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Subject:(SEWORLD) CfP - Empirical Assessment in Software Architecture 2008
From:"Muhammad.AliBabar" <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 14 Jan 2008 05:58:52 -0700 (MST)

Call For Contribution and Participation

Workshop on Empirical Assessment in Software Architecture (EASA 08),
in Vancouver, Canada, 18 February 2008

Collocated with Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture
(WICSA 08)

The aim of EASA is to debate the importance, benefits, and limitations
of rigorously assessing software architecture research outcomes by
utilizing the methods and approaches from the evidence-based paradigm.
The workshop will provide attendees with an opportunity to critically
discuss the suitability of different assessment mechanisms, techniques
and methods for software architecture discipline. The workshop
participants are expected to propose and debate several questions
related to the assessment of software architecture technologies. Some of
the questions to be discussed are:=20

*	How are the software architecture technologies evaluated?
*	How should software architecture research outcomes be assessed
to support technology transfer?
*	What are the most appropriate mechanisms and methods to assess
and compare software architecture deign and evaluation technologies
(methods, techniques, and tools)?
*	What is the role of empirical methods for software architecture
research and practice?
*	How to empirically assess the usability and usefulness of
software architecture technologies (e.g., Architectural description
languages) within industrial settings and considering cost bounds?
*	How to support the quality assessment of software architecture
technologies during the different phases of the software lifecycle?
*	To what extend software architects and project managers should
rely on existing software metrics and traditional quality indicators?

Topics of Interest

We invite short presentations and position statements on all aspects of
assessing and comparing software architecture technologies, including
the following:

*	Lessons learned from assessing software architecture
*	Challenges and opportunities of doing empirical studies for
assessing software architecture technologies
*	The pros and cons of guiding software architecture research
through empirical studies?
*	Comparative studies between different technologies of software
*	Assessment frameworks for software architecture technologies
*	Measurement mechanics and metrics for assessing the quality of
software architecture technologies
*	Assessment techniques, methods and tools for different
activities of the software architecture design, description, and
*	Infrastructure issues, such experimental design, qualitative
modelling and analysis approaches.

Workshop Goals

The main goals of the EASA workshop are the following:

*	Bring the attention of the software architecture community to
the importance of rigorous assessment and/or comparative evaluation of
software architecture technologies;
*	Discuss the types of evidence required to support software
architecture technology selection decisions;
*	Identify and debate on appropriate methodologies and criteria
for assessing software architecture research outcomes;
*	Identify and debate the benefits and limitations of empirical
approaches for assessing software architecture research and
*	Provide a platform to create a collaborative environment for
researchers and practitioners interested in systematically gathering and
widely disseminating evidence about the effectiveness and efficiency of
software architecture technologies.

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will strongly be discussion-oriented. It will
combine short presentations, followed by discussions, and focused
discussion groups. Most of the presentations will be made by a number of
invited speakers; however, we are also seeking position statements,
which will present the authors' thoughts, lessons learned, or points of
view with respect to the mechanics, importance, and challenges of
utilizing empirical methods for guiding and/or evaluating software
architecture research and practice. Moreover, we are specifically
seeking contributions describing experience and/or novel ideas on how to
assess software architecture research. The presentations will have a
high potential for generating issues that will stimulate the
discussions. Attendees interested in presenting their ideas are urged to
contact the organizers to discuss their contributions. However,
attendance is open for participation. For further details, please visit
WICSA 2008 Website:


M. Ali Babar
Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland

Patricia Lago
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Paris Avgeriou
University of Groningen, The Netherlands

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