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Press Release: ACM Distinguished Paper to be Awarded for Best Contribution of QoSA 2013 Conference

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.

The best contribution of the conference will receive the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award. The ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) provides a forum for computing professionals from industry, government and academia to examine principles, practices, and new research results in software engineering.

Last year, this award was given to Thomas Haitzer, university assistant, and Uwe Zdun, professor of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna for their paper on “DSL-based Support for Semi-automated Architectural Component Model Abstraction throughout the Software Lifecycle.”

We asked Haitzer and Zdun what motivated them to participate in the conference.

“We were attracted to the QoSA conference, as quality of software architecture is a core topic in our work. We were particularly interested in the prospect of a conference covering interesting software architecture related topics and allowing us to meet with colleagues from the software architecture community from all over the world.”

Haitzer was a first time attendee at the conference and commented that he “enjoyed the very familiar atmosphere and the wonderful venue, as well as the stimulating discussions and high quality presentations. I can strongly recommend attending the conference, especially for people working the area of components and software architecture, as I was able to learn a lot while still having a good time.”

QoSA is an event of the CompArch federated conference series bringing together researchers and practitioners from the Component-Based Software Engineering and Software Architecture communities. The 2013 edition is hosted by Philippe Kruchten as General Chair.

This year the 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 smart grids, embedded systems, or 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. We solicit contributions that explore this holistic system perspective 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.

The conference is calling for papers with abstracts due on February 6, 2013 and the papers to follow on February 13, 2013. Read more about QoSA 2013 and the other federated events at http://comparch2013.org/.