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


The purpose of the ICSOFT-PT 2014, the 9th International Conference on Software Paradigm Trends, is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested on information technology and software development. This 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-PT. 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-PT, 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


Emilia MendesBlekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
J.C. (Hans) van VlietVrije Universiteit, Netherlands
Ivona BrandićVienna UT, Austria
Dimitris KaragiannisUniversity of Vienna, Austria


Authors should submit a paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, addressing one or several of the conference areas or topics. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. To facilitate the double-blind paper evaluation method, authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors’ personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors’ identity.

Only original papers should be submitted. Authors are advised to read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism thoroughly before submitting and must make sure that their submissions do not substantially overlap work which has been published elsewhere or simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference with proceedings. Papers that contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

Authors can submit their work in the form of a Regular Paper, representing completed and validated research, or as a Position Paper, portraying a short report of work in progress or an arguable opinion about an issue discussing ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research focused on one of the conference topic areas. All papers must be submitted through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and should follow the instructions and templates that can be found under Guidelines and Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


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).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.
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.


ICSOFT-PT Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
             2910-595 Setubal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +44 203 014 8813


Stephen Mellor (honorary)Freeter, United Kingdom


Jorge CardosoUniversity of Coimbra, Portugal and Huawei German Research Center, Munich, Germany
José CordeiroE.S.T. Setúbal, I.P.S, Portugal
Marten van SinderenUniversity of Twente, Netherlands


Hamideh Afsarmanesh, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mehmet Aksit, University of Twente, Netherlands
Markus Aleksy, ABB Corporate Research Center, Germany
Toshiaki Aoki, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Farhad Arbab, CWI, Netherlands
Jose Luis Arciniegas Herrera, Universidad del Cauca, Colombia
Colin Atkinson, University of Mannheim, Germany
Xiaoying Bai, Tsinghua University, China
Thais Batista, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
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
Mario Luca Bernardi, Giustino Fortunato University, Italy
Jorge Bernardino, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra - ISEC, Portugal
Marcello Bonsangue, Leiden University, Netherlands
Marko Boškovic, Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria
Thomas Buchmann, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Dumitru Burdescu, University of Craiova, Romania
Nelio Cacho, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Jose Antonio Calvo-Manzano, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Mauro Caporuscio, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Cinzia Cappiello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Kung Chen, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
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
Juan de Lara, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Steven Demurjian, University of Connecticut, United States
Massimiliano Di Penta, University of Sannio, Italy
María J. Domínguez-Alda, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
Juan C. Dueñas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Fikret Ercal, Missouri University of Science & Technology, United States
Jean-Rémy Falleri, Bordeaux INP, France
João Faria, FEUP - Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal
Marian Fernández de Sevilla, Alcalá University, 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
Athula Ginige, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Cesar Gonzalez-Perez, Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
Gregor Grambow, AristaFlow GmbH, Germany
Christiane Gresse von Wangenheim, UFSC - Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Cléver Ricardo Guareis de Farias, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Esther Guerra, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Slimane Hammoudi, ESEO, MODESTE, France
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
Andreas Holzinger, Medical University Graz, Austria
Jang-Eui Hong, Chungbuk National University, Korea, Republic of
Milan Ignjatovic, Prosoftwarica GmbH, Switzerland
Ivan Ivanov, SUNY Empire State College, United States
Maria Jose Escalona, University of Seville, Spain
Hermann Kaindl, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Bill Karakostas, City University, United Kingdom
Roger (Buzz) King, University of Colorado, United States
Mieczyslaw Kokar, Northeastern University, United States
Jun Kong, North Dakota State University, United States
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
Jonathan Lee, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
David Lorenz, Open University, Israel
Ricardo J. Machado, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Ahmad Kamran Malik, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan
Eda Marchetti, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Jasen Markovski, GN ReSound Benelux, Netherlands
Tommaso Mazza, Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza - Mendel, Italy
Manuel Mazzara, Innopolis University, Russian Federation
Fergal Mc Caffery, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland
Gergely Mezei, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Marian Cristian Mihaescu, University of Craiova, Romania
Tommi Mikkonen, Institute of Software Systems, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Raffaela Mirandola, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Dimitris Mitrakos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Valérie Monfort, LAMIH Valenciennes UMR CNRS 8201, France
Mattia Monga, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
José Arturo Mora-Soto, Mathematics Research Center, Mexico
Claude Moulin, JRU CNRS Heudiasyc, University of Compiègne, France
Elena Navarro, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Paolo Nesi, University of Florence, Italy
Rory O'Connor, Dublin City University, Ireland
Edson A. Oliveira Junior, State University of Maringá, Brazil
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
Fiona Polack, University of York, United Kingdom
Giuseppe Polese, Università Degli Studi Di Salerno, Italy
Jolita Ralyte, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Anders Ravn, Aalborg University, Denmark
Colette Rolland, Université De Paris1 Panthèon Sorbonne, France
Gustavo Rossi, Lifia, Argentina
Carlos Rossi, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Gunter Saake, Institute of Technical and Business Information Systems, Germany
Krzysztof Sacha, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Francesca Saglietti, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Maria-Isabel Sanchez-Segura, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
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
Ernest Teniente, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
Claudine Toffolon, Université du Maine, France
Davide Tosi, University of Insubria, Italy
Gianluigi Viscusi, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Dietmar Wikarski, TH Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Andreas Winter, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
Eric Wohlstadter, University of British Columbia, Canada
Jongwook Woo, California State University Los Angeles, United States
Jinhui Yao, Xerox Research, United States
I-Ling Yen, University of Texas at Dallas, United States
Jingyu Zhang, Macquarie University, Australia
Elena Zucca, University of Genova, Italy