CALL FOR Participation and Contribution
The Second Workshop on Empirical Assessment in Software Architecture
(EASA09), Cambridge, UK, 14 September 2009
Collocated with Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture &
European Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA/ECSA09)
Submissions: August 14, 2009
Notification: August 28, 2009
Camera Ready Paper: September 7, 2009
Workshop: September 14, 2009
Software engineering researchers and practitioners have been
increasingly emphasizing the importance of gathering and disseminating
empirical evidence to help researchers to assess current research,
identify the promising areas of research and practitioners to make
informed decisions for selecting a suitable method, technique, or tool
for supporting a particular software development activity. However,
there has been relatively little effort to gather and use empirical
evidence to support the claims of efficacy or capabilities of different
methods, techniques, and tools proposed for developing software. In
order to improve this situation, there has been growing recognition of
the importance of providing community-based forums to debate the need
and value of comparative evaluation of technologies proposed to support
software development activities using evidence-based approaches. The
evidence-based paradigm provides an objective and structured means of
assembling and analysing the available data in order to answer research
questions. 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:
* 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 papers and extended abstracts on all aspects of
assessing and comparing software architecture technologies, including
* 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.
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.
We seek submissions, which reports empirical studies of software
architecture technologies or describe 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
All submissions will reviewed by the members of the program committee.
There can be two kinds of submission:
* Short papers - research-in-progress, industrial experience,
problem description (max 6 pages)
* Extended abstract - (max 2 pages)
The accepted papers will be made available online before the Workshop.
The authors of the accepted papers will be invited to submit a revised
and extended version of their papers for the post workshop proceedings
that are planned to be published via ACM digital library (Approval
The submissions can be emailed to one of the organizers. For more
details and updates, please visit workshop Wiki:
M. Ali Babar ([log in to unmask])
Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland
Patricia Lago ([log in to unmask])
VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Paris Avgeriou ([log in to unmask])
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Publicity & Wiki Master
Lianping Chen, Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland
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