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Software Evolvability and the Scope of the Meeting

Software evolution is now well-established as an area urgently requiring research in order to understand and manage it. Evolvability is concerned with the long and very long-term evolutionary properties and dynamics of the capacity of lineages of software systems to change in changing contexts. This workshop is intended to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in this area to present their results, current and proposed research, and reasoned or speculative opinions on how the requirements of a software- based system and/or the system itself can be evolved or made more evolvable. The results of the meeting will help to underpin advances in evolution of systems meeting those requirements. Our aim is to involve researchers and representatives from academia and industry to help tackle this important research area.

At ICSM 2005, the first IEEE Workshop on Software Evolvability provided a forum for the presentation and discussion of all aspects of software evolvability. In this second meeting, we will again consider evolvability in software evolution, and how it can lead to insights into the design, requirements for, and long-term maintenance and evolution of software systems. The ability to evolve software over time to meet the changing needs of its stakeholders is one of the principal challenges currently facing software engineering.

Potential areas of interest in requirements or software system evolution include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. The use of biological analogies
  2. Self-adaptive software systems
  3. Achieving system robustness, adaptability, and flexibility in the face of changing requirements and environments
  4. Software architectures and notations for evolvability
  5. Software processes explicitly supporting evolvability
  6. Models of system evolution processes
  7. Theories of software evolution
Submissions and IEEE Publication

We invite the submission of high quality papers describing current proposed research, or well-informed opinions as to potentially valuable research directions, Submissions, of up to 6-8 pages (regular papers) in two-column IEEE format, should be sent in Adobe pdf or postscript format to P.D.Wernick@herts.ac.uk

All submissions will be peer-reviewed to IEEE standards. Depending on the decisions of the programme committee, some papers may be accepted for short presentations with reduced length, or accepted for publication without being presented at the volume and be available via IEEE Xplore.

Journal Publication

Authors of the best papers from SE 06 will be invited to submit extended versions to IEE Proceedings: Software.

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 1 July 2006
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 10 July 2006
Final copy in IEEE format required by: 24 July 2006
Workshop: 24 September 2006

Supported by the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Network on Evolvability in Biological and Software Systems
& IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM 2006)