Appel: SPAC 07 - Software Patterns: Addressing Challenges

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jan 30 14:44:52 UTC 2007

Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 16:42:10 -0800
From: "eduardo segura" <segura.eduardo at>
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*The First IEEE International Workshop on
**Software Patterns: Addressing Challenges

**SPAC 2007
**Call for Papers*

*Beijing, China, July 24-27, 2007
(in conjunction with COMPSAC 2007)*

* * (COMPSAC 2007 Link) (Workshop
<> (Workshop Link-2) (WorkshopLink-3)*



As software increases in size and becomes more complex and costly, the
need for techniques to ease software development is likewise
increasing. Over the last decade, pattern community has evolved and
received more interest in both academia and industry. Developing
software using patterns holds the promise to reduce the cost and
condensing the time of developing software systems, while
simultaneously maintaining the quality of these systems.

However, the potential of using patterns in developing systems is not
fully realized and we need to address many challenges. For example,
developing pattern repositories and catalogs, from which patterns can
be retrieved and reused, still forms a challenge to software
engineering, knowledge engineering and information systems
communities. In addition, the need for (semi-) automated approaches
for patterns mining and integration poses several open research
questions to the software engineering community.  Many think these
challenges and others preclude the realization of the benefit of
patterns as a reuse approach.  This workshop aims at bringing together
researchers and practitioners who are interested in resolving research
challenges or who have practical experience with the different issues
of patterns reuse and integration to discuss and advance the
state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in patterns reuse.

Patterns have emerged as a promising reuse technique for both
improving the quality and reducing the cost and time of software
development. However, there is an immense belief that patterns have
not fulfilled the expectations software developers
wanted. Nevertheless, this belief does not rebuff the fact that
patterns, as a concept, have the potential to play a key role in
developing systems in the near future.  This near future will never
come unless there are serious attempts from both developers and
researchers to investigate and provide creative solutions to current
challenges that hinder utilizing patterns in practice. Among these
challenges, this workshop focuses on investigating how to develop
systems using patterns. We are sure that this topic will attract many
developers and researchers in the field to participate in this


The workshop will address software patterns challenges and debate
several issues related to the following questions.  We want
researchers, framework developers, and application developers to
discuss and debate the following questions related to:

*I.                    **Pattern Creation and Development*

a.  Leaving experience claim on the side, can you show how to create
and develop patterns?

b.  What are the bases of creating patterns?

c.  Are there guidelines, methodologies, and/or processes for pattern
creations and developments?

d.  Would you show an example or two?

*II.                 **Patterns Selection Process: *

a.  How does one select analysis and design patterns to build any

b.  What is the basis for selecting these patterns?

c.  If someone would like to build a system from patterns, how does
she select patterns?

d.  What kind of patterns should one select to build a system from

e.  Is there a guideline for the selection process?

*III.              **Patterns Composition*

a.  How does one integrate the selected patterns to build any system?
or How does one compose any system from patterns?

b.  What are the various claims related to patterns composition? Are
they true?

c.  Are there guidelines or techniques for patterns composition? Would
you illustrate how to use them?

*IV.               **System of Patterns and General Reuse*

a.  What do we mean when we say "systems of patterns"?

b.  Are the various claims related to building any system from
patterns reasonable?

c.  How to develop pattern repositories and catalogs, from which
patterns can be retrieved and reused?

d.  Are there automated approaches for patterns mining and

e.  What other concepts will help build any system from patterns?


*V.                  **Impacts*

a.  What is the impact of software stability on the above issues?

Check any of the following websites for all columns and accepted
position papers: (Main Link) (Workshop Link 2) (Workshop Link 3 -- Under Construction)


Detailed instructions for electronic paper submission and review
process can be found at People interested in
participating in the workshop are requested to submit a short position
paper (*3-5 pages*) or regular workshop paper (limited to *6 pages*,
double spaced, including figures) representing views and experiences
relevant to the discussion topic. The title page should include a
maximum 150-word abstract, five keywords, full mailing address, e-mail
address, phone number, fax number, and a designated contact
author. Papers will be selected depending on the originality, quality
and relevance to the workshop.  All submitted papers will be evaluated
according to its originality, significance, correctness, presentation
and relevance. Papers should be submitted electronically at:
.  Please follow the instructions given by the web page. Camera Ready
manuscripts must be submitted following IEEE conference proceedings
style and guidelines. We encourage authors to present novel ideas,
critique of existing work, and practical studies.

 Each accepted paper must be presented in person by the author or one
 of the authors.  To foster lively discussions, each author is
 encouraged to present open questions and one or two main statements
 that will be discussed at the workshop.  Submissions must be either
 MS-Word or RTF formats (please, DO NOT compress files).

 Depending on the number and spread of contributions, the scope may be
 narrowed to ensure effective communication and information
 sharing. Accepted position papers will be distributed to the
 participants before the workshop and made generally available through
 the WWW and FTP.  Accepted papers will be published in the Workshop
 Proceedings of the 31st IEEE Computer Software and Applications
 Conference (COMPSAC
 2007<>).  At least one
 of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a full
 participant in the workshop to have the paper published in the
 COMPSAC 2007 Proceedings. The workshop selected best papers will be
 published in online Journal of International Journal Of Patterns
 (IJOP) - **


 Interested in participating in the workshop without submission are
 requested to fill out the participation form and e-mail to the
 co-chair Haitham Hamza <hshamza at>, Eduardo Segura
 <esegura at>, or to the workshop chair M.E. Fayad
 <m.fayad at>.



