ICSE 2005, May 15-21, 2005, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; ICSE is the premier software engineering conference is sponsored by IEEE and ACM
ICSE 2005, May 15-21, 2005, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; ICSE is the premier software engineering conference is sponsored by IEEE and ACMICSE 2005, May 15-21, 2005, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; ICSE is the premier software engineering conference is sponsored by IEEE and ACM

Saturday, May 21, 2005

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Main Contact:
Dr. Hausi A. Müller, Professor
Director of Software Engineering
Department of Computer Science
University of Victoria, Canada
hausi at cs.uvic.ca

Important deadlines and dates

Paper submission deadline
February 28, 2005
Paper acceptance notification date
March 21, 2005
Camera-ready paper copy due
April 8, 2005
One-day workshop
May 21, 2005

Workshop objective

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners, who investigate concepts, methods, techniques, and tools to design and evolve autonomic software. Autonomic computing aims to reduce the complexity of managing software systems. To be autonomic, a system must configure and reconfigure itself, continually optimize itself, recover from malfunction, or protect itself, while keeping its complexity hidden from the user. Understanding software engineering issues is critical for the proliferation of autonomic applications.

Workshop theme

Understanding software engineering issues for autonomic computing systems is critical for the software and information technology sectors, which are continually challenged to reduce the complexity of their systems. To be autonomic, a system must know itself as well as its boundaries and its environment, configure and reconfigure itself, continually optimize itself, recover or heal from malfunction, protect itself, and function in a heterogeneous world—while keeping its complexity hidden from the user.

While there are several workshops that deal with autonomic computing systems, there are few workshops that focus on software engineering issues, i.e., how do we design, build, and evolve such software systems so that they can meet given—and evolving—requirements for particular classes of users and/or applications. Most existing systems cannot be re-designed and re-developed from scratch to incorporate autonomic capabilities. Rather self-management capabilities have to be added gradually and incrementally—one aspect at a time. With the proliferation of autonomic applications, users will impose ever-more demands with respect to functional and non-functional requirements for autonomicity.

The goal of this workshop is to exchange opinions, advance ideas, and discuss preliminary results among researchers and practitioners who investigate concepts, methodologies, and tools to design and evolve autonomic software. The topic of self-managed systems has been studied in a large number of specific areas, including databases, robotics, control systems, fault-tolerant computing, agents, adaptive systems, neural networks, and others. In this workshop however, we will concentrate on the design and evolution of autonomic application software.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, architectural styles, attribute-based architectural styles, and architecture patterns for autonomic elements and systems, designing high-variability software, designing self-managed systems, evolving autonomic software, injecting automicity into legacy systems, integration mechanisms, methods for evaluating complex tradeoffs, adoption of autonomic systems, or assessing the user experience in self-managed systems.

Applications of interest include, but are not limited to, web services, applications involving software that helps people with special needs live their lives, software that integrates multiple heterogeneous components, such as an inter-organizational workflow system that coordinates production or service processes, or autonomic systems serving the information economy.

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Workshop attendance, format, and registration

This workshop will be run in a highly interactive style on Saturday, May 21, 2005 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm at the ICSE 2005 conference venue. DEAS 2005 will include invited talks and short position statements. Participants should come to the workshop prepared to engage in lively discussion sessions. The contributions to the DEAS 2005 workshop will be consolidated into a summary report, which is expected to evolve into a roadmap to assist in documenting best software engineering practices for designing and evolving autonomic software applications.

All workshops participants shall register with ICSE 2005, including workshop organizers, chairs, and any special guests or distinguished speakers.

ICSE 2005 will make available AV projection equipment and the workshop organizers will provide a laptop for projection. Speakers please upload your presentation before your session starts.

Paper submission

We invite (1) position papers and progress reports that describe ongoing work or new ideas, (2) short research papers and experience reports that describe validated research results, and (3) survey papers --- all within the scope of the workshop. Papers should be between 4-7 pages long and must not have been previously published or submitted elsewhere. Here is the call for papers in pdf form.

