BISC: IEEE International Conference on Software

Subject: BISC: IEEE International Conference on Software
From: Masoud Nikravesh (
Date: Thu Dec 07 2000 - 10:01:39 MET

Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)

Dear Colleague

I would like to invite you at the IEEE International Conference on Software
Maintenance, 2001, and associated workshops: SCAM, WESS, WSE, etc. next November
in Florence, Italy.
Outstanding Keynotes such as: Prof. David Lorge Parnas and Prof. Dieter Rombach.
Industrial papers and experiences, reseach papers and award, tutorials, tool
dissertation forum and award, workshops, panels, and other exciting activities
been planned.

I hope that this CFPs could be useful for your work.
Please forward the following to anybody who you think may be interested.
Apologies if you have already seen this.

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Paolo Nesi
(General Chair)


          IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance 2001
                  FLORENCE, ITALY, 6-10 November 2001
       Theme: Systems and Software Evolution in the era of the Internet
Sponsored by IEEE
Supported bt the: EC-IST, University of Florence, O-Group

ICSM is the major international conference in the field of software and
systems maintenance, evolution, and management.

In the era of the Internet, businesses and end-users have invested in new
technologies and small and large software organizations around the world
are looking for Internet related solutions to evolve and maintain their
new Internet software products.

Internet technologies are strongly impacting system architectures and
business processes and rules. In some cases businesses and end-users
have been overwhelmed trying to keep up with software development and
evolution processes and practices. In addition to novel solutions to
enable the life-cycle of new web-based software systems, huge investments
are necessary to migrate aginglegacy applications to web-enabled
contemporary systems.

ICSM 2001 will address these major changes in the software landscape and
their impact on maintenance and evolution. The focus of the conference
will be to explore the new challenges that the Internet, as a driver for
business changes, poses for software maintenance, and the new opportunities
it opens as infrastructure and enabling technology.

The purpose of the conference is to promote discussion and interaction
between researchers and practitioners. We are particularly interested in
exchanging concepts, prototypes, research ideas, and other results which
could contribute to the academic arena and also benefit business and the
industrial community. ICSM 2001 will be participatory, with working
collaborative sessions and presentations of industry projects. ICSM 2001
will bring together researchers, practitioners, developers and users
of tools, technology transfer experts, and project managers.

The Conference will be held in conjunction with:
    WESS -- the seventh Workshop on Empirical Studies of Software Maintenance.
    SCAM -- Source Code Analysis and Manipulation
    WSE -- Workshop on WEBsite Evolution
Other workshops are welcome according to the limited available slots.

Topics of interest include but are not restricted to the following
aspects of maintenance and evolution:
- Methods and theories -Processes and strategies
- Organizational frameworks -Life cycle and process control
- Design for maintenance -Tools and environments
- Internet and distributed systems -Multimedia systems
- User interface evolution -Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
- Third party maintenance -Freeware and open source applications
- Program comprehension -Software and system visualization
- Knowledge based systems -Formal methods
- Impact of new software practices -Empirical studies
- Software reusability -Programming languages
- Source code analysis and manipulation -Testing and regression testing
- Models and methods for error prediction -Measurement of software
- Maintenance and/or productivity metrics -Preventive maintenance
- Personnel aspects of maintenance -Reengineering and reverse engineering
- Version and configuration management -Legal aspects and standards
- Management and organization -Remote, tele-work, and co-operative

Research papers should describe original and significant work in the
research and practice of software maintenance. Research case studies,
empirical research, and experiments are particularly welcome.
We also welcome papers that present leading edge and novel ideas in maintenance.
Papers should be 2000 - 5000 words in length, in English. Submit them
in PDF or PostScript via email to by 15 January 2001.
A prize of the Journal of Software Maintenance will be assigned at the
Best submitted Paper.

We welcome proposals for presentations of Industrial Applications.
These can be experience reports from real projects, industrial practices
and models, or tool demonstrations. Submit proposals for Industrial Application
presentations via email to by 12 March 2001.
Industrial Applications proposals will be reviewed by a dedicated
sub-committee of the program committee and a 1 page summary of accepted
proposals will be included in the conference proceedings.

An exposition are is present in which tools realted to industrial applications
can be shown. Please contact:
1 page summary of accepted tools will be included in the conference proceedings.

We welcome submissions of young researchers that have delivered their
(degree, master or Ph.D.) in the last three years. Please submit the PDF of the
dissertation to by 15 January 2001. An Award and a full
 support to attend the conference will be given to the prize winner. Two other
 free registrations will be assigned at the second and third. 4 pages summary of
 accepted dissertations will be included in the conference proceedings and a
special forum section will be organised at the conference.

Tutorials should present software maintenance and evolution topics of
interest to practitioners. Tutorials may be full-day or half-day in length.
Submit tutorial proposals via email to by 12 February 2001.
1 page summary of accepted tutorial will be included in the conference

  Research Paper submission 15 January 2001, notification of acceptance 1 June
  Dissertation submission 15 January 2001
  Industrial Application submission 12 March 2001
  Tools request and submission 12 March 2001
  Tutorial submission 12 February 2001


General chair:
        Paolo Nesi, University of Florence, Italy,

Financial chair:
        Vaclav Rajlich, Wayne State University, USA,

Program co-chairs:
        Gerardo Canfora, University of Sannio, Italy,
        Anneliese von Mayrhauser, Colorado State University, USA,

Tutorials co-chairs:
        Lionel C. Briand, Carleton University,
        Alessandro Fantechi, University of Florence, Italy,

Industrial Applications co-chairs:
        Panagiotis K. Linos, Butler University, Department of Computer Science
and Software Engineering,
                                  Indianapolis USA,,
        Harry Sneed, Independent Consultant, Germany,
        Chris Verhoef, Free University Amsterdam, NL,

Publicity co-chairs:
        Nicholas Zvegintzov (General Co-chair), Software Management Network,
        Malcolm Munro (Co-chair for Europe), University of Durham, UK,
        William Cheng-Chung Chu (Co-chair for East), TungHai University, Taiwan,

Local Arrangements co-chairs:
        Fabrizio Fioravanti, University of Florence, Italy,
        Pierfrancesco Bellini (Industrial Applications, and Demos),
                   University of Florence, Italy,
        Marius Bogdan Spinu, University of Florence, Italy,

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