Presentation of SEH 2020

Healthcare systems in many countries are looking to leverage emerging technologies, such as cloud computing,mobile apps, data science, biosensors, and wearable devices as a means to ensure continuous quality improvement in the presence of rapidly changing demographics and an increased demand for complex care. The development and implementation of software-intensive systems has been seen as a key enabler for healthcare system reform and many jurisdictions have provided major investments and incentive programs to propel this transformation. At the same time, interoperability barriers continue to impede adoption, especially in the context of complex care where different healthcare providers need to collaborate. Hence, effective, efficient, and evolutionary software architectures should deal with interoperability challenges as well as the imposed by other quality characteristics. Besides that, while software-intensive healthcare systems provide great potential for service improvements and cost savings, they also impose significant risks and engineering challenges.

In this scenario, the goal of SEH 2020 is to provide a forum where students, researchers, and practitioners from software engineering, health informatics, and medical domains discuss the design, evaluation, and evolution of software systems in healthcare, disseminating standards, methods, models, and techniques that will shape the next generation of such systems, especially in regard to their qualities, including interoperability, security, safety, data governance, and sustainability. This workshop also intends to address the role that software engineering, and software architecture particularly, play in creating novel healthcare solutions and emerging trends in current practice, including in developing and underserved countries. Through exchanging successful and unsuccessful experiences, attendees could analyze the impact of alternative solutions and be encouraged to innovative solutions that will shape the next generation of health systems.

This is a full-day workshop and will be held on March 16th, 2020.

Call For Papers - SEH 2020


This workshop aims on discussing and establishing the theoretical foundations of software engineering, with a focus on software architecture, for healthcare to develop and evolve complex health systems, paving the way for a more structured community effort. We expect to identify and characterize research that has effectively contributed to the patients' quality of life and/or treatment outcome, pointing out further research directions. Finally, our goal is to continue developing an interdisciplinary, international community with an effective research, educational and industrial agenda for supporting software engineering in the healthcare sector. Hence, this workshop focuses on the combination of the following themes, but not limited to:

Software engineering: methods and techniques for modeling, designing, developing, and evaluating healthcare systems, software architecture extraction and description for healthcare systems, reference architectures, continuous architecting, architecting families of products, context awareness and autonomous computing, technical debt, software quality, development processes, user interface, system interoperability, cloud native applications, safety, security, sustainability, data governance, workflow integration, compliance and regulatory issues, and data analytics;

Healthcare systems: eHealth, mHealth, telehealth, electronic health records systems, medical devices, biomedical data, healthcare performance management, quality of care, medication adherence and health monitoring, electronic prescription, healthcare management systems, ageing users, standards, and clinical decision support. We look for papers that explore the above topics and the role that software engineering plays in creating solutions to address them. We are expressly interested in submissions from researchers in developing and underserved countries. We are also particularly interested in emerging trends in current practice submitted by those working in the healthcare domain.

Considering these themes, this workshop represents an important contribution for the software engineering and healthcare communities in terms of in-depth discussions and lessons learned, establishing a comprehensive research agenda for software engineering for healthcare.


Three types of submissions are invited:

Technical papers limited to 8 pages, presenting novel or tailored methods, processes, and tools for software engineering for healthcare;
Case studies limited to 8 pages, reporting experiments and/or industry experiences with one or more topics in the workshop; and
Short papers limited to 4 pages, reporting preliminary results of ongoing studies in the topics in this workshop, identifying relevant challenges or promising directions for engineering such systems.

The page limit includes all text, figures, tables, and references. All submissions must be unpublished original work and not be under review elsewhere. All papers will be judged on the basis of their clarity, relevance, originality, and contribution. Submissions must follow the IEEE Computer Science proceedings format, as workshop proceedings will be published by IEEE CS Digital Library. All submissions must be in English and submitted in PDF format through online upload to Easychair:

Publication of Papers

Accepted papers will be published in the electronic ICSA Proceedings in the IEEE Digital Library.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Jan. 13, 2020 Jan. 19, 2020 (extended)
Notification: Feb. 1, 2020 Feb. 3, 2020 (extended!)
Camera-ready copy: Feb. 10, 2020
SEH Workshop: March 16, 2020

Keynote Title: Health 4.0 - The 4.0 Wave in the Medical Domain

The 4.0 wave started in the industrial production domain with the widespread concept of Industry 4.0 and has expanded to other domains like health, agriculture, and automotive. Regardless of the domain, 4.0 systems are characterized by trends like autonomy, service orientation, and product customization, and are engineered according to techniques based on digital twins, simulations, and continuous engineering. In this talk, Dr. Pablo Oliveira Antonino will present concrete instantiations of these concepts and techniques in the health domain and discuss the challenges faced and directions taken by medical devices manufactures, hospitals, and medical and technology practitioners towards the design, implementation, and adoption of so-called Health 4.0 systems.


Dr. Pablo Oliveira Antonino is Head of the Embedded Software Engineering department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, and has experience with the design, evaluation, and integration of dependable embedded systems from various domains, such as automotive, avionics, agricultural and construction machines, medical devices, and smart industries.


logo Elisa Yumi Nakagawa

University of São Paulo, Brazil

logo Frances Paulisch

Siemens Healthineers, Germany

logo Elena Navarro

University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

logo Milena Guessi

University of São Paulo, Brazil

logo Lina Garcés

University of São Paulo, Brazil

Program Committee

  • Anirudh Aggarwal (Siemens Healthcare Private Limited, India)
  • Pablo Oliveira Antonino (Fraunhofer IESE, Germany)
  • George Avrunin (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
  • Lola Bautista (Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia)
  • Rafael Capilla (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
  • Yihai Chen (Shanghai University, China)
  • Craig Kuziemsky (MacEwan University, Canada)
  • Gunther Lenz (IBM Watson Health , USA)
  • Zhiming Liu (Southwest University, China)
  • Wendy MacCaull (St. Francis Xavier University, Canada)
  • Silvana MacMahon (Dublin City University, Ireland)
  • Bradley Malin (Vanderbilt University, USA)
  • Dominique Méry (LORIA, France)
  • Øystein Nytrø (Norwegian U. of Science and Tech., Norway)
  • Lee Osterweil (University of Massachusetts, USA)
  • Barbara Paech (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Liam Peyton (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Ita Richardson (LERO, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland)
  • Neeraj Singh (ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France)
  • Adel Taweel (Birziet University, Palestine)
  • Jens Weber (Univ. of Victoria, Canada)
  • Chuck Weinstock (Software Engineering Institute, USA)