Call for Tool Demonstrations

The Working International Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA) is the premier gathering of practitioners and researchers interested in finding out about and improving the state of practice of Software Architecture. Since its inception, WICSA has functioned as a working conference, where researchers and practitioners meet and where practicing software architects can explain the problems that they face in their day-to-day work and in so doing influence the future of the field. Next to traditional conference keynotes and paper sessions WICSA includes interactive working sessions where practitioners and researchers discuss their experiences to understand the current state of the field, and identify opportunities to make a difference in the future.

The WICSA tool demonstrations track provides an opportunity for both practitioners and researchers to present and discuss the most recent advances, experiences, and challenges in the field of software architecture by means of live tool presentations. In this year especially, we are focused on contributions that emphasize the use of open source software packages. With the Big Data, Data Science, and other associated emerging trends, we have seen a strong influence of open source communities as a driving force towards discovery, fundamental science, real world results, as well as research advancement. Tools such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Tika, Apache Lucene, and others have driven an over $1B industry and practitioner community, and combined with frameworks like Apache OODT, Apache Airavata, etc., have made the strong connection with the research community as well.

In particular, we invite contributions that move us forward as a community and demonstrate that more than the consumption of open source and tools, but in addition fundamental contribution towards production of the open source tools via community and project membership and by influencing the direction of that software in the form of architecture, requirements, etc.

The more interactive your presentation is, the better!

Important dates

for Tool demonstration papers

  • Submission: October 29, 2013
  • Notification:  December 15, 2013
  • Camera-ready submission due: February 1, 2014
  • Conference: April 7-11, 2014


Submissions of papers for tool demonstrations must:

  • Adhere to the conference proceedings format and be submitted through the conference submission system []
  • Have a length of maximum 4 pages, describing the open source technology or approach, how it relates to other efforts, including references, and what the expected benefits are.
  • Provide a brief description of how the presentation will be conducted, information on tool availability, maturity and the web-page for the tool (it must exist for your submission to be considered).
  • State clearly how your team is involved in the open source tool’s community.
  • Be accompanied by a video (with audio commentary) of maximum 5 minutes length and of high resolution (details of the tool’s functionality should be clearly visible). The video should be uploaded on a video server (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and the link should be referenced in the submission.

Demonstrators will be expected to give a presentation that will be scheduled into the conference program during the WICSA. In addition, there will also be a demonstration area open to attendees at scheduled times during the conference, during which demonstrators are expected to be exhibiting their tools. The conference proceedings will include accepted tool demonstrations and they will have their videos linked from the WICSA website. Presentation at the conference is a requirement for publication in the proceedings.


 Chris A. Mattmann, NASA JPL & University of Southern California

Program Committee

To be announce shortly

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