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The 8th Software Quality Days (SWQD) conference and tools fair – one of the largest software quality conferences in Europe - will bring together researchers and practitioners from business, industry, and academia working on quality assurance and quality management for software engineering and information technology.

In 2016 the SWQD conference hosts the 5th scientific program on research and industry experience. The guiding topic for 2016 will be “The Future of Systems- and Software-Development: Build in Quality & Efficiency Right from the Start”

This year the main scientific program includes a session on Testing the Internet of Things (T-IoT).

Main Scientific Program

High software and systems quality are success-critical factors in engineering practices and refer to product, process, and service quality. However, quality attributes have to be embodied within individual phases of software and systems development.
In distributed engineering environments, where various stakeholders coming from heterogeneous disciplines have to collaborate and interact efficiently. Additional quality attributes with focus on collaboration and data exchange apply. Mobile environments typically refer to product quality and include quality requirements regarding usability, interaction, safety and security.

Following the guiding topic we welcome contributions related to software and systems quality in context of distributed and mobile environments.

Topics of interest for research and industrial experience paper include but are not limited to

  • System and software quality management methods
  • Improvement of software development methods and processes
  • Testing and quality assurance of software and software-intensive systems
  • Process and quality assurance automation
  • Requirements Engineering and Management
  • Project and Risk Management
  • Effort and quality estimation
  • Metrics (product, process, project)
  • Domain specific quality issues such as embedded, medical, automotive systems
  • Novel trends in software quality

Special Session on Testing the Internet of Things (T-IoT)

Special Session Chair
Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS

The objective of the Testing the Internet of Things track (T-IoT) is to establish a fruitful and meaningful dialog among systems practitioners and with systems engineering researchers in embedded systems (ES), cyber-physical systems (CPS), and the Internet of Things (IoT) on the challenges, obstacles, results (both good and bad), and lessons learned associated with the massive deployment of Internet of Things solutions in various safety- and security-critical environments. The T-IoT presentations will provide accounts of the application of testing and test engineering practices (which may be principles, techniques, tools, methods, processes, testing techniques etc.) to a specific domain or to the development of a significant IoT system. In particular, we are interested in new methods, experiences, best practices, etc. on how to assure the quality, safety, security, reliability, resilience and trustworthiness of IoT systems during development, for certification and deployment, and in operation and maintenance. We would like the T-IoT presentations to be of interest to system development professionals as well as to quality groups for such software-based systems.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Risk-oriented testing, security testing, performance testing, scalability testing for IoT devices and solutions
  • Quality assurance and certification for IoT devices and solutions
  • Simulation and testing of large-scale IoT deployments
  • IoT test platforms and tools

Common Paper submission information

Technical Research and Industrial Experience Papers

The scientific program of SWQD 2016 accepts two categories of conference submissions. In both categories papers with practical relevance and already conducted practical evaluation will be preferred.

  • Technical Research Papers should describe innovative research in software quality concepts, standards, processes, methods, or tools. They should describe a novel contribution to the field or significantly improve existing solutions. The proposed solution technique or its application to this kind of problem must be novel and sound. The author(s) must provide (empirical) validation of the proposed solution, for example, a proof-of-concept and sound arguments that the solution technique will scale to real-world-sized problems. Results must be stated clearly so that the author(s) or others can further validate them in later research. A technical solution paper should also be clear about its contributions with respect to related work by others and to previous work by the author(s).    
  • Industrial Experience Papers should describe a significant experience in applying software quality technology in a real-world context and should carefully identify and discuss important lessons learned so that other researchers and/or practitioners can benefit from the experience. The author(s) should provide (empirical) evidence supporting the experience and derived conclusions.

The SWQD 2016 conference will provide best paper awards in both categories, i.e., technical research papers and industrial experience papers.

Publication of papers with Springer LNBIP

Scientific papers will be rigorously peer-reviewed for publication in the well-known research publication series Springer LNBIP.

  • Full papers should be 15-20 pages (in Springer LNBIP proceedings format) and include an abstract of up to 150 words.
  • Short Papers should be 8-12 pages (in Springer LNBIP proceedings format - see the LNBIP Website for author instructions).

The language of the scientific program is English.

Papers must contain original unpublished work, describe significant novel contributions, and provide evidence on the validation of results. In particular, reports on industrial applications are welcome.
Papers must not have been previously published or submitted for review elsewhere.

All scientific program contributions will be reviewed by the international Program Committee on their scientific merit and relevance to the conference topics and may be accepted as regular or short papers. Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings, published by Springer LNBIP (abstracted/ indexed in ISI Proceedings, DBLP, EI and Scopus), and the Springer Digital library.

If accepted, papers must be personally presented at the Software Quality Days 2016 Conference by the author or one of the co-authors. The first presenting author can participate free of charge at the two conference days. Additional authors/presenters can participate at discounted partner fee.

Important Deadlines

  • Full Paper Submission: Full Paper Submission: 21.06.2015 (final deadline extension)
  • Notification of accepted/rejected papers: 27.07.2015
  • Camera-ready paper for Springer Publication: 31.08.2015
  • Finalized Version of the Presentation: 07.12.2015

Program Committee

  • Stefan Biffl (Chair)
  • Maria Teresa Baldassarre, University of Bari, Italy
  • Mokhtar Beldjehem, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Miklos Biro, Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Austria
  • Matthias Book, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Ruth Breu, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Fabio Calefato , University of Bari, Italy
  • Maya Daneva, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Oscar Dieste, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Frank Elberzhager, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
  • Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Gordon Fraser, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Nauman Ghazi, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Volker Gruhn, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Jens Heidrich, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
  • Frank Houdek, Daimler AG, Germany
  • Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Marcos  Kalinowski, Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil
  • Petri Kettunen, Helsinki University, Finland
  • Ricardo Machado, CCG-Centro de Computação Gráfica, Portugal
  • Eda Marchetti, ISTI-CNR, Italy
  • Paula Monteiro, CCG-Centro de Computação Gráfica, Portugal
  • Juergen Muench, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Oscar Pastor, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
  • Mauro Pezzè, University of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Dietmar Pfahl, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Rick Rabiser, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Rudolf Ramler, Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Austria
  • Andreas Rausch, Technical University Clausthal, Germany
  • Barbara Russo, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim, Germany
  • Rini Van Solingen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Stefan Wagner, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Partners 2016