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WICSA 2016 : 13th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture


Conference Series : Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture
When Apr 5, 2016 - Apr 8, 2016
Where Venice
Abstract Registration Due Jan 11, 2016
Submission Deadline Jan 18, 2016
Notification Due Feb 15, 2016
Final Version Due Mar 1, 2016
Categories    software architecture   software components   software quality   software engineering

Call For Papers


WICSA & CompArch 2016

The 13th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and the
Federated Conference series for Component-Based Software Architectures

5 - 8 April 2016
Venice, Italy


SUBMISSION DEADLINE : January 18, 2016


Abstracts due: 11 January 2016
Full papers due: 18 January 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2016
Camera-ready due: 1 March 2016


* Aims & Goals *

WICSA & CompArch is the premier gathering interested in improving the state of practice of Software Architecture. Since its inception, WICSA has functioned as a working conference where researchers meet practitioners. Practicing software architects can explain the problems that they face in their day-to-day work and influence the future of the field. In addition to traditional conference keynote and paper presentations, WICSA includes interactive working sessions where participants discuss their experiences to understand the current state of the field and identify opportunities to make a difference in the future.

For WICSA 2016 the theme is “Architecting in time” – exploring the temporal aspects of software architecture. The submitted topics can relate to continuity, evolution and decay; the benefits, consequences and debt from delaying decisions, architecting practices and experiences in different software development processes, or the related collaborative design activities that fit into the life cycles of systems and applications. This conference looks at what can be learned from our software architecture history, studies and experiences, and how the practices can accelerate delivery and operations by reducing complexity and re-using frameworks and services. We are interested in original papers that place architecture and architects in time and explain how the ideas affect their work and their output.

Join us in Venice, a city with a rich legacy of building architecture examples and best practices we can learn from and extend.

* Types of submissions *

We solicit two types of submissions from the software architecture community: full papers and short papers.

Full papers should describe original and significant results of theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental research and industrial practice in software architecture. Full papers are limited to 10 proceedings pages, at most 8000 words. We especially welcome submissions of papers addressing practical evaluation and industrial application, as well as innovative approaches and ideas discussing emerging challenges.

Short papers are focused pieces of writing intended to stimulate discussion related to experiences and ideas, rather than to present mature results. Short papers are limited to 4 proceedings pages, at most 3000 words. Papers should trigger discussion and raise awareness and reflection on specific topics, in both research and industrial practice, such as: insights on existing methods and techniques; identifying gaps in the state of the practice; and proposals to fill those gaps.

Papers must not have been previously published nor submitted, or be under consideration elsewhere for publication. All papers should explicitly state the goals of the systems or approaches described, discuss relationships to previous work, and should use accepted and standard terminology.

Depending on their ability to trigger discussion, both full and short accepted papers can be clustered and discussed in working sessions, always an integral part of the WICSA program.

We are also actively soliciting proposals for tutorials, workshops and birds-of-a-feather sessions to be part of the conference program. Further details on submission of each type of contribution can be found on the conference website.

Topics of interest for the conference include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

Architectural design elements that support DevOps and continuous deployment
Up-front versus continuous architecting
Architecting the IoT
Architectural reconstruction techniques
Re-factoring and evolving architecture design decisions and solutions
Techniques and tools for technical debt management
Architecting and architectures for Cyber Physical Systems
Managing architecture risk over the life cycle of a system
Reusable architectural solutions
Architecture description languages and model driven architecture
Software architecture modelling, analysis methods and tools
Software architecture/architecting, energy-awareness and sustainability
Software architecture knowledge management
Software architecture of ultra-large to very-small systems
Software architectures for emerging systems
Software architecture for legacy systems and systems integration
Open architectures, product-line architectures, software ecosystems, systems of systems
Cultural, economic, business and managerial aspects of software architecture
Software architects' roles and responsibilities
Training, education, and certification of software architects
State-of-the-art and state-of-practice in software architecture
Industrial experiments and case studies

* Important dates *

Important dates are common for WICSA, QoSA, and CBSE; they can be found at

* Organising committee *

General Chairs: Luciano Baresi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and Vittorio Cortellessa (University of L'Aquila, Italy)

Program Chairs: Henry Muccini (University of L'Aquila, Italy) and K. Eric Harper (ABB, USA)

* More information *

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