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For all enquiries about the workshop, please contact:
Benedikt Eberhardinger
University of Augsburg
+49 (0) 821 598-2215

Call for Papers

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Call for Papers

Developing self-adaptive, self-organising systems (SASO) that fulfil the requirements of different stakeholders is no simple matter. Quality assurance is required at each phase of the entire development process, starting from requirements elicitation, system architecture design, agent design, and finally in the implementation of the system. The quality of the artefacts from each development phase affects the rest of the system, since all parts are closely related to each other. Furthermore, the shift of adaptation decisions from design-time to run-time - necessitated by the need of the systems to adapt to changing circumstances - makes it difficult, but even more essential, to assure high quality standards in these kind of systems. Accordingly, the analysis and evaluation of these self-* systems has to take into account the specific operational context to achieve high quality standards.

The necessity to investigate this field has already been recognized and addressed in different communities but there exists so far no platform to bring all these communities together. Therefore, the workshop provides within its fourth edition an established open stage for discussions about the different aspects of quality assurance for self-adaptive, self-organising systems. Examples for topics of interest are :

Aim of the Workshop

The workshop aims to bring together researchers of different communities such as Multi-Agent Systems, Autonomic Computing, Organic Computing, Cyber-Physical Systems, Distributed Systems, Runtime Verification, Software Engineering, Software Testing and Software Quality Assurance to discuss - based on research papers, new ideas, and work in progress reports - the different aspects of quality assurance for self-adaptive, self-organising systems in order to provide highly reliable, resilient systems. The workshop is an opportunity to promote different views on this key challenge in self-organising, adaptive systems and to engage in discussions about paradigm shifts in software quality assurance in order to cope the flexibility of the system design of self-organising, adaptive systems, as well as presenting ongoing research and identify areas where more attention from the community is required.


The workshop is aimed at researchers and practitioners that have been investigating quality assurance in self-organising, adaptive systems. We explicitly encourage participation of researchers from different communities within computer science. The workshop will be set in an informal and cooperative atmosphere with ample time allotted to discussions.

Call for Papers

The workshop organisers solicit original research papers on the topics outlined in the description with a maximum length of 6 pages. Submitted research papers must not have been previously published or submitted elsewhere.
Beyond, submissions of fast abstracts are welcome which are not exceeding 2 pages. We encourage the submission of fast abstracts presenting important challenges to future research or position statements on the topics outlined in the description. Fast abstract may also sum-up and present already published work to the workshop community.
At least two members of the program committee will review each submission in a single-blind process. The decision will be based on the motivation of the topic, the clarity of the contribution, the relevance of the research to the domain of quality assurance for self-adaptive, self-organising systems, its evaluation, and the thoroughness of the related work comparison.

The proceedings of the workshop will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press. Content will be submitted to the indexing companies for possible indexing. Indexing services are independent organisations, and we cannot guarantee that any particular abstract or index entry will be included in Ei Compendex or any other indexing service.

Each submission will be peer-reviewed by two to three members of the program committee in a single-blind process. The decision will be based on the motivation of the research, the clarity of the claims of the contribution and the relevance of the research to the topics listed above. In particular, submissions that promise to fuel discussions, which bring together results and issues from different disciplines and which thus contribute to the strengthening of an interdisciplinary community will be given preference.