Many of today's software systems must accommodate different usage and deployment scenarios (e.g., product families, self-adaptive systems, configurable or customizable single systems, open platforms, context-aware mobile apps, service-based systems that dynamically compose services).

This workshop is held in conjunction with ICSE 2016. VACE is sponsored by ACM SIGSOFT and IEEE TCSE.

News

The workshop has been accepted and will take place on May 15, 2016.

Workshop Theme

The workshop addresses software engineering issues related to requirements, design, implementation, evaluation, deployment and maintenance of variability-intensive systems. By "variability-intensive" we mean any system that needs to accommodate diverse application and deployment scenarios. Here, variability is the ability of software or software artifacts to be changed for a specific context. Examples of such systems include product families, self-adaptive systems, configurable or customizable single systems, open platforms, context-aware mobile apps, or service-based systems that dynamically compose services. These systems range from small-scale embedded systems to large-scale enterprise software systems to ultra-large systems of systems.

Topics

The workshop addresses software engineering issues related to requirements, design, implementation, evaluation, deployment and maintenance of variability-intensive systems. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Flexible and lightweight approaches to support variability in problem and solution space and to develop large-scale variability-intensive software
  • Conflict between flexibility (agile / lean) and the need for bigger up-front design and design space exploration
  • Challenges to balance business value and effort spent on anticipating variability
  • Design solutions to enable continuous delivery of variability-intensive systems
  • DevOps for developing, deploying and maintaining variability-intensive systems
  • Approaches to limit unintentional variability and to better scope intentional variability to manage complexity
  • Variability in emerging and maturing domains with potentially large problem and design spaces
  • Integration of functional and qualitative variability in general development practices
  • Training and tools

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: January 29, 2016
  • Notification: February 19, 2016
  • Camera-ready: February 26, 2016
  • Workshop: May 15, 2016
(deadlines are set to 23:59:59, AOE)

Submission

We accept various types of papers. Papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. For more information see our submission guidelines.

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