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ECSA 2014 all calls 2014 : ECSA 2014: call for * Conference * Tool Demos * Workshops * Tutorials * Doctoral Symposium * MiniPLoP * Industry Day


When Aug 25, 2014 - Aug 29, 2014
Where Vienna, Austria
Submission Deadline Apr 6, 2014
Notification Due May 28, 2014
Final Version Due Jun 16, 2014
Categories    software architecture   architecture

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
8th European Conference on Software Architecture - ECSA 2014
August 25-29, 2014, Vienna, Austria

* Conference * Tool Demos * Workshops * Tutorials * Doctoral Symposium * MiniPLoP * Industry Day

Important Dates

Abstract submission: March 30, 2014
Paper submission: April 6, 2014
Notification: May 28, 2014
Camera-ready copy: June 18, 2014
Early registration: July 31, 2014

Workshop proposal submission: February 21, 2014
Tutorial proposal submission: June 10, 2014
Tool demonstration submission: April 28, 2014
Doctoral symposium submission: June 1, 2014
MiniPLoP submission: June 18, 2014
Industry day contribution: open

General Theme
The European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA) is the premier European software architecture event, 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. In 2014, the conference will feature a research track, an industrial track, workshops, tutorials, doctoral symposium, tool demonstrations, keynotes, panels and poster presentations.

ECSA 2014 will take place at the University of Vienna, the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. Each year since 2005, Vienna has been the world’s number one destination for international congresses and conventions. Vienna attracts about five million tourists a year. The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

=== Research Track Papers ===============================================

For the research track, the programme committee of ECSA 2014 seeks submissions of papers describing basic and applied research, novel applications and experience reports on all topics related to software architectures including, but not limited to:
• Linking requirements engineering and software architectures,
• architecture refactoring and re-engineering,
• reverse engineering of architectures,
• architecture conformance, run-time monitoring,
• aspect-oriented software architectures,
• Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) and Web Services,
• architecture-based evolution,
• architectures for ultra-large scale, long-lived systems and systems-of-systems
• ontology-based approaches for component and architecture description,
• management of architectural knowledge, decisions, and design rationale
• architecture-centric process models and frameworks,
• architecture-centric model driven engineering,
• software tools and environments for architecture-centric software engineering,
• architectural concerns of autonomic systems,
• component-based models, middleware, component-based deployment,
• industrial applications, case studies, best practices and experience reports,
• empirical studies, systematic literature reviews and mapping studies in software architecture,
• architecture description languages and metamodels,
• architectural patterns, styles and tactics,
• reference architectures,
• architecture viewpoints,
• architecture analysis, validation and verification,
• architecture transformation and refinement,
• architecture-based synthesis, code generation,
• architecture-based support for reconfigurable, adaptive or mobile applications.


ECSA 2014 seeks two types of papers:
- Full papers (max. 16 pages in LNCS style). These can be either: a) Research Papers which describe novel contributions to software architecture research, have a sound scientific basis and have been thoroughly validated; b) Experience Reports which describe a substantial experience from software architecting industrial practice (e.g. applying a tool, technique), have a technological/organizational basis which has been derived from practice, and involve participants other than just the authors.
- Short papers (max. 8 pages in LNCS style). Similarly to full papers these can be either Emerging Research papers which present promising preliminary results (without full validation) or short Experience Reports.

Research papers (both full and short) should be classified in at least one of the following categories:
- Analytical: the main contribution relies on new algorithms or mathematical theory (e.g. model transformations).
- Empirical: the main contribution is the empirical study of a software architecture technology or phenomenon. (e.g. controlled experiments, case studies, surveys of architects)
- Technological: the main contribution is of a technical nature (e.g. ADLs, tools)
- Methodological: the main contribution is a coherent system of broad principles and practices (not mathematical) to interpret or solve an architecting problem (e.g. new architecture design or evaluation methods)
- Perspectives: the main contribution is a novel perspective on the field as a whole, or part thereof (e.g. assessments of the current state of the art and achievements, systematic literature reviews)

All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings (Springer LNCS).

