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ECSA 2021
Mon 13 - Fri 17 September 2021 Location to be announced

It has been widely demonstrated that diversity in gender, culture, religion, country, etc. is a key factor to have success and be competitive and innovative in software development. However, setting up diverse teams in ICT companies and in STEM universities and research centers is still hard to realize in practice, even if all recognize the importance of promoting equal opportunities and inclusion for the success of projects. This challenge is particularly important in the context of software architecture, which requires intensive interactions among software teams, discussion about design ideas, and communication with other stakeholders.

In this scenario, following the success of the past editions, the 6th special track on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)” (previously Gender Diversity in Software Architecture & Software Engineering) is part of the 15th premier European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2021). DE&I will provide a forum for discussions about how to achieve more diversity and promote equity and inclusion in software architecture research and practice. Any person regardless of their gender, culture, etc., are invited to collaborate and attend to this track. Students, industry professionals, academics, and other people with an interest in software architecture are welcome to promote networking and technical discussion to motivate the participation and visibility of every individual, regardless of their background.

Dates
Tracks
Plenary
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Wed 15 Sep

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14:10 - 14:30
OpeningResearch Papers
Chair(s): Raffaela Mirandola Politecnico di Milano, Danny Weyns KU Leuven
14:10
20m
Other
Opening
Research Papers

14:30 - 15:30
Session 1: Architectures for reconfigurable and self-adaptive systemsResearch Papers
Chair(s): Javier Camara University of Málaga
14:30
20m
Paper
Dynamic Updates of Virtual PLCs deployed as Kubernetes MicroservicesResearch Track
Research Papers
Heiko Koziolek ABB Corporate Research, Andreas Burger ABB Corporate Research, Abdulla PP ABB Corporate Research, Julius Rückert ABB Corporate Research, Shardul Sonar SRH Hochschule Heidelberg, Pablo Rodriguez ABB
14:50
20m
Paper
A runtime safety enforcement approach by monitoring and adaptationResearch Track
Research Papers
Silvia Bonfanti University of Bergamo, Elvinia Riccobene Computer Science Dept., University of Milan, Patrizia Scandurra University of Bergamo, Italy
15:10
12m
Short-paper
Towards a Taxonomy of Autonomous SystemsResearch Track
Research Papers
Stefan Kugele Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Ana Petrovska Technical University of Munich, Germany, Ilias Gerostathopoulos Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
17:00 - 18:00
Session 2: Architectural knowledge, decisions, and rationaleResearch Papers
Chair(s): Patricia Lago Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
17:00
20m
Paper
Tracelink Recovery for Software Architecture DocumentationResearch Track
Research Papers
Jan Keim Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Sophie Schulz Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Dominik Fuchß Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Claudius Kocher Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Janek Speit Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Anne Koziolek Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Pre-print
17:20
20m
Paper
An Exploratory Study on Architectural Knowledge in Issue Tracking SystemsResearch Track
Research Papers
Mohamed Soliman University of Groningen, Matthias Galster University of Canterbury, Paris Avgeriou University of Groningen, The Netherlands
17:40
20m
Paper
Updating Service-based Software Systems in Air-Gapped EnvironmentsResearch Track
Research Papers
18:15 - 19:15
Keynote 1: Edward LeeKeynotes
Chair(s): Elena Navarro University of Castilla-La Mancha
18:15
60m
Keynote
Determinism
Keynotes
Edward Lee University of California at Berkeley

Thu 16 Sep

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14:30 - 15:30
Keynote 2: Mats GejnevallKeynotes
Chair(s): Welf Löwe Linnaeus University
14:30
60m
Keynote
Enterprise Architecture in an Agile World
Keynotes
17:15 - 18:05
Session 4: Architecting for Quality AttributesResearch Papers
Chair(s): Olaf Zimmermann University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (OST)
17:15
12m
Short-paper
Human Behavior-Oriented Architectural DesignResearch Track
Research Papers
Moamin Abughazala University of L'Aquila, Mahyar Tourchi Moghaddam INRIA / University of L'Aquila, Henry Muccini University of L'Aquila, Italy, Karthik Vaidhyanathan University of L'Aquila
17:27
12m
Short-paper
Architectural Tactics for Energy-aware Robotics Software: A Preliminary StudyResearch Track
Research Papers
Katerina Chinnappan Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ivano Malavolta Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Grace Lewis Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, Michel Albonico Federal University of Technology – Paraná - UTFPR, Patricia Lago Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Pre-print
17:40
12m
Short-paper
Taxonomy of Edge Blockchain Network DesignsResearch Track
Research Papers
Nguyen Khoi Tran The University of Adelaide, Muhammad Ali Babar The University of Adelaide
17:52
12m
Short-paper
Impact analysis of software parallelism in big data technologies for data-intensive architecturesResearch Track
Research Papers
Felipe Cerezo Rey Juan Carlos University, Carlos E. Cuesta Rey Juan Carlos University, Belen Vela Sanchez Rey Juan Carlos University
18:05 - 18:15
Break 6Social
18:15 - 18:30
DE&I papersDiversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)
Chair(s): Ingrid Nunes Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, Thomas Vogel Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
18:15
15m
Paper
Toward Awareness Creation of Common Challenges Women are Facing in Academia: A Case Study from a German Perspective
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)
Sophie Schulz Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Manar Mazkatli Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Martina Rapp FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Hamideh Hajiabadi Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Angelika Kaplan Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Romina Kuehn , Larissa Schmid Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Snigdha Singh Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
18:30 - 19:15
DE&I Keynote: Barbora BuhnovaKeynotes
Chair(s): Ingrid Nunes Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, Thomas Vogel Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
18:30
45m
Keynote
Why the wrong people choose to study software architecture and the right people do not - lessons on the importance of diversity within software architecture community
Keynotes
Barbora Buhnova Masaryk University

