Call for Papers

5th International Workshop on Ecosystem Architectures (WEA)

Co-located with the joint meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE) Paderborn, Germany, September 04 to 08, 2017

Software ecosystems are becoming increasingly pervasive, leading to new research, management, and engineering challenges. Opening product architectures and platforms for third parties, designing closed innovation networks among partners through APIs and SDKs, coordinating multiple platforms, or participative engineering across organizational borders are all variants of ecosystems that come with their own opportunities and threats at the same time.

WEA aims to further increase the body of knowledge about software ecosystem architectures by providing a forum to exchange ideas and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and experiences in the field. They aim to build and shape the community of leading practitioners and research experts by providing forums for the exchange of research results and industrial practice in software ecosystems.

WEA will provide a venue for practitioners and researchers to share their lessons learned in software ecosystem architectures. The co-location with ESEC/FSE allows us to attract and involve a larger group of interested participants from the software architecture community.


We solicit submissions on technical topics related to scaling system architecture to the level of software ecosystems. The overarching question that the workshop addresses is:

What are relevant methods, processes, and tools for architecting and analyzing software ecosystems?

Relevant topics for the workshop include but are not exclusive to:

  • Ecosystem architectures
  • Co-evolution of interdependent systems
  • Evolution and lifecycle issues of software ecosystems
  • Quality support across system borders
  • Cross-system static analysis
  • Multi-system diagnostics and monitoring
  • App architectures and orchestration

We welcome the following types of work:

  • Experience reports
  • Case studies
  • Design methods
  • Tool descriptions

And everything that enables to scale architectures up to the level of software ecosystems!


We welcome both research and industry papers. They must be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other workshop, conference or journal.

We solicit two different kinds of contributions:

  • Research papers (max 8 pages, shorter papers are welcome too): Submissions describing research activities in the topics of the workshop including opinions, visions, early research ideas but also mature research results, case studies, and tool descriptions.
  • Talk Proposals (1 page): Talk proposals capture interesting topics and outline the highlights and key takeaways of the talk (in particular suitable for practitioners from industry but not limited to). Talk proposals will not be included in the workshop proceedings.

All accepted research papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library, while extended abstracts will be accepted for presentation only but will not be included in the proceedings of the workshop.

The submitted papers must follow the official 2017 ACM Master article template ( according to the ESEC/FSE guidelines ( Papers must be submitted in electronic form (PDF) using EasyChair:


  • May 26 June 14, 2017      –>  Paper Submission
  • June 16 June 28, 2017     –>  Author Notification
  • July 03, 2017                    –>  Camera Ready
  • September 04, 2017         –>  WEA (co-located with ESEC/FSE)
  • September 05-08, 2017    –>  ESEC/FSE Main Conference


  • Jens Knodel – Fraunhofer IESE, Germany (
  • Mircea Filip Lungu – University of Groningen, The Netherlands (
  • Eleni Constantinou – University of Mons, Belgium (