Please submit papers for DEAS 2005 electronically using CyberChairPROv6 at the DEAS 2005 electronic submission web site. Please follow the ICSE 2005 paper format instructions.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital library under DEAS 2005 workshop proceedings as part of the ICSE 2005 workshop publications. No formal proceedings will be printed by ICSE, although unofficial proceedings will be made available electronically to workshop participants.

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Related conferences and workshops

Selected autonomic computing links

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Organizing Committee

Dr. David Garlan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

David Garlan is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, where he works in the areas of software architecture, formal methods, self-healing systems, and pervasive computing.  His research group has developed a number of languages and tools for design of software architectures.  He has written numerous articles on software architecture and co-authored the book Software Architecture: Perspectives on an Emerging Discipline, and Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond.

Dr. Marin Litoiu, IBM Canada Ltd., Canada

Dr. Litoiu is member of the Centre for Advanced Studies at the IBM Toronto Laboratory where he initiates and manages joint research projects between IBM and Universities across the globe in the area of Application Development Tools. Prior to joining IBM (1997), he was a faculty member with the Department of Computers and Control Systems at the University Politechnica of Bucharest and held research visiting positions with Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, (1994 and 1995) and Polytechnic University of Catalunia (Spain), and the European Center for Parallelism (1995). Dr. Litoiu’s other research interests include distributed objects; high performance software design; performance modeling, performance evaluation and capacity planning for distributed and real time systems.

Dr. Hausi A. Müller, University of Victoria, Canada

Dr. Hausi Müller is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Director of Software Engineering Programs at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is a Visiting Scientist with the Center for Advanced Studies at the IBM Toronto Laboratory and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. He is a principal investigator and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee of CSER, a Canadian Consortium for Software Engineering Research. Together with his research group and in collaboration with IBM he investigates methods, models, architectures, and techniques for autonomic computing applications. He also concentrates on building Adoption-Centric Software Engineering (ACSE) tools and on migrating legacy software to autonomic and network-centric platforms. He was GC for ICSE 2001 & IWPC-2003 and PC Chair for CASCON 2003.

Dr. John Mylopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Mylopoulos is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research interests include information modelling techniques, covering notations, implementation techniques and applications, knowledge based systems, semantic data models, information system design and requirements engineering. Mylopoulos is the recipient of the first Outstanding Services Award given by the Canadian AI Society (CSCSI), a co-recipient of the best-paper award of the 1994 International Conference on Software Engineering, a fellow of the American Association for AI (AAAI) and the elected president of the VLDB Endowment (1998-01, re-elected for the period 2002-05). He is co-editor of the Requirements Engineering Journal, published by Springer-Verlag. He has also contributed to the organization of major international conferences, including program co-chair of the International Joint Conference of AI (1991), general chair of the Entity-Relationship conference (1994), program chair of the International IEEE Symposium of Requirements Engineering (1997), and general chair of the 30th VLDB Conference (2004). He has served on the editorial board of several international journals. He is currently leading a number of research projects and is principal investigator of both a national and a provincial Centre of Excellence. In particular, he leads a project on software reengineering (funded by NSERC, IBM Canada and Bell University Laboratories), a project on Knowledge Management (funded by Bell University Laboratories, PRECARN and Techne Knowledge Systems) , as well as a project on Peer-to-Peer Data Management (funded by CITO, NSERC, and Bell University Laboratories.)

Dr. Dennis B. Smith, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, USA

Dr. Dennis B. Smith is the Lead for the SEI Initiative on the Integration of Software Intensive Systems. This initiative focuses on addressing issues of interoperability and integration in large scale systems and systems of systems. Earlier, he was the technical lead in the effort for migrating legacy systems to product lines. In this role he developed the method Options Analysis for Reengineering (OAR) to support reuse decision-making. Dr. Smith has also been the project leader for the CASE environments project. This project examined the underlying issues of CASE integration, process support for environments and the adoption of technology. Dr. Smith has been the lead in a variety of engagements with external clients. He led a widely publicized audit of the FAA's troubled ISSS system. This report produced a set of recommendations for change, resulting in major changes to the development process, and the development of an eventual successful follow-on system. Dr. Smith is a co-author of the book, Principles of CASE Tool Integration, Oxford University Press, 1994. He has published a wide variety of articles and technical reports, and has given talks and keynotes at a number of conferences and workshops. He is also a co-editor of the IEEE recommended practice on CASE Adoption. He has been general chair of two international conferences, IWPC '99 and STEP '99.

