ISARCS 2012 Call For Papers (click here) 

Modern software systems increasingly run in and interact with an open environment. This characteristic pushes forward the boundaries of critical system beyond the traditional class of critical applications. Architecting critical systems is then getting more and more importance in every application domain. The dependability and security of these systems must persist when facing both predictable and unpredictable changes. This calls for effective methods, techniques and tools for developing, designing, maintaining, and upgrading critical systems.

This symposium is born as the union of the Workshop on Architecting Dependable Systems (WADS), the Workshop on the Role of Software Architecture for Testing and Analysis (ROSATEA), and the Workshop on Views On Designing Complex Architectures (VODCA).

ISARCS is at the third edition and it is the perfect venue for exchanging ideas on both theory and practice for architecting critical systems. Architecting these systems has the big challenge to guarantee both the perceived and objective dependability and security even accepting service degradation. This requires trade-off among the various attributes of dependability and security that cannot be considered in isolation.

The aim of ISARCS is to bring together different communities in order to create a forum in which the different expertise collaborate in providing a comprehensive view on how to design, develop, maintain and evolve critical systems from the architectural perspective.


We are interested in submissions from both industry and academia, including, but not limited to, the following main areas:

  • New paradigm for designing evolving critical systems: extensible architectural description languages; architectural styles; architectural patterns; architectural support for evolution; integrators (wrappers) for dependability; model-driven development; component based development; aspects oriented development; assurance based development;

  • Testing and analysis of evolving systems: testing; simulation; inspection techniques; type checking; run-time checks; model-checking; theorem proving; fault injection

  • Architecting fault-tolerant and evolvable critical systems: tolerating architectural mismatches; redundancy and diversity; survivability; error confinement; monitoring; exception handling; self-healing

  • Combined approaches for architecting evolving and critical systems: integrated processes; combination of methods; interplay of techniques; integration of analysis techniques; the integration of tools;

  • Relevant domains with critical systems: critical infrastructures; embedded systems; mobile and ubiquitous systems; automotive systems; avionic systems; e-commerce; e-business; e-government;

  • Industrial needs: reports about industrial case studies, challenges, problems and solutions



Abstract submission: February 14, 2012  February 24, 2012
Paper submission: February 21, 2012  February 28, 2012
Notification to authors: April 9, 2012
Camera-Ready version: April 27, 2012


Accepted contributions will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Papers should not exceed 10 pages, must be written in English, and prepared according to the ACM style (guidelines: Papers must not have been previously published or currently submitted elsewhere for publication. If accepted, the paper must be personally presented at ISARCS 2012 by one author. Submissions will be made through the EasyChair online submission system






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