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Program at a Glance

Keynote Speakers

Len Bass

Len Bass

Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, USA

DevOps: Evolution or Revolution?

DevOps has become very popular lately. Many job ads refer to DevOps, I have students who interview for positions as “DevOps Engineer”, and multiple conferences and summer schools are devoted to the topic. In this talk, I will explore the extent to which DevOps represents an evolution or earlier ideas and the extent to which it differs from earlier ideas.

DevOps is a set of practices intended to reduce the time between committing code and that code being deployed. Associated with these practices are a set of metrics and three interlocking aspects: cultural change, organizational change, and technological change. The metrics are used to measure improvements in the DevOps processes. This places DevOps in the process improvement world along with the CMM from the 1980s and product line practices from the 1990s.

Where DevOps differs from previous activities is in the technological change area. DevOps tools are used to implement and enforce the various practices. In this it differs dramatically from prior efforts. But even DevOps tools have a history. They, in large part, depend on the cloud from the 2000s. Containers were introduced in the late 1970s. Configuration management systems date from the 1990s. With all this background, however, DevOps tools represent something new in software engineering both in their integration and in their breadth.

In this talk, we will explore the new aspects of DevOps as well as some implications for education.


Len Bass is an award-winning author who has lectured widely around the world. His books on software architecture are standards. He and John Klein have just published a book titled “Deployment and Operations for Software Engineers”. Len has over 50 years’ experience in software development, 25 of those at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon. He also worked for three years at NICTA in Australia and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches courses in DevOps and quantum computing.

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Jean Vanderdonckt

Jean Vanderdonckt

Louvain Interaction Laboratory,
U. catholique de Louvain,

Gesture-based information systems: from DesignOps to DevOps

While DevOps combines software development and information technology operations to optimize the development life cycle of a quality information system, DesignOps combines usability engineering, participatory design, and information technology to guarantee the design quality, thus affecting the whole life cycle. However, the transition between DesignOps and DevOps is too often a synonym of disruption: the results of the design phase is almost trashed and a new development starts. In order to ensure a smooth transition from DesignOps to DevOps, we argue that the participatory design should go hand in hand with the development: what you design is what you develop. This transition will be exemplified on a family of information systems to be operated by gestures (2D stroke gestures on a surface and 3D mid-air gestures).


Jean Vanderdonckt is Full Professor of Computer Science at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium) and Head of Louvain Interaction Laboratory (LiLab), a lab that conducts research, development, and consulting services in the domain of user interface engineering, an area located midway between software engineering, human-computer interaction, and usability engineering. He has over 25 years of experience in research and development during which he has won multiple awards (e.g., the ACM Service Award for Contributions to ACM in 2004, 2006, and 2010). He is the current tenure holder of the IBM-UCL Chair in Strategic Management of Information Systems. He is currently co-editor-in-chief of Springer HCI Series.

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J. Alberto Conejero

J. Alberto Conejero

Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV),
Valencia, Spain

Open Data Science Task Force against COVID-19: Winning the 500k XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge

When the COVID-19 arrive to Spain, the Valencian Government created a Data Science Task Force to fight the pandemics, where the scientific community (through the Group of Experts) collaborate with the public administration (through the Commissioner at the level of the Presidency). After some time in which data was scarce and hard to obtain, we achieve to develop accurate computational epidemiological models that were complemented with human mobility studies, and information from a citizen survey called COVID19 impact survey.

Our work has received national and international recognition, including being the global winners of the 500k XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge, a four-month global competition organized by the XPRIZE Foundation. The challenge had two main goals: The first one was to foster the development of advanced AI models to forecast the evolution of the pandemics by combining different data sources. The second one was to prescribe Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention Plans that governments, business leaders and organizations could implement to minimize harm when reopening their economies. We will briefly describe these models and how information systems can feed these models to help against the pandemics.


J. Alberto Conejero is Full Professor and Director of the Department of Applied Mathematics of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). He is a professor of data science projects in the School of Informatics at UPV. He investigates questions of pure mathematics in mathematical analysis, partial derivative equations and graph theory, as well as their applications to physics, biology, biomedical data analysis, image processing and communication network design. Jointly with Nuria Oliver, he has co-leaded the VALENCIA IA4COVID team that has won 500k XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge sponsored by Cognizant.

