Call for Papers

The IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA) is the premier gathering of practitioners and researchers interested in software architecture, component-based software engineering, and quality aspects of complex software systems. The 19th IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA 2022) continues the tradition of a working conference, where researchers meet practitioners and where software architects can explain the problems they face in their day-to-day work and try to influence the future of the field. Interactive working sessions will be the place where researchers meet practitioners to identify opportunities to create the future.

As the world gradually comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and businesses are busy planning for economic and community recovery. The theme of ICSA 2022 is “Software Architecture and Recovery”. Dependability and recoverability have long been quality concerns for software architects, both in practice and in theory. ICSA 2022 will dedicate some sessions to focus on how good Software Architecture practice can enable and accelerate COVID-19 recovery. We are particularly interested in soliciting papers describing novel tools, techniques, and methods that enhance software architectures to be resilient, dependable, and recoverable. We are also looking for software and system architecture case studies that have been designed and developed for disaster response and recovery purposes.

We call on both researchers and practitioners for contributions that advance our understanding of architectures in real-world software, facilitate empirical research by making architectural artifacts and tools publicly available, and promote replicability of results through common datasets and benchmarks. We welcome original papers that explore and explain the role of architecture in current systems and future systems. This conference looks at what can be learned from our software architecture history, experience, studies, and best practices.

Important Dates

Abstracts due: November 1st, 2021
Full papers due: November 8th, 2021 – 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)
Notification of acceptance: December 15th, 2021
Camera-ready due: January 11th, 2022 – 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)


Topics of interest for the conference include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Architecture for specific types of systems, such as
    • Systems of Systems
    • Edge / fog / IoT systems
    • AI / ML systems
    • Cyber-physical systems
    • Systems using blockchain or quantum computing
    • self-adaptive systems, or
    • autonomous systems
  • Architecture evaluation and quality aspects of software architectures
  • Architecture & CI/CD, and DevOps
  • Microservices, Containerization, Serverless platforms, and event-driven architectures
  • Model-driven engineering and component-based software engineering
  • Agile architecting, continuous architecting, and other approaches to architecting
  • Automatic extraction and generation of software architecture descriptions
  • Refactoring and evolving architecture design decisions and solutions
  • Architecture frameworks and architecture description languages
  • Linking architecture to requirements and/or implementation
  • Architecture conformance
  • Reusable architectural solutions and software architecture knowledge management
  • Software architecture for legacy systems and systems integration
  • Architecting families of products
  • Cultural, ethics, economic, business, financial, social, and managerial aspects of software architecture
  • Roles and responsibilities for software architects
  • Training, soft skills, coaching, mentoring, education, and certification of software architects
  • Stakeholder management and collaborating with other business and technical domains
  • State-of-the-art and state-of-practice in software architecture
  • Theme-related topics, including
  • Resilient and dependable software architectures
  • Recovery oriented software architecture
  • Case studies of software systems for COVID-19 recovery

Open Science Principles

The ICSA conference encourages authors of research papers to follow the principles of transparency, reproducibility, and replicability. In particular, the conference supports the adoption of open data and open source principles and encourages authors to disclose data in order to increase reproducibility and replicability. For more background information, please refer to the Artefact Evaluation Track (AET).
This year, authors of submissions to the Technical Track have an additional choice to make, in that they either:

  1. opt to make data and/or code available; in this case, if accepted, their paper will be automatically submitted to AET for check of criteria, and whether badges can be assigned to the paper; or
  2. opt not to make their research artifacts and datasets accessible to the program committee; in that case, authors are asked to comment in their submitted paper on why this is not possible, practical, or desirable. This statement should be present at the end of the introduction section and may be deleted in the final version of the paper if accepted. Possible reasons may involve privacy restrictions and/or non-disclosure agreements

While sharing research artifacts is desired but not mandatory for submission or acceptance, the program committee members may use this information to inform their decision.


We solicit the submission of technical research papers that describe original and significant results of theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental work in software architecture. The submissions will be evaluated based on novelty, soundness, significance/relevance, open science principles (as outlined above), and presentation quality, in that order.
All submissions must conform to the IEEE paper formatting and submission instructions and must not exceed 10 pages for the main text, inclusive of all figures, tables, appendices, etc. Two additional pages containing only references are permitted. The submissions must conform to the author’s instructions.
Please note that ICSA 2022 will pursue a double-blind review process for technical research papers only, therefore all technical research paper submissions have to fulfill the double-blind reviewing requirements. Technical research papers submitted that disregard these review requirements will be desk-rejected without review. For artifacts that will be published following the open science principles (see above), we ask that authors undertake reasonable, possibly non-exhaustive steps to not disclose their identity, e.g., by anonymizing author names, handles, affiliations, and URLs. Leakage of information in additional artifacts will not lead to desk rejection. Reviewers will be asked to treat artifacts and papers as confidential.
All papers are to be submitted electronically via the EasyChair submission system by the submission deadline, and must not have been published before or be submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration at ICSA.


All accepted technical research papers will be published in the ICSA 2022 main proceedings, and appear in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
Submissions that are rejected as technical research papers, but for which reviews show a strong potential for positively influencing the state of the art, state of practice in software architecture, or strong potential to stimulate discussion will be invited to submit as a short paper (up to 8 pages including references) or a poster (poster presented at the conference + optional 2 pages summary). Short papers and 2-page summaries will be published in the ICSA 2022 companion proceedings.
Note that at least one author of an accepted contribution is required to register and present the work at the conference.

Program Committee


Anna Liu, Amazon Web Services
Ingo Weber, TU Berlin, Germany