Call for Papers

Variability management is a major challenge during the development, maintenance, and evolution of software-intensive systems. An important precondition for the effective and efficient management of variability is that it must be explicitly modelled. With variability modelling coming of age, it is important to consider also non-functional properties of variable software systems. VaMoS 2017 particularly welcomes approaches that deal with the measurement, prediction, and modelling of non-functional features and properties, as well as approaches that address the wider spectrum of variability  management, like requirements, architecture, implementation, verification, evolution and refactoring.

The VaMoS workshop series aims to bring together researchers from different areas dedicated to mastering variability in order to discuss advantages, drawbacks, and complementarities of various approaches, and to present new results for mastering variability throughout the life cycle of systems, system families, and (software) product lines.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: October 28 November 10, 2016
Paper submission: November 4 November 14, 2016
Notification: December 2, 2016
Camera ready: December 16, 2016
VaMoS workshop: February 1-3, 2017

Workshop Format

VaMoS 2017, like previous VaMoS workshops, will be a highly interactive event. Each session is organised in such a way that discussions among the presenters of papers, discussants, and other participants are highly stimulated. Typically, after a paper is presented, it is immediately discussed by pre-assigned discussants – after which a broader discussion involving all participants follows. All sessions are closed by a general discussion of the papers presented in that session. The workshop language is English. Attendance is open to all authors of accepted papers, invited speakers, the organisers, PC members, and to guest visitors that commit to become assigned as discussants of papers.

Topics of Interest (non-exclusive)

– Variability across the software life cycle
– Measurement, prediction, and modelling of non-functional properties of variable software systems
– Architecture and design of variable software systems
– Formal verification, testing, and debugging of variable software systems
– Refactoring and evolution of variable software systems
– Variability in systems of systems
– Variability mining
– Reverse engineering of variability
– Synthesis in the presence of variability
– Formal reasoning and automated analysis on variability
– Software economic aspects of variability
– Visualisation and management of variability

Submission and Publication

We welcome the following type of submissions related to the topics of VaMoS:

– Research papers describing novel contributions
– Problem statements describing open issues of theoretical or practical nature
– Reports on positive or negative experiences with techniques and tools
– Surveys and comparative studies investigating pros, cons and complementarities
– Research-in-progress reports including research results at a premature stage
– Data papers presenting interesting and important data sets to the community
– Case studies and empirical studies
– Tool papers or demonstrations
– Vision papers

Submissions must be in English, and between 4 and 8 pages in length in the ACM
proceedings format (

Data papers should describe a dataset, including:
– the content and origin of it;
– the methodology and tools used to obtain it;
– the schema, structure or layout to store it;
– usage scenarios or open analysis challenges of it;
– relationships to other existing datasets;
– limitations, omissions or gaps of the dataset.
The data must be made available to the reviewers upon submission and eventually be published upon acceptance. At the workshop, the presentations of data papers are expected to focus on what the data is about and how can it help the community and in what kind of studies.

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The proceedings will be published in ACM’s International Conference Proceedings Series, which includes a publication in the ACM digital library.

Invited Speakers

Sven Apel, University of Passau, Germany
Axel Legay, INRIA, Rennes, France
Wim Couwenberg, Océ, Netherlands

PC Chairs

Maurice ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, IT
Norbert Siegmund, Bauhaus-University Weimar, DE

Program Committee

Mathieu Acher, University of Rennes I / INRIA, FR
Vander Alves, University of Brasilia, BR
David Benavides, University of Seville, ES
Thorsten Berger, Chalmers University of Technology, SE
Goetz Botterweck, Lero, University of Limerick, IE
Claus Brabrand, IT University of Copenhagen, DK
Mark van den Brand, TU Eindhoven, NL
Philippe Collet, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis – CNRS/I3S, FR
Alessandro Fantechi, University of Florence, IT
Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, IT
Paul Gruenbacher, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, AT
Øystein Haugen, Østfold University College, Halden, NO
Christian Kästner, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US
Max Lillack, University of Leipzig, DE
Malte Lochau, TU Darmstadt, DE
Ivan Machado, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, BR
Amir Molzam Sharifloo, University of Duisburg-Essen, DE
Sarah Nadi, TU Darmstadt, DE
Gilles Perrouin, University of Namur, BE
Rick Rabiser, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, AT
Julia Rubin, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA
Sandro Schulze, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, DE
Christoph Seidl, TU Braunschweig, DE
Erik de Vink, TU Eindhoven, NL

General Chair

Ina Schaefer, TU Braunschweig, DE

Local Chair

Loek Cleophas, TU Eindhoven, NL; and Stellenbosch University, ZA

Proceedings Chair

Michael Nieke, TU Braunschweig, DE

Publicity Chair

Önder Babur, TU Eindhoven, NL

Steering Committee

Ulrich Eisenecker, University of Leipzig, DE
Patrick Heymans, PReCISE, University of Namur, BE
Kyo-Chul Kang, Samsung Electronics, KR
Andreas Metzger, University of Duisburg-Essen, DE
Klaus Pohl, University of Duisburg-Essen, DE