 Name and Affiliation:





 Areas of interest:

 Why would you like to participate?


 Please note that registration is required in order to participate in
 the workshop.  An early registration discount is available.  An
 overhead projector and a flipchart will be available.

 For more information please visit any of the following websites:

 * * (Main
 <> (Workshop Link 2) (Workshop Link 3 -- Under Construction)

 You may also contact the organizers.


 1. Welcome and introduction of participants. The organizers will
 first give a short overview of any open issues and of the main
 arguments arising out of the position papers. (Estimated time: 20-30

 2. Selected authors (representing the main trends) will be given 20
 minutes to explain how their position relates to other positions and
 what each sees as the three major issues. We expect about 5-10
 position papers.  (Estimated time: 120-130 minutes)

 3. The organizers will propose an identification of the major issues,
 and the participants will then discuss and select what they think are
 the hottest issues to be examined. (Estimated time: 10-15 minutes)

 4. The participants will work for 70-95 minutes in small groups, with
 a designated moderator in each group. The groups will each deal with
 two different hot issues identified and will produce a summary in the
 form of points and counterpoints, showing either how several views
 are irreducibly opposed or how they are complementary.

 The number of groups will depend on the number of participants and
 number of issues selected; ideally there should be 3-5 p people in
 each group.  (Estimated time: 60-70 minutes)

 5. Each group will be given 10-15 minutes to present its findings to
 the workshop.  A closing discussion will follow. The workshop report
 will be written on the basis of these findings and will include an
 agenda for future exploration and cooperation; it will be made
 available through the WWW and FTP. (Estimated time: 50-60 minutes for
 five teams)

 (Total estimated time: 285-315 minutes, i.e. about five hours +/- 15
 minutes; lunch and breaks are not included.)


 We will be updated based on acceptance process

 *Feb. 23, 2007*: Full paper and short paper due
 *Mar. 25, 2007*: Decision notification (electronic)
 *Apr. 30, 2007*: Camera-ready copy and author registration due

 *July 24-27, 2007**:* The workshop Date


 * *

 *Chair and Point of Contact:*

 *Dr.** M.E.** Fayad *

 Professor of Computer Engineering

 Computer Engineering Dept., College of Engineering

 San José State University

 One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0180

 Ph: (408) 924-7364, Fax: (408) 924-4153

 E-mail: m.fayad at, me fayad at <fayad at>

 Dr. H.S. Hamza (Co-Chair)

 Faculty of Computers and Informatics,

 Information Technology Department

 Cairo University, Orman, Giza 12613 - Egypt

 Ph: (02) 335-8355 (office)

 E-mail: hshamza at

 * *
 Eduardo M. Segura

 vrlSoft, Inc.

 2065 Martin Ave., Suite 103

 Santa Clara, CA 95050-2707

 Phone/Fax: (408) 654-8972

 E-mail: esegura at, eduardo.segura at


 *Leonor Barroca                      **Open University, England*

 *Sjaak Brinkkemper                Utrecht University, the Netherlands

 *Chia-Chu Chiang                    University of Arkansas at Little Rock,

 *Rogerio Atem de Carvalho    CEFET Campos,  Brazil*

 *Andrea D'Ambrogio               University of Roma TorVergata, Italy*

 *Issam Wajih Damaj                 Dhofar University, Salalah - Sultanate of
 Oman *

 *Khalil DRIRA                         LAAS-CNRS, France* **

 *Islam A. M. El-Maddah          Ain Shams University, Egypt*

 *M.E. Fayad                             San Jose State University & vrlSoft,
 Inc., USA*

 *Joao M. Fernandes                Universidade do Minho, Portugal*

 *IanGraham                              * *Trireme International Ltd,
 London, England*

 *Jiang Guo                                California State University Los
 Angeles, USA*

 *Wilhelm Hasselbring              University of Oldenburg, Germany*

 *Tarek Helmy                          King Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and
 Minerals, Saudi Arabia*

 *H.S. Hamza                             Cairo University, Egypt*

 *Pilar Herrero                          Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
 , Spain.*

 *Hoda Hosny                            American University in Cairo, Egypt*

 *Pao-Ann Hsiung                     National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi,

 *Ali Jaoua                                              University of Qatar,

 *Mohamed-Khireddine KHOLLADI   University of Constantine, France*

 *Dae-Kyoo Kim                        Oakland University, MI, USA*

 *Seok-Won Lee                        The University of North Carolina at
 Charlotte, USA*

 *Jeff Lei                                    University of Texas at
 Arlington, USA*

 *Ricardo J. Machado               Universidade do Minho, Portugal*

 *Ahmed Mahdy                        Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi,

 *Michael Oudshoorn                ** Montana State University**, MT, USA*

 *Srini Ramaswamy                    University of Arkansas at Little Rock,

 *Gustavo Rossi                        LIFIA, Facultad de Informatica, UNLP,

 *Stuart Rubin                            SPAWAR, SSC-San Diego, USA*

 *Kannamma Sampath               Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India*

 *Sanchez, Arturo                      University of North Florida, USA*

 *Kassem A. Saleh                    American University of Sharjah, UAE*

 *Arno Schmidmeier                               AspectSoft, Hersbruck,
 Germany *

 *E.M. Segura                            San Jose State University & vrlSoft,
 Inc., USA*

 *Manolis Tzagarakis                Research Academic Technology Institute
 (RACTI), Greece*

 *Laurence** T. Yang                   St Francis Xavier University, Canada*

 *I-Ling Yen                              University of Texas at Dallas, USA*

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