Call for Papers: International Workshop on Models for Non-functional Aspects of Component-Based Software (NfC'04)

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From: Steffen Zschaler (
Date: Tue 18 May 2004 - 12:28:19 BST

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International Workshop on
Models for Non-functional Aspects of Component-Based Software

held in conjunction with

7th International Conference on UML Modeling Languages and Applications
<<UML>> 2004

October 12, 2004
Lisbon, Portugal


Up-to-date information on the workshop can be found at


Developing reliable software is a complex, daunting, and error-prone task.
Therefore, many researchers are interested in improving the support for
developers creating such software. Component-based software engineering has
emerged as an important paradigm for handling complexity. The goal of this
workshop is to look at issues related to the integration of non-functional
property expression, evaluation, and prediction in the context of component-
based software engineering. In this area it is our main focus to look at 
based approaches, preferably, but not limited to, UML-based approaches. 
includes semantic issues, questions of modelling language definition, 
but also
support for automation, such as analysis algorithms, MDA-based 
approaches, or
tool-support for refinement steps. As models are only really meaningful 
if used
in the context of a software development process, we also welcome work 
in this

We expect the workshop to foster cooperation between the various research
groups in the field. One important expected outcome is a joint workshop 
as well as ongoing discussions, e.g., on a workshop mailing list. The 
aim of
this workshop is to bring together practitioners and academics that are
currently working around these topics to highlight the ongoing solutions 
the problems encountered. The workshop is organized on two half-day 
The morning session is dedicated to invited talks and presentations; 
in the afternoon by working sessions. The number and subject of these 
will be decided by the organizers depending on the position papers.

We elicit position papers from the following (non-exclusive) list of topics:

- Modelling languages (both textual and graphical) suitable for expressing
  non-functional properties, in particular for component-based development
- Integration of non-functional aspects into UML's component modeling
- Semantic issues for non-functional specification of component-based
  software, especially issues of compositionality
- Development of QoS-aware components and component systems
- Security issues for component-based software
- Concepts for a model-driven software development process taking into
  account components and/or non-functional aspects
- Modelling and analysis (CASE) tool support for component-based software
  and its non-functional properties
- Experience reports on the incorporation of non-functional requirements
  into component-based development

Papers which do not fit any of the topics above, but are relevant to the 
of the workshop are also welcome.

Some of the organizers of this proposed workshop have already organized
various workshops on related issues at conferences like UML, ECOOP, 
OOIS. The aim of the organizing team is to merge the initiatives in the
modeling area with those in the performance evaluation area. For example a
workshop close to the proposed topics has been held in the UML'2002 
in Dresden and another one was a special issue of the International 
On Computer and Information Sciences, but the attendees were from different
areas although the problems were related.
In particular, this workshop is a continuation of the workshop on Quality of
Service in Component-Based Software Engineering, held at the AdaEurope
conference in Toulouse in June 2003.

Submissions should be between 4 and 8 pages and should be submitted
electronically in postscript or pdf, via the workshop website
( Each submission will be reviewed by at 
two other researchers. Papers will be selected based on whether they 
relevant and interesting ideas and concepts that can contribute to the
discussions that will take place in the workshop. The workshop proceedings
will be made available before the start of the workshop on the workshop
website and may appear as a technical report at one of the organizers'
universities. To ensure a communicative atmosphere the number of 
is limited to 30.


Morning - Paper presentations
Afternoon - Working sessions and later presentation of the session results


Paper submission deadline: July 26, 2004
Notification of acceptance: August 20, 2004
Camera ready copies of accepted papers: September 12, 2004
Workshop: October 12, 2004


Heinrich Hussmann (main contact), Universität München, Germany
Jean-Michel Bruel, University of Pau, France
Geri Georg, Colorado State University, USA
Ileana Ober, UMR Verimag, France
Christoph Pohl, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Jon Whittle, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Steffen Zschaler, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany


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