32nd Annual IEEE International Computer Software and Applications Conference

Turku, Finland, July 28 - August 1, 2008
dddddddddddCo-located with IPSJ/IEEE SAINT 2008

The Second IEEE International Workshop on Software Engineering Challenges in Automotive Domain (SECAD2008)

The Second International Workshop on
    Software Engineering Challenges in Automotive Domain (SECAD2008)

Call for Paper (pdf)

in conjunction with IEEE COMPSAC 2008, Turku, July 28-August 1, 2008




Increasing competition among car makers demands for more and more basic and sophisticated functions, ranging from car control and passenger comfort to continuous information exchange between vehicles and their environment. This enormously increases the relevance of the on-board software, which is more and more entrusted with mediating the interaction between the driver and the automobile. Although Software Engineering as a body of knowledge is now probably mature enough to meet these needs, much work is still to be done to have car makers adopting the best acquisition and development processes to integrate state-of-theart technical solutions. While manufacturers get into competition with each other for better and better final products, technology suppliers also compete to gain as many good customers as they can. This creates an evolving scenario where technology and strategy quickly alternate their leading role in determining the best solutions. On the technological side, interest initially focused on product aspects evolved into a situation where lifecycle processes have gained much more attention, which is reverting back again to products, as more car-control and car-informationsystem functions are proposed not only to satisfy market requests, but also to introduce surprising innovations. Software and software technology is always at the basis of this evolution, in such a way that progress in automotive, yet driven by economical forces, is providing the most interesting case studies for researchers. In particular, while software-based solutions can help preserving car safety in a variety of dynamic situations, product complexity and difficulty of keeping software project under control may produce a threat to the safety itself. As another example of times changing, security issues have entered the automotive realm, as have web services, too. It is important to notice that this search for innovation should not get designers to forget that some basic software engineering issues are still a challenge, particularly in automotive application domain.


Selected experts worldwide, representing all the involved actors (car makers, technology suppliers, researchers, end-users) are invited to present their position papers and discuss, in interactive panels, the impact of software engineering in automotive technology, processes & business.


The following list is intended as an open-ended set of topics that researchers and practitioners are invited to address to make the 2nd SECAD Workshop a state-of-art marker of current solutions as well as the best opportunity to compare proposals for the future of automotive and of software engineering.

n       Auromotive Software and Software Architectures

n       Safety and Security Impcact on Automotive Software

n       Model-based Automotive Software Engineering

n       Automotive Software Certification

n       Software Process Establishment, Assessment and Improvement in the Automotive Domain

n       Automotive Infotainment Applications

n       Modeling Process-Product Relationships in Automotive Software

n       Different Roles of OEMs and Suppliers in Managing Software Projects in the Automotive Domain

n       Tools for Process Support

n       Software Product Lines in the Automotive Domain

n       Mechatronic Systems for Human Safety and Comfort

n       Role of Software Engineering Standards in the Automotive Domain


Aparna Amberkar - Delphi Steering, USA

Luigi Buglione - Engineering.IT, Italy

Paola Carrea - Magneti Marelli, Italy

Tony Coletta - DNV, Italy

Horst Degen-Heinz - Kugler-Maag, Germany

Alec Dorling - InterSPICE, UK

Khaled El Emam - University of Ottawa, Canada

Robert W. Ferguson - Software Engineering Institute, USA

Pascal Jansen - DNV, Italy

Ho-Won Jung - College of Business Administration, Korea

Olaf Kath - ikv++, Germany

Albert Kreitmeyr - Audi, Germany

Jean Bruno Metzen - Brembo, Italy

Daichi Mizuguchi - CVS-AIST, Japan

Risto Nevalainen - FISMA, Finland

Jan-Åke Olaisson - Volvo, Sweden

Paolo Panaroni - Intecs, Italy

Terry Rout - Griffith University, Australia

Clenio Salviano - CENPRA, Brazil

Jean-Martin Simon - Qualium, France

Edoardo Sivera - Fiat Automobiles Group, Italy

Steffen Thiel - Lero, Ireland

Joerg Zimmer - Daimler, Germany


Paper Abstract Submission: Feb 24, 2008

Full Paper Submission: March 1, 2008

Paper Notification: March 30, 2008

Camera Ready Paper Submission and Author Registration: April 30, 2008



Papers must be submitted electronically via the SECAD 2008 Submission Page. Please follow the instructions posted on the web site. The format of submitted papers should follow the guidelines for IEEE conference proceedings. Original papers will be considered. All submitted papers will be reviewed by the program committee according to their originality, relevance, correctness and presentation. Authors are encouraged to present position papers on practical studies and experiments, critiques of existing work, emerging issues, and novel ideas under development. Contribution may include:


        Full research papers (max 6 pages, IEEE format)

        Short papers – research-in-progress, industrial experience, problem description (max 4 pages)

        Position papers – (max 2 pages)



Accepted papers will be published in the Workshop Proceedings of the 32nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2008). At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a full participant in the workshop to have the paper  published in the COMPSAC 2007 Proceedings.

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 a Journal which is to be determined.


This one-day workshop will include Keynote(s), presentation sessions, a moderated panel session, and open discussions on relevant topics.


Fabrizio Fabbrini, CNR, Italy

Mario Fusani, CNR, Italy

Giuseppe Lami, CNR, Italy


Alessandro Coco, CNR, Italy

Gianluca Trentanni, CNR, Italy


Please contact: Fabrizio Fabbrini (fabrizio.fabbrini[at]