The ICSA Software Architecture in Practice (SAIP) Track provides practitioners and researchers a platform to present and discuss recent innovations and findings in the field of software architecture by means of experience reports and talks.


We welcome submissions covering any topic that is relevant for software architecture in practice. Examples of topics are listed below:

  • Architecting for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Microservice architectures, service meshes and data meshes
  • Domain-driven Design Practices
  • Serverless architectures and Function as a Service (FaaS)
  • Experiences designing containerized systems
  • Design considerations for DevOps and deployability practices
  • Agility and Architecting
  • Architecting for the Internet-of-Things and Edge Computing
  • Architecture approaches to performance, availability, usability, security, and interoperability
  • Managing architectural technical debt
  • Software architecture design, evaluation, documentation, conformance, and reconstruction
  • Event-driven architectures, streaming analytics, and reactive systems
  • Elements of the architect’s toolbox: patterns, tools, notations, methods
  • Documenting architecture with architecture decision records

Important Dates (AoE)

  • Abstract: Dec 9th, 2020
  • Paper: Dec 16th, 2020
  • Notification: Jan 22nd, 2021
  • Camera-ready: Feb 19th, 2021

Types of Submissions

We solicit the following types of submissions:

  • SW Architecture in Practice papers (4-8 pages): address real-world software architecture challenges through systematic investigations. Papers should describe industry-relevant experiences and best practices. Application of new ideas in industry and government settings with a thorough discussion of results and lessons learned are welcomed. Empirical analyses of software architecture issues may help both practitioners and researchers. The evaluation criteria for submissions include potential impact, repeatability, and real-world focus. All papers accepted in this track will be published in the companion proceedings.
  • Technical talk proposals (2 pages): must feature current trends in the industry on the practice of software architecture presenting ideas that are both inspirational and informative. Proposals should make clear why the talk is interesting to ICSA SAIP attendees. The duration of accepted talks is 30 minutes. Extended abstracts of the accepted talks will appear in the ICSA Companion proceedings.

Formatting and Submission Instructions

All submissions must conform to the Author Instructions. No double-blind, but single-blind review will apply to SAIP papers. Papers and talk proposals must be submitted electronically via the EasyChair submission system. Papers must not have been published before.

Publication and Attendance

All accepted contributions will be published in the ICSA 2021 Companion proceedings, and appear in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. At least one author of an accepted contribution is required to register and present the work at the conference.


For more information please contact the SAIP Track chair through the Easychair address: icsa2021-saip at

  • Carola Lilienthal (WPS Workplace Solutions, Germany)
  • Heiko Koziolek (ABB Corporate Research, Germany)

Program Committee

  • Manoj Bhat (Siemens, Germany)
  • Susanne Braun (Fraunhofer IESE, Germany)
  • Bruno Costa (Federal Institute of Education Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ), Brazil)
  • Rich Hilliard (Independent, US)
  • Thijmen de Gooijer (Kommuninvest, Sweden)
  • Micheal Keeling (LendingHome, US)
  • Jens Knodel (Caruso GmbH, Germany)
  • Matthias Naab (Fraunhofer, Germany)
  • Rod Nord (SEI, US)
  • Marie Platenius-Mohr (ABB Corporate Research, Germany)
  • Julius Rückert (ABB Corporate Research, Germany)
  • Magnus Standar (Ericsson, Sweden)
  • Holger Tiemeyer (AUSY Technologies Germany AG)
  • Eoin Woods (Artechra, United Kingdom)
  • Olaf Zimmermann (HSR FHO, Switzerland)