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PLEASE 2011 : 2nd International Workshop on Product Line Approaches in Software Engineering


When May 22, 2011 - May 23, 2011
Where Hawaii, USA
Submission Deadline Jan 27, 2011
Notification Due Feb 18, 2011
Final Version Due Mar 8, 2011
Categories    software product lines   software design   software engineering   software architecture

Call For Papers




2nd International Workshop on Product Line Approaches in
Software Engineering, held on conjunction with ICSE 2011

Deadline: January 21, 2011

PDF version of the Call for Papers available at



Software Product Line Engineering (SPLE) is an engineering
technique for taking advantage of commonalities and
variabilities among a family of similar software products
to achieve efficiency in product production [3].

By adopting SPLE practices, organizations are able to
achieve significant improvement in time-to-market,
engineering and maintenance costs, portfolio size, and
quality [1]. However, despite the proven benefits of SPLE
over traditional reuse approaches, SPLE is still in the
early adopter stage.

The main goal of PLEASE 2011 is to bring together
industrial practitioner and software product line
researchers in order to couple real-life industrial
problems with concrete solutions developed by the research
community. A secondary goal is to feed industrial SPLE
problems to researchers. These goals are in the spirit of
moving researchers and industrial practitioners into
Pasteur's Quadrant [2].

We will hold an interactive workshop, where researchers are
able to apply their expertise to current industrial
problems, while industrial participants can benefit from
the suggested solutions. We also intend to establish
ongoing, long-lasting relationships between industrial and
research participants to the mutual benefits of both.

We encourage short position papers that either (1) present
concrete real-life problems related to the adoption of
product lines techniques, or (2) provide practical
solutions that enable product line adoption by industrial
software companies.

To maximize the interaction and resulting progress, in the
duration of the workshop we will apply a combination of
short introduction presentations, a "speed dating", a
break-out session, and a plenary session. Beyond that, we
intend to establish ongoing, long-lasting relationships
between industrial and research participants to the mutual
benefits of both. We hope to see yearly continued
participation with reporting on progress and results over
time. We seek problem cases and solution techniques from a
broad spectrum of product line engineering topics.

Examples are:

* Transforming software families into product lines;
migration strategies towards product lines; extracting
product line models from legacy software artifacts.

* Software design techniques that support variability and
product lines.

* Software design and specification techniques that
support generation of family members, including their

* Product line engineering for very large, complex systems
and system-of-systems.

* Software ecosystems based on product lines.

* Inter-organizational approaches to product lines.

* Incremental and distributed development of product lines.

* Validation of product lines.

* Product line evolution and software configuration



We plan to hold 5 sequential sessions during the two-day
workshop as specified below:

Day 1:

1. 15min overview of each industrial problem area (~1.5h)

2. 15min overview of each proposed solution area (~1.5h)

3. "Speed-dating" session, in which each industrial
participant is engaged in a short discussion with each of
the research participants (~3h)

At the end of day 1 we expect to identify matches between
the presented problems and the proposed solutions and form
work teams for each of these matches.

Day 2:

1. Breakout session for each identified workgroup (~3h)

2. Summary session in which each work group presents the
results, finding and future collaboration options
(~3h/25-30mins each group)



We invite papers (2-4 pages) that present either a
con-crete real-life industrial problem or a tangible
solution for a concrete problem that relate to the adaption
of product line engineering methods.

Papers should be written in English and conform to
ICSE 2011 Format and Submission Guidelines

Papers should be submitted electronically via the
submission site (URL to be announced at the workshop
website). All papers must be unpublished original work and
must not have been submitted any-where else for
publication. Submissions will be selected based on quality
and relevance to the workshop as well as the suitability to
trigger discussions.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital
library. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper
is required to register for the workshop and present the
paper at the workshop for the paper to be included in the
ACM digital library.



Submission: EXTENDED January 27, 2011 (was Jan 21)

Notification: February 18, 2011

Camera-ready: March 8, 2011

Workshop: May 22-23, 2011



* David Benavides, University of Seville, Spain
* Danilo Beuche, pure-systems, Germany
* Paulo Borba, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
* Jan Bosch, Intuit, USA
* Manfred Broy, TU Munich, Germany
* Paul Clements, SEI, USA
* Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo, Canada
* Paul Grünbacher, JKU Linz, Austria
* Oystein Haugen, SINTEF and University of Oslo, Norway
* Patrick Heymans, University of Namur - FUNDP, Belgium
* Kyo-Chul Kang, POSTECH, South Korea
* Charles Krueger, BigLever Software, USA
* Steve Livengood, Samsung Information System America, USA
* Linda Northrop, SEI, USA
* Klaus Pohl, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
* Andreas Rummler, SAP Research, Germany
* Ina Schaefer, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
* Doug Schmidt, SEI, USA
* Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim, Germany
* Christa Schwanninger, Siemens, Germany
* Markus Voelter, independent consultant / itemis, Germany
* …and the workshop organizers.



* Julia Rubin, IBM Research Haifa, Israel
* Goetz Botterweck, Lero, Ireland
* Andreas Pleuss, Lero, Ireland
* David M. Weiss, Iowa State University, USA



[1] P. Clements and L. M. Northrop, Software Product Lines:
Practices and Patterns. Boston, MA, USA: Addison-Wesley,

[2] Stokes, Donald E, Pasteur's Quadrant, Brookings
Institution Press 1997

[3] Weiss, D., Lai, R.C.T.; Software Product Line
Engineering, Addison-Wesley, 1999

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