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Early Aspects @ AOSD 2010 : Workshop on Aspect Oriented Requirements Engineering and Architecture Design


When Mar 15, 2010 - Mar 16, 2010
Where Rennes, France
Submission Deadline Jan 8, 2010
Notification Due Jan 18, 2010
Final Version Due Jan 21, 2010
Categories    software engineering   aspect-oriented development

Call For Papers

Workshop on Aspect Oriented Requirements Engineering and
Architecture Design (Early Aspects @ AOSD 2010)

"Early Aspects and Climate Change"

Call for Papers

to be held in conjunction with AOSD 2010:
International Conference on Aspect-Oriented Software Development

March, 2010
Rennes, France



Early aspects are crosscutting concerns that exist in requirements analysis,
domain analysis and architecture design activities of software lifecycle. Work
on early aspects focuses on systematically identifying, modularizing, and
analyzing such crosscutting concerns and their impact at these early phases of
the software development. The Early Aspects workshop provides a forum for an
open set of early-aspects related topics.

Although submissions to the workshop are NOT restricted to a particular domain,
the theme of this year's workshop at AOSD'10 is "Early Aspects and Climate
Change". Climate change affects us all. Thus, we would like to encourage the
early aspects community to consider what particular contributions the AO
requirements and architecture design can contribute to tackling the climate
change issues. For instance, since AOSD focuses on modularisation of
crosscutting concerns, climate change lends itself as an excellent domain for
AOSD techniques. This is because such issues as carbon emission, energy use,
nature conservation affect all areas of software (e.g., processor use,
application archtiecture, requirements level trade-off analysis, modelling of
the sustainability goals, etc.). Thus, climate change can be addressed in
software engineering in a multitude of ways, ranging from minimising the
environmental impact of newly developed software to reducing the environmental
impact of business processes, and creating software for analysing and
understanding the climate-change effects. In all of these cases a range of
crosscutting concerns will arise (environmental impact not least of them),
making it natural to look to early-aspects technologies for their modularisation
and treatment in software.

In summary, the specific objectives of this AOSD 2010 workshop are:
(a) Solicit submissions of new research on early aspects.
(b) Trigger work on identifying and tackling the problems related to climate
change via the early aspects technology


The topics of the workshops include (but are not limited to) the following:

+ Early Aspects and Climate Change
= Climate Change as a crosscutting concern in early stages:
+ How to modularise environmental impact in an aspect?
+ What are the archtiectural patterns triggered by a "carbon neutral" NFR?
+ How does the "carbon neutral" NFR interact with other NFRs?

= Techniques for modeling climate change with early aspects;
= Case studies demonstating use of early aspects for tackling climate change
issues in/with software;

+ Aspect-oriented requirements engineering
= Identification and modelling of aspects in requirements;
= Composition of early aspects;
= Use of requirements level aspects for conflict identification and

+ Aspect-oriented domain engineering
= Deriving aspects from domain knowledge;
= Composition of domain aspects;
= Beyond well-known crosscutting concerns;
= Linking early aspects with domain-specific applications (Distributed
software systems, software product lines, ambient intelligence, P2P systems)

+ Mapping between aspect-oriented requirements, domain analysis and architecture
= Formal or informal mappings;
= Language features required to support aspect mapping;

+ Aspect-oriented architecture design
= Use of aspects to reason about architectures;
= Evaluation of alternative architectures with aspects;

+ Tool support and automation for aspect-orientation
+ Formalisms and notations for specifying aspects
+ Dynamic early aspects
= Accommodation of run-time change in the requirement models;
= Run-time variability resolution in requirements and architecture, etc.

+ Evaluation of Early Aspects
= Aspect-oriented evaluation methods;
= Aspect-oriented metrics for early aspects;
= Change impact analysis for early aspects;

+ Early Aspects in Industry
= Industry problems and practices;
= Successful stories of adoption of early aspects in industry;
= Empirical results;

+ Composition-related issues for early aspects
= Semantics;
= Fragility;


+ 08 January 2010 (23:59 Apia, Samoa time): Paper submission.
+ 18 January 2010 (23:59 Apia, Samoa time): Notifications sent to authors.
+ 21 January 2010 (23:59 Apia, Samoa time): Camera-ready version.


The workshop will be highly interactive with a few presentations in the morning
followed by group work for the rest of the day. The participants will work in
small groups, formed based on their specific interests. The group work will be
focused on making a tangible progress by identifying possible solutions of the
discussion problems; by furthering the problem understanding; by providing
practical examples and motivation for the discussion topics, etc. The last
session of the workshop will be dedicated to integrating the results of the
group discussions into the overall workshop results.


Prospective participants are invited to submit a 3-5 page position paper in
standard ACM SIG Proceedings format
( All papers must be
submitted in PDF format. Submissions must use a 9pt size font.

All submissions will be reviewed by members of the program committee and the
organizing committee for quality and relevance to AOSD. Each paper will be reviewed by
at least 3 reviewers. Accepted papers will become part of the workshop
proceedings and published on

Submissions should be sent to both rouza[at] and


Accepted papers will become part of the workshop proceedings and will also be
published on workshop web site (


+ Mehmet Askit, University of Twente, The Netherlands
+ Thais Batista, University of Natal, Brazil
+ Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK
+ Paulo Borba, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
+ Jean-Michel Bruel, University of Toulouse, France
+ Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto, Canada
+ Anthony Finkelstein, University College London, UK
+ Xavier Franch, University of Barcelona, Spain
+ Juan Hernández, University of Extremadura, Spain
+ Michael Jackson, The Open University, UK
+ Jean-Marc Jezequel, University of Rennes, France
+ Wouter Joosen, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
+ John McGregor, Clemson University, USA
+ Paulo Merson, Software Eng. Institute, USA
+ Gunter Mussbacher, University of Ottawa, Canada
+ Monica Pinto, University of Málaga, Spain
+ Christa Schwanninger, Siemens, AG, Germany
+ Stan Sutton, IBM Research, USA


+ Ruzanna Chitchyan, Lancaster University, UK (Primary Contact Organizer,
contact at
+ Steffen Zschaler, Lancaster University, UK, (


+ Awais Rashid, Lancaster University, UK
+ Paul Clements, Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute, USA
+ Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova Lisboa, Portugal
+ João Araújo, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
+ Elisa Baniassad, Chinese University of Hong Kong
+ Bedir Tekinerdogan, University of Bilkent, Turkey

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