Fri 17 Sep

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14:30 - 15:30
Keynote 3: Eoin WoodsKeynotes
Chair(s): Stefan Biffl Vienna University of Technology
14:30
60m
Keynote
Software Architecture for a Digital Age
Keynotes
Eoin Woods Endava
17:00 - 18:00
Session 5: Machine learning for Software ArchitectureResearch Papers
Chair(s): Luciano Baresi Politecnico di Milano
17:00
20m
Paper
Explaining Architectural Tradeoff Spaces: a Machine Learning ApproachResearch Track
Research Papers
Javier Camara University of Málaga, Mariana Silva University of York, UK, David Garlan Carnegie Mellon University, Bradley Schmerl Carnegie Mellon University, USA
17:20
20m
Paper
A Machine Learning Approach to Service Discovery for Microservice ArchitecturesResearch Track
Research Papers
Mauro Caporuscio Linnaeus University, Marco De Toma University of L'Aquila, Henry Muccini University of L'Aquila, Italy, Karthik Vaidhyanathan University of L'Aquila
17:40
20m
Paper
A Reference Architecture for Federated Learning SystemsResearch Track
Research Papers
Sin Kit Lo CSIRO Data61, Qinghua Lu CSIRO Data61, Hye-Young Paik The University of New South Wales, Liming Zhu CSIRO’s Data61; UNSW
18:15 - 19:15
Session 6: Architecture-centric Source Code AnalysisResearch Papers
Chair(s): Henry Muccini University of L'Aquila, Italy
18:15
20m
Paper
State of the Practice in Application Programming Interfaces (APIs): A Case StudyResearch Track
Research Papers
18:35
20m
Paper
Identifying Domain-Based Cyclic Dependencies in Microservice APIs Using Source Code DetectorsResearch Track
Research Papers
Patric Genfer University of Vienna, Uwe Zdun University of Vienna
18:55
20m
Paper
Optimized Dependency Weights in Source Code ClusteringResearch Track
Research Papers
Tobias Olsson Linnaeus University, Morgan Ericsson Linnaeus University, Anna Wingkvist Linnaeus University
19:15 - 20:00
Awards and closing Research Papers
Chair(s): Raffaela Mirandola Politecnico di Milano, Danny Weyns KU Leuven

Call for Papers

It has been widely demonstrated that diversity in gender, culture, religion, country, etc. is a key factor to have success and be competitive and innovative in software development. However, setting up diverse teams in ICT companies and in STEM universities and research centers is still hard to realize in practice, even if all recognize the importance of promoting equal opportunities and inclusion for the success of projects. This challenge is particularly important in the context of software architecture, which requires intensive interactions among software teams, discussion about design ideas, and communication with other stakeholders.

In this scenario, following the success of the past editions, the 6th special track on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)” (previously Gender Diversity in Software Architecture & Software Engineering) is part of the 15th premier European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2021). DE&I will provide a forum for discussions about how to achieve more diversity and promote equity and inclusion in software architecture research and practice. Any person regardless of their gender, culture, etc., are invited to collaborate and attend to this track. Students, industry professionals, academics, and other people with an interest in software architecture are welcome to promote networking and technical discussion to motivate the participation and visibility of every individual, regardless of their background.

Topics of interest are listed as follows but not limited to:

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in activities related to software architecture
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in the software architecture research community
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in global software architecture teams working in academia or industry
  • Empirical studies (experiments, surveys, mining software repositories, etc.) to understand how individuals perceive diversity, equity, and inclusion in activities related to software architecture
  • Empirical studies to understand the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion in activities related to software architecture
  • Experience reports of initiatives to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in activities related to software architecture

There will be a mix of presentations and a panel to discuss current and future issues in the field by leading experts from industry and academia. As ECSA’21 will be a virtual event, the track will be organized online.

Submissions

Paper submissions must be made electronically via the online EasyChair submission site for the ECSA 2021 conference https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecsa2021 selecting DE&I track.

We seek contributions as summaries, preliminary results from work-in-progress, discussion of challenges, position papers, experience reports, or studies; all regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in Software Architecture and Software Engineering, and more generally in STEM, both in industry and academia. Papers must be 5 to maximum 10 pages, CEUR-ART style (available at http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/CEURART.zip), single-column option. All contributions will undergo a peer-review process, being reviewed by at least three reviewers. The evaluation criteria for submissions will be whether they contribute ideas or results to the challenge of achieving more diversity in the field of software architecture and whether the argumentation and/or study are sound.

Proceedings

The accepted papers will be included in the ECSA 2021 companion volume to be published at CEUR (http://ceur-ws.org). This is an online proceedings that will be available before the start of the conference. Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper in the proceedings. At least one author needs to register and must present the paper. In addition, there will be post-proceedings of selected and extended papers that will be published in a LNCS volume (together with other tracks and ECSA 2021 workshops). Papers submitted for the post-proceedings will undergo an additional review cycle.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: July 2nd, 2021
  • Author notification: July 22nd, 2021
  • Camera-ready version: July 29th, 2021

Note: All deadlines are 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

Organizers

  • Ingrid Nunes, UFRGS, Brasil
  • Thomas Vogel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany