact documentation.
- Architectural patterns, principles, and technologies. Supporting
stakeholders in development, integration and system administration:
Architecting/implementing Domain-Driven Design (DDD), architecturally
evident coding styles; API design and management; (micro-)service
identification, specification, and realization; service meshes and
gateways; Event sourcing and streaming; messaging and integration with
Apache Kafka, GraphQL, gRPC, MQTT and RESTful HTTP, and other protocols.
- Architecture support for and issues with software operation and
maintenance. DevOps: CI/CD, automation/provisioning languages such as
Terraform, Chef, Puppet; cyber security; Hosting options/deployment
paradigms such as serverless computing, (function-as-a-service), cloud
service and deployment models, edge and fog computing; associated
technologies e.g. Docker, Kubernetes; Dealing with technical debt, tactics
and strategies for surviving the past and moving to the future (legacy
management and modernization).
- Cross-cutting methods and practices. Agile architecting; Architectural
governance on enterprise and all other levels: corporate, business,
solution/product/service; Software architecture as a service for risk and
project managers (e.g., design for auditability, compliance by design);
Data and architecture: data provenance/governance, dealing with General
Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, consent management.
- Social and organizational aspects. KPIs and incentive structures for
making architectures work; Ethics as a set of architecturally significant
requirements and design concerns: for example: awareness and prioritization
challenges, codes of conduct; Career planning for software architects:
competences and skill profiles, certification programs and training.

- Full Papers: Full papers submitted to the Industry Track describe novel
approaches and best practices from enterprise-scale industry projects. A
paper should also report lessons learned from applying a novel method or
approach on any topic of software architecture.
Full paper submissions will be peer reviewed by three members of the
Industry Track Program Committee. Submissions will be selected based on
originality, quality, soundness, practical relevance, and potential for
- Short papers and Presentations: Short papers and presentations are
focused on practices and experiences related to software architecture from
industry. Submissions are in the form of extended abstracts or summaries of
the content of the presentation.
Short papers and Presentations will also be peer reviewed and selected
based on originality, practical relevance, and potential for discussion.
These submissions can have, but do not require, a thorough evaluation.

All contributions must be original, not published, accepted or submitted
for publication elsewhere. We discourage submissions that are mainly
product or company marketing because they do not foster the open
communication environment of the Industry Track.

All contributions are to be submitted electronically (PDF) to Easy Chair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecsa2021 Please indicate “ECSA 2021
Industrial Track” in the category field.

- Full papers: These papers should have up to 16 pages in Springer LNCS
style. Accepted full papers will be published in the main proceedings of
the conference published by Springer.
- Short papers and Presentations: These papers should have min 5 to max 10
pages following the CEUR-ART style (available at
http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/CEURART.zip) single column. These papers will be
published in the companion volume (online proceedings in CEUR).
Accepted SHORT papers may be invited for extension after the conference for
publication in post-proceedings that will be published by Springer in an
LNCS volume (up to 18 pages). Papers submitted for the post-proceedings
will undergo an additional review cycle.

- Full Papers (all deadlines are 23:59h Anywhere on Earth)
Abstract Submission: April 26th, 2021
Submissions due: May 3, 2021
Notification of acceptance: June 7, 2021
Camera ready versions due: June 22, 2021

- Short papers and Presentations (all deadlines are 23:59h Anywhere on
Submissions due: June 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance: July 7, 2021
Camera ready versions due: July 15, 2021

- Marjan Sirjani, Malardalen University, Sweden
- Welf Löwe, Linnaeus University, Sweden

- General Co-Chair, Raffaela Mirandola, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- General Co-Chair, Danny Weyns, KU Leuven, Belgium and Linnaeus
University, Sweden
- Program Co-Chair, Stefan Biffl, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
- Program Co-Chair, Elena Navarro, University of Castilla‐La Mancha, Spain

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