Description & PURPOSE

With the advent of software and electronics, automotive companies are enabling innovation to improve safety, security, driver experience, and driving automation. Moreover, the complexity and size of software keep growing because of future innovations, such as lane-keeping, self-learning algorithms, and automated driving, which all lead to the ultimate goal of autonomous driving. Consequently, increasing use of software over the years introduced the paradigm shift by requiring automotive companies to develop their systems using architecture and model-based techniques. Although model-based techniques using e.g. MATLAB/Simulink and Stateflow are being accepted in the automotive industry as standard languages and tooling for developing automotive control software, the techniques for system and software architecture are still far from being widely accepted. This is excluding the AUTOSAR standard (Classic and Adaptive), which defines the language for designing and configuring automotive software architectures and identifies major architectural components of automotive systems.
The goal of this workshop is to address issues related to the appropriate automotive system/software architecture and engineering techniques, which can be accepted by the automotive industry. Therefore, to bring together researchers and practitioners in the area of automotive system/software architecture and engineering, the International Workshop on Automotive System/Software Architectures (WASA) is being organized with the International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA 2021), the premier international software architecture conference.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to
  • Automotive system/software architecture:
    • architecture description languages
    • hardware/software co-design
    • design patterns
    • communication infrastructure
    • centralized/zonal architectures
    • influence of AI technologies on architecture
    • influence of security requirements due to over-the-air updates or car-2-X communication on the architecture
    • service-oriented architectures
  • Automotive software & systems engineering:
    • software quality, safety, security
    • model-based design, component-based design
    • CI/CD, agile processes, software ecosystems
    • hybrid & fully electric vehicles
    • cooperative and automated driving
    • analytics of vehicle data
    • systems engineering
  • Assessment, Verification & Validation:
    • safety assurance and assessment
    • verification & validation techniques
    • challenges and solutions for AI-based services
    • compliance management of standards or regulations

All submissions are expected to be original work not published, or in submission, elsewhere, and will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee for quality, relevance, and novelty. Submissions will only be accepted if the majority of the reviewers give a positive evaluation.

Papers can be submitted in the following categories:

  • Full papers (max. 8 pages in IEEE Computer Science proceedings format) presenting novel research ideas, significant empirical studies, successful industrial applications, or important perspectives.
  • Industrial papers (max. 6 pages in IEEE Computer Science proceedings format) sharing industrial experience, challenges, research or technical problems, case studies.
  • Position or future trend papers (max. 4 pages in IEEE Computer Science proceedings format) raising new ideas, challenges, ongoing research or early research results, and future trends.

All papers need to be submitted via the EasyChair submission page.

Important Dates (AoE)
  • Abstract submission: January 15th, 2021 (firm)
  • Paper submission: January 20th, 2021 (firm)
  • Paper notification: February 8th, 2021 (firm)
  • Camera-ready workshop papers due: February 15th, 2021 (firm)
WASA Will take place on March 22, 2021.

Please note that WASA does NOT require pre-recorded videos. WASA will be organised as a “traditional” workshop – except that it will be virtual. We will use the same conference system as the main ICSA conference.
Each presentation will have a time slot of 30 minutes. Please prepare a presentation of about 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. So please be prepared to share your screen for the presentation and have your camera on during the talk and discussions.

Time (Central European Time – CET) Topic
15:00 – 15:15 Welcome
WASA Chairs
15:15 – 16:15 Keynote by
Ramesh S. (Research Technical Fellow at General Motors R&D, Adjunct Professor (Honorary) at International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, India)
Title: Rigorous System Engineering of Next Generation Automotive Systems
16:15 – 17:15 Session 1

Architecture-based Hybrid Approach to Verify Safety-critical Automotive System Functions by Combining Data-driven and Formal Methods
Adina Aniculaesei, Andreas Vorwald, Meng Zhang and Andreas Rausch

A Rapid Prototyping System, Intelligent Watchdog and Gateway Tool for Automotive Applications
Maid Dzambic, Christoph Kreuzberger, Omar Veledar and Georg Macher

17:15 – 17:30 Coffee Break
17:30 – 18:30 Session 2

Simulation-as-a-Service: a simulation platform for cyber-physical systems
Tagline Treichel, Pablo Oliveira Antonino, Filipe Silva Santos and Leonardo Silva RosaDigital Sustainability and Digital Diversification: The Two Key Challenges for Automotive Software Development
Christoph Fehling, Markus Frank and Oliver Kopp
18:30 – 19:30 Invited Industrial Talk by
Alexander Zeeb (Senior Product Manager Embedded Software at Vector Informatik GmbH)
Title: AUTOSAR Classic Platform Flexibility – Managing the complexity of distributed embedded software development
19:30 – 20:00 Closing
Workshop Organizers
  • Stefan Kugele, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Darko Durisic, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden
  • Yanja Dajsuren, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Miroslaw Staron, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Program Committee
  • Klaus Becker (BMW Group)
  • Christian Berger (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Reinder Bril (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • Alessio Bucaioni (Mälardalen University, Sweden)
  • Thomas Galla (Elektrobit, Germany)
  • Uwe Honekamp (Vector, Germany)
  • Corrado Motta (Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden)
  • Marta Olszewska (Abo Akademi University, Finland)
  • Patrizio Pelliccione (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • S Ramesh (General Motors, USA)
  • Mark van den Brand (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • Andreas Vogelsang (University of Cologne, Germany)