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ICSOFT is sponsored by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication


The purpose of the ICSOFT 2018, the 13th International Conference on Software Technologies, is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested on software technologies. The conference areas are "Software Engineering and Systems Development", "Software Systems and Applications" and "Foundational and Trigger Technologies".

Papers describing original work are invited in any of the areas listed below. Accepted papers, presented at the conference by one of the authors, will be published in the Proceedings of ICSOFT with an ISBN. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Both full research reports and work-in-progress reports are welcome. There will be both oral and poster sessions.

Special sessions, dedicated to case-studies and commercial presentations, as well as tutorials dedicated to technical/scientific topics are also envisaged: companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies or researchers interested in holding a tutorial, workshop or special session are invited to contact the conference secretariat or visit the conference website.


Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:



Mainstream topics in software engineering with wide adoption in practice, but where new methods, tools and techniques can bring further improvements in systems development.

  • Agile Development
  • Architectural Design, Refactoring and Patterns
  • Automated Software Engineering
  • Change and Configuration Management
  • Data-driven Software Engineering
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Formal Methods
  • Mobile and Cross Platform Development
  • Model-driven Software Engineering
  • Open Source Development
  • People Management
  • Process Modeling
  • Programming Frameworks and Platforms
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Software Engineering Tools
  • Software Development Lifecycle
  • Software and Systems Modeling
  • Risk Management
  • Software Project Planning and Tracking
  • Testing and Testability
  • User-centered Design


Topics with emphasis on results and products of software development in specific application areas.

  • Agent and Multi-agent Systems
  • Ambient Intelligence and Digital Ecosystems
  • Application Software
  • Artificial Intelligence Applications
  • Complex Systems
  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Enterprise Systems and Applications
  • Government Systems and Applications
  • Mobile Apps
  • Real-time Systems
  • Robotics
  • Social Systems and Applications
  • Software Product Line
  • System Software
  • Web Systems and Applications
  • 3D Printing


Foundational technologies for software development as well as trigger technologies for software systems. Trigger technologies are technologies which are promising but have not yet been proven in practice (i.e., they belong to the early hype cycle phase).

  • Big Data and Data Science
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cybersecurity Technologies
  • Digital Divide Technology Factors
  • High performance computing
  • Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Information Age and Digital Revolution
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Natural Language Technologies
  • Network and Data Communications
  • Software as a Service
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Web Technologies


João GamaLIAAD - INESC TEC, University of Porto, Portugal
Gian Pietro PiccoUniversity of Trento, Italy
Jan MendlingVienna University of Economics and Business, Austria


Authors should submit a paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, addressing one or several of the conference areas or topics. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. To facilitate the double-blind paper evaluation method, authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors’ personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors’ identity.

Only original papers should be submitted. Authors are advised to read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism thoroughly before submitting and must make sure that their submissions do not substantially overlap work which has been published elsewhere or simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference with proceedings. Papers that contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

Authors can submit their work in the form of a Regular Paper, representing completed and validated research, or as a Position Paper, portraying a short report of work in progress or an arguable opinion about an issue discussing ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research focused on one of the conference topic areas. All papers must be submitted through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and should follow the instructions and templates that can be found under Guidelines and Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper on our digital library is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.
It is planned to publish a short list of revised and extended versions of presented papers with Springer in a CCIS Series book (final approval pending).
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.


ICSOFT Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
             2910-595 Setubal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +351 265 520 186


Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities, It was born and developed from the northern bank of this river during the Middle Ages. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996. When discovering Porto, you will find many surprises. Besides its welcoming and conservative environment, Porto is also contemporary and artistic. This is shown not only in the streets, architecture, monuments and museums but also in the terraces, restaurants and leisure and shopping areas.


Leszek MaciaszekWroclaw University of Economics, Poland and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia


