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

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for workshops and tutorials held in conjunction with ECSA 2021. Workshops and tutorials will be held on 13 and 14 of September 2021 (right before the main conference on 15-17 September 2021). Due to COVID-19, all workshops and tutorials will be virtual events.

Workshop/Tutorials Committee

Call for Workshops&Tutorials

Scope and Goal

The European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA) is the premier European forum for presenting and discussing software architecture research and practice.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for workshops and tutorials held in conjunction with ECSA 2021. Workshops and tutorials will be held on 13 and 14 of September 2021 (right before the main conference on 15-17 September 2021). Due to COVID-19, all workshops and tutorials will be virtual events.

ECSA workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to exchange and explore innovative software architecture (scientific or engineering) ideas and challenges at an early stage.

In addition, ECSA edition 2021 hosts tutorials on topics related to software architecture from theoretical foundations to practical applications. Tutorials at ECSA provide a valuable opportunity for conference participants to expand their knowledge and skills in specific research and practical topics under the umbrella of software architecture. Topics of interests may include but not limited to:

  • Software Architecture challenges for AI- and ML-based Systems
  • Software Architecture challenges for Self-Adaptive Systems
  • Software Architecture challenges for Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Software Architecture challenges in Big Data and Cloud Computing
  • Software Architecture challenges in IoT-based Systems
  • Software Architecture challenges in DevOPS
  • Software Architecture challenges in Blockchain Engineering
  • Quality-of-service (QoS) measurements of Software Architectures
  • Privacy and Security in Software Architectural Design
  • Context-aware, Autonomous, and Smart Architectures
  • Sustainability in Software Architectures
  • Software Architecture Erosion and Architectural Consistency

Types of submission

Tutorial Proposal Submissions

A tutorial proposal must not exceed 6 pages following the CEUR-ART format (see below). Proposals must follow the outline below:

  • Tutorial title
  • Contact information of tutorial presenter(s), including name, affiliation, email
  • Tutorial summary (up to 350 works) for ECSA 2021 website (if tutorial is accepted)
  • Detailed description of tutorial
    • Covered topics
    • Learning objectives
    • Key take-aways for audience
    • Relevance of topic for ECSA
    • Indented target audience, required experience, and desired number of participants
  • Implementation of tutorial
    • Duration - half day or full day (considering that tutorials will be virtual)
    • Preliminary schedule including estimated times (considering potentially different time zones of participants)
    • How tutorial will be conducted (e.g., lecture, hands-on exercises, facilitated group discussion, group activities, role playing, games), including materials to be included in tutorial notes
  • Background of presenters
    • Relevant biographical information (250 words maximum), as well as summaries of the presenters’ subject matter experience and experience in teaching the tutorial topic, other tutorials, courses, etc.
  • Previous editions of tutorial
    • Where and when the tutorial has been offered previously and numbers of attendees.

Workshop Proposal Submissions

All proposals must conform to and must be maximum 6 pages following the CEUR-ART format (see below), including references, appendices and figures.

Proposal must include the following information, in the order specified:

  • Workshop title and acronym
  • Contact information for the workshop organizers (name, affiliation, email) and the main contact
  • Abstract (up to 200 words) for ECSA 2021 website (if workshop is accepted)
  • Motivation and Objectives
    • Relevance of the workshop to the field of software architecture
    • Anticipated goals and outcomes (e.g., open research problems to pursue, validation objectives, empirical studies)
  • Format
    • Workshop format (e.g., paper presentations, keynotes, breakout sessions, panel-like discussions) and plans for generating discussions
    • Duration - half day, one day or two days (considering that tutorials will be virtual)
    • Preliminary workshop schedule
    • Special services, logistic and/or equipment constraints
  • Participation
    • Target Audience and expected background
    • Plans regarding the mix of industry and research participation
    • Expected minimum and maximum number of workshop participants
    • Plans for participant solicitation and dissemination
  • Submission
    • Types of contributions (e.g., extended abstracts, position papers, research papers, etc.) and their estimated number.
    • Review and evaluation process deciding about the acceptance of submissions
    • Program committee, including tentative and already committed members
    • Strategy for the proceedings
  • Organizers
    • Brief description of each organizer’s background, including relevant past experience in organizing conferences and workshops
    • Brief organizers’ bios
  • Previous editions
    • Where and when the workshop has been offered previously and the past numbers of attendees)
    • Number of registered attendees and websites of previous editions (if any)
  • Draft Call-for-Papers (1 page)

Submission instructions

Submissions must follow the two-column CEUR-ART style (http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/CEURART.zip). All proposals should be submitted before the submission deadline (see below) using the online submission site: EasyChair ECSA 2021 Workshop&tutorial track (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecsa2021).

Publication and proceedings

ECSA 2021 will use a two-step process for workshop proceedings. Online proceedings (available before the start of the conference) will include all the accepted papers (5 to 10 pages) of the workshops and will be published at CEUR (http://ceur-ws.org). After the conference, we will organise post-proceedings of selected and extended papers of workshops that will be published in a Springer LNCS volume (16 to 18 pages). Candidate papers for post-proceedings need to be identified during the initial paper review and workshop paper reviewers need to indicate if an extended and revised version of an accepted submission should be considered for publication in the post-proceedings of LNCS. Workshop chairs will then be asked to nominate papers of their workshop to be invited for submission for the post-proceedings (e.g., based on the initial review reports, the preference of the reviewers to consider the paper for post-proceedings, as well as the workshop itself). Summaries of accepted tutorials can also be considered for extension in the LNCS volume. Workshop papers submitted for the post-proceedings will undergo an additional review cycle. Workshop organizers must include this two-step process in their Call for Papers.

For accepted tutorials

For accepted tutorials, a camera-ready tutorial summaries of 2-4 pages are due as described in the Important Dates below, and will be published in ECSA 2021 online proceedings (published at CEUR).

For accepted workshops

For all accepted workshops, ECSA 2021 strongly recommends uniform deadlines for workshop papers submission, notification of authors, and camera-ready copies, as described in the Important Dates below. Workshop papers for the online proceedings (published at CEUR) should have at least 5 pages for short papers (up to 9 pages) and regular papers are 10 pages. Accepted workshop papers may be invited to be published in post-proceedings (Springer) as outlined above. Therefore, workshop organizers must include the two-step publication process outlined above in their Call for Papers.

Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs

  • Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury - New Zealand
  • Patrizia Scandurra, University of Bergamo - Italy

Workshop/Tutorials Committee

Important Dates

  • Workshop/tutorial proposals due: March 25, 2021
  • Notification of Workshop/tutorial proposals: April 01, 2021
  • Workshop/tutorial webpages up: April 08, 2021
  • Workshop papers due: June 15, 2021
  • Notification of workshops papers: July 07, 2021
  • Workshop papers (CEUR) camera-ready: July 15, 2021
  • Workshop/tutorial summaries (CEUR) camera-ready: July 15, 2021
  • Workshop/tutorial: TBD
  • Post-proceedings (LNCS) due: TBD