First SWForum Workshop on Trustworthy Software and Open Source

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19 Jan 2021

First SWForum Workshop on Trustworthy Software and Open Source

  • By Zachary Smith

SWForum.eu, the European Forum of the Software Research Community, is hosting its first workshop on Trustworthy Software and Open Source, and is requesting submissions.

About

Nowadays, the increasing importance of software for businesses, industry and the life of common citizens makes the notion of trustworthiness a crucial one. A trustworthy software is one for which some important properties such as correctness, compliance, reliability, availability, performance, safety, security, maintainability, privacy of data, energy efficiency, sustainability, and certified interaction with humans are ensured. 

In this context, several problems require attention from the research and the practitioner’s community. Among the others, this workshop is focusing on the following ones:

Characteristics of trustworthy software. Examples of attributes that make software trustworthy are security, compatibility, quality, correctness, dependability. Is there any other? What are the minimal characteristics of a trustworthy piece of software? The acceptable level of trustworthiness for a piece of software depends on the specific application domain the software is developed for. Is it possible to define a taxonomy? 

Developing trustworthy software. Which methodologies, methods and tools are currently available to develop trustworthy software? Which are the most critical trustworthiness characteristics to be considered during development? How a developer or a final user can verify if and to which extent it is possible to trust on the used software? Which are the steps to be accomplished in this case? Could these tasks be automated?

The role of open source in the development of trustworthy software. At a first glance, open source may be seen as a development practice that is against the idea of trustworthiness: the first question we may ask, in fact, is: how could I trust that an obscure developer is developing software I can trust? The situation is not as simple as it can appear. Open-source development today is not conducted by obscure individuals, but, often, it is supported by multiple enterprises sharing the same interest and/or by well-known and highly rewarded groups of independent developers. In many cases, open-source software could be even seen as more trustworthy than closed source one as only the first one can be inspected and analysed by third parties in a completely open and transparent manner. So, the questions we would like to discuss concern: 1) what are the criteria to consider an open-source software trustworthy? 2) What drives the industry to use and rely (or not) on open-source software? 3) How can an H2020 project develop an effective and impactful open-source software, considering its typical timeframe and scope?

Types of submissions

The workshop format will be highly interactive and is the first one of a series aiming at triggering the discussion around trustworthy software and the tools and methods to support its development. 
For this first workshop we would welcome the following submissions:

  • Position papers in which authors describe their position in a specific topic relevant to the workshop subject.
  • Technical papers in which the authors present some technical results about their studies in trustworthy or open-source software.
  • Demo papers in which the authors present their open-source tools where trustworthiness is relevant.
  • Panel proposals specifying the topic to be discussed, why it is relevant in this workshop, and the list of panellists.

The submissions will be assessed by the workshop Program Committee for their relevance to the workshop topics and their potential impact in the discussion. 
Position, technical, and demo papers will be published as open access CEUR-WS proceedings (http://ceur-ws.org)

Accepted paper will be presented during the on-line workshop which is organized in three sessions of 1.5 hours each distributed over three days (from March 23rd to March 25th).

How to submit

Position, technical, and demo papers must be formatted according to LNCS style (ftp://ftp.springernature.com/cs-proceeding/llncs/llncs2e.zip) and they must be 5-pages long. 
Panel proposals can be in any format.
All contributions must be submitted using the EasyChair platform available at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=1stswforumws

Important dates

Submission of contribution February 22nd, 2021
Notification of acceptance March 12th, 2021
On-line workshop March 23rd-25th, 2021 (16:00-17:30)

Keynote Speakers

To be announced

Program Chairs

Elisabetta Di Nitto, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Pierluigi Plebani, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Program Committee

To be announced

Acknowledgements

This workshop is supported by the European Commission under the programme H2020, project n. 957044.

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