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PLEASE 2010 : First International Workshop on Product LinE Approaches in Software Engineering


When May 2, 2010 - May 2, 2010
Where Cape Town, South Africa
Submission Deadline Jan 10, 2010
Notification Due Feb 12, 2010
Final Version Due Feb 25, 2010
Categories    software engineering   software product lines

Call For Papers



First International Workshop on

Product LinE Approaches

in Software Engineering (PLEASE 2010)

held in conjunction with

the 32nd International Conference

on Software Engineering (ICSE 2010)




Software Product Line Engineering (SPLE) is an engineering technique for creating a portfolio of similar systems from a shared set of software assets. It capitalizes on identifying commonalities and points of variability across the portfolio and promotes strategic software reuse. Organizations that adopt SPLE are able to achieve significant improvement in development and maintenance costs, time-to-market, portfolio size, and quality.

This workshop's main goal is to explore new ways for making SPLE more approachable to software practitioners from all segments of the industry, thus broadening its adoption. We seek to tear down barriers by allowing the SPLE community to share its ideas regarding approaches, techniques and tools, with the broader software engineering community.

In addition, the workshop designates Beyond Traditional Product Lines as a special theme: Traditionally, SPLE builds on the assumptions that (a) the scope of the product line is clearly defined in advance and stays relatively stable and (b) SPLE activities are mainly performed within and controlled by one organization. These assumptions fall apart as soon as the product line starts to evolve or the SPLE value chains extend across organizational boundaries.

As a direct result we designate the following question as the workshop's special theme: How do we deal with scenarios where we want to design and build families of similar systems, but (a) cannot rely on a clearly defined and stable scope and (b) the software ecosystem extends beyond organizational boundaries?



Topics of the workshop include (but are not limited to) the following:

* Model-driven approaches for software product line engineering

* Variant management, notations and representation

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

* Software product lines in software ecosystems

* Inter-organizational approaches to product lines

* Incremental development of product lines

* Validation of product lines

* Product line evolution and software configuration management

* Migration strategies towards product lines; extracting product line models from legacy software artifacts

* Empirical studies and experience reports

* Vision of the future of product line engineering



PLEASE 2010 is proud to host Linda Northrop as our keynote speaker. As head of the Software Engineering Institute Ms. Northrop leads the work in software product lines, systems of systems, ultra-large-scale systems, and more. She coauthored the book Software Product Lines: Practices and Patterns and led the research group on ULS systems whose results are reported in the book, Ultra-Large-Scale Systems: The Software Challenge of the Future.



Two types of submissions are invited. (1) Regular papers (maximum 8 pages) presenting original research and/or experience reports and (2) Future trends papers (max. 4 pages) describing ongoing research, new results, and future trends.

Papers should be written in English and conform to the ACM SIG Proceedings format templates style, see LaTeX users should follow the Option #2 template (Tighter alternate style). For the paper size, use US Letter format: 8.5x11 inches. Papers should be submitted electronically via CyberChair (linked from the workshop's website).

All papers submitted to the workshop must be unpublished original work and must not have been submitted anywhere else for publication.

Submissions will be selected based on quality and re-levance to the workshop as well as the suitability to trigger discussions. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital library. By default, the copyrights of these papers will be transferred to the ACM. The workshop organizers are exploring the possibility of allowing individual authors to opt out and retain copyright.

At least one of the authors of each accepted papers 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 deadline: Sunday, January 10, 2010
Author notification: Friday, February 12, 2010
Camera ready copy: Thursday, February 25, 2010



* Julia Rubin, IBM Haifa Research Lab, Israel (PC Co-Chair)
* Andreas Pleuss, Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland (PC Co-Chair)
* David Benavides, University of Seville, Spain
* Danilo Beuche, pure-systems, Germany
* Paulo Borba, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
* Jan Bosch, Intuit, USA
* Goetz Botterweck, Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland
* Manfred Broy, Technische Universität München, 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
* Itay Maman, IBM Haifa Research Lab, Israel
* Mira Mezini, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
* Klaus Pohl, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
* Andreas Rummler, SAP Research, Germany
* Doug Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, USA
* Christa Schwanninger, Siemens, Germany
* Rob van Ommering, Philips, NL
* Markus Voelter, itemis AG, Germany



* Julia Rubin, IBM Haifa Research Lab, Israel
* Goetz Botterweck, Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland
* Mira Mezini, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
* Itay Maman, IBM Haifa Research Lab, Israel
* Andreas Pleuss, Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland

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