IEEE Transactions on Reliability

Special Section on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems

Call for Papers


Complex computer systems have been widely developed and applied in many aspects of the society, but how to enhance the productivity and ensure the reliability of such systems remain a challenge for the Software Engineering community. The International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS) has been serving as a flagship conference in the field since 1995 to provide a forum for both researchers and practitioners to discuss and exchange their experience and results in research on theories, methods, languages, and supporting tools for developing and maintaining complex computer systems. Despite the significant progresses we have achieved, there are still many remaining challenges to the quality assurance of complex systems.

This special section aims to publish all kinds of studies with a clear evidence of theoretical and/or technological advances on the engineering of complex computer systems. The topics include requirements analysis and specification, testing, verification and validation, formal engineering methods, reverse engineering and refactoring, big data management, intelligent software tools, and industrial case studies. In particular, the strictly selected papers presented at ICECCS 2022 are encouraged to submit to this special section after an over 30% extension in its content.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Requirements analysis and specification
  • Verification and validation
  • Reliability engineering and faults prediction
  • Formal engineering methods
  • SAT/SMT solvers for software analysis and testing
  • Mode-driven development
  • Security and privacy of complex systems
  • Reverse engineering and refactoring
  • Software architecture
  • Big data management
  • Intelligent software tools
  • Ubiquitous computing, context awareness, sensor networks
  • Agile methods
  • Human-Machine Pair Programming
  • Safety-critical and fault-tolerant architectures
  • Adaptive, self-managing and multi-agent systems
  • Cyber-physical systems and IoT
  • Industrial case studies

Submission Information

We welcome high quality submissions that are original work, not published, and not currently submitted elsewhere. We also encourage extensions to conference papers, unless prohibited by copyright, if there is a significant difference in technical content. Improvements such as adding a new case study or including a description of additional related studies do not satisfy this requirement. A description explaining the differences between the conference paper and the journal submission is required. The overlap between each submission and other articles, including the authors’ own papers and dissertations, should be less than 30%.

All submitted papers will undergo a rigorous peer-review process and must conform to the double column, single-spaced format of printed articles in the IEEE Transactions on Reliability with all figures and tables embedded in the paper, rather than listed at the end or in the appendix. Refer to the special guidelines posted at

Important Dates

  • May 1, 2022
  • July 25, 2022
  • Deadline for paper submission
  • First round notification


  • Professor W. Eric Wong, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Guest Editors

  • Professor Hiroyuki Okamura, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Professor Fatiha Zaidi, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Professor Tadashi Dohi, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Professor Shaoying Liu, Hiroshima University, Japan

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