Call for tool papers

The ICSA 2017 Tool Demonstrations track provides researchers, practitioners, and educators with a platform to present and discuss the most recent innovations and findings in the field of software architecture by means of live tool presentations. We distinguish two categories of tool demo submissions addressing any aspect of tool support to help software architects, researchers, and practitioners:

  • Tools used in practice, either from commercial vendors or open-source projects. These demonstrations should focus on practical applications within the different activities of software architecting and should particularly show how they advance the current state of the practice. New ideas and features are particularly welcome.
  • Research tools from academic or industrial research environments. These demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions and show how scientific approaches have been transferred into a working tool.

Both categories may range from early prototypes to in-house or pre-commercialized products. Authors of regular ICSA papers are also welcome to submit an accompanying tool paper by adding information regarding the actual demo as an appendix, as described further under submission requirements.

We especially appreciate tool demos in line with the theme of ICSA 2017, which is “Continuous architecting” – exploring the role, importance, and characteristics of architecture in continuous software engineering development processes. Of course tool demos on other topics of Software Architecture are welcome too.

Submission Requirements

Submissions of papers for tool demonstrations must:

  • Have a maximum length of 4 pages, describing the technology or approach, how it relates to other industrial or research efforts, including references, and what the expected benefits are.
  • Have an appendix of maximum 2 pages (not included in the page count) that provides a brief description of how the presentation will be conducted, information on tool availability, maturity and the web-page for the tool (if one exists).
  • Clearly state the tool category: in-practice or research.

Optionally, the submission can be accompanied with a video (maximum length of 5 minutes) in high resolution. In this case, a link to a page where the video can be viewed needs to be included in the appendix. Note that the video is not mandatory, but if it is available, it will be used to the benefit of the evaluation of the submission.

Tool demos papers and accompanying artifacts will go through a peer review process and accepted papers will be included in the main conference proceedings.

Formatting and Submission Instructions

All submissions must conform to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines, the letter page format, and be submitted using the EasyChair submission system.


At least one author of an accepted contribution is required to register and present the work at the conference. All accepted contributions will be published in the ICSA 2017 Proceedings and in the IEEE Digital Library.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts (mandatory) due: 18 February 2017
  • Papers due: 23 February 2017
  • Papers notification: 10 March 2017
  • Camera-ready due: 16 March 2017

Program Committee

Aldeida Aleti – Monash University, Australia
Yanja Dajsuren – Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands
Raffaela Mirandola – Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Tomi Männistö – University of Helsinki, Finland
Matthias Riebisch – University of Hamburg, Germany
Tim Trew – Cisco Systems, UK
Danny Weyns – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Olaf Zimmermann – HSR FHO, Switzerland

More Information

For more information please contact the Program Committee Chairs:

Paris Avgeriou – paris(at)

Barbora Buhnova – buhnova(at)