34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference

Each year, COMPSAC divides the conference sessions into tracks, which provide guidance for authors, organization for reviewers, and coordination for conference sessions. The submission system will prompt authors to select a track, under which they will submit their paper for review.

If you have questions about the track system, please send a query via our online form.




Real-Time, Embedded and Physical Systems
An embedded system is an application-specific electronic subsystem used in a larger entity such as an appliance, an instrument, or a vehicle. The embedded system may embody the complete system functionality in several different ways - using software running on CPUs or in specialized hardware accelerators. In order to meet performance requirements, these hardware-software interfaces need to be jointly designed. This requires a new type of engineer, who combines knowledge in both hardware and software. Moreover, real-time issues pose a significant technical challenge to many real-time systems. This track invites papers that address issues of real-time or embedded systems, at system designer and user levels.

Track chairs:
Tiberiu Seceleanu, ABB Corporate Research, Sweden (tiberiu.seceleanu at se.abb.com)
John Koo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (john.koo at siat.ac.cn)
Didier Keymeulen, NASA, USA (didier.keymeulen at jpl.nasa.gov)


Requirements Engineering
Requirements engineering (RE) is a discipline of descriptions, which was branched out from systems and software engineering research. It seeks for sound and systematic methods for identifying, representing, validating, and communicating requirements of various kinds of applications, to be utilised in software system design, implementation, evolution and reuse. Though RE
research and practice have been undertaken for over 40 years to tackle fundamental issues of bridging the communication and knowledge gaps between stakeholders, people still face new challenges of creating innovative and valuable applications for emerging technologies to better serve the diverse needs of the society. This track provides a forum of discussion for further development of research in RE. Selected papers submitted to the track will be considered by a special issue at an International Journal pending for approval.

Track chairs: Lin Liu, Tsinghua University, China (linliu at tsinghua.edu.cn)
Juha Savolainen, Nokia, Finland (juhasavolainen at nokia.com)


Software Quality
Software quality spans the entire life cycle and is composed of many dimensions: completeness, portability, consistency, maintainability, testability, and usability, among others. Quality is achieved by reactive approaches such as testing, and proactive methods such as process improvements, or a combination of both. The COMPSAC Quality track is not restricted to any phase of the development process or any dimension of quality. Special interest goes to such methods and improvements, their integration, and “smart” methods to achieve cost effective quality.

Track chairs: Christof Budnik, Siemens, USA (christof.budnik at siemens.com)
Fevzi Belli, The University of Paderborn, Germany (belli at upb.de)


Software Testing
Costs entailed by software failures demonstrate that the systematic development of software of sufficient dependability is still a challenge, even after decades of research. The costs of software failures are especially high for safety-critical systems, whose dependability and security are of the utmost importance. Increasingly, however, the costs of failures for non-safety-critical (e.g, end-user created) software have been of growing concern due to the increasing pervasiveness of such systems. Software testing still remains the most popular means to detect failures. This track aims to give researchers and practitioners a platform for presenting their research contributions as well as their experience, to facilitate technology transfer and form the basis for fruitful cooperation in the future. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Testing and reliability
  • Static and dynamic testing techniques
  • Testing measures and their quantification
  • Techniques and tools for automated testing
  • Controlled experiments and empirical studies
  • Experience reports and case studies from practice
Track chairs: Gregg Rothermel, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA (grother at cse.unl.edu)
T.H. TSE, University of Hong Kong, China (thtse at cs.hku.hk)


Formal Methods

Costs entailed by software failures demonstrate that the systematic development of software of a certain quality is still a challenge, even after decades of research. The cost of software failure is especially high in safety-critical systems, whose dependability and security are of utmost importance. This track aims to give researchers and practitioners a platform to present their research contributions as well as their experience, to facilitate technology transfer and form the basis for a more fruitful cooperation in the future. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  •  Methods and theories for different programming paradigms and design patterns
  •  Static and dynamic model-based testing techniques and tools
  •  Formal model-based development and code generation
  •  Formal methods for object and component systems
  •  Abstraction and refinement
  •  Tool development and integration for system design and verification
  •  Lightweight tools based on formal methods
  •  Techniques for specification, verification, and validation
  •  Techniques and case studies for correctness by construction
  •  Applications in real-time, hybrid, and critical systems
  •  Development methodologies with their formal foundations
  •  Experience reports and case studies from practice

