Workshop Rationale and Aims

In current and future Web applications, adaptation and evolution are important concerns.

Adaptation is not only important for the purpose of personalization or accessibility but also for being able to adapt to the many different contexts in which a Web application may be used and to the varying types of devices (such as mobile devices) used to access the application in multi-channel deployments. Such new needs demand for the development of adaptive Web systems, able to support more effective and efficient content delivery, services and interactions in all those situations.

Furthermore, Web applications are evolutionary in their nature. They frequently require changes on content, functionality, semantics, structure, navigation, presentation or implementation. Web applications as a whole, and their services and content are thus typically highly volatile and evolve over time. Reasons for evolution include:

  • Supporting new requirements (e.g., deriving from new knowledge, practices, processes, management approaches, or technologies);
  • Maintaining an application's hyperlink/navigation structure (e.g., repairing incorrect linking and connecting unreachable pages);
  • Guaranteeing consistency with changing external sources (e.g., a referenced ontology or externally linked contents, whose change may have an impact on the validity of the Web site);
  • Updating/changing (by the user) content, structure, navigation, presentation (e.g. relevant with the rise of blogs, wiki's, etc.);
  • Integrating new or alternative (sub-) systems.

Properly dealing with evolution clearly influences the quality of a Web system. Provisions to automatically deal with evolution and its consequences will become indispensable especially in large-scale Web applications, where manual management of changes and their impact is infeasible.

Although highly relevant due to the intrinsic nature of Web applications, the problem of dealing with adaptation and evolution of Web applications (both during requirements analysis, design, implementation and deployment) and its impact is highly under-estimated. The ultimate goal of AEWSE is therefore to facilitate the discussion of key issues, approaches, open problems, innovative applications, and trends in these research areas, for identifying methodologies and technologies to support adaptive access to and/or evolution in (the design of) Web applications.

Topics of Interests

Areas of particular interest for the Workshop include (but are not limited to):

  • Requirements analysis for adaptive Web systems
  • Requirement engineering and evolution in Web systems
  • Adaptation and evolution in the context of Ubiquitous and mobile systems
  • Adaptation and evolution in the context of Multi-device/Multi-modal Web systems
  • Model-based development methods for adaptive Web systems
  • Testing and evaluation of adaptive Web systems
  • Adaptability and adaptation in Service Oriented Architectures
  • Adaptation and evolution in Web site design methods
  • Methods and techniques for adaptive/evolving Web systems (e.g. aspect orientation, rule-based approaches)
  • Adaptation and evolution for the Semantic Web
  • Semantic Web technologies for adaptation and/or evolution
  • Personalization and User Modeling in Web-based systems
  • Content Management Systems & Web application design for adaptation and evolution
  • Technologies enabling adaptation/evolution
  • Web systems evolution
  • Model-based methods for Web systems evolution
  • Consistency and evolution
  • Temporal Web content
  • Ontology based Web application design & ontology evolution
  • Changes/evolution with respect to trust/security (e.g. wikipedia)
  • Website version management (WIKI, …)
  • Web 2.0 (technologies) w.r.t. adaptation/evolution
  • Case studies and industrial experiences, related to these themes

Target Audiences

AEWSE aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners with different research interests and belonging to communities like Web Engineering, Adaptive Hypermedia, User Modeling, Active Databases, Semantic Web, Ontology Evolution, Database Evolution, Temporal Data, Software Engineering and Mobile Computing. To enable lively and productive discussions, the desired number of participants is minimum 15, maximum 35.

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