This volume contains the proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Software Paradigm Trends - ICSOFT 2012. The conference is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC). The purpose of ICSOFT is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in information technology and software development. This seventh edition has four tracks focusing on the four main paradigms that have been intensively studied during the last decade for software and system design, namely: Models, Aspects, Services and Context. These four paradigms will drive the design and development of future software systems encompassing a large number of research topics and applications: from programming issues to the more abstract theoretical aspects of software engineering; from models and services to the most complex management information systems; distributed systems, ubiquity, data interoperability; context understanding and many
other topics included in the scope of ICSOFT. ICSOFT 2012 received 127 paper submissions from 41 countries. To evaluate each submission, a double-blind paper evaluation method was used: each paper was reviewed by at least two internationally known experts from the ICSOFT Program Committee. Only 14 papers were selected to be published and presented as full papers, i.e. completed work (10 pages in proceedings / 30’ oral presentation). Additionally, 41 papers were accepted as short papers (6 pages / 20’ oral presentation) - for a total of 55 oral presentations – and 15 papers as posters. The full-paper acceptance ratio was thus 11%, while the total oral paper acceptance ratio was 43.3%. As in previous editions of the conference, based on the reviewers’ evaluations and on the presentations, a short list of authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for a book which will be published by Springer with the best papers of ICSOFT 2012. ICSOFT’s program includes a panel to discuss aspects of software development from both theoretical and practical perspectives, with the participation of distinguished world-class researchers and practitioners; furthermore, the program is enriched by several keynote lectures delivered by renowned experts in their areas of knowledge. These high points in the conference program definitely contribute to reinforce the overall quality of the ICSOFT conference. The program for this conference required the dedicated effort of many people. Firstly, we must thank the authors, whose research efforts are herewith recorded. Secondly, we thank the members of the Program Committee and the additional reviewers for their diligent and professional reviewing. Last but not least, we thank the invited speakers for their invaluable contribution and for taking the time to prepare their talks. A successful conference involves more than paper presentations; it is also a meeting place, where ideas about new research projects and other ventures are discussed and debated. Therefore, a social event - including dinner - has been arranged for the evening of July 26 (Thursday) in order to promote this kind of social networking. We wish you all an exciting conference and an unforgettable stay in the city of Rome. We hope to meet you again next year for the 8th ICSOFT, details of which will shortly be made available at http://www.icsoft.org.
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