Track chairs: Cristina Seceleanu, Mälardalen University, Sweden (cristina.seceleanu at mdh.se)
Tugkan Tuglular, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey (tugkantuglular at iyte.edu.tr)


Software Architecture and Design Track
The Software Architecture and Design Track aims to point out the overall challenges and problems of all the aspects related to the architecture and design of complex software systems, and applications. We seek submissions of original papers describing basic and applied research, novel applications, research challenges and practical experiences from academia and industry. Suggested areas of interest include, but are not restricted to:
  • Software architecture and quality attributes
  • Architecture reengineering and recovery
  • Architecture conformance and run-time monitoring
  • Architecture-based solutions for different types of systems (long-lived, cloud computing, SOA, component-based systems)
  • Architecture description languages and model driven architecture
  • Architectural patterns, styles and viewpoints
  • Architecture analysis, modeling, validation and verification
  • Business and managerial aspects of software architecture
Track chairs: Ivica Crnkovic, Mälardalen University, Sweden (ivica.crnkovic at mdh.se)
Hongyu Pei Breivold, ABB Corporate Research, Sweden (hongyu.pei-breivold at se.abb.com)


Software Evolution, Maintenance, and Life Cycle
Software Evolution, Maintenance, and Life Cycle Track is a forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present recent findings, innovations, ideas, and experiences in application system evolution, maintenance, and life cycle support in dynamically changing computing environments. We invite both research papers and experience reports. A research paper highlights original results of theoretical or conceptual work. It describes the problem, relevant research, solution, potential and evaluated benefits of the contribution. An experience report highlights the results of employing a tool or platform for support of software or system evolution. It describes the context, empirical data, lessons learned, and a critical review of the experience.

Track chairs: Volker Gruhn, Univ. Duisburg-Essen, Germany (volker.gruhn at uni-due.de)
Yasuhiro Sugiyama, Nihon University, Japan (sugiyama at ce.nihon-u.ac.jp)


Security, Dependability and Performance
The Security, Dependability and Performance Track invites research papers and experience reports in various application systems. Recently, in addition to functionality, various Quality of Service issues have received a lot of attention from researchers and practitioners. The nonfunctional requirements such as dependability, security, and performance need to be specified, analyzed, implemented and verified in various application systems.

Track chairs: Murat Kantarcioglu, University of Texas at Dallas, USA (muratk at utdallas.edu)
James Joshi, University of Pittsburgh, USA (jjoshi at mail.sis.pitt.edu)


Mobile & Pervasive Computing
Mobile & Pervasive Computing Track is a forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present recent findings, innovations, theories, ideas and experiences in all topics related to mobile & pervasive/ubiquitous computing. Topics include but are not limited to: enabling technologies such as mobile positioning, wireless networks, smart devices, and sensing and interaction; systems considerations such as scalability, security and privacy; software architecture issues such as pervasive computing middleware and programming models; and applications such as mobile services, context-aware applications and mobile social networks.

Track chairs: Ying Cai, Iowa State University, USA (yingcai at cs.iastate.edu)
Ronald J. Vetter,  University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA (vetterr at uncw.edu)


Smart Computing
The Smart Computing track is a forum for smart software solutions applied to diverse areas including but not limited to: Healthcare, Energy, Social, Environmental, Industrial applications etc. Smart software solutions can improve efficiency, reliability, quality and simultaneously reduce costs. Requirement analysis, co-analysis/co-design, modeling, development, testing, measurement, verification, validation, performance, autonomy, safety, security, and dependability constraints are a few of numerous computing disciplines that can collectively contribute to these smart solutions and are some of the topics of interest. As the theme for COMPSAC 2010, this track encourages submission in the above diverse areas.

