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SAM 2015 : Workshop on Software Architecture and Metrics


When May 16, 2015 - May 16, 2015
Where Florence, Italy
Submission Deadline TBD

Call For Papers

Call for Papers

Workshop on Software Architecture and Metrics (SAM 2015)

in conjunction with 37th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2015)

Florence, Italy, May 16, 2015

Keynote Speakers

Tim Menzies, North Carolina State University, USA

Radu Marinescu, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

Workshop goal


Software engineers of complex software systems face the challenge of how best to assess the achievement of quality attributes and other key drivers, how to reveal issues and risks early, and how to make decisions about architecture and system evolution. There is an increasing need to provide ongoing quantifiable insight into the quality of the system being developed to manage the pace of software delivery and technology churn.

Additionally, it is highly desirable to improve feedback between development and deployment through measurable means for intrinsic quality, value, and cost. While there is body of work focusing on code quality and metrics, their applicability at the design and architecture level and at scale are inconsistent and not proven. We are interested in exploring whether architecture can assist with better contextualizing existing system and code quality and metrics approaches. Furthermore, we ask do we need additional architecture-level metrics to make progress and whether something as complex and subtle as software architecture can be quantified.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss progress on architecture and metrics, measurement, and analysis; to gather empirical evidence on the use and effectiveness of metrics; and to identify priorities for a research agenda. The workshop addresses both academic researchers and industrial practitioners for an exchange of ideas and collaboration.



We are seeking papers on practical experiences and approaches to evaluate, and manage architecture through metrics including, but not limited to the following topics:

* New metrics to understand architecture quality, value, cost, and uncertainty

* Metrics on architecture properties: understandability, maintainability, evolvability, concern dispersion, modularization

* Metrics on architecture models: completeness, consistency, violation of reference models or patterns

* Metrics on traceability: the connection between architecture and requirements as well as code

* Metrics on architecture knowledge and decision models: confidence in decisions, adequate justifications and argumentations for decisions, completeness, relevance of decisions, coverage of guidance models, etc.

* Composing architecture metrics by aggregating or combining code-level metrics

* Tools and techniques for eliciting and visualizing architecture metrics

* Associating multiple views and quality concerns with metrics

* Application of architecture metrics to software evolution, maintenance, refactoring, or software aging

* Using architecture models to improve software analytics

* Architecture metrics providing input for project management models such as velocity, scrap and rework rates, uncertainty

* Architecture metrics providing input for the software business case and economic models such as technical debt management, real option analysis, or valuation

* Empirical studies on how architecture metrics are used in practice and their effectiveness



We invite submissions of papers in any areas related to the themes and goals of the workshop in the following categories:

1. research papers – innovative and significant original research in the field (up to 7 pages)

2. industrial papers – industrial experience, case studies, challenges, problems, and solutions (up to 7 pages)

3. position and future-trend papers – ongoing research, new results, and future trends (up to 4 pages)

Papers must be original and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions will be reviewed by members of the program committee for quality and relevance. Accepted papers will become part of the workshop proceedings and published in the ICSE companion proceedings.

Important dates:


* Submission: January 23, 2015

* Notification of acceptance: February 18, 2015

* Final camera-ready copy: February 27, 2015

* Workshop: May 16, 2015

Organizing Committee


Ipek Ozkaya, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

Robert L. Nord, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

Heiko Koziolek, ABB Corporate Research

Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen

Program Committee


Pierre America, Philips Research, NL

Barry Boehm, University of Southern California, US

Eric Bouwers, Technical University Delft, NL

Yuangfang Cai, Drexel University, US

Rich Hilliard, Consulting Software Systems Architect, US

Anton Jansen, ABB, SE

Rainer Koschke, University of Bremen, DE

Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, CA

Patricia Lago, VU University, NL

Nazim Madhavji, University of Western Ontario, CA

Radu Marinescu, "Politehnica" University of Timisoara, RO

Matthias Naab, Fraunhofer, DE

Oscar Pastor, Valencia University of Technology, ES

Neeraj Sangal, Lattix, US

Jean-Guy Schneider, Swinburne University of Technology, AU

Bran Selic, Malina Software Corp., CA

Will Snipes, ABB, US

Michael Stal, Siemens, DE

Robert Stoddard, Software Engineering Institute, US

Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna, AT

Liming Zhu, National ICT Australia, AU

Tom Zimmermann, Microsoft Research, US

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