The Second International
in Conjunction with COMPSAC
Edinburgh, Scotland, July 26-28, 2005
This workshop is the successor of the First International Workshop on Software Cybernetics (IWSC), which was held in conjunction with the 28th IEEE International Computer Software and Application Conference (COMPSAC), September 28-30, 2004, Hong Kong. Besides the technological motivation above, this second workshop is also motivated by the enthusiastic participation and success of the first IWSC.
This workshop will serve as an interaction platform for like-minded researchers and practitioners to (1) define/understand the emerging themes and directions of software cybernetics, (2) set forth the fundamental principles of control and software engineering on which software cybernetics must build, (3) articulate the on-going work in the area of software cybernetics and (4) chart out an agenda for future theoretical and experimental research in this area.
(1). To further identify and set forth various seemingly unrelated research
areas that impinge on the emerging area of software cybernetics.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Models and use of feedback mechanisms in software processes, simulation
Software technology and software systems greatly impact technological products, economic activities, defense, scientific research and social life. The complexity of software continues to grow. The failures of software projects and software systems may incur high financial costs and even human life. There is no doubt that various software development processes and the complicated behavior of software systems must be kept functional and even evolve in the context of a changing environment. Conceptually, this is precisely the purpose of control theory and hence the marriage of software and control engineering can be seen as the first stage in the development of software cybernetics.
Presently most software development follows ad hoc approaches and depends heavily on software development personnel and company resources. Feedback mechanisms, ubiquitous in software processes and systems, have not been formalized, quantified, or optimized. Since feedback and optimization are two central themes in control and decision theories, a natural question to further ask is: "what roles can feedback control based approaches play in the control of various software processes and systems and more fundamentally in their development?"
Further, the widespread deployment of computers and embedded software in control systems sets a challenge to existing control theories that do not account for the special characteristics of software. In order to achieve satisfactory control of processes or, for example, the future intelligent home, the evolutional feature of software should be considered in synthesizing control policies. An important example of such a synthesis is the improvement of the reliability of fly-by-wire systems in modern aircraft whose underlying control laws should be robust to certain classes of software faults. It seems reasonable to consider software problems in the light of control theoretic formulation.
Software cybernetics unifies and expands various seemingly unrelated research topics under different umbrellas such as adaptive software, adaptive rejuvenation, active security enhancement, the supervisory control approaches applied to software synthesis, etc. It also gives birth to new and challenging research topics such as feedback control of the software test process and adaptive testing.
Accepted papers or fast abstracts will be
published in the workshop proceedings of the 29th IEEE Computer Software
and Applications Conference (COMPASC2005). At least one of the authors
of each accepted paper or fast abstract must register as a full participant
of the workshop to have the paper or fast abstract published in the proceedings.
Aditya P. Mathur
Arnaud Bailly, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
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The authors of a number of selected papers of special merit will be invited to submit a revised and extended version of their papers for possible publication in a special issue in the Journal of Systems and Software.