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Call for Papers

VaMos 2021 | February 09 – 11, 2021 | Krems, Austria

VaMoS’21 Call for Papers

Supported by its strong community, the 14 previous editions of the VaMoS workshop successfully bootstrapped research on modelling and managing variability of software systems, as witnessed by the many related breakthroughs published in top-tier conferences and journals. Embracing its new status as a working conference, VaMoS more than ever aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to share ideas, results and experiences about their quest for mastering variability. As such, in addition to its usual call for technical research papers, VaMoS strongly supports the participation of aspiring young researchers as well as practitioners from industry.

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Most of today’s software is made variable to allow for more adaptability and economies of scale, while many development practices (DevOps, A/B testing, parameter tuning, continuous integration…) support this goal of engineering software variants. VaMoS is the ideal venue to explore the underlying problems (automation, traceability, combinatorial explosion, …) and their solutions. Moreover, variability is prominent in many systems — not only in software. For those reasons, we welcome contributions from related areas (configuration, configurable systems, product lines, adaptive systems, generators, …) as well as from new and emerging domains where techniques to manage complexity introduced by variability are applied (IoT systems, 3D printing, autonomous and deep learning systems, software-defined networks, security, generative art, games, …). Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Variability modelling and realisation
  • Variability in emerging domains/technologies
  • Automated reasoning on variability
  • Variability in AI methods
  • Variability across the software lifecycle
  • Variability in adaptive systems
  • Test and verification of variable systems
  • Configuration management
  • Evolution of variability-intensive systems
  • Runtime variability
  • Variability mining
  • Visualisation techniques for variability
  • Reverse-engineering of variability
  • Economic aspects of variability
  • Variability and quality requirements
  • Industrial development of variable systems
  • Experience reports from managing variability in practice

As a working conference, VaMoS invites different contributions with the aim of expanding the community and further stimulating discussions:

Technical Papers. We welcome original and unpublished research ideas, methods, techniques, tools, empirical studies and surveys related to the management of variability. We encourage particularly the submission of research-in-progress and vision papers describing preliminary results, problem statement and open issues, especially in emerging domains where variability poses new challenges. Submissions should consist of 4 to 8 pages (+ 2 additional pages for references only) and will be evaluated based on VaMoS’ typical scientific standards.

Variability-in-Practice Papers. We welcome contributions from practitioners, industrials and researchers describing real-world, variability-related problems or solutions, including methodologies, tool demonstration and experience reports. Submissions should consist of 2 to 4 pages (+ 1 additional page for references only) and will be evaluated based on their relevance and originality.

All submissions must be written in English and follow the double-column ACM template. The review will be single-blind. Accepted contributions will be published by ACM in the conference proceedings.

Additionally, this edition will proudly celebrate VaMoS’ own history and outstanding past publications. As such, it continues the 10-year most influential paper award tradition and will reward papers from the earlier VaMoS editions that had the highest impact on the community and beyond.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: 30.10.2020
  • Paper Submission: 08.11.2020
  • Notification: 9.12.2020
  • Registration for authors: 11.12. – 21.12.2020
  • Camera Ready: 23.12.2020
  • Registration for non-authors: 11.12. – 30.1.2021

Papers should be submitted via Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vamos2021