The focal concerns are Software-Intensive Autonomous Systems (SIAS). A
SIAS is, by definition, any system where software influences, to a
large extent, the design, construction, deployment, and evolution of
the system as a whole. Some examples include computer-based systems
ranging from individual software applications, information systems,
embedded systems for automotive applications, telecommunications,
wireless ad hoc systems, business applications with an emphasis on web
services, software product lines and product families, cyberphysical
systems, and systems-of-systems. This special issue only solicits and
accepts papers whose major contributions are within the domain of
autonomous software-intensive systems, and applications.

These emerging software-intensive systems become more and more
considered as autonomy enabling solutions in different ICT-related
domains. However, their increasing complexity makes them difficult to
design, develop and maintain, and rises many challenges for
researchers, architects, and developers. On the one hand, they must
meet very stringent guarantees of adaptiveness, flexibility,
performance and reliability, both for business as well as for safety
reasons. On the other hand, their development requires interaction
between engineers from control system and software domains, whose
differing backgrounds are often a source of confusion and

To master complex aspects of software-intensive systems, it is
important to combine efforts from foundational research and recent
engineering techniques that are based on mathematically well founded
theories and approaches. The new methods should support the system
life cycle including requirements, design, implementation,
maintenance, reconfiguration and adaptation. This ensures the required
levels of quality and trust, putting change and adaptation at all
levels of system development. The development of a science of
software-intensive systems, that are bridging the gap between
pragmatic development techniques and foundational validation and
verification methods, constitutes a new field to investigate. TOPICS
OF INTEREST The aim of this special issue is to gather new
contributions in functional and nonfunctional adaptability and
reconfiguration management in Software-Intensive Autonomous Systems
(SIAS). We are looking for high-quality submissions on the latest
challenges, breakthroughs, and future trends. Topics of interest
include, but are not limited to:

Specification, modelling, and verification of SIAS.
Service-oriented architectures for SIAS.
Agent-based approaches for SIAS.
Coordination of adaptation and reconfiguration in SIAS.
Autonomous and distributed SIAS.
Architecting and engineering SIAS.
Programming environments for SIAS.
Test and validation of SIAS.
Scalability and performance modelling of SIAS.
Reliability and availability methods for SIAS.
Design techniques for SIAS.
Design, implementation, and analysis of privacy.
Security and QoS management solutions for SIAS.
Tools and prototypes for managing adaptability of SIAS.
Context-awareness for SIAS.
Software-intensive autonomous systems of systems.
Software-intensive autonomous cyberphysical systems.

We invite the submission of high-quality papers describing original
and significant work in the SIAS domain. We also encourage submission
of extended papers from the workshop of Adaptive and Reconfigurable
Systems and Architectures (AROSA 2020). Surveys and (Systematic)
Literature Reviews are out of the scope of the special issue and will
be desk-rejected.

July 1, 2020 Full paper submission due
November 1, 2020 First round notification
February 28, 2021 Revised submission due
April 15, 2021 Paper acceptance decision

Khalil Drira, LAAS-CNRS, Univ. Toulouse, France.
Ismael Bouassida Rodriguez, ReDCAD, University of Sfax, Tunisia.
Nesrine Khabou, ReDCAD-ENIS, University of Sfax, Tunisia.

 P. Avgeriou and D. Shepherd

 W.K. Chan and R. Mirandola


All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted
through the Elsevier Editorial System for the Journal of Systems and
Software at Follow the submission instructions given
on this site. Authors should select “VSI:SIAS” from the “Choose
Article Type” pull-down menu during the submission process. All
manuscripts should comply with the journal’s submission guidelines.
Detailed author guidelines are available at
Manuscripts must not have been published previously or be currently
under consideration for publication in any other journal or
conference. Extended versions of previous papers should be extended by
at least 30% of new material different from the original work.
DECISIONS Submissions will be reviewed by at least three experts in
the field. The primary evaluation criteria are high-quality of the
submission, innovative aspects in the domain of autonomous technology,
software-intensive systems, and applications, practical applications
of proposed idea(s), and thorough evaluation. The guest editors in
consultation with the Editors In Chief and the Special Issues Editors
will make final decisions.