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SINTER Workshop -- Software Integration and Evolution @ Runtime

Satellite Workshop ESEC/FSE 2009

Amsterdam, August 25, 2009

Associated with the The 7th joint meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference (ESEC) and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE) August 24-28 2009 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Call for Papers

Modern ICT solutions are often highly distributed and dynamic systems-of-systems (SoS). They provide critical backbone infrastructure for organizations, and are, therefore, increasingly subjected to stringent availability and dependability requirements. Availability implies that SoS must be reconfigured, updated, and otherwise maintained during runtime while retaining their overall operational integrity. This requires that much of the adaptation, integration, configuration and testing activities typically performed offline, during development time, now have to be done on-line, during runtime.

Current component-based runtime platforms such as Service Oriented Architectures realize the technological foundations for runtime reconfiguration and evolution. However, software engineering methodology has not kept pace with the rapid leap forward in platform technology, so that adequate methods, techniques and tools for managing runtime integration and evolution are not yet available. Such methodology comprises component adaptation, reconfiguration, integration and acceptance testing, health monitoring, fault diagnosis, and reliability assessment for the running system. This workshop is intended to discuss and address the challenges and pitfalls that are raised through runtime integration and evolution and associated methods, techniques, and tools, required to build and maintain highly distributed, dynamic and adaptable ICT infrastructures.

The goal of this workshop is to bring researchers from academia and practitioners from industry together, who are interested in the domain of runtime software integration and evolution. Papers in the following topics are solicited for this workshop:

  • Runtime Software/Component Adaptation and Updating
  • Runtime Software/Component Replacement and Recon figuration
  • Runtime/Built-in Component Integration and Acceptance Testing
  • Runtime Software/System Debugging
  • Runtime Software/System Fault Diagnosis and Health Monitoring
  • Runtime Software/System Reliability Engineering
  • Runtime Software/System Security Engineering
  • Tool support for Runtime Integration and Evolution
  • Middleware support (SOA, Component Platforms, Publish/Subscribe, etc.) for Runtime Integration and Evolution
  • Methods, techniques, tools and middleware support for Runtime Integration and Evolution
  • Case studies from industry where Runtime Integration and Evolution is relevant
  • Problem statements from industry on the aforementioned topics

Emphasis is on performing all these integration and evolution techniques during runtime. Submissions must clearly motivate why the techniques proposed can only be applied during runtime.

All contributions will be published with copyright in the ACM Digital Library. The content of the contributions must be original. Any portion of the contribution submitted to this workshop must not have been previously published or accepted for publication, nor can it be under submission elsewhere during the review period.


Three types of papers are solicited

  • Industry Challenge Report: 5 page problem statement from the relevant domains; at least one author should have an affiliation with industry
  • Position Paper: 8 page paper presenting ongoing research on the topics of interest
  • Tool Demonstration: poster and demo on tools and platform support for runtime integration and evolution

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format, without author names and affiliations, using the Easychair submission system.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: May 4, 2009
  • Notification of acceptance: June 1st, 2009
  • Camera ready deadline: June 26, 2009
  • Workshop date: August 25, 2009.

Organization and Program Committee

Workshop chairs:

Program Committee:

  • Colin Atkinson, University of Mannheim
  • Franck Barbier, University of Pau
  • Michael Borth, Embedded Systems Institute
  • Jean-Michel Bruel, University of Toulouse
  • Christian Bunse, International University of Germany
  • Michel Chaudron, University of Leiden
  • Arjan van Gemund, Delft University of Technology
  • Maurice Glandrup, Thales Netherlands
  • Hans-Gerhard Gross, Delft University of Technology
  • Jozef Hooman, Embedded Systems Institute, Radboud University
  • Marco Lormans, Logica
  • Arjan Mooij, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Rob van Ommering, Philips Research
  • Jan Tretmans, Embedded Systems Institute, Radboud University
  • Eric Piel, Delft University of Technology
  • Marc Voorhoeve, Eindhoven University of Technology


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