PROFES 2015 will have three co-located workshops. Accepted articles will appear in the conference proceedings (Springer LNCS).

The deadlines are shared, as follows.

Submission date: September 14, 2015
Notification to authors: September 26, 2015

Update: PROMOTE has extended the submission date to September 20, 2015.

Please refer to the workshop websites for further details, including the submission system.

Processes, Methods and Tools for Engineering Embedded Systems (PROMOTE)

Apostolos Ampatzoglou

University of Groningen

Jukka Hemilä

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

PROMOTE focuses on research topics on the intersection of the software engineering and the embedded systems communities. Nowadays embedded software plays an increasingly important role in embedded systems
development, and urges for intense maintenance activities. Therefore, the embedded systems community could benefit from sharing knowledge with the software engineering community, in the sense of applying accumulated experience in handling maintenance effort. However, successful software engineering processes, methods or tools are not always found into the ES industry. Whereas, some of them might not be even directly applicable, and require some tailoring. PROMOTE attempts to bring together practitioners and researchers from both communities, so as to discuss progress on embedded software processes, methods and tools; to gather empirical evidence on their use; and to identify priorities for a research agenda.

Update: PROMOTE has extended the submission date to September 20, 2015.


International Workshop on Human Factors in Software Development Processes

Maria Teresa Baldassarre (chair)

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy

Silvia Abrahao

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain

Danilo Caivano

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy

Yvonne Dittrich

IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Rosa Lanzilotti

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy

Antonio Piccinno

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy

Software development is a human intensive activity whatever the underlying production process it is based on. Though both software engineering (SE) and human-computer interaction (HCI) communities aim towards creating better software products, the two communities are still far from being synergic while they could both gain from a better integration. Recent efforts have contributed to increase the synergy between SE and HCI. Nevertheless, this has not led to expected results and impacts with respect to the software development process. Software product industry emphasizes the importance of contact with users and customers in order to understand requirements both regarding the functionality and the usability of software products. At the same time, multi layered software architectures are pursued in order to have robust and evolvable software products, according to the customers’ needs, even if they were not properly taken in to account at the beginning of the development process.

One might expect that such issues would lead to emphasize the core importance of human factors in software development. Unfortunately this has not been the case. Indeed, recent literature has pointed out how in most empirical evaluations only a small number of works include human participants. Moreover, there is still little experience in conducting empirical studies with human participants.

Papers discussing topics on challenges and best practices of HCI in the evaluation of Software Development processes and practices as well as software products are welcome.


Software Startups: State of the Art and State of the Practice

Anh Nguyen-Duc

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Syed Muhammad Ali Shah

SICS Swedish ICT AB, Sweden

Xiaofeng Wang

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

The world has been witnessing the rapid spread of tech-entrepreneurship. Software startups are in the forefront of this big wave. The landscape of software startups is extremely dynamic, unpredictable and even chaotic. Failure rate is very high. Therefore, software startups make a fascinating arena for both researchers and practitioners alike. This workshop will bring together people working on software startups from technological, methodological and operational perspectives. The aim of the workshop is to gather industrial and academic minds together to explore the potentials and synergies underlying these perspectives. As a result of the workshop, we should have a clearer understanding on how they shape the future of software startups.

To this end, we encourage people who are working on or interested in the area of software startups to submit their original research studies or their industrial experiences regarding the abovementioned perspectives. Due to the emerging and nascent nature of these topics, conceptual or opinion papers with original insights are also welcome. More details can be found at the workshop website.