ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR PAPERS
The 14th International SPICE Conference on Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination in Software, Systems Engineering and Service Management, will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania during 05 to 06 November 2014. The conference will be preceded by a Tutorials and Workshops day on 04 November 2014. The conference is hosted on behalf of The SPICE User Group by Vilnius University.
The Conference will have special tracks for Automotive systems and software; Medical device systems and software; Innovation, knowledge and technology transfer; IT service management; Enterprise systems; Sustainability (’Green IT’) and IT Security. The conference will have a special focus on the new ISO/IEC 3300xx family of process assessment standards and the transition from the ISO/IEC 15504 series; the integration of management system processes into process assessment models, and the latest update on Medical SPICE.
The breadth of the application of the standardised approach to process assessment remains a topic of considerable interest, from both a practical and theoretical perspective; and so, accordingly, the Conference seeks contributions specifically relating to the following areas of application:
- Automotive systems and software;
- Aerospace systems and software;
- Medical device systems and software;
- Innovation, knowledge and technology transfer
- Enterprise systems;
- IT service management;
- IT security;
- Safety-related systems and software;
- Linking product quality engineering to process improvement
- Test process improvement;
- Financial institutions and banks;
- Outsourcing organisations;
- Small and very small enterprises.
The programme committee welcome high quality contributions to the conference on the following related topics:
- Case studies on model-based improvement
- Adaptive process improvement;
- Progressive process improvement model(s);
- Knowledge and skills for process assessment and improvement;
- Relating business goals and/or risks to process improvements;
- Definition of novel process quality characteristics to support process improvement;
- Measurement frameworks and ratings;
- Empirical studies on characteristics of high maturity organizations;
- Emerging Process Reference Models and Process Assessment Models;
- Benchmarking as a foundation for process improvement;
- Relationships and comparisons between different approaches to process assessment;
- Theoretical considerations on the basis of the technique of process assessment;
- Use of process assessment in domains outside software, systems engineering and service management;
- Issues in assessing virtual enterprises and teams;
- Assessment approaches applied to agile development;
- Conformity assessment schemes and approaches.
Submissions are sought in the following categories:
Research papers should describe innovative and significant work in process modelling, assessment and improvement. Papers should comprise 10 – 12 pages.
Industrial Experience Reports
Reports on practical experiences related to process assessment and improvement as an extended abstract; Extended abstracts should comprise up to 4 pages.
Workshops and Tutorials
Proposals for half-day or one-day workshops or tutorials. Tutorials should address a specified topic in the scope of the Conference. Workshops may include several short discussion papers from interested participants.
The Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag as part of the CCIS (Communications in Computer and Information Science) book series. Papers must conform to the Springer CCIS format. See the Conference website
for complete author guidelines. Paper submissions will be reviewed by members of the Programme Committee, with those judged best to meet the aims of the Conference selected for presentation.
All papers must be submitted electronically as MS-Word files through the Easychair conference paper submissions portal and a copy sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS:
Workshops and Tutorials will be held on 04 November 2014, the day preceding the conference.
Groups interested in organizing workshops (half day or one day) focusing on topics related to the overall theme of the Conference are invited to provide proposals to the Organising Committee; the proposal should include:
- A two-page abstract providing the workshop title, aims and content, duration and the identity of the workshop moderator;
- Proposed schedule for submission of workshop materials;
- Arrangements for review of workshop submissions.
Groups or individuals seeking to submit tutorials (half-day or one-day) are invited to submit proposals, including the topic of the tutorial and a biography of the presenters.
Call for papers and/or industrial experience reports 12 Februray, 2014
Proposals for workshops or tutorials 13 June, 2014
Submission of papers and/or industrial experience reports 11 July, 2014
Notification of acceptance 28 July, 2014
Preliminary programme 1 August, 2014
Early Bird Registration 1 September, 2014
Final copy of paper due 15 August, 2014
Tutorials and Workshops 4 November, 2014
Conference 5 – 6 November, 2014
General Chair: Alec Dorling (Impronova, Sweden)
Program Chair: Terry Rout (Griffith University, Australia)
Local Organizing Chair: Dr. Antanas Mitasiunas (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Industry Chairs: Dr. Saulius Ragaisis (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Tutorial Chair: TBD
Proceedings Editor: Dr. Rory O’Connor (Dublin City University, Ireland)
LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE:
Prof. Romas Baronas, Head of Software Engineering (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Dr. Saulius Ragaisis, Assoc. Prof. of Software Engineering (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Dr. Antanas Mitasiunas, Assoc. Prof. of Computer Science (Vilnius University, Lithuania)