Submission Website

Conference Organisation

Program Chair: Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
General Chair: Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna, Austria

========================= WORKSHOP PROPOSALS =============================

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for workshops to be affiliated to ECSA 2014 on topics related to software architecture and its applications. Example topics include: requirements engineering and software architectures, architecture analysis, validation and verification, architecture-based support for reconfigurable, adaptive or mobile applications, architectures for ultra-large and long-lived systems, and cross-fertilization between industry and academia. A workshop is a forum for exchanging ideas and theories that are still in an evolutionary stage. Typically, a workshop will either address a focused topic in depth or explore connections between topics that are typically studied in loosely connected subcommunities. The papers accepted for the workshops will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Workshop Chair:
Danny Weyns, Linnaeus University Sweden

======================= Doctoral Symposium ============================

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to encourage PhD students in the field of software architecture to actively participate in and contribute to the main conjoint conferences on software architecture. Students will be able to present their research goal, methods and preliminary research results in this domain. The Symposium aims to provide students with useful guidance and feedback for the successful completion of their dissertation from established scholars and other PhD attendees. The Symposium also helps participants to establish a new research and social network of their peers in the field of software architecture.

The technical scope of the Doctoral Symposium is that of ECSA 2014, as represented by the list of the topics in the ECSA 2014 call for papers. Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium after they have settled on a dissertation topic with some initial research results. Students should be at least one year from completion of their dissertation to obtain maximum benefit from participation. We invite students at different stages to submit to the Doctoral Symposium:

Initial stage: Students should show evidence that they are concretizing their research questions and approaches. These students will be involved in discussions that will help them to think critically about their ideas and proposed research approaches. The submission of this category is limited to four (4) pages using LNCS style.
Middle and mature stage: Students should have published or be about to publish research papers on concrete research questions and approaches. These students will be asked to present a talk about their work and get feedback to further improve it. The submission of this category is limited to eight (8) pages using LNCS style.

To participate at the Doctoral Symposium, students should prepare a submission package consisting of two parts: a research abstract and a letter of recommendation.

Important Dates

Research Summary and Letter of Recommendation Submission: June 1, 2014
Notification of decision on papers: June 25, 2014
Camera-ready paper due: July 20, 2014

=== ARCHITECTURE TOOL DEMONSTRATIONS ====================================

The ECSA tool track provides an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to present and discuss the most recent advances, experiences, and challenges in the field of software architecture by means of live tool presentations. Software architects are constantly challenged to improve the observability of and manage architectural characteristics of systems, to monitor system behavior and provide situated feedback throughout design, development, operations and system evolution.

Tool demo submissions, addressing any aspect of support to software architects, are sought in two distinct categories: tools used in practice from commercial vendors or open-source projects and research tools from academic or industrial research environments.

Tool Demonstration Co-Chairs:
Ipek Ozkaya, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Rich Hilliard, IEEE, USA

=== Tutorials ====================================

We would like to enrich the program of ECSA with a half dozen half day tutorials on Monday August 22nd or Tuesday 23rd.
Hopefully some of these tutorials might also be of interest to the local industry in the Vienna area, and make them come to the University for a day to hear what researchers can contribute to the practice of software architecture (and vice versa).

If you feel up to the challenge, please send us a proposal before June 10th.

Tutorial co-chairs
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada
Tomi Männistö, University of Helsinki, Finland

=== MiniPLoP ====================================

Patterns of software architecture are an important tool in software architectural design. They appear in nearly every significant software architecture, even where the architects did not know they were using them. Architecture patterns continue to be an important area of research and practice, and have proved their worth not only for architectural design, but for capturing and conveying architectural design knowledge and decisions. At the MiniPLoP at ECSA, we will have stimulating discussions about new advances and insights about architecture patterns.
We encourage submissions of architectural patterns and related works for discussion, such as new architectural patterns, significant variants to existing patterns, research on patterns, and empirical studies on architectural patterns.

MiniPLoP Co-Chairs:

Neil Harrison, Utah Valley University
Stefan Sobernig, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Uwe van Heesch, Capgemini Germany

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