[ecoop-info] CFP: JCST Special Section on Software Systems (Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021)

Tao Xie taoxie at illinois.edu
Fri Mar 26 15:46:01 CET 2021

           CALL FOR PAPERS
    Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST)
          Special Section on Software Systems 2020

          Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021 (AoE)

Software systems have played critical roles in scientific research,
business and society. Research on software systems focuses on construction,
operation, maintenance, and assessment of software systems. This special
section is an effort to encourage and promote research to address
challenges from the software systems perspective. The goal of this special
section is to present the state-of-the-art and high-quality original
research papers in the area of software systems. Extended versions of
papers published in conferences, symposiums, or workshop proceedings may be
submitted with new contributions. Especially, we welcome the extended
versions of papers published in first class software systems conferences.
However, survey papers will not be considered.

This special section focuses on the themes of Internetware and Beyond and
Dependable Software Engineering.  However, this special section also
welcomes all other aspects of research on software systems. Past articles
from the JCST Special Section on Software Systems are at:
http://jcst.ict.ac.cn, published in: Vol. 30, No. 5; Vol. 31, No. 5; Vol.
32, No.6; Vol. 33, No.5; Vol.34, No.5; Vol.35, No.5&Vol.35, No.6

*** Theme: Internetware and Beyond ***

The Internet, not only of computers, but also of things and human users,
has been rapidly and profoundly changing how software applications are
constructed, deployed and used. To achieve their application goals,
software systems on this Internet platform need to coordinate autonomous
third-party services and resources, adapt to constant changes in the
environment where they are situated and in the requirements they must
satisfy, and continuously maintain for a level of service quality
satisfactory to users. This theme aims to provide a forum where researchers
and professionals from multiple disciplines and domains share ideas to
explore and address the challenges brought by Internetware. It solicits
submissions describing results of theoretical, empirical, conceptual, and
experimental software engineering research related to Internetware. Topics
of interests include but are not limited to:

*Novel software paradigm for Internetware
*Modeling and implementation of Internetware
*Requirements engineering for Internetware
*Software analysis, verification and testing
*Mining software repositories
*Software dependability, trustworthiness and confidence
*Software architecture and design
*Crowd-based methods, techniques and tools for Internetware
*Socio-technical models and techniques
*Software ecosystem practices and experiences
*Software models and techniques for Internet-based systems, such as:
cloud computing, service computing, social computing, mobile Internet,
Internet of Things, and cyber-physical systems
*Software engineering for/with Big data
*Software engineering for/with artificial intelligence

*** Theme: Dependable Software Engineering ***

Formal methods emerged as an important area in computer science and
software engineering about half a century ago. An international community
is formed researching, developing and teaching formal theories, techniques
and tools for software modeling, specification, design and verification.
However, the impact of formal methods on the quality improvement of
software systems in practice is lagging behind. This is for instance
reflected by the challenges in applying formal techniques and tools to
engineering large-scale systems such as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS),
Internet-of-Things (IoT), Enterprise Systems, Cloud-Based Systems, and so

The theme of Dependable Software Engineering solicits submissions
describing theoretical results, tools, and applications, related to
applying formal methods in improving the quality of computer software and
systems. Topics of interests include but are not limited to:

*Requirements specification and analysis
*Formalisms for modeling, design and implementation
*Model checking, theorem proving, and decision procedures
*Scalable approaches to formal system analysis
*Formal approaches to simulation, run-time verification, and testing
*Integration of formal methods into software engineering practice
*Contract-based engineering of components, systems, and systems of systems
*Formal and engineering aspects of software evolution and maintenance
*Parallel and multicore programming
*Embedded, real-time, hybrid, probabilistic, and cyber-physical systems
*Mixed-critical applications and systems
*Formal aspects of service-oriented and cloud computing
*Safety, reliability, robustness, and fault-tolerance
*Dependability of smart software and systems
*Empirical analysis techniques and integration with formal methods
*Applications and industrial experience reports
*Software tools to assist the construction or analysis of software systems

Accepted papers to this theme will be presented and discussed at the
conference SETTA 2021 (https://lcs.ios.ac.cn/setta2021/), hosted in
Beijing, China. The purpose of the SETTA Symposium (Dependable Software
Engineering: Theories, Tools and Application) is to bring international
researchers together to exchange research results and ideas on bridging the
gap between formal methods and software engineering. The interaction with
the Chinese computer science and software engineering community is a
central focus point. The aim is to show research interests and results from
different groups so as to initiate interest-driven research collaboration.

*** Important Dates ***

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021 (AoE)
Tentative Acceptance Decision (Theme of Dependable Software Engineering
Only): July 16, 2021 (AoE)
Acceptance Decision: August 30, 2021 (AoE)
Paper Presentations at Conference SETTA 2021 (Theme of Dependable Software
Engineering Only): November 25-27, 2021
Publication: September 2021 (or subsequent issue)

*** Submission Procedure ***

All submissions must be done electronically through JCST's e-submission
system at:
https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/jcst, with manuscript type: "Special
Section on Software Systems 2021". In the cover letter, please indicate
which theme the submission is intended to.

Leading Editor

Tao Xie (Peking University, China), taoxie at pku.edu.cn

Guest Editors

Theme: Internetware and Beyond
Jun Sun, Singapore Management University, Singapore junsun at smu.edu.sg
Lei Bu, Nanjing University, China   bulei at nju.edu.cn
Ge Li, Peking University, China   lige at pku.edu.cn

Theme: Dependable Software Engineering
Shengchao Qin, Teesside University, UK   shengchao.qin at gmail.com
Jim Woodcock, University of York, UK   jim.woodcock at york.ac.uk


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