15th IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems

St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, 22-26 March 2010

CALL FOR PAPERS (download PDF version)

The success of key human activities ranging from research and business to everyday services relies on the use of ever more sophisticated, feature-rich and complex computer systems. These complex computer systems are regularly required to accomplish more, faster and on a broader scale, to adapt dynamically to changing workloads, scenarios and objectives, and to achieve guaranteed levels of performance and dependability. Satisfying such demanding requirements in the presence of the variability, heterogeneity and non-linear behaviour that characterise complex computer systems poses numerous challenges to both their developers and their users.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, practitioners and leading experts from academia and industry, to advance the state of the art in the specification, development, validation and verification, and management of complex computer systems.

Scope and topics

Authors are invited to submit papers describing original, unpublished research results, case studies and tools. Additionally, submissions of poster papers are sought for two separate poster sessions: an "ongoing research" poster session, and a "PhD research" poster session. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following aspects of complex computer systems:

  • Requirement specification and analysis
  • Verification and validation
  • Model-driven development
  • Reverse engineering and refactoring
  • Design by contract
  • Agile methods
  • Safety-critical & fault-tolerant architectures
  • Adaptive, self-managing and multi-agent systems
  • Real-time, hybrid and embedded systems
  • Systems of systems
  • Tools and tool integration
  • Industrial case studies

Different kinds of contributions are sought, including novel research, lessons learned, experience reports, and discussions of practical problems faced by industry and user domains. The ultimate goal is to build a rich and comprehensive conference program that can fit the interests and needs of different classes of attendees: professionals, researchers, managers, and students. A program goal is to organize several sessions that include both academic and industrial papers on a given topic, and culminate with panels to discuss relationships between industrial and academic research.

Full papers are divided into two categories: Technical Papers and Experience Reports. The papers submitted to both categories will be reviewed by program committee members, and papers accepted in either category will be published in the conference proceedings. Technical papers should describe original research, and experience reports should present practical projects carried out in industry, and reflect on the lessons learnt from them.

Poster paper submissions should specify in their abstract whether they describe ongoing or PhD research. Both types of poster papers will be reviewed by program committee members, and accepted posters will be published in the conference proceedings.

Paper submission

Submitted manuscripts should be in English and formatted in the style of the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Format. Papers should not exceed 10 pages for full papers and 2 pages for poster papers, including figures, references, and appendices. All submissions should be in PDF format. Submissions not adhering to the specified format and length may be rejected immediately, without review.

Microsoft Word templates and Latex style files are available from the IEEE Conference Proceedings web site - use the US-letter Microsoft Word template, and the 'conference' mode for the Latex template.

Submissions of papers will be carried out electronically via the web site of the ICECCS Submission Service at


Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign a copyright release form. IEEE Computer Society Press will publish the proceedings. Final versions of accepted papers will be limited to 10 pages (2 pages for poster papers) in the aforementioned IEEE proceedings format.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline 23 Oct 2009 26 Oct 2009
Paper submission deadline 30 Oct 2009 2 Nov 2009
Author notification 18 Dec 2009
Final version due 22 Jan 2010

Keynote speakers

Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Bill Roscoe, University of Oxford, UK

General Chair

Marta Kwiatkowska, University of Oxford, UK

Program Chairs

Radu Calinescu, University of Oxford, UK
Richard Paige, University of York, UK

Download PDF version of the Call for Papers