6th International Conference on the
Quality of Information and Communications Technology

 - QUATIC 2007 -


September 12-14, 2007

Lisbon New University, Lisbon, Portugal

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Theme and Scope:

The International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology (QUATIC) serves as a forum for disseminating advanced methods and tools for supporting quality approaches to ICT engineering and management. Practitioners and researchers are encouraged to exchange ideas and approaches on how to adopt a quality culture in ICT process and product improvement and to provide practical studies in varying contexts. The conference considers the existence of several areas of interest that gather a set of related topics, organized around several perspectives of ICT Quality:


· Management Perspective: quality alignment with business strategies and goals; economics of quality; quality and business intelligence; quality deployment strategies; critical success factors in quality improvement; quality and legal issues; expressing contractual quality clauses; outsourcing versus in-sourcing regarding testing and/or maintenance; IT governance; IT service management.


· Process Perspective: process modelling, applicability, deployment, assessment, and improvement; lightweight versus heavyweight methodologies; quality in component-based development; quality in design; model-driven development; aspect-orientation methodologies; experimental software engineering; ICT project management.


· Product Perspective: requirements identification and system specification; quality of IT architecture; product inspections, reviews and walkthroughs; testing techniques, strategies, tools, standards and management; problem and defect management; configuration management; system extensibility: accommodating evolving requirements; integrating new and legacy systems; improving the quality of legacy systems; product reengineering for quality improvement.


· User and Contents Perspective: quality perception by customers; maturity of IT usage; data quality; information quality: risk analysis, assessment and audit.


· Web Perspective: modelling and design of web-based applications; web metrics and measurement; web benchmarking; performance of web-based applications; usability, user friendliness and robustness of web-based applications; web applications security; web convergence and non traditional devices.


· Standardization and Certification Perspective: developing or customizing quality models; cost and schedule estimation; product and process metrics; forecasting quality characteristics; process, product and services standardization and certification; total quality management.


· Education and Training Perspective: teaching quality; the Bologna Process and ICT education; human, cultural, professional and ethical issues of quality.

Paper Submission:

  We are seeking regular (10 pages) and short papers (5 pages) both of a scientific nature and containing reports on experiences coming from the industry and services. Papers with the explicit purpose of promoting companies, services or products will not be accepted. We encourage the authors of papers with a more scientific flavor to take into account the applicability of their work in a company environment and the experience reports from companies to have an adequate scientific framework.

  The language for regular papers is English, although Portuguese and Spanish languages can also be used for short papers to be included in an industrial track; i.e., submitted regular papers must be written in English.

  Regular papers must not have been previously published or submitted elsewhere. Authors are requested to submit a PDF version of their papers in IEEE format. These papers should not exceed 10 pages, including figures, references, and appendices. Submissions must be done on the following URL:

  Each submitted regular paper will have a blind review from, at least, 3 members of the Program Committee. The Program Committee will decide upon accepting or rejecting each paper, based on a set of objective criteria.

Proceedings Publication:

Regular papers will be included in the proceedings of QUATIC 2007 that will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press
(Los Alamitos, California, USA). Short papers accepted for the industrial track will be published online at the conference website.

  Regular papers exceeding 10 pages will be charged for pages in excess. Authors of accepted papers must sign the IEEE copyright form. At least one author of each accepted submission must register and present the paper at the conference, to assure its inclusion in the conference proceedings.

  During the closing session of QUATIC 2007, awards will be given to the three best regular papers presented during the meeting. Extended
versions of a selection of regular papers will be published in a special edition of the ASQ Software Quality Professional Journal


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