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ICSOFT is sponsored by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication


The purpose of the ICSOFT 2012, the 7th International Conference on Software Paradigm Trends, is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested on information technology and software development. This seventh edition will focus in priority on the four main paradigms that have been intensively studied during the last decade for software and system design, namely: Models, Aspects, Services and Context.

Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is an approach to the design and development of software and systems that relies on exploiting high-level models and computer-based automation to achieve significant improvements in both productivity and quality. Model Driven Engineering has been popularized during the last decade by a specific incarnation, model-driven architecture (MDA) of OMG (Object management group).

Aspect-oriented software development (AOSD) is an established technology for separation of concerns (SOC) in software development. The techniques of AOSD make it possible to modularize crosscutting aspects of a system. Like objects, aspects may arise at any stage of the software lifecycle, including requirements specification, design, implementation, etc. In recent years, AOSD has been applied successfully for developing complex modern systems - particularly software and software-intensive systems.

Services are autonomous platform-independent computational elements that can be described, published, discovered, orchestrated and programmed using XML artifacts for the purpose of developing massively distributed interoperable applications. During the last decade, Service Oriented Computing (SOC) has been introduced as a new paradigm for distributed computing and e-business processing that has evolved from object-oriented and component computing to enable building agile networks of collaborating business applications distributed within and across organizational boundaries.

The term context awareness was first coined by Schilit in 1994. Context encompasses all of the information relevant to an interaction between a service and its set of users including the participants as well. In the scope of pervasive computing, a context aware application is a class of application that has raised increasing interest in the research community. These applications can capture dynamically and take advantage of contextual information.

These four paradigms will drive the design and development of future software systems encompassing a large number of research topics and applications: from programming issues to the more abstract theoretical aspects of software engineering; from models and services to the most complex management information systems; Distributed systems, ubiquity, data interoperability; context understanding and many other topics are included in the scope of ICSOFT. Ideas on how to analyze and approach problems by combining these paradigms, either in the scope of R&D projects, engineering or business applications, are welcome. Papers describing new methods or technologies, advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions around these paradigms are also encouraged. Papers describing original work are invited in any of the areas listed below. Accepted papers, presented at the conference by one of the authors, will be published on the Proceedings of ICSOFT, with an ISBN. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Both full research reports and work-in-progress reports are welcome. There will be both oral and poster sessions.

Special sessions, dedicated to case-studies and commercial presentations, as well as tutorials dedicated to technical/scientific topics are also envisaged: companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies or researchers interested in holding a tutorial, workshop or special session are invited to contact the conference secretariat or visit the conference website.


Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:



  • Domain-Specific Languages
  • Metamodeling
  • Model Analysis and Checking
  • Model Transformation
  • Model Evolution
  • Model Execution and Simulation
  • Model Testing
  • Model Composition
  • Model Versioning
  • Model Tools
  • Modeling Languages


  • Aspect Analysis and Design
  • Domain Engineering
  • Modularity with Aspects
  • Aspects Interference and Composition
  • Aspects Testing and Verification
  • Aspects Evaluation and Metrics
  • Advice/Pointcut Specification
  • Aspect Mining


  • Service Technology and Infrastructure Issues
  • Service Registration, Update, De-registration
  • Service Discovery, Selection and Replacement
  • Service Invocation, Interaction, Monitoring
  • Service Choreography, Mediation, Orchestration
  • Principles of SOC/SOA, Service Science
  • Service Modelling Approaches
  • Services Applications
  • Service Interoperability, Matching and Composition


  • Context-Aware Systems
  • Context Identification
  • Context Formalization
  • Context Representation
  • Context Analysis
  • Context Design
  • Context Sensitive Applications
  • Context Aggregation and Inference


Stephen MellorFreeter, United Kingdom
Daniela NicklasCarl von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg, Germany
Fabio CasatiUniversity of Trento, Italy
Jan DietzDelft University of Technology, Netherlands


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in a CCIS Series book.
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.


José CordeiroE.S.T. Setúbal, I.P.S, Portugal


Slimane HammoudiESEO, MODESTE, France
Marten van SinderenUniversity of Twente, Netherlands