Marten van SinderenUniversity of Twente, Netherlands


Markus Aleksy, ABB Corporate Research Center, Germany
Waleed Alsabhan, KACST, United Kingdom
Jose Luis Arciniegas Herrera, Universidad del Cauca, Colombia
Soumyadip Bandyopadhyay, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Bernhard Bauer, University of Augsburg, Germany
Wolfgang Bein, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States
Fevzi Belli, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey
Mario Luca Bernardi, Giustino Fortunato University, Italy
Jorge Bernardino, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra - ISEC, Portugal
Mario Berón, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Argentina
Thomas Buchmann, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Andrea Burattin, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Miroslav Bureš, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Nelio Cacho, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Jose Antonio Calvo-Manzano, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Gerardo Canfora, University Of Sannio, Italy
Rui César das Neves, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal
Marta Cimitile, Unitelma Sapienza, Italy
Rem Collier, University College Dublin, Ireland
Kendra Cooper, Independent Scholar, Canada
Agostino Cortesi, Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Italy
Lidia Cuesta, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Boguslaw Cyganek, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Aldo Dagnino, ABB Corporate Research, United States
Sergiu Dascalu, University of Nevada, Reno, United States
Sergio de Cesare, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Jaime Delgado, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Steven Demurjian, University of Connecticut, United States
Chiara Di Francescomarino, FBK-IRST, Italy
Elisabetta Di Nitto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Philippe Dugerdil, Geneva School of Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Morgan Ericsson, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Jean-Rémy Falleri, Bordeaux INP, France
João Faria, FEUP - Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal
Hafiz Farooq Ahmad, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
Luis Fernandez Sanz, University of Alcala, Spain
Kehan Gao, Eastern Connecticut State University, United States
Felix J. Garcia Clemente, University of Murcia, Spain
Mauro Gaspari, University of Bologna, Italy
Hamza Gharsellaoui, Al-Jouf College of Technology, TVTC, Saudi Arabia
Paola Giannini, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
J. Paul Gibson, Mines-Telecom - Telecom SudParis, France
Gregor Grambow, AristaFlow GmbH, Germany
Christiane Gresse von Wangenheim, UFSC - Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Cléver Ricardo Guareis de Farias, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Slimane Hammoudi, ESEO, MODESTE, France
Stuart Harvey Rubin, University of California San Diego, United States
Jean Hauck, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Mercedes Hidalgo-Herrero, Universidad Complutense De Madrid, Spain
Jose R. Hilera, University of Alcala, Spain
Dieter Hogrefe, University of Göttingen, Germany
Andreas Holzinger, Medical University Graz, Austria
Jang-Eui Hong, Chungbuk National University, Korea, Republic of
Jiman Hong, Soongsil University, Korea, Republic of
Shihong Huang, Florida Atlantic University, United States
Ivan Ivanov, SUNY Empire State College, United States
Judit Jasz, University of Szeged, Hungary
Lingxiao Jiang, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Lennart Johnsson, University of Houston, United States
Maria Jose Escalona, University of Seville, Spain
Hermann Kaindl, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Sanpawat Kantabutra, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Carlos Kavka, ESTECO SpA, Italy
Dean Kelley, Minnesota State University, United States
Chris Kemerer, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Foutse Khomh, École Polytechnique, Canada
Mieczyslaw Kokar, Northeastern University, United States
Jitka Komarkova, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Jun Kong, North Dakota State University, United States
Martin Kropp, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Winfried Kühnhauser, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
Rob Kusters, Eindhoven University of Technology & Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
Wing Kwong, Hofstra University, United States
Giuseppe Lami, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Yu Lei, The University of Texas at Arlington, United States
Ivan Lukovic, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Serbia
Stephane Maag, Telecom SudParis, France
Ivano Malavolta, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy
Eda Marchetti, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Katsuhisa Maruyama, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Manuel Mazzara, Innopolis University, Russian Federation
Tom McBride, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Hamid Mcheick, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada
Fuensanta Medina-Dominguez, Carlos III Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Antoni Lluís Mesquida Calafat, Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), Spain
Gergely Mezei, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Greg Michaelson, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
António Miguel Rosado da Cruz, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Marian Cristian Mihaescu, University of Craiova, Romania
Valérie Monfort, LAMIH Valenciennes UMR CNRS 8201, France
Claude Moulin, JRU CNRS Heudiasyc, University of Compiègne, France
Antao Moura, Federal Universisty of Campina Grande (UFCG), Brazil
Antonio Muñoz, University of Malaga, Spain
Elisa Yumi Nakagawa, University of Sao Paulo - USP, Brazil
Takako Nakatani, The Open University of Japan, Japan
Joan Navarro, La Salle - Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain
Elena Navarro, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Viorel Negru, West University of Timisoara, Romania
Paolo Nesi, University of Florence, Italy
Jianwei Niu, University of Texas at San Antonio, United States
Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Rory O'Connor, Dublin City University, Ireland
Flavio Oquendo, European University of Brittany - IRISA-UBS, France
Claus Pahl, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Marcos Palacios, University of Oviedo, Spain
Luis Pedro, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Jennifer Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain
Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Romania
Giuseppe Polese, Università Degli Studi Di Salerno, Italy
Roman Popp, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Rosario Pugliese, Universita' di Firenze, Italy
Ana R. Cavalli, Institute TELECOM SudParis, France
Pedro Rangel Henriques, University of Minho, Portugal
Traian Rebedea, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Henrique Rebelo, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Michel Reniers, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Werner Retschitzegger, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Colette Rolland, Université De Paris1 Panthèon Sorbonne, France
Gustavo Rossi, Lifia, Argentina
Matteo Rossi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Chandan Rupakheti, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, United States
Gunter Saake, Institute of Technical and Business Information Systems, Germany
Krzysztof Sacha, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Maria-Isabel Sanchez-Segura, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
Davide Sangiorgi, Università di Bologna, Italy
Davide Sangiorgi, Università di Bologna, Italy
Nickolas S. Sapidis, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
Elad Michael Schiller, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Lionel Seinturier, University of Lille, France
Istvan Siket, Hungarian Academy of Science, Research Group on Artificial Intelligence, Hungary
Harvey Siy, University of Nebraska at Omaha, United States
Yeong-Tae Song, Towson University, United States
Anongnart Srivihok, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Miroslaw Staron, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Cosmin Stoica Spahiu, University of Craiova - Faculty of Automation, Computers and Electronics, Romania
Ketil Stølen, SINTEF, Norway
Hiroki Suguri, Miyagi University, Japan
Bedir Tekinerdogan, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Maurice H. ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Chouki Tibermacine, LIRMM, CNRS and Montpellier University, France
Claudine Toffolon, Université du Maine, France
Rob van Ommering, Philips Research, Netherlands
Michael Vassilakopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece
Dessislava Vassileva, Sofia University “st. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria
László Vidács, University of Szeged, Hungary
Sergiy Vilkomir, East Carolina University, United States
Gianluigi Viscusi, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Jie Wang, Indiana University Northwest, United States
Dietmar Wikarski, TH Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Dietmar Winkler, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Andreas Winter, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
Jongwook Woo, California State University Los Angeles, United States
Dianxiang Xu, Boise State University, United States
Jinhui Yao, Xerox Research, United States
Murat Yilmaz, Çankaya University, Turkey
Jingyu Zhang, Macquarie University, Australia

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