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SEAMS 2021
Tue 18 - Fri 21 May 2021
co-located with ICSE 2021

SEAMS 2021 Goes Virtual

The current trends in the global Covid-19 pandemic make it very unlikely that we will be able to hold a physical conference in Madrid in May 2021 with sufficient assurances of safety. Hence, it is with great sadness that​ we announce that SEAMS 2021, along with ICSE and other co-located events, will be held virtually this year.

Welcome to the website of the Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems 2021 conference.

The objective of SEAMS is to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas to investigate, discuss, and examine the fundamental principles, the state of the art, and critical challenges of engineering self-adaptive and self-managing systems.

Modern and emerging software systems, such as industrial Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, cloud and edge computing, robotics, and smart environments have to operate without interruption. Self-adaptation and self-management enable these systems to adapt themselves at runtime to preserve and optimize their operation in the presence of uncertain changes in their operating environment, resource variability, new user needs, attacks, intrusions, and faults.

Approaches to complement software-based systems with self-managing and self-adaptive capabilities are an important area of research and development, offering solutions that leverage advances in fields such as software architecture, fault-tolerant computing, programming languages, run-time program analysis and verification, among others. Additionally, research in this field is informed by related areas such as control systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence, agent-based systems, and biologically inspired computing. The SEAMS symposium focuses on applying software engineering to these approaches, including methods, techniques, processes and tools that can be used to support self-* properties like self-protection, self-healing, self-optimization, and self-configuration.

Community Debate

One of the recurring discussions within the community is the topic of handling unanticipated changes in self-adaptive systems. To foster our understanding of this topic, SEAMS 2021 will include a debate where participants can take a position either in favour or against the statement “handling unanticipated changes is the ultimate challenge for self-adaptation.” The debate at the symposium will have an adjudicator and two sides, respectively in favour and against the statement. The idea is to have a vote at the end from the audience to decide who was more convincing. Members of the audience can ask questions, and both sides need to answer those questions.

Best Paper Awards

SEAMS 2021 will recognize three outstanding papers with a “Best Paper Award”, “Best Student Paper Award”, and “Best Artifact Award”. The winners will be selected from a shortlist by a dedicated committee, considering the following criteria: originality, technical quality, soundness, significance, and clarity of presentation. The primary author of the Best Student Paper award must be a student at the time of submission.