Dr. Kenny Wong, University of Alberta, Canada

Ken Wong is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta. His main areas of research are software architecture, integration, evolution, and visualization.  This research includes conducting case studies, building and using integrated environments for reverse engineering, exploring a framework for continuous, collaborative program understanding, and devising strategies to understand and evolve diverse software systems. He co-manages a Canadian Foundation for Innovation facility to study distributed software development, with connected, experimental laboratories at the University of Calgary and University of Alberta. Dr. Wong was also PC Chair for IWPC 2003 and WSE 2003.

Preliminary DEAS 2005 Program

Saturday, May 21, 2005

9:00 - 9:10

Workshop Overview and Objectives
Hausi A. Müller, University of Victoria, Canada

9:10 - 10:10

Session Chair: David Garlan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Manipulating Managed Execution Runtimes to Support Self-Healing Systems
Rean Griffith and Gail Kaiser, Columbia University, USA

<username>, I Need You! Initiative and Interaction in Autonomic Systems
Piotr Kaminski, Priyanka Agrawal, Holger Kienle, Hausi A. Müller, University of Victoria, Canada

Connector-Based Self-Healing Mechanism for Components of a System
Michael Shin, Texas Tech University, USA

10:10 - 10:30 Discussion
10:30 - 11:00 Nutrition Break
11:00 - 12:00

Session Chair
: Marin Litoiu, Center for Advanced Studies, IBM Toronto Laboratory, Canada

Hierarchical Model-based Autonomic Control of Software Systems
Marin Litoiu, IBM CAS Toronto; Murray Woodside and Tao Zheng, Carleton University, Canada

Retrofitting Networked Applications to Add Autonomic Reconfiguration
Michael Merideth and Priya Narasimhan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

The C-Cube Framework: Developing Autonomic Applications through Web Services
Gerardo Canfora, Piero Corte, Antonio De Nigro, Debora Desideri, Massimiliano Di Penta, Raffaele Esposito, Amedeo Falanga, Gloria Renna, Rita Scognamiglio, Francesco Torelli, Maria Luisa Villani, Paolo Zampognaro, University of Sannio, Italy

12:00 - 12:30 Discussion
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Requirements
Session Chair: Dennis Smith, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), USA

Towards Requirements-Driven Autonomic Systems Design
Alexei Lapouchnian, Sotirios Liaskos, John Mylopoulos and Yijun Yu, University of Toronto, Canada

Architectural Design of a Distributed Application with Autonomic Quality Requirements
Danny Weyns, Kurt Schelfhout and Tom Holvoet, Katholieke Leuven, Belgium

The Four Levels of Requirements Engineering for and in Dynamic Adaptive Systems
Daniel Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada; Betty Cheng and Ji Zhang, Michigan State University, USA

2:00 - 3:00 Discussion
3:00 - 4:00 Nutrition Break
4:00 - 5:00 Interoperability
Session Chair: Ken Wong, University of Alberta, Canada

Interoperability Issues Affecting Autonomic Computing
Dennis Smith, David Carney and Edwin Morris, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), USA

Dynamic Integration of Heterogeneous Mobile Devices
Christian Bartlet, Thomas Fischer, Dirk Niebuhr, Andreas Rausch, Franz Seidl and Marcus Trapp, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Germany

Transparent Shaping of Existing Software to Support Pervasive and Autonomic Computing
Masoud Sadjadi, Philip McKinley and Betty Cheng, Michigan State University, USA

5:00 - 5:30

Discussion, Summary, Wrap-Up, and Future of DEAS
Session Chair: Hausi A. Müller, University of Victoria, Canada