International Workshop on Sustainable Software Systems Engineering 2015 (#SSSE15)

The International Workshop on Sustainable Software Systems Engineering 2015 (SSSE15) to be held in conjunction with DASC-15: The 13th IEEE International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, 26-28 October 2015, Liverpool, UK.


Registration is now open. Please select IEEE Student membership (250 GBP) participant registration fee.

As there is no seperate workshop day rate the DASC-15 organising committee have agreed that workshop participants can register as an IEEE Student Member (250 GBP), which also includes access to the whole conference.

No proof of student status and current IEEE Student membership are required.


The workshop will be held on Monday, 26 October 2015 @ the Jurys Inn Liverpool Hotel

31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool, L3 4FN
Tel: +44 151 244 3777


08:00-09:00: Registration
09:00-10:40: Workshop Start
10:40-11:00: Coffee Break
11:00-12:30: Workshop Cont.
12:30-13:30: Lunch
13:30-15:30: Workshop Cont.
15:30-16:00: Coffee Break
16:00-17:30: Workshop Wrap Up


Sustainability can be viewed from a range of different dimensions. This workshop is principally interested in technical sustainability, which can be defined as the ability to maintain and evolve artificial systems (such as software) over time. A generally accepted definition of sustainability is the capacity to endure that is measured by time. However, the generality of this definition renders it meaningless for software engineers and developers to enact upon. In addition, it does not get at the heart of what makes a software product endure over time. What are the underlying factors that result in software sustainment? While a number of communities have attempted to understand and address the challenges of sustainability from their different perspectives, there is a fundamental lack of understanding of: the concept of sustainability; how it relates to software artifacts and software systems; and the wider implications of the software development process and the impact of software products on the different dimensions of sustainability. Despite an increasing interest in the topic, the concept of sustainability is not well understood in the field of software engineering. What does sustainability mean in the context of software engineering? How do software engineers design software products that are sustainable? How do we quantify sustainability from a software engineering perspective? The aim of this workshop is to:

  • Identify challenges, opportunities, and best practices in areas of interest for sustainable software systems engineering.
  • Define the research agenda for sustainable software systems engineering.
  • Establish a network for software engineers and researchers.

The emphasis is on discussion and collaboration, with a goal of collaboratively producing a paper describing the state-of-the-art of sustainable software systems engineering following the workshop.

Topics of Interest

The workshop is interested in contributions from academia, industry, government, and non-government organisations on all topics related to sustainable software engineering. We invite papers from across the spectrum of software engineering from software engineers, software developers, computer system engineers, software architects, software managers, requirements engineers, usability engineers etc. on problem statements, visions, positions, controversies, experiences, and results that will be used to organize the session. In the context of understanding software sustainability and productivity, these papers should identify and describe challenges, approaches and strategies, best practices or experiences. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Software sustainability quality models;
  • Architectural-level reasoning for software sustainability;
  • Design patterns for software sustainability;
  • Metrics and measurements for software sustainability;
  • Methods to develop sustainable software;
  • Tools for software sustainability;
  • Software life cycle models for software sustainability;
  • Refactoring software for sustainability;
  • Provenance for software sustainability;
  • Assessing technical debt and risks to sustainability;
  • Software engineering best practices for sustainability;
  • Meta-models for software sustainability;
  • Sustainable software engineering processes.


The workshop solicits a number of contribution types:

  • Full papers (10 pages)
  • Short papers (6 pages)
  • Posters with a 2-page abstract
  • Impact talks: 1 page abstract containing the title, author names, affiliations, and abstract.

Submissions should be formatted to the standard IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings.

Papers should be submitted as a PDF document using Easychair at

Accepted papers will be published with CEUR workshop proceedings.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: 16 August 2015, Pago Pago (UTC-11). No extensions.
  • Paper Acceptance Notification: 07 September 2015
  • Camera Ready Submission: 14 September 2015
  • Impact talks: 30 September 2015, Pago Pago (UTC-11). No extensions.
  • Workshop Date: Monday, 26 October 2015

Organizing Committee

Programme Committee

  • Christoph Becker, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Phillip Brooker, University of Bath, UK
  • Yuanfang Cai, Drexel University, USA
  • Coral Calero, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Adrian Clear, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Tom Crick, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
  • Mike Croucher, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Michael K. Griffiths, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Robert Haines, University of Manchester, UK
  • James Hetherington,University College London, UK
  • Violeta Holmes, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Caroline Jay, University of Manchester, UK
  • Imran A. Jokhio, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan
  • Daniel S. Katz, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Rick Kazman, University of Hawai, USA
  • Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jong-Suk Ruth Lee, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, South Korea
  • Jo Leng, University of Leeds, UK
  • Rashid Mehmood, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
  • Sarah Mount, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Guillermo Rodriguez-Navas, Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • Ahmed Seffah, University in Lappeenranta, Finland
  • Norbert Seyff, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, and University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Albert Solernou, University of Leeds, UK
  • Maria Spichkova, RMIT University, Australia