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Welcome to WICSA/ECSA 2009

WICSA 2009 is the eighth international conference devoted entirely to Software Architecture. Its purpose is to bring together software engineering practitioners and researchers from industry and academia to exchange experiences, results and ideas related to all aspects of software architecture. Its mission is to strengthen and expand its role as the premier conference on architectural issues in software system design, development and maintenance, practitioners as well as academics

WICSA is a Working Conference!

Your work starts right now. Find the topics you are interested in, watch the pages where the action is (put them on your watch list), and make your contributions, before, during, and after the conference.

What's New


Keynotes talks by:

Jaap Schekkermann

Eoin Woods

Alex Wolf

Where is Software Architecture? Slides

Research Papers

will be loaded into the wiki. For now, see the Conference At-A-Glance.

Working Sessions

Working sessions are designed to allow plenty of time for discussion and to capture that discussion in this wiki. Working sessions are two hours. Each working session contains three or four short papers about related subjects, and starts with 10-minute presentations of each short paper. The remaining time of the working session will be spent discussing the session's topic with the paper authors and other workshop participants. The working sessions will be facilitated by two working session chairs: one from industry and one from academia. Please visit the working session pages, sign up for two of them, and start now contributing to the discussion.


The following workshops are planned for WICSA/ECSA 2009. Visit each workshop's web site for further details, the Call for Participation and the latest information. Workshops are invited to use this wiki in the same fashion as the working sessions: collect pre-workshop materials, summarize discussions, post workshop preliminary results, and continue the debates after the workshop.


For a tutorial overview, see Conference At-A-Glance.

Available for download: Handouts for the tutorial Recurring Architectural Decisions - A Context-Specific Guide through Architecture Design

Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) Sessions

A BoF session is a short, informal forum for discussions related to any aspect of software architecture. Attendees wishing to get together with others who share their interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds were invited to organize and attend a BoF session.

Requirements for holding a BoF and to attend one were very flexible. A few BoFs were proposed and advertised before the conference, others were convened at the conference when the need for one was recognized. There was a preference that attendees sign-up for BoFs in advance but people were allowed to just show up. BoFs were used to continue a discussion that began in another session, for a group to get together to pursue a common interest or just to discuss a range of opinions around a topic.

The following BoFs were held:

Getting Oriented Quickly

  • First, become a registered Wicsa 2009 wiki user by registering for the conference.
  • To contribute/edit, make sure you are logged in to this site.
  • You can create your own individual home page by clicking on your ID, which will take you to a personal page where you can add your personal information.
  • Set your profile to watch any pages that you change, so that you can see others' response to your changes.
  • A great guide from previous WICSA conferences.

Local Arrangements Info

Local Arrangements for Cambridge, UK

Warning -- Travel Disruptions Possible

If you have further questions about local arrangements for WICSA and ECSA 2009 in Cambridge, send an email to the local organisers and we'll help however we can.



If you find the wiki useful or have suggestions for improvement, please provide feedback to: Bob Schwanke (WikiMaster). If anyone needs specific Wiki support, I'll be at the conference, arriving Monday afternoon.

Wiki Page Naming Convention

When choosing a page name, please think as if you were writing an encyclopedia article. The meaning of the name should not depend on reading it in the context of some other page. Avoid acronyms, except "WICSA" and acronyms from the schedule grid, e.g. WS1, BAAL. You do not need to include the year of the conference in the page title, unless the page is similar to one from a different conference year. (Notice that the short form of the conference name is "WICSA 2009". It does not include a serial number, that is, it is not called "8th WICSA" nor "WICSA 8".

This page was written around the time of WICSA 2009.

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