IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, Budapest, Sept 25-30, 2005
The ICSM Conference

Since its start in 1983, ICSM (International Conference on Software Maintenance) has grown and developed into an international forum for software maintenance researchers and practitioners to examine key issues facing the software maintenance community. Participants from academia, government, and industry share ideas and experiences solving critical software maintenance problems.

The ICSM conference is the premier international (world wide) event in the maintenance field. The importance of software maintenance is being increasingly recognised, both in terms of professional activities and of public perception (the Y2K Millennium bug and the Euro-conversion being the most obvious examples). Hence it is vital for the community of researchers and practitioners to publish, present, and debate the latest results in the field. The ICSM proceedings present works of outstanding international excellence, where reports on the latest advances in the field may be found.

Previous ICSM conferences demonstrated tremendous interest and enthusiasm on the part of both researchers and applications personnel for current work in software maintenance. Many excellent papers were submitted and debated, showing that there is increasing interest in the subject.

ICSM is truly an international meeting place for researchers and practitioners in the field. Members of the program committee represent many different countries of the world. Many of the authors of papers also represent the software engineering interests of the international community. A main goal of ICSM is to promote interaction between researchers and practitioners. ICSM will bring together researchers, practitioners, developers and users of tools, technology transfer experts, and project managers.

Topics of interest

The theme of this year's conference will be "Continuous Evolution." There will be special issues of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution featuring selected papers of the conference.

Topics of interest include but are not restricted to the following aspects of maintenance and evolution:

  • Methods and theories
  • Organizational frameworks
  • Design for maintenance
  • Internet and distributed systems
  • User interface evolution
  • Third party maintenance
  • Program comprehension
  • Knowledge based systems
  • Impact of new software practices
  • Software reusability
  • Source code analysis and manipulation
  • Models and methods for error prediction
  • Maintenance and/or productivity metrics
  • Personnel aspects of maintenance
  • Version and configuration management
  • Management and organization
  • Processes and strategies
  • Life cycle and process control
  • Tools and environments
  • Multimedia systems
  • Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
  • Freeware and open source applications
  • Software and system visualization
  • Formal methods
  • Empirical studies
  • Programming languages
  • Testing and regression testing
  • Measurement of software
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Reengineering and reverse engineering
  • Legal aspects and standards
  • Remote, tele-work, and co-operative applications

Next ICSM conference: ICSM 2006, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Preceding ICSM conference: ICSM 2004, Chicago, USA

Last modified: 2005-08-23