The International Conference on the Quality of Software Architectures (QoSA) is the premier forum for the presentation of new results in the area of software architecture quality. The goal of QoSA is to address the quality aspects of software architecture, focusing broadly on its quality characteristics and how these relate to the design of software architectures. It brings together researchers, practitioners, and students who are concerned with software architecture quality in a holistic way. As a working conference, QoSA has a strong practical bias, encompassing research papers, industrial reports, and invited talks from renowned speakers.
This year the theme of QoSA is “The System View.” Often, a software system is not isolated, but is a part of a larger system that relies on that software. Examples of such systems are technical systems such as smart grids or embedded systems as well as systems that include human actors. When making decisions, not only is the quality of the software architecture itself important, but so is the quality of the system architecture and the overall system. As an example, additional quality metrics related to the whole system might be needed.
In this year’s QoSA, we invite contributions that explore this holistic system perspective, connect quality of software architecture to system architecture or other system considerations, and explore foundations for assuring the desirable quality of systems that rely on software. At the same time, submissions related to the general topic of the conference are welcome. The deadline for abstracts is February 06, 2013 with papers to follow on February 13, 2013.
The best contribution of the conference will receive the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award, given by the ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering.
For more information, see the QoSA 2013 Call for Papers.
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada
Anne Koziolek, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Robert Nord, Software Engineering Institute, USA