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):

Paper Categories


Each paper will be reviewed by three members of the program committee. Papers must present novel material and not under review elsewhere at the time of submission.

Accepted papers will be published as ICSE 2017 Workshop Proceedings in the ACM and IEEE Digital Libraries. The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the IEEE Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2017. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


Please see our submission page.