by Carlos E. Cuesta and Paloma Cáceres

The First European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2007) was held in Aranjuez, near Madrid, on 24-26 September 2007. Conceived as the premier meeting place for European researchers in the area of software architecture, it has now become firmly established as one of the most prominent worldwide events in the field.

Software architecture has just begun its second decade as a discipline within software engineering. During this period, its role in the engineering and design of complex software-intensive applications has become more and more important and widespread. The field is now experiencing the coexistence of component-based and service-oriented architectures, and because of that, this is a time of changes, which could even lead to a paradigm shift. From a general perspective, architecture presents itself as a key aspect in the design, development and evolution of software systems; the latter is perhaps the most challenging issue in the field today.

Due to the relevance of these issues, the existing successful series of European workshops on software architecture has evolved into a number of fully-fledged European conferences. Thus, the follow-up to the meetings held in the United Kingdom in 2004 (LNCS 3047), Italy in 2005 (LNCS 3527), and France in 2006 (LNCS 4344) has been the first edition of the European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2007). This took place in Aranjuez (Madrid), Spain, on 24-26 September 2007 (LNCS 4758).

The conference attracted the interest of researchers in the field, increasing the number of submissions with respect to previous workshops. An initial profile of 89 abstracts provided a total of 62 contributions from 25 countries. From these, eighteen were selected for presentation, and only five were accepted as full papers. Moreover, sixteen additional submissions were selected as posters; these were exposed in a very intense poster session, held also as part of the main program. The selected papers covered many areas and promoted fruitful discussions among the participants. The structure of the program grouped them as follows:

  • architecture description, with an emphasis on evolution
  • architecture analysis
  • architecture-based approaches and applications
  • challenges in software architecture
  • service-oriented architectures.

Furthermore, there were three keynote talks during the conference, given by the following outstanding researchers:

  • Professor David Garlan from Carnegie Mellon University (USA), who presented the invited lecture "Software Architectures for Task-Oriented Computing"
  • Professor Ron Morrison from the University of St Andrews (UK), who in his lecture described "An Active Architecture Approach to Dynamic Systems Co-Evolution"
  • Professor Michael Papazoglou from Tilburg University (The Netherlands), who asked "What's in a service?" and discussed in detail the consequences and ideas around this concept.

Due to the success of ECSA 2007 and with the collaboration of all the participants, ECSA has already become one of the worldwide reference forums for software architecture. In addition, plans for future editions already include a joint event with WICSA, the premier meeting in the field, to be held in 2009.

The ECSA promoters would like to thank the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, the the General Director of Universities and Research (DGUI) of the autonomous Government of Madrid, and Rey Juan Carlos University for their financial support; Kotasoft SI Ltd, Kybele Consulting, Open Canarias and InterSystems for their sponsorship; and the Spanish Office of the W3C for their kind collaboration.

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ECSA 2007 - First European Conference on Software Architecture

by Carlos E. Cuesta and Paloma Cáceres

The First European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2007) was held in Aranjuez, near Madrid, on 24-26 September 2007. Conceived as the premier meeting place for European researchers in the area of software architecture, it has now become firmly established as one of the most prominent worldwide events in the field.

Software architecture has just begun its second decade as a discipline within software engineering. During this period, its role in the engineering and design of complex software-intensive applications has become more and more important and widespread. The field is now experiencing the coexistence of component-based and service-oriented architectures, and because of that, this is a time of changes, which could even lead to a paradigm shift. From a general perspective, architecture presents itself as a key aspect in the design, development and evolution of software systems; the latter is perhaps the most challenging issue in the field today.

Due to the relevance of these issues, the existing successful series of European workshops on software architecture has evolved into a number of fully-fledged European conferences. Thus, the follow-up to the meetings held in the United Kingdom in 2004 (LNCS 3047), Italy in 2005 (LNCS 3527), and France in 2006 (LNCS 4344) has been the first edition of the European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2007). This took place in Aranjuez (Madrid), Spain, on 24-26 September 2007 (LNCS 4758).

The conference attracted the interest of researchers in the field, increasing the number of submissions with respect to previous workshops. An initial profile of 89 abstracts provided a total of 62 contributions from 25 countries. From these, eighteen were selected for presentation, and only five were accepted as full papers. Moreover, sixteen additional submissions were selected as posters; these were exposed in a very intense poster session, held also as part of the main program. The selected papers covered many areas and promoted fruitful discussions among the participants. The structure of the program grouped them as follows:

  • architecture description, with an emphasis on evolution
  • architecture analysis
  • architecture-based approaches and applications
  • challenges in software architecture
  • service-oriented architectures.

Furthermore, there were three keynote talks during the conference, given by the following outstanding researchers:

  • Professor David Garlan from Carnegie Mellon University (USA), who presented the invited lecture "Software Architectures for Task-Oriented Computing"
  • Professor Ron Morrison from the University of St Andrews (UK), who in his lecture described "An Active Architecture Approach to Dynamic Systems Co-Evolution"
  • Professor Michael Papazoglou from Tilburg University (The Netherlands), who asked "What's in a service?" and discussed in detail the consequences and ideas around this concept.

Due to the success of ECSA 2007 and with the collaboration of all the participants, ECSA has already become one of the worldwide reference forums for software architecture. In addition, plans for future editions already include a joint event with WICSA, the premier meeting in the field, to be held in 2009.

The ECSA promoters would like to thank the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, the the General Director of Universities and Research (DGUI) of the autonomous Government of Madrid, and Rey Juan Carlos University for their financial support; Kotasoft SI Ltd, Kybele Consulting, Open Canarias and InterSystems for their sponsorship; and the Spanish Office of the W3C for their kind collaboration.

Link:
http://www.kybele.es/ecsa/

Please contact:
Esperanza Marcos, SpaRCIM, Spain
E-mail: esperanza.marcos@urjc.es

Please contact:
Esperanza Marcos, SpaRCIM, Spain
E-mail: esperanza.marcos@urjc.es

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