During its course of nearly four decades, software engineering has known several main evolutions regarding approaches to software development. Structured programming gave way to the concept of object orientation, which was followed by reuse-based programming. Today's current trend is clearly service-oriented. There is much question of service-oriented architecture, service-oriented information systems or Web services, a fashion which has given birth to acronyms such as SOA, SOAP, SODA, UDDI and other WDSL. This involves the linking in more or less loose manner, at execution time, various services whose collaboration allows solving a given problem. It is expected from this approach a significant evolution of the way in which computer applications are designed, structured, implemented, deployed, and operated.

As is frequent in the field of computer engineering, that which is assumed to bring easiness brings also its share of complexity and other problems. This concerns relevancy of languages used for describing long transactions, coordination between transactions, recovery from incidents as well as maintaining a constant quality of service in business exchanges in a heterogeneous and loosely coupled environment.

Organized by the Center for Mastering Systems & Software (CMSL) of CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), under the sponsorship of CIGREF (IT Club of Large French Enterprises), the 18th edition of the ICSSEA Conference will be held in Paris from November 29 to December 1, 2005. It aims at providing a critical survey of the current status of tools, methods, and processes for elaborating software and systems. However, lectures and discussions will be conducted with service oriented architectures as a leitmotiv.

As for previous editions, any topic in connection with software engineering & systems engineering as well as any application area is eligible (information systems, process management, EAI, transaction processing, e-services, Web-based systems, multimedia systems, distributed systems, real-time systems, embedded systems, e-computing...). However, the following topics, in the context of distributed and collaborative development, will be particularly appreciated:

- Software & systems architecture: service orientation, Web services, interoperability, urbanization, enterprise models integration, application coupling and uncoupling, evolution, EAI, evolution, non-functional features, distribution constraints, agents, object-orientation, mobile and adaptive applications... 

- Internet software and systems engineering: web-based tools and methods (multimedia, XML...), or conversely, software & systems engineering tools and methods for Web-based applications and systems: architecture, design, testing, assessment (complexity, reliability, integrity, maintainability, performances, quality, scalability...) 

- Components & reuse: frameworks, components, COTS, product lines, composition mechanisms, customizing, distributed components, interoperability between frameworks, metamodels, generative development, variant creation, generic programming, aspect orientation, archiving & retrieval, distribution, reuse & Internet, testing in the presence of third party components, validation, certification... 

- Requirements & specification engineering: modeling, prototyping, animation, simulation, scenario-based 
analysis, goal-directed approaches, formal methods, multifaceted reasoning, approaches based on natural language processing, V&V... 

- Process engineering: evaluation, improvement, approaches, agile processes, extreme programming, co-design, concurrent engineering, workflow management, distributed development, virtual teams, experience feedback, knowledge management... 

- Project management: cost and delay estimation, indicators & dashboards, experience feedback, risk management, value analysis, customer-contractor relationship management, ...

- Quality control & assurance: V & V, testing, metrics, reliability, assessing non-functional characteristics (dependability, usability...), assessing customer satisfaction... 

- Software variability: specifications, configuration and reconfiguration (automated, on-line, guided by desired features), variant creation mechanisms, product lines and families, impact on development and validation processes... 

Papers submitted may concern industrial implementations or experiments, describe significant results from ongoing projects, or deal with socioeconomic issues associated with software & systems engineering.

Instructions to authors

The submission and selection of proposed interventions will be conducted as follows:

1- Submit, before June 1st 2005,

2- Full papers or extended abstracts will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers and selected by the International Program Committee.

3- Authors of retained papers will be notified as from July 15, 2005 and will receive the recommendations made by the International Program Committee. 

4- Authors of accepted abstracts should provide, before September 15, 2005, a text not exceeding 20,000 characters, figures included, in the form of a file, in Word format, attached to an electronic message. Final, papers will be submitted, for final checking, to the International Program Committee before publication in the Conference Proceedings available during the event. 

Submission address:

Jean-Claude Rault
Chaire d'Intégration de Systèmes
292, rue Saint-Martin
F75141 Paris CEDEX 3

Fax : +33 (0)1 40 27 23 77

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