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15: Information System Development

Track Description


The track shall consider information systems from a software engineering point of view. All corresponding aspects are of interest. A special focus is on the architecture of information systems, on business apps, on modeling information systems, and on transforming such models to more specific models and finally to code. Contributions with a solid formal basis are of particular interest.

Types of Contributions

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • IS Architectures
  • Enterprise Architecture Management
  • Enterprise Application Integration
  • Tools for IS Development
  • Requirements Engineering for Information Systems
  • Model-Driven Software Development
  • Domain-Specific Languages
  • Developing Business Apps
  • Platform-independent IS Development
  • Testing Information Systems

In particular the topics Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM), Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Developing Business Apps, and Platform-independent IS Development align well with the theme of the conference. Typically, the software landscape of an enterprise consists of a complex network of information systems. EAM and EAI address the structuring of this landscape. Moreover, more and more mobile devices and corresponding business apps are used to extend business processes and the corresponding network of devices and software systems. Since this typically involves several incompatible platforms, approaches for platform-independent IS development become relevant. Other, more generic subjects such as tools, requirements engineering, MDSD, DSLs, and testing complement these fields.

Track Chairs

Herbert Kuchen <primary contact>

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Herbert Kuchen <primary contact>

Herbert Kuchen studied computer science at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, where he also received his PhD and habilitation. Since 1997, he is a professor for practical computer science at the IS department of the University of Münster, Germany. He is interested in software engineering, in particular in the context of information systems, programming languages, and parallel programming. He teaches among others programming, software engineering, enterprise application integration, and model-driven software development. He is also a director of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS).  Herbert Kuchen has served on more than 100 program committees (six times as co-chair) and two steering committees of international conferences. Moreover, he was a member of the board of the European Association for Programming Languages and Systems (EAPLS). He also was vice-chair of working group "programming languages" of the German computer science organization "Gesellschaft für Informatik" and on the board of the Münster regional group of that organization. He is also on the advisory board of the Spanish scientific organization IMDEA software. He has organized several national and international conferences and workshops.

Stefan Gruner

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Stefan Gruner

Stefan Gruner obtained his Diploma degree in Informatics from RWTH Aachen technical university in the year 1996. A Doctoral degree in Software Engineering, also from RWTH Aachen, followed in the year 1999. Currently, Stefan Gruner holds the position of an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Pretoria, where he is leading a research group for System Specifications and Formal Methods (SSFM). From 2003 to 2006, he organized the “Software Engineering” track at ACM SAC. During the recent years, Stefan Gruner co-organised a number of scientific meetings in his fields of interest, including FM-Rail-BOK'2013, FormSERA'2012, FM+AM'2010, SESENA'2010, FM+AM'2009, SEFM'2008, etc. For further details see

Agnes Koschmider

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Agnes Koschmider

Dr. Agnes Koschmider is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Her current research concentrates on process model reuse, modeling support

techniques, empirical business process modeling and on mashup engineering. Her work was awarded the Wolfgang-Heilmann-Preis 2013/2014. Agnes is an initiator of the GI informaticup, a collegiate computer science contest that has attracted signicant attention since its first incarnation in 2005. In September 2013 she was named a junior fellow of the German computer science organization Gesellschaft für Informatik.

Alta van der Merwe

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Alta van der Merwe

Alta van der Merwe is currently the Head of Department, Informatics at the University of Pretoria.  She serves on several international research working groups, steering committees, advisory boards and editorial boards. She is the founder and past chair of the South African IEEE SMCS Chapter, specialist editor of the SAIEE journal (Software Engineering track) and co-founder and past chair of the Enterprise Architecture Research Forum. On International level she was involved in the proposal and acceptance of the Open Group Academic Forum and also the IEEE Enterprise Engineering and Enterprise Architecture Technical Committee, where she still acts as co-chair. Prof van der Merwe focuses on research related to Enterprise Architecture, Data Analyitics (Social media), Use of Mobile Technologies in the South African Domain and Design and Innovation. She is the current president of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT) where she has been involved in the establishment of the South African Computing Accreditation Board (SACAB).

Associate Editors

  • Mark van den Brand, The Netherlands
  • Rimantas Butleris, Lituania
  • Aurona Gerber, South Africa
  • Willi Hasselbring, Germany
  • Knut Hinkelmann, Switzerland
  • James Lapalme, Canada
  • Oscar Pastor, Spain
  • Klaus Pohl, Germany
  • Colette Rolland-Benci, France
  • Fernando Saenz-Perez, Spain

Additional Information

Coverage of these Topics by Other Conferences

Virtually all IS conferences accept papers on software engineering aspects of information systems, however without a particular focus on these aspects. The ECIS 2014 tracks “IT Project Management”, “Service Innovation, Engineering, and Management”, and “General IS Topics” have some (small) overlap with the intended track. The AMCIS 2013 tracks “eBusiness and eCommerce”, “IT Project Management”, and in particular “Systems Analysis and Design” also partly cover the listed topics. Moreover, the HICSS 2013 tracks “Software Technology” has a similar scope.

There are also software engineering conferences with an applied scope. In particular ACM SAC also covers IS topics. For instance, ACM SAC 2013 offers besides generic tracks such “Requirements Engineering” and “Software Engineering” IS-related tracks such as “Enterprise Engineering”.

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