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SAHVA 2019 : 1st International Workshop on Software Architectures and Human Values


When Sep 10, 2019 - Sep 10, 2019
Where Paris, France
Submission Deadline Jun 8, 2019
Notification Due Jun 26, 2019
Final Version Due Jul 5, 2019
Categories    software architecture   human values   software engineering   sustainability

Call For Papers

1st International Workshop on Software Architectures and Human Values (SAHVA 2019) @
13th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2019) 9-13 September 2019, Paris France

Building sustainable software systems requires an in-depth understanding about the role that software systems play in our society at a scale and along timeframes that are often difficult to grasp and envisage. We argue that a values ‘first’ software engineering (SE) perspective can offer new insights not only about the human and social aspects that shape SE decision-making processes, but also the potential uses, misuses, and vulnerabilities of complex socio- technical systems afforded by high-level design decisions. While the area of values-based SE has explored means for identifying
and making sense of values in the analysis of software production, more effort is required to investigate how values are ultimately instantiated in the architectural structuring of software systems, and the long-term implications of such design decisions.

This workshop provides a unique forum where students, researchers, and practitioners working on requirements engineering, software processes, societal aspects of SE, and software sustainability will meet to advance the field of value-based software architectures. We will do so by reporting cases of software design where values tensions may have led to systems failures or to mechanisms that have addressed or mitigated such tensions. The aim is to distil practice-based experiences, methods, and theory into a roadmap for this new and emerging research field.

In this workshop, we aim to understand the impact of values in software architectures, discuss the relationship of values to high-level decisions, identify potential tensions that require methods for value negotiation, and offer practical advice for value management within software processes. We also look for contributions that demonstrate how software architectures have been designed to meet a specific set of values or where values tensions may have led to systems failures or to mechanisms that have addressed or mitigated such tensions.

SAHVA will target the following themes that can directly impact the field of human values in software architectures, but not limited to:
* Requirements engineering
- Methods for requirements elicitation, representation, and validation
- User centered approaches
- Participatory design
- Scenarios
- Design rationale
- Problems in requirements
* Software processes
- Methods for analysis, design, development, and evaluation of values in software architectures
- New models for collaboration and participation
- Impact of human values in new software, systems, and services models
- Challenges and directions for continuous improvement of software, systems, and services driven by human values
- Impact of human values to project management
- Software evolution and maintenance
- Challenges and directions for value-based software architectures
* Societal aspects of software engineering
- Human and social aspects shaping SE decision-making processes
- Studies on the long-term implications of architectural design decisions to individual, social, technical, economical, and/or environmental sustainability dimensions
- Studies on ethics, privacy, and informed consent
- Potential uses, misuses, and vulnerabilities of complex social-technical systems afforded by high-level design decisions

This workshop will consider three types of submissions:
* Regular papers (up to 6 pages): presenting new or tailored methods, processes, and tools supporting values 'first' in software architectures or systematic reviews and mapping on any of the themes of this workshop;
* Position papers (up to 4 pages): reporting preliminary results of ongoing studies in the themes of this workshop or identifying relevant challenges and/or promising directions for research; and
* Case studies (up to 4 pages): describing software designs where values tensions may have led to systems failures.

All papers must be written in English and follow the ACM formatting instructions and templates for conference papers, as specified under .

You can use Easychair to submit your paper:

Submission deadline: June 8, 2019
Notification: June 26, 2019
Camera-ready copy: July 5, 2019

Elisa Yumi Nakagawa, University of Sao Paulo (ICMC/USP), Brazil
Maria Angela Ferrario, Lancaster University, UK
Colin C. Venters, University of Huddersfield, UK
Milena Guessi, University of Sao Paulo (ICMC/USP), Brazil

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