Social Events

During the Conference you can expect interesting events which will offer you an opportunity to get to know Valencia while enjoying the company of colleagues. The social events program includes:

  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Welcome reception (20:00h)

    Welcome reception at the Marina Beach Club (Sky Rooftop Restaurant)

    Situated on the beach of Valencia, just 3 Kms from the conference venue (Marina Real Juan Carlos I Street, next to the "Paseo Neptuno")

    Marina Beach Club Marina Beach Club Marina Beach Club

  • Thursday, September 9, 2021: Gala dinner

    Conference gala dinner at the restaurant Habitual by the chef Ricard Camarena, which is situated in the basement of the "Mercado de Colón" located at 19 Jorge Juan Street.

    The Colón Market was designed by the architect Francisco Mora in the early 20th century, making it one of the most iconic examples of Valencian art nouveau, which has certain features that recall Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona. It is thus no surprise that the structure has been listed as a National Monument.

    Ricard Camarena (2 Michelin Stars and 3 Repsol Suns) is a Valencian chef recognized as the National Gastronomy Award as “best chef” by the Spanish Royal Academy of Gastronomy.

    Colón Market Colón Market Habitual - Ricard Camarena

  • Thursday, September 9, 2021: Guided Tour in Valencia Old Town

    Join us for a walking tour in the historic Old Town of Valencia and get to discover the most emblematic buildings, its streets and squares.

    Meeting Point: Bullring of Valencia (next to the metro station Xativa) at 18:00h.
    The tour will end at the "Mercado de Colón" for the Gala Dinner.

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    Tour Tour Tour

Please be aware that there may be short notice changes regarding social activities due to either any sanitary situation linked to the COVID-19 or other today unknown circumstances.

Information for Authors

Guidelines for session chairs Guidelines for papers' speakers Guidelines for posters' speakers

Instructions for authors

  • All the accepted papers will be presented using pre-recorded videos during the conference independently if the author is attending the conference in-person or virtually.
  • After the video presentation, a round of questions and answers (Q&A) will take place in which the author must answer the questions that are made by the audience, either in person or virtually.

Posters’ presentations

  • If you are an author of a poster attending the conference in-person, you will need to participate in one “virtual” as well as in one “in-person” posters’ session.
  • If you are an author of a poster attending the conference virtually, you will need to participate only in one “virtual” posters’ session.

Please check the full program.

Procedure for virtual posters’ sessions:

There will be three parallel poster presentations in a virtual poster’s session (each one in a different Zoom meeting). The conference attendees using our online platform Whova, after watching the 3 min presentation, may ask you questions about your poster during the 20 min of the session. You and the conference attendees will have an open meeting with Q&A being possible for participants to enter or leave the meeting at any time. This is similar to how an in-person poster presentation works. Please check the full program to see the session assigned to your poster.

Procedure for in-person posters’ sessions:

If you are attending the conference in person, you will need to prepare and bring with you a poster (recommended maximum size 118x84 cm, A0) to be shown during the in-person posters’ session. It is also possible to print your poster in our university the day before of your presentation. There will be three in-person poster presentations during the coffee break time on Thursday 9 and Friday 10. Please check the full program to see the session assigned to your poster.

If you have any doubt about the procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pre-recorded videos requirements:

  • Full papers:
    • Duration: 10 minutes (maximum)
    • Hard deadline: July 25, 2021
  • Short papers (new ideas/vision/journal-first):
    • Duration: 7 minutes (maximum)
    • Hard deadline: August 11, 2021
  • Posters:
    • Duration: 3 minutes (maximum)
    • Hard deadline: August 11, 2021
  • All the pre-recorded videos MUST:
    • Be less than 300MB.
    • Include a small window of the speaker (in the top or bottom right corner).
    • Be in high definition (1920x1080px approx, if possible).
    • Recorded using well-known formats and codecs (MP4 and H.264, if possible).
    • If you need guidance on how to properly create a video meeting these requirements, please follow the instructions below.
  • The videos may not be publicly broadcasted by any other channels until the end of the ISD2021.

Uploading the pre-recorded video:

  1. Name your video with your paper ID and your name: [paperID]-[firstAuthorName].mp4
    (Example: 