WCOP Doctoral Symposium @ WICSA & CompArch 2016

21st International Doctoral Symposium on Components and Architecture

Doctoral Symposium of WICSA & CompArch 2016
April 5, 2016, Venice, Italy

In the frame of the WICSA & CompArch 2016 conference, WCOP is organized as a Doctoral Symposium for young researchers in the area of component based software engineering, software architecture and software quality. The opportunity for WCOP participants goes far beyond the event day and includes the possibility to network and exchange ideas with leading researchers in the field, who gather at WICSA & CompArch every year.

The doctoral symposium is aimed at giving feedback from established researchers to promising new ideas in the field of component based software engineering, software architecture and software quality to young researchers in all phases of their Phd career. Therefore we intentionally encourage PhD students, young Post-Doc researchers, and junior academics to submit their proposal statements with potentially unfinished and not yet validated ideas



  • Aug 03, 2015: WCOP'16 website was launched.


Areas of interest are component based software engineering, software architecture and software quality in general. More specifically, this includes:

  • software-services (as deployed components),
  • specification and analysis of quality of service properties,
  • predictable assembly of components / compositional reasoning,
  • component-oriented development processes,
  • traceability between architecture, components and code,
  • components as a means to implement architecture,
  • mobile and ubiquitous components for pervasive computer applications,
  • security and privacy of component based architecture,
  • performance/efficiency and reliability of component-based systems,
  • specification and analysis of component-based architecture,
  • deployment attribution / constraints,
  • COP and Model-driven Development (MDA),
  • addressing variability requirements in component-based solutions,
  • system design for independent extensibility,
  • maintainability and evolution of component based systems,
  • component versus application evolution,
  • management of component based systems,
  • domain-specific (vertical) standards,
  • organizational and business aspects of components and software architecture.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted research proposals should not be longer than 6 pages in double column ACM format. The submitted research proposal should address motivation, idea, benefits and planned next steps as well as related work and potential ideas of validation. It is well admitted, if a proposal primarily aims at discussion than at the presentation of solutions. Papers are to be submitted via the EasyChair conference system (link available soon).

Important Dates (tentative)

  • Submission deadline: 18 February 2016 (Thursday)
  • Papers notification: 4 March 2016 (Friday)
  • Camera ready due: 11 March 2016 (Friday)


Barbora Buhnova
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno

Ralf Reussner
Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Clemens Szyperski

Wolfgang Weck
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
School of Engineering

Workshop contact address:


WCOP, formerly the Workshop on Component Oriented Programming, was founded in 1996 and organized subsequently by Clemens Szyperski, Cuno Pfister, Wolfgang Weck, Jan Bosch, and Ralf Reussner. It has ran in a series of highly successful workshops, mainly at ECOOP and later with CompArch. WCOP has traditionally attracted a healthy mix of advanced PhD students, junior academics, and industrial researchers - all presenting their latest work in progress. After WCOP'96 focused on the fundamental terminology of COP, the subsequent workshops expanded into the many related facets of component software. In conjunction with CompArch, where the most established conferences of the field are bundled, WCOP will play the role of an entry level scientific event, targeting submissions with innovative ideas in their early state, where established members of the community give feedback by reviews and the discussions during the symposium. The high number of experienced researchers traditionally attending WCOP makes WCOP a particularly interesting workshop for young researchers seeking feedback from the scientific and industrial community.