This symposium is intended to be a working event focused on understanding and defining the foundations for consistency and change management of software systems within the scope of artifact-to-artifact (model-to-model) traceability. The symposium will explore topics related to:

  • Theory of software and systems traceability;
  • Traceability between artifacts and processes;
  • The semantics of traceability links;
  • Recovery of traceability links;
  • Visualization of traceability links;
  • Traceability in model-driven development;
  • Traceability in domain-specific languages;
  • Interoperable approaches to support traceability;
  • Human aspects of traceability management;
  • Traceability in emerging forms of software engineering including product lines, frameworks, components, services, etc.;
  • Empirical studies on traceability.

Specific workshop goals include:

  • Broadening awareness within the software engineering community of the potential for the application of traceability;
  • Facilitating the exchange of ideas and interaction between international researchers;
  • Defining open and key research problems faced in realizing usable tools/approach for traceability recovery and management;
  • Constructing a foundation of materials for future research on traceability.

Contest on the Grand Challenges of Software Traceability. Following the tradition established at the last four TEFSE workshops, contestants may select any of the symposium topics of interest and/or Grand Challenges of Software Traceability topics to address. All submissions must clearly state which of the Grand Challenges they are addressing. As for the last TEFSE edition, contestants are encouraged to download and utilize TraceLab to conduct their experiments. TraceLab provides an experimental environment, a library of standard tracing components, datasets, and evaluation metrics for supporting experimentation. TraceLab contestants can easily extend the standard library by creating their own components. Contestants can also submit to the track even if they do not use TraceLab to conduct their experiments. Contest papers are reviewed in terms of originality, soundness, and presentation quality. Contest papers will be published in the proceedings and presented at a special session in SST 2015. Among the accepted contest papers, the committee will vote for the best two solutions, which will be announced at the workshop.

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