Call for papers

2003 International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution
(IWPSE 2003)

IWPSE-03 is sponsored by SIGSE/IPSJ (Special Interest Group of Software Engineering, Information Processing Society of Japan), in co-operation with ACM SIGSOFT.

September 1-2, 2003
Helsinki, Finland

In conjunction with
European Software Engineering Conference and
ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2003

IWPSE2003 Overview

The international workshop on software evolution, IWPSE-03, is organized for the discussion of both the theory and the experience of software evolution. It is a continuation of the previous five workshops: IWPSE-98, IWPSE-99, ISPSE-00, IWPSE-01, and IWPSE-02. Software evolution, recognized as an essential aspect of software systems, has become an emerging research subject in recent years and is attracting the attention of researchers and practitioners. The intent of IWPSE-03 is to provide a forum to discuss a wide range of topics in software evolution, to foster the better understanding of the nature of software evolution, and to accelerate research activities on the subject.


Preliminary program can be downloaded in PDF format.

Venue, accomodation, registration and travelling

Information concerning venue, accomodation, registration and travelling to Helsinki is available at the home page of FSE/ESEC.

Disclaimer "As the workshops are organized independently - the Organization Committtee takes no further responsibility for the workshops" at FSE/ESEC registration pages does not mean that they would not handle workshop registration. You should simply log in to their registration system and complete the registration. You will also get an email notification regarding your registration.


The major topics include, but not limited to:
  • Theory of software evolution
  • Evolution of requirements and environments
  • Architecture for evolution
  • Evolution of architecture
  • Software process for evolution
  • Evolution of software process
  • Methodology for evolutional design and development
  • Validation and verification of evolution
  • Metrics and evaluation of evolution
  • Configuration and change management for evolution
  • Environment for evolutional design
  • Co-evolution of software and organization
  • Experience and lessons learned from evolutional software systems
  • Agile software development.
  • Types of contribution

    We seek two types of contribution. Please mark clearly your paper as either FULL PAPER or POSITION PAPER.

    Full papers

    A full paper may not exceed ten pages, and must include a title, a short abstract, and references. All full paper submissions will be refereed by the PC. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. At least one author must attend the workshop (this is a condition of publication) and approximately 20-30 minutes will be allocated for the presentation of the paper.

    Position papers

    A position paper may not exceed four pages, and must include a title, a short abstract, and references. The aim of a position paper is to contribute a specific position to a research discussion. Position papers are judged on novelty, sensibility of the viewpoint, key insights, and relevant research results. Radical and unconventional ideas are welcomed. Accepted position papers will be published in the workshop proceedings, and each will be allocated 10-15 minutes for presentation.


    The proceedings of IWPSE 2003 will be printed by IEEE Computer Society.

    Submission procedure

    Submission of papers should be done electronically. The paper submission site will be announced on April 15. If you cannot submit your paper electronically by some reasons, you need to contact to us one week before the submission deadline.

    Please submit your paper in either PS or a PDF using the IEEE proceedings format. Full paper submissions must not exceed 10 pages, and position paper submissions must not exceed 4 pages.

    We have experienced problems with test submissions that contain non-English fonts. If you use non-English version of a tool for preparing your manuscript, (e.g. Japanese version of MSWord) and make a PDF file, we strongly recommend if you would check your file by using English version of Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the URL below.

    To help you format your paper, you may need:

  • Author's Guidelines
  • LaTex (Latex2e and Latex209) style files
  • English version of Acrobat Reader.
  • We recommend the use of IEEE Proceedings Templates for LaTeX. If this is impossible, we request you to please use a corresponding template with e.g. MS-Word.

    The electronic submission procedure consists of the following steps:

    1. Visit our paper submission site (
    2. Enter the appropriate information about the paper and the contact author. Please be careful to enter the correct email address.
    3. Click the button "Submit Paper Information".
    4. The response web page will contain a summary of the information you entered, plus the URL of where your paper will be stored should you wish to update your submission before the deadline. Click "Next".
    5. Enter the file extension, ps or pdf, and the file name where your paper is stored in your local computer.
    6. Click the button "Upload paper".
    7. Check the notification of "Your file have been stored ....".

    Note that you must not use non-English characters in your submission. If there are no problems with the submission, the contact author will receive two email messages:

  • immediate notification of the registration of your paper information [see step 4]
  • notification of the successful processing and printing of your submission (within a few days)
  • If you do not receive these messages, please contact

    Important dates

    Papers due18 May, 2003.
    Papers acceptance notification13 June, 2003.
    Camera-ready paper due23 June, 2003.


    General Chair:Tommi Mikkonen (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
    Program Co-Chairs:Michael W. Godfrey (University of Waterloo, Canada)
     Motoshi Saeki (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
    Steering Committee: Mikio Aoyama(Nanzan U.)
     Keith Bennett (University of Durham)
     Carlo Ghezzi (Politecnico di Milano)
     Takuya Katayama (JAIST)
     David Notkin (University of Washington)
     Tetsuo Tamai (University of Tokyo)
    Program Committee: Tsuneo Ajisaka (Wakayama Univ., Japan)
     Doo Hwan Bae (KAIST, Korea)
     Liz Burd (Univ. of Durham, UK)
     Gerardo Canfora (Univ. of Sannio, Italy)
     Andrea De Lucia (Univ. of Sannio, Italy)
     Jun Han (Monash Univ., Australia)
     Katsuro Inoue (Osaka Univ., Japan)
     Mehdi Jazayeri (Tech. Univ. of Vienna, Austria)
     Kyo C. Kang (Pohang Univ. of Science & Tech., Korea)
     Kostas Kontogiannis (Univ. of Waterloo, Canada)
     Rainer Koschke(Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany)
     Manny Lehman (Middlesex Univ., UK)
     Andrew Malton (Univ. of Waterloo, Canada)
     Spiros Mancoridis (Drexel Univ., USA)
     Tom Mens (Vrije Univ. Brussel, Belgium)
     Roland Mittermeir (Univ. of Klagenfurt, Austria)
     Hausi Müller (Univ. of Victoria, Canada)
     Shin Nakajima (Hosei Univ., Japan)
     Liam O'Brien (SEI/Carnegie-Mellon Univ., USA)
     Barbara Paech (Fraunhofer IESE, Germany)
     Vaclav Rajlich (Wayne State Univ., USA)
     Claudio Riva (Nokia, Finland)
     Arie van Deursen (CWI, Netherlands)
     Andreas Winter (Univ. of Koblenz, Germany)

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