Muhammad Abulaish, South Asian University, India
Hamideh Afsarmanesh, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Markus Aleksy, ABB Corporate Research Center, Germany
Rafa E. Al-Qutaish, ETS, University of Quebec, Canada, United Arab Emirates
Daniel Amyot, University of Ottawa, Canada
Kenneth Anderson, University of Colorado, United States
Toshiaki Aoki, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Keijiro Araki, Kyushu University, Japan
Farhad Arbab, CWI, Netherlands
Jose Luis Arciniegas Herrera, Universidad del Cauca, Colombia
Bernhard Bauer, University of Augsburg, Germany
Fevzi Belli, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey
Alexandre Bergel, Pleiad Lab, Computer Science Department (DCC), University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Jorge Bernardino, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra - ISEC, Portugal
Marcello Bonsangue, Leiden University, Netherlands
Marko Boškovic, Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria
Lisa Brownsword, Software Engineering Institute, United States
Manfred Broy, Technische Universität München, Germany
Dumitru Burdescu, University of Craiova, Romania
Olivier Camp, MODESTE/ESEO, France
Gerardo Canfora, University of Sannio, Italy
Mauro Caporuscio, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Cinzia Cappiello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Jorge Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal and Huawei German Research Center, Munich, Germany
Cagatay Catal, Istanbul Kultur University, Turkey
Krzysztof Cetnarowicz, AGH - University of Science and Technology, Poland
Shiping Chen, CSIRO, Australia
Kung Chen, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Chia-Chu Chiang, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, United States
Marta Cimitile, Unitelma Sapienza, Italy
Peter Clarke, Florida International University, United States
Rem Collier, University College Dublin, Ireland
Kendra Cooper, Independent Scholar, Canada
Sergiu Dascalu, University of Nevada, Reno, United States
Sergio de Cesare, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Claudio de la Riva, University of Oviedo, Spain
Steven Demurjian, University of Connecticut, United States
Giovanni Denaro, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Massimiliano Di Penta, University of Sannio, Italy
Brian Donnellan, Maynooth University, Ireland
Juan C. Dueñas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Philippe Dugerdil, Geneva School of Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Jürgen Ebert, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
João Faria, FEUP - Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal
Luis Fernandez Sanz, University of Alcala, Spain
Rita Francese, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy
Nikolaos Georgantas, Inria, France
Paola Giannini, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
J. Paul Gibson, Mines-Telecom - Telecom SudParis, France
Itana Gimenes, Universidade Estadual de Maringá - UEM/DIN, Brazil
Athula Ginige, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Mendivil, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
Cesar Gonzalez-Perez, Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
Christiane Gresse von Wangenheim, UFSC - Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Cléver Ricardo Guareis de Farias, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Christian Heinlein, Aalen University, Germany
Markus Helfert, Dublin City University, Ireland
Brian Henderson-Sellers, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Jose R. Hilera, University of Alcala, Spain
Jang-Eui Hong, Chungbuk National University, Korea, Republic of
Milan Ignjatovic, Prosoftwarica GmbH, Switzerland
Ilian Ilkov, IBM Nederland B.V., Netherlands
Ivan Ivanov, SUNY Empire State College, United States
Maria Jose Escalona, University of Seville, Spain
Bharat Joshi, University of North Carolina Charlotte, United States
Yong-Kee Jun, Gyeongsang National University, Korea, Republic of
Sanpawat Kantabutra, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Roger (Buzz) King, University of Colorado, United States
Mieczyslaw Kokar, Northeastern University, United States
Jun Kong, North Dakota State University, United States
Dimitri Konstantas, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Walter Kosters, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
Martin Kropp, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Tei-wei Kuo, National Taiwan University & Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Konstantin Läufer, Loyola University Chicago, United States
Yu Lei, The University of Texas at Arlington, United States
Hareton Leung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Frank Leymann, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Hua Liu, Xerox Research Center at Webster, United States
David Lorenz, Open University, Israel
Ricardo J. Machado, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Leszek Maciaszek, Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Ahmad Kamran Malik, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan
Eda Marchetti, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Katsuhisa Maruyama, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Antonia Mas, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
Tommaso Mazza, Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza - Mendel, Italy
Fergal Mc Caffery, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland
Marian Cristian Mihaescu, University of Craiova, Romania
Dimitris Mitrakos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Valérie Monfort, LAMIH Valenciennes UMR CNRS 8201, France
Mattia Monga, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Sandro Morasca, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Italy
José Arturo Mora-Soto, Mathematics Research Center, Mexico
Paolo Nesi, University of Florence, Italy
Rory O'Connor, Dublin City University, Ireland
Pasi Ojala, University of Oulu, Finland
Flavio Oquendo, European University of Brittany - IRISA-UBS, France
Marcos Palacios, University of Oviedo, Spain
Vincenzo Pallotta, HEIG-VD (Swiss Applied Science University, Vaud), Switzerland
Patrizio Pelliccione, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Pascal Poizat, Université Paris Nanterre and LIP6 UMR 7606 CNRS, France
Andreas Polze, Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Software Engineering at University Potsdam, Germany
Rosario Pugliese, Universita' di Firenze, Italy
Jolita Ralyte, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Anders Ravn, Aalborg University, Denmark
Arend Rensink, University of Twente, Netherlands
Werner Retschitzegger, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Colette Rolland, Université De Paris1 Panthèon Sorbonne, France
Gustavo Rossi, Lifia, Argentina
Gunter Saake, Institute of Technical and Business Information Systems, Germany
Krzysztof Sacha, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Francesca Saglietti, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Sreedevi Sampath, UMBC, United States
Maria-Isabel Sanchez-Segura, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
Tony Shan, Keane Inc., United States
Beijun Shen, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
Harvey Siy, University of Nebraska at Omaha, United States
Yeong-Tae Song, Towson University, United States
Peter Stanchev, Kettering University, United States
Cosmin Stoica Spahiu, University of Craiova - Faculty of Automation, Computers and Electronics, Romania
Davide Tosi, University of Insubria, Italy
Mark van den Brand, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente, Netherlands
Sergiy Vilkomir, East Carolina University, United States
Gianluigi Viscusi, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Florin Vrejoiu, ATIC - Association for Information Technology and Communication of Romania, Romania
Martijn Warnier, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Dietmar Wikarski, TH Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Jongwook Woo, California State University Los Angeles, United States
Qing Xie, Accenture Technology Labs, United States
Haiping Xu, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, United States
Bin Xu, Tsinghua University, China
Tuba Yavuz-kahveci, University of Florida, United States
I-Ling Yen, University of Texas at Dallas, United States
Hong Zhu, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
Amal Zouaq, University of Ottawa, Canada
Elena Zucca, University of Genova, Italy