The mastering of software quality is recognized as a key issue in software engineering. Further, it is becoming increasingly important as software currently provides the software qualities of systems that people rely on. To this aim, myriads of proposals on software quality models and metrics have been promoted both by researchers and practitioners. In this context, one of the main issues is to manage the great of deal of interactions of any kind that emerge between software qualities.

Analyses of the interactions among software qualities have often found that optimizing on one quality will cause serious problems with others. As just one relevant example, one large project had an Integrated Product Team that optimized the system for Security. In doing so, it reduced its vulnerability profile by having a single-agent key distribution system and a single copy of the data base – only to have the Reliability engineers point on that these were system-critical single points of failure. The project’s Security-optimized architecture also created conflicts with the system’s Performance, Usability, and Modifiability. Of course, optimizing the system for Security had synergies with Reliability in having high levels of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. All in all, development teams have to face such wicked situations and make critical solutions with limited schedule and budget.

The CSRSQ workshop has the goal of exploring the conflicts and synergies among Reliability, Security and other Qualities. As part of this general goal, the nature of software qualities themselves is also of interest. Last advancements in research and current state of the practice will be put together in order to better comprehend the forces behind these interactions.

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

  • Classification of software qualities: quality models and quality ontologies
  • Types of interactions among software qualities
  • Languages and models to represent software qualities and their interactions
  • Techniques to understand the effect of software quality interactions in the satisfaction of quality requirements
  • Empirical studies on software qualities and their conflicts and synergies
  • Experience reports on software qualities and their conflicts and synergies
  • Data-driven discovery of software quality interactions
  • Managing software qualities and their interactions in different software development methods, e.g. agile and rapid software development
  • Impact of software qualities and their trade-off analysis on strategic decision-making processes
  • Visualization of software quality interactions

Conference Companion

Accepted workshop papers will appear in the QRS 2018 conference companion which will be published by IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services (CPS). Papers presented at the conference will also be submitted for inclusion into the IEEE Xplore and to all of the A&I (abstracting and indexing) partners (such as the Ei Compendex).

Authors may also choose to publish their papers in an Ei-indexed journal–International Journal of Performability Engineering (IJPE;

Journal Special Issue (TBA)

Best Paper Award

At least one award will be presented. Authors will receive a certificate signed by the President of the IEEE Reliability Society and the Organizers of CSRSQ 2018.

Panelists Solicitation (TBA)

Important Dates

    April 15, 2018       Submission deadline
    May 15, 2018       Author notification
    June 1, 2018       Camera-ready dues
    July 16-20, 2018       Workshop


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers as well as industrial practice papers. Simultaneous submissions to other publications and conferences are not permitted. Detailed instructions for electronic paper submission, panel proposals and review process can be found at

The length of a camera ready paper will be limited to eight pages, including the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of each author, a 150-word abstract, and up to 6 keywords. Shorter vision papers (up to four pages) are also allowed.

Authors must follow the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare papers. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper is required to pay full registration fee and present the paper at the workshop. Arrangements are being made to publish selected accepted papers in reputable journals. The submissions must be in PDF and uploaded to the conference submission site.

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Program Chairs

Barry Boehm University of Southern California USA
Xavier Franch Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Spain

Program Committee

Claudia P. AyalaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaSpain
Celia ChenUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUSA
Sunita ChulaniCisco SystemsUSA
Carlos Henrique DuarteBrazilian Development BankBrazil
Hakan ErdogmusCarnegie Mellon UniversityUSA
Henning FemmerTechnische Universität MünchenGermany
Raymond MadachyNaval Posgraduate SchoolUSA
Silverio Martínez-FernándezFraunhofer-IESEGermany
Daniel PortUniversity of HawaiiUSA
Richard SelbyNorthrop Grumman CorporationUSA
Lin ShiChinese Academy of SciencesChina
Guilherme H. TravassosFederal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil
Claes WohlinBlekinge Institute of TechnologySweden

Web Masters

Shou-Yu Lee University of Texas at Dallas USA
Xuelin Li University of Texas at Dallas USA

PC Login

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Workshop Venue

CSRSQ 2018 will be held in conjunction with QRS 2018 at Lisbon, Portugal. Please visit the QRS 18 website for further information.

General Inquiries

For more detailed and updated information, please contact Professor Barry Boehm at or Professor Xavier Franch at

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CSRSQ 2018 Program

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