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 2017. VACE is sponsored by ACM SIGSOFT and IEEE TCSE.


The workshop has been accepted and will take place on May 27, 2017.

Workshop Theme

Many of today’s software systems must accommodate a wide range of usage and deployment scenarios (e.g., product lines/families, self-adaptive systems, configurable or customizable single systems, open platforms, context-aware mobile apps, dynamic service-based systems). This variability can occur in software functionality and quality. Given the increasing size of software-intensive systems (e.g., ecosystems, systems of systems), emerging application domains (e.g., unmanned aerial vehicles, software-defined networking), dynamic and critical operating conditions (e.g., disaster monitoring and response systems), fast moving and highly competitive markets (e.g., mobile apps), and increasingly powerful and versatile hardware (e.g., Raspberry Pi), the additional complexity in the design caused by variability becomes increasingly difficult to handle. Variability has previously been targeted within software engineering sub-communities (e.g., requirements engineering, product lines, architecture), domains and venues (e.g., MobileSoft, EMSoft). VACE aims at offering one venue to jointly discuss experiences and potential synergies, forge new collaborations and discuss innovative solutions that address engineering high-quality software for dynamic, flexible and variable environments. This second edition of the VACE workshop has the theme “Broadening Perspectives” to acknowledge the multi- and cross-disciplinary nature of problems and solutions.


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
  • Ways 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
  • Mechanisms to model and handle variability across different life cycle stages, from inception to operation
  • Practices for requirements engineering, architecting, design, implementation, testing and maintenance of variability-intensive systems
  • Methods for quality assurance, process and product metrics for variability-intensive systems
  • Reference models/architectures/frameworks to reuse design knowledge when designing for variability
  • Training and tools

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission new:January 27, 2017
  • Notification: February 17, 2017
  • Camera-ready: February 27, 2017
  • Workshop: May 27, 2017
(deadlines are set to 23:59:59, AOE)


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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