Software Engineering Technology and Applications for Emerging Application Domains

in Special Issue   Posted on September 4, 2015 

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Sun 01 Nov 2015
Journal Impact Factor : 2.450
Journal Name : Journal of Systems and Software
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

The ultimate technical goal of software development is to offer application functionality and runtime services to their users. Application domains with real-world applications including, but not limited to, e-government, smart and connected health, systems of systems, software/data co-analytics, wearable computing, internet-of-things, cyber-physical systems, low-carbon computing, and creative computing are emerging. What are the most pressing evidences in such application domains that succinctly show existing research results in software engineering and systems missing the targets by large extents? What are the frontiers of significant software engineering and systems research ideas to address such pressing issues?

This special issue solicits high-quality papers that address significant and new software engineering and related system issues for emerging application domains (EADs). It should be noted that papers applying existing research results to EADs or presenting research results in non-emerging application domains are not within the scope of this special issue. On the other hand, papers addressing the networking, security, privacy, and data management aspects in the software development lifecycle in these emerging domains will be within the scope.

Topics include, but not limited to, the following.

Foundations of software engineering and systems for applications in EADs
Business-social-technical ecosystem of applications in EADs
Domain-specific infrastructure, platforms, and systems
Analysis, design, verification, and mining of EAD systems and their repositories or social media websites
Software analytics in EADs
Open-source systems in EADs
Empirical studies and industrial case studies on software systems in EADs
Large-scale surveys/systematic literature review on the state-of-the-art

Submission Format and Guideline

This special issue accepts two types of submissions. First, we welcome manuscripts that have not been previously published or considered for publication elsewhere. Second, we accept extensions of the best papers published in COMPSAC 2015 in general and Symposium of Software Engineering Technology and Applications (SETA) in particular:

Each submitted article should target to present all the contents of the article within 12000 to 14000 words, including the abstract, references and appendix (if any), with figures and tables counting as 250 words each.

Owing to the wide scope of emerging application domains, each submission is requested to nominate three to four independent reviewers for the guest editors for references. Submissions without nominated reviewers will not be considered by the special issue. The nominations should be made in the Comments to Editor provided during the submission process through the EES.

Submitted articles must be clearly written in excellent English and contain original work. All the contents of the submission, including the manuscript, a graphical abstract of the manuscript, and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) available at . The authors must select “SI: SETA” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide for Authors”.

A submission extended from a previous conference version has to contain at least 50% new technical contributions. Authors are requested to attach to the submitted paper their relevant, previously published articles and a summary document explaining the enhancements made in the journal version. The difference in contributions between the two versions should also be stated in the submitted article.

Important Dates

November 1, 2015: Deadline for paper submission
February 1, 2016: Notification of 1st round decision
April 1, 2016: Revised submissions due
June 1, 2016: Notification of 2nd round decision
July 1, 2016: Revised submissions due
August 1, 2016: Notification of final decision

Editor in Chief

H. van Vliet

Guest Editors

Doris Carver, Louisiana State University,
W.K. Chan, City University of Hong Kong,
Carl K. Chang, Iowa State University,
Hongji Yang, Bath Spa University,
For any inquiries about this special issue, please contact the lead guest editor W.K. Chan at .


Doris Carver, Louisiana State University

Doris Carver is a Professor in the Division of Computer Science and Engineering at Louisiana State University where she holds a Dow Chemical Distinguished Professorship. She recently served at the National Science Foundation as a Program Officer in the Division of Graduate Education. She previously served in numerous administrative positions at Louisiana State University, including Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development, and Interim Dean of the Graduate School. She also has served as the Associate Commissioner of Sponsored Research and Development and as Louisiana NSF EPSCoR Director for the Louisiana Board of Regents. Carver’s research area is software engineering. Her research includes the application of formal methodologies to the reengineering of systems, to process improvement for software requirements, and to the testing of hard-to-detect timing errors in distributed systems. She previously served as Chair of the IEEE Fellow Committee and as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer. She has also served as President of the IEEE Computer Society, as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association. Carver is both an IEEE Fellow and AAAS Fellow. She received her BA in mathematics from Carson Newman College, her MS in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, and her PhD in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.

W.K. Chan, City University of Hong Kong

W.K. Chan is an assistant professor of computer science at City University of Hong Kong. He received his PhD from The University of Hong Kong after many years of industrial practices in the information technology industry. Prof Chan is currently the special issues managing editor of Journal of Systems and Software, program committee or review committee members of ICSE, FSE, COMPSAC, SERE, QSIC, ICWS and ICSOC series of conferences. His current research interests are software analysis and testing for large-scale software applications. His work has been published in international academic venues.

Carl K. Chang, Iowa State University

Carl Chang is a Professor of the Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University. He was the chair of the same department in 2002–2013. He received a PhD in computer science from Northwestern University. He worked for GTE Automatic Electric and Bell Laboratories before joining the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984, where he directed the International Center for Software Engineering. He served as Professor and Director for the Institute for Mobile, Pervasive, and Agile Computing Technologies (IMPACT) at Auburn University from 2001–2002, before moving to Iowa State University in July 2002. Chang was the 2004 IEEE Computer Society president. Previously he served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Software (1991–1994) and Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Computer (2007–2010). He spearheaded the Computing Curricula 2001 (CC2001) project jointly sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM, and the National Science Foundation. He is Fellow of both IEEE and AAAS, and a member of the European Academy of Sciences. He received the 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the 2006 Bulgaria Academy of Sciences Marin Drinov Medal, and the 2012 IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Medal. More recently he was named the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus of National Central University in Taiwan, and won the 2014 Overseas Outstanding Contributions Award by the China Computer Federation. As a three times winner of IBM Faculty Award, Chang’s research interests include software engineering, net-centric computing and successful aging.

Hongji Yang, Centre for Creative Computing, Bath Spa University

His current research interests include Software Engineering and Creative Computing. He received his BSc and MPhil from Jilin University, China in 1982 and 1985 respectively, and hid PhD from Durham University, UK. He served as a Programme Co-Chair at IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance 1999 (ICSM \’99) and is serving as the Programme Chair at IEEE Computer Software and Application Conference 2002 (COMPSAC\’02). He is chief editing the International Journal of Creative Computing. He has published five books and well over 300 papers in Software Engineering, Computer Networking and Creative Computing.

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