Venice, Italy — 5-8 April, 2016

WICSA Call for Papers

WICSA is the premier gathering interested in improving the state of practice of Software Architecture. Since its inception, WICSA has functioned as a working conference where researchers meet practitioners. Practicing software architects can explain the problems that they face in their day-to-day work and influence the future of the field. In addition to traditional conference keynote and paper presentations, WICSA includes interactive working sessions where participants discuss their experiences to understand the current state of the field and identify opportunities to make a difference in the future.

For WICSA 2016 the theme is “Architecting in time” – exploring the temporal aspects of software architecture. The submitted topics can relate to continuity, evolution and decay; the benefits, consequences and debt from delaying decisions, architecting practices and experiences in different software development processes, or the related collaborative design activities that fit into the life cycles of systems and applications. This conference looks at what can be learned from our software architecture history, studies and experiences, and how the practices can accelerate delivery and operations by reducing complexity and re-using frameworks and services. We are interested in original papers that place architecture and architects in time and explain how the ideas affect their work and their output.

Join us in Venice, a city with a rich legacy of building architecture examples and best practices we can learn from and extend.

Types of submissions

We solicit two types of submissions from the software architecture community: full papers and short papers.

Full papers should describe original and significant results of theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental research and industrial practice in software architecture. Full papers are limited to 10 proceedings pages, at most 8000 words. We especially welcome submissions of papers addressing practical evaluation and industrial application, as well as innovative approaches and ideas discussing emerging challenges.

Short papers are focused pieces of writing intended to stimulate discussion related to experiences and ideas, rather than to present mature results. Short papers are limited to 4 proceedings pages, at most 3000 words. Papers should trigger discussion and raise awareness and reflection on specific topics, in both research and industrial practice, such as: insights on existing methods and techniques; identifying gaps in the state of the practice; and proposals to fill those gaps.

Papers must not have been previously published nor submitted, or be under consideration elsewhere for publication. All papers should explicitly state the goals of the systems or approaches described, discuss relationships to previous work, and should use accepted and standard terminology.

Depending on their ability to trigger discussion, both full and short accepted papers can be clustered and discussed in working sessions, always an integral part of the WICSA program.

We are also actively soliciting proposals for tutorials, workshops and birds-of-a-feather sessions to be part of the conference program. Further details on submission of each type of contribution can be found on the conference website.


Topics of interest for the conference include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Architectural design elements that support DevOps and continuous deployment
  • Up-front versus continuous architecting
  • Architecting the IoT
  • Architectural reconstruction techniques
  • Re-factoring and evolving architecture design decisions and solutions
  • Techniques and tools for technical debt management
  • Architecting and architectures for Cyber Physical Systems
  • Managing architecture risk over the life cycle of a system
  • Reusable architectural solutions
  • Architecture description languages and model driven architecture
  • Software architecture modeling, analysis methods and tools
  • Software architecture/architecting, energy-awareness and sustainability
  • Software architecture knowledge management
  • Software architecture of ultra-large to very-small systems
  • Software architectures for emerging systems
  • Software architecture for legacy systems and systems integration
  • Open architectures, product-line architectures, software ecosystems, systems of systems
  • Cultural, economic, business and managerial aspects of software architecture
  • Software architects' roles and responsibilities
  • Training, education, and certification of software architects
  • State-of-the-art and state-of-practice in software architecture
  • Industrial experiments and case studies

Formatting and Submission Instructions

All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines, use the letter page format, and be submitted electronically through the Online Submission Site.

All accepted contributions will be published in the WICSA/CompArch 2016 Proceedings and in the IEEE Digital Library.

More Information

For more information please contact the Program Committee Chairs.

Henry Muccini - henry.muccini(at)

K. Eric Harper - eric.e.harper(at)