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Call for Participation: WICSA-4 June 12-15 Oslo, Norway
24 May 2004, submitted by Jan Bosch

WICSA-4: 4th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture

Early registration deadline: May 18

University of Oslo, Norway
June 12-15, 2004

Invited speakers

Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy, University of Munich: From Components to Services

Haakon Bryhni, CTO Birdstep: Software Architectures for Mobile IP systems - future challenges including variability and interoperability


Jan Bosch, University of Groningen

Clemens Szyperski, Microsoft Research

Jeff Magee, Imperial College London

Technical Program

Architecture Analysis

Architecture Evolution

Architecture in practice

Architecture Methods

Architecture Tools

Architecture Styles

Architecture of Large systems


Architecture-centric Software Engineering

Software Architectures for Safe and Secure Systems

Software Variability Management

Implementing Domain specific languages for Product Lines

Architecture Documentation with UML

Workshop Wiki Wan party on Software Architecture Handbook

Working sessions on:

Social activities: Receptions and Boat Dinner

Located at University of Oslo, Norway

Organised by SINTEF. In cooperation with IEEE

Co-located with ECOOP 2004 www.ifi.uio.no/ecoop2004/


Microsoft Research


Philips Medical Systems

WICSA 2004 Working Conference Work Sessions:
Call for Prepared Participation

A Wiki WAN Party:
Capturing Experience in Software Architecture Best Practices

June 12-15, 2004, Oslo, Norway

The working conference approach of the 4th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA 2004) http://wicsa4.cs.rug.nl/ WICSA Working sessions Theme and Goals

WICSA is a working conference and working sessions have long been a tradition at previous conferences. They have been used to collect examples of existing best practices; identify characteristics of existing methods and techniques; identify gaps in the state of the practice; and propose new techniques to fill those gaps. This year we add a new twist to this idea by using wiki software as a group communication mechanism that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page) is our model and platform for on-line collaboration. The goal is to encourage ideas about software architecture to evolve as an ongoing discussion among members of the software architecture/WICSA community in the form of entries on wikipedia.

We invite all participants at WICSA to consider to prepare some material in advance, in addition to their active participation at the conference itself.

Topics of interest will include (but not be limited to) themes from the WICSA technical program and work sessions:

Martin Wattenberg, IBM Watson Research Center, will assist us in visualizing the collaborative process through use of his History Flow application (http://researchweb.watson.ibm.com/history/). The history flow application charts the evolution of a document as it is edited by many people using a very simple visualization technique. We will use the application to evaluate how the collaboration is progressing. We will post intermediate results during the conference and report on final results during the plenary session of the conference.


The working parts of the Working conference will occur in four segments.

1. Saturday morning, June 12, 9:00 - 12:30. Working Session Preparations before the official opening of the conference.

2. During the conference. From Saturday afternoon through to Tuesday afternoon

3. Towards the end of the conference. Tuesday afternoon, June 15, 13:30-15:00. Working session wrap-up to reflect on the Wiki experience.

4. At the end of the conference. Tuesday afternoon, June 15, 15:30-16:30. Wiki Wan party summary. Plenary session at end of the WICSA conference to report on the Wiki results.

Call for prepared participation

These work sessions is intended for anyone interested in distilling software architecture best practices (software architects, software lead designers, students, researchers, managers, educators, etc).

Participants are asked to prepare for discussions and work sessions by submitting the following to the workshop chairs (jas@cs.tufts.edu):

(1) Short bio or statement on background.

(2) A position or observation on the state of the practice in software architecture in the form of a wiki excerpt that will be the raw material for an online wiki submission.

The Wiki WAN Party is open to all conference participants and submission materials will not be used for choosing participants. The party hosts will use the submission materials to gauge interest in the themes and to help organize the initial wiki online material and plan for the party.

Important Dates

Submissions Due: June 2, 2004

WICSA Wiki WAN Party: June 12 – 15, 2004

Wiki WAN Party hosts

Shang-Wen Cheng, Dept. of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University zensoul@cs.cmu.edu

Robert L. Nord, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University rn@sei.cmu.edu

Judith Stafford, Dept. of Computer Science, Tufts University jas@cs.tufts.edu

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