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SESoS/WDES 2021 : Joint 9th International Workshop on Software Engineering for Systems-of-Systems and 15th Workshop on Distributed Software Development, Software Ecosystems and Systems-of-Systems


When May 29, 2021 - Jun 4, 2021
Where Online
Submission Deadline Jan 12, 2021
Notification Due Feb 22, 2021
Final Version Due Mar 12, 2021

Call For Papers

Joint 9th International Workshop on Software Engineering for Systems-of-Systems and 15th Workshop on Distributed Software Development, Software Ecosystems and Systems-of-Systems (SESoS/WDES 2021)

In conjunction with the 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2021)
May, 2021 | On-line

Important Dates
- Paper submission: January 12, 2021 (AoE/GMT-12)
- Author notification: February 22, 2021
- Camera-ready submission: March 12, 2021

Systems-of-systems (SoS) have become increasingly complex and frequently used in highly distributed, dynamic, and open environments. SoS refer to evolving software systems in which constituent systems (themselves systems in their own right) cooperatively work to fulfill specific, complex missions. The characteristics of this class of systems have raised substantial challenges to Software Engineering researchers and practitioners. Software ecosystems (SECO) have also become an important research topic in Software Engineering as it addresses social and technical issues along with technical aspects of software development. SoS and SECO are closely related and naturally distributed in development teams along with the inherent difficulties of coordination and communication. In this scenario, Distributed Software Development (DSD) deals with distributed resources to reduce cost and reach new Information Technology markets. Problems and challenges in software architectures are amplified and become more critical when SoS, SECO, and DSD need to be analyzed together.

The Joint 9th International Workshop on Software Engineering for Systems-of-Systems and the 15th Workshop on Distributed Software Development, Software Ecosystems and Systems-of-Systems (SESoS/WDES 2021) will provide researchers and practitioners with a forum to exchange ideas and experiences, analyze research and development issues, discuss promising solutions on Software Engineering for development and evolution of SoS, SECO, and DSD, as well as paving the way for a more structured community effort.

Topics of Interest
SESoS/WDES 2021 will focus on the following (and related) themes:

System-of-Systems (SoS)
- SoS analysis and architecture
- SoS model-based engineering
- SoS construction and evolution
- SoS experience from industrial perspectives and successful case studies
- SoS general issues, including SoS characterization, quality, development processes, and project management
- Challenges and directions for SoS research and practice.

Software Ecosystems (SECO)
- SECO platform development
- Ecosystem architecture
- Ecosystem governance
- Modeling and analysis, business, and social aspects of SECO
- Open source/mobile SECO
- Business models and collaboration
- Empirical studies
- Challenges and directions for SECO research and practice
- Dynamic Ecosystems
- Virtual and online collaboration approaches for SECO

Distributed Software Development (DSD)
- DSD processes and methods
- Cloud Computing and crowdsourcing
- Communication and coordination
- Agile development
- Business models
- Project management
- Social and human aspects
- Social network analysis and mining
- Software evolution and maintenance
- Open-source
- Security and privacy
- Challenges and directions for DSD research and practice

SESoS/WDES 2021 also welcomes papers on the relationship among SoS, SECO, and DSD, as well as reports of case studies, experiments, industrial experience, systematic literature reviews, and systematic mapping studies on these topics.

Paper Submission and Publication
All submitted papers should describe original work and not be published or under review anywhere. The papers must be written in English and will be judged by at least
three reviewers on the basis of their clarity, relevance, originality, and contribution.

SESoS/WDES 2021 seeks two kinds of paper submissions:
- Regular research papers (at most 8 pages) describing original, substantial contributions in research and/or practice
- Position papers and experience reports (at most 4 pages) describing emerging results, lessons learned, and open problems from concrete applications, or novel ideas and perspectives on research
The page limits include abstract, all figures, tables, and references.

All papers should follow the IEEE Manuscript Template for Conference Proceedings ( for formatting and be submitted in PDF format via the EasyChair submission system: LaTeX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran}, without including the compsoc or compsocconf options.

Authors of accepted papers will be asked to fill an electronic IEEE Copyright Form and they will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. All accepted papers will be published in the workshop electronic proceedings in the IEEEXplore digital library upon the mandatory registration and presentation of at least one author of each accepted paper at the workshop.

Workshop Co-Chairs
- Everton Cavalcante (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
- Rafael Capilla (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
- Khalil Drira (LAAS-CNRS, Université de Toulouse, France)
- Jan Bosch (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)

Further Information
Any inquiries or further information can be found at or via e-mail to

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