Track chairs: Shi Yuanchun, Tsinghua University, China (shiyc at tsinghua.edu.cn)
Achilles Kameas, Hellenic Open University, Greece (kameas at cti.gr)


Semantic Web
Semantic Web Track invites researchers, practitioners, and educators to present recent findings, innovations, theories, experiences, and ideas in all topics related to methods and enabling technologies to allow man, machine, and software to understand the semantics of application data (such as Web data), in order to be able to automatically integrate data from difference sources, to perform actions on behalf of the user, and to search for information based on its meaning rather than its syntactic form.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to models, formats, notations, tools, and technologies intended to provide a formal description of concepts, terms, and relationships within a given knowledge domain; technologies enabling people creating data stores on the Web, building vocabularies, and using ontologies and rules for handling linked data. Papers on all aspects of linked data, vocabularies, ontology, query, inference, and vertical applications of semantic web technology are welcome.

Track chairs: Atilla Elci, Toros University, Turkey (atilla.elci at gmail.com)
Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen ()


Creative Computing
Creative computing refers to one particular part of computing technology whose applications are in the areas of arts, entertainment, mobile applications, multimedia, web design and other pervasive interactive systems. Due to the creative nature of these applications, computing technology needs to be developed specifically to tackle the conceptual complexity that does not exist in other applications. The challenges faced by creative computing come from creativeness of applications that are at human behaviour level. Many aspects of computing technology will be enriched to cope with the demands of creative applications, such as the theory, methodology and processes in computer hardware, software and communications. This track provides a forum of discussion to contribute to shape a significant body of research in the field of creative computing whose results can be shared across society. Papers submitted to the track will be considered by a special issue at International Journal of Creative Computing (IJCrC, http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=ijcrc).

Track chairs: Hongji Yang, De Montfort University, UK (hongji.yang at gmail.com)


Education and Learning Track
The Education Track at COMPSAC will focus on the educational underpinnings that are needed to support creation of trustworthy and dependable software. Topics include education areas that support creation of trustworthy and dependable software such as related curricula and course offerings, use of educational IDEs early in the curricula, educational experience reports, case studies, professional certification, outsourcing/international issues, and industry/university collaboration. We are particularly interested in integration of these topics into existing computer science and software engineering degree programs, as well as development of new programs.

Track chairs: James Cross, Auburn University, USA (crossjh at auburn.edu)
Timothy Shih, National Central University, Taiwan (timothykshih at gmail.com)


Web-based Systems, Web Services, Web Engineering
Web-based Systems, Web Services, Web Engineering Track brings together academia and industry to explore all the aspects of systems and services that Web enables. The goal of the track is to deepen the understandings, foster the innovation, and define the future of Web-based systems, Web Services and Web engineering by sharing the latest findings, ideas, and experiences in the Web-related areas. We encourage the submissions of experience papers that highlight findings gained through real-life development projects as well as research papers that present experimental efforts, innovative systems and investigations that identify weaknesses in the existing Web practices.

Track chairs: Kenji Takahashi, NTT Multimedia Communications Lab, USA (kt at nttmcl.com)
Xiaoying Bai, Tsinghua University, China (bai.xiaoying at gmail.com)


Applications
The Applications Track invites researchers, practitioners, and educators to present recent findings, innovations, theories, experiences, and ideas related to novel applications where computers and software extend "beyond the digital society," and are tightly interwoven with physical components of systems vital to daily life. Examples include modern health care systems, where computing and software play a pivotal role. Also of interest to this track are enabling technologies such as sensor networks, which underpin the computing and software of applications by serving as a conduit to the physical world; and topics such as green computing, where the goal is to reduce the environmental footprint of applications through efficient utilization of computing resources.

Track chairs: Sahra Sedigh, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA (sedighs at mst.edu)
Leong Hong-va, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China (cshleong at comp.polyu.edu.hk)


HCI and Usability

The goal of the HCI and Usability Track will be to enable the exchange of experiences from around the world concerning the multi-disciplinary areas of HCI and Usability, including but not limited to the following topics: Ambient intelligence, Domotics, Smart environments, Multimodal interaction, Multimedia systems, Speech and dialogue systems, Usability evaluation, Intelligent interactive devices, Information accessibility, HCI for the handicapped, and User and group modelling. Giving the importance of these topics, the Track will provide a perspective to the research potential in these technologies, as well as call for collaboration among researchers in the fields involved.

Track chairs: RamĂ³n LĂ³pez-CĂ³zar Delgado, Universidad de Granada, Spain (rlopezc at ugr.es)
Masahiro Araki, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan (araki at kit.jp)

 
 
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