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Call for Papers and Proposals

3rd International Conference on
Software Engineering Approaches For Offshore and Outsourced  
Development (SEAFOOD 2009)
July 2-3, 2009 - ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Abstracts due: Feb 13th, 2009
Papers due: Feb 20th, 2009
NotiÞcation of acceptance: April 10th, 2009
Camera-ready papers due: April 24th, 2009
Preliminary program: April 30th, 2009

Enabling Global Partnerships to Deliver on Business Needs
Companies have been outsourcing areas of software development work for  
many years, either because of the engineering challenges or because  
the outsourced aspect is not central to their core business. A  
profound transformation has been affecting this model over recent  
years: a massive transfer of development activities from the US and  
Europe to a skilled labour force in service-providing countries. This  
transformation has been driven by the demands of a global business  
climate seeking to increase the value delivery of IT investment.  
However, the ability to realise this value can prove problematic in  
practice. Of particular concern are the hidden costs of globally  
distributed models of working, such as understanding and communicating  
the true business needs across organisational and cultural boundaries.

To address such issues, offshore outsourcing needs quite different  
support from in-house development and this means adapting familiar  
techniques, processes and tools to this setting, as well as perhaps  
creating innovative new ones. Coupled with this industry  
transformation there is hence a pressing need to re-examine those  
software engineering approaches that either facilitate or impede this  
model of working. With an inevitable focus on the economy in 2009,  
business decisions regarding the sourcing of software development  
projects will come under close scrutiny. It will become increasingly  
critical to design global partnerships that both clarify cost/beneÞts  
and enable delivery on business needs.

The aim of the SEAFOOD series of conferences is to examine offshore  
and outsourced software development from a software engineering  
perspective. SEAFOOD strives to: highlight problems faced by industry  
and provide a forum to share good practices; spotlight new processes,  
models, techniques and tools emerging from research efforts that are  
crucial to distributed development, and provide an opportunity for  
industry transfer; and build a community of educators either offering  
or planning to offer global software development experiences for  
students, so as to share project plans and lessons.

SEAFOOD is co-located with TOOLS EUROPE (, so the  
use of object technology, component-based and/or model-based software  
development in globally distributed settings is a synergistic theme.  
Emerging tools for offshore and outsourced software development may be  
SEAFOOD aims to provide an intimate, highly structured and interactive  
forum for its participants, so it will be organising pre-assigned  
discussants for the various conference sessions. SEAFOOD also plans to  
organise an industry round table and educational exchange forum for  
interested participants.

This year, we particularly invite papers that focus on processes,  
techniques and tools to understand, communicate and deliver on  
business needs. Broader topics of interest include, but are certainly  
not limited to, the following dimensions of globally distributed  
software projects:

+ Strategic dimensions - scope decisions; cost/benefit analysis; value  
propositions; risk assessment and management; vendor selection.
+ Process and management dimensions - process models, including  
distributed agile; project management; team organization; customer/ 
supplier engagement and relationship management; supply chain  
management; knowledge transfer and management; project governance;  
quality assurance; metrics and measurement.
+ Development dimensions - requirements engineering; system  
speciÞcation; architecture; conÞguration management; traceability;  
testing; maintenance; deployment.
+ Infrastructure dimensions - technology and tooling.
+ Social dimensions - effect of cultural differences on communication,  
coordination and collaboration; socialisation and community building.
+ Foundational dimensions - requirements and constraints that  
characterise offshore and outsourced processes; comparative studies of  
globally distributed, near-sourced and co-located software development.

We invite original submissions of high quality papers in the following  
RESEARCH PAPERS - technical solutions, empirical studies and survey  
papers. Research papers are expected to explain how the problem being  
addressed is relevant to the conference, describe the research  
approach and include preliminary validation.

INDUSTRY PRACTICE PAPERS - country and domain-specific reports.  
Industry papers are expected to provide sufficient context for  
understanding the challenges and insights, and to make the more  
general lessons for global software development clear.

EDUCATION and TRAINING PAPERS - experience and proposal papers.  
Education papers are expected to explain the pedagogical goals of the  
work, critique their attainment (or not) and provide guidance for  

In all categories: full papers (up to 15 pages); short/position/vision  
papers (up to 6 pages). Accepted papers will be published in the  
Springer LNBIP series. Please see the conference website for  
formatting and submission guidelines (

We also accept proposals for:
Panel sessions on the conference theme. Panel proposals should  
describe the topic of the panel, the positions and biographies of the  
proposed panellists, and identify the panel chair.
Tool demos (technical and communications). Tool demo proposals should  
describe the tool(s) and its relevance to supporting offshore and  
outsourced software development projects.
Panel session and tool demo proposals should not exceed 4 pages,  
formatted as per the regular paper submissions.

++General Co-Chair++
Bertrand Meyer, ETH ZŸrich, Switzerland

++General Co-Chair++
Mathai Joseph, Tata Consultancy Services, India

++Program Chair++
Olly Gotel, Pace University, New York City, USA

++Industry Track Chair++
David Michael, United Business Media, USA

++Education Track Chair++
Christelle Scharff, Pace University, New York City, USA

++Publicity Chair++
Patrick Maeder, Ilmenau Technical University, Germany

++Local Arrangements++
Martin Nordio, ETH ZŸrich, Switzerland

++Local Arrangements++
Claudia GŸnthart, ETH ZŸrich, Switzerland

Kay Berkling, Inline Internet Online GmbH, GERMANY
Manfred Broy, Technische UniversitŠaet MŸuenchen, GERMANY
Val Casey, Bournemouth University, UK
Oliver Creighton, Siemens AG, GERMANY
Jean-Pierre Corriveau, Carleton University, CANADA
Al Davis, University of Colorado and The Davis Company, USA
Barry Dwolatzky, Wits University, SOUTH AFRICA
Patricia Ensworth, Harborlight Management Services, USA
Samuel Fricker, University of Zurich and FUCHS-INFORMATIK AG,  
Don Gause, SUNY Binghamton and Savile Row, LLC, USA
Matt Ganis, IBM Hawthorne, USA
Victor Gergel, University of Nizhni Novgorod, RUSSIA
Tony Gorschek, Blekinge Institute of Technology, SWEDEN
Amar Gupta, University of Arizona, USA
Vidya Kulkarni, University of Delhi, INDIA
Vinay Kulkarni, Tata Research Development and Design Centre, INDIA
Liz Q. Li, Motorola Inc., USA
Christine Mingins, ucube, AUSTRALIA
Cornelius Ncube, Bournemouth University, UK
Uolevi Nikula, Lappeenranta University of Technology, FINLAND
Dragutin Petkovic, San Francisco State University, USA
Moniphal Say, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, CAMBODIA
Thanwadee Sunetnanta, Mahidol University, THAILAND
Gary Thompson, Sun Microsystems and San Francisco State University, USA
Rainer Todtenhoefer, University of Applied Sciences Fulda, GERMANY
Hiroshi Tsuji, Osaka Prefecture University, JAPAN
Ye Yang, Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
Yunwen Ye, Software Research Associates, Inc., JAPAN
Jianjun Zhao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CHINA
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