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The goal of QoSA (Quality of Software Architectures) is to address the quality aspects of software architecture, focusing broadly on its quality characteristics and how these relate to the design of software architectures. Specific issues of interest are defining and modeling quality measures, evaluating and managing architecture quality, linking architecture to requirements and implementation, and preserving architecture quality throughout the system lifetime.

QoSA is the premier forum for the presentation of new results in the area of software architecture quality. It brings together researchers, practitioners and students who are concerned with software architecture quality in a holistic way. As a working conference QoSA has a strong practical bias, encompassing research papers, industrial reports and invited talks from renowned speakers.

This year the main theme of QoSA is "The System View".  Often, a software system is not isolated, but is a part of a larger system that relies on that software. Examples of such systems are technical systems such as smart grids or embedded systems as well as systems that include human actors. When making decisions, not only is the quality of the software architecture itself important, but also the quality of the system architecture and the overall system. As an example, additional quality metrics related the whole system might be needed.

In this year's QoSA we particularly solicit contributions that explore this holistic system perspective, connect quality of software architecture to system architecture or other system considerations, and explore foundations for assuring the desirable quality of systems that rely on software. At the same time, submissions related to the general topic of the conference are welcome.


Topics of interest for the conference include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

Architecture Design and Implementation

  • design decisions and their influence on the quality of software architecture
  • maintaining software architectures in the presence of change
  • architectural refactorings and their implications for quality
  • architectural standards and reference architectures
  • model-driven methods and tools for architecture design and implementation

Architecture Evaluation

  • quality assessment of legacy systems and third party applications
  • empirical validation, testing, prototyping and simulation for assessing architecture quality
  • quality attributes of software architectures
  • methods and processes for evaluating architecture quality
  • model-driven evaluation of software architecture quality
  • evaluating the effects of architectural adaptations at run-time
  • lessons learned and empirical validation of theories and frameworks on architecture quality

Architecture Management

  • assessment and enforcement of architectural conformance throughout the software lifecycle
  • traceability of software architecture to requirements and implementation
  • models and tools for coping with software architecture evolution
  • applications to industrial case studies and use cases


We solicit two types of submissions: regular papers and position papers.

  • Regular papers should describe original and significant results of theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental research or of experience from industrial practice. Reflecting the practical emphasis of QoSA, papers showcasing applications along with a sound conceptual contribution are welcome. Regular papers are limited to 10 pages.
  • Position papers describe novel ideas or innovative proposals whose aim is to stimulate discussion related to experiences and ideas, rather than to present mature results. Position papers are limited to 6 pages.
All accepted contributions will be published in the ACM digital library. Papers should respect the standard ACM format for conference proceedings (alternate style). Manuscripts must be submitted through the Easychair submission system.ACM

All contributions will be subject to a rigorous selection process by the international Program Committee, with an emphasis on originality, usefulness, practicality and overall quality. Papers must not have been previously published or be currently submitted elsewhere. If accepted, the paper must be personally presented at the QoSA 2013 conference by one of the authors in order to appear in the proceedings.

The best contribution of the conference will receive the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award, given by the ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: Feb 06, 2013
  • Paper submission deadline: Feb 13, 2013 23:59 Pago Pago, American Samoa time (extended)
  • Author notification: Mar 25, 2013
  • Final version deadline: Apr 17, 2013
  • Conference: Jun 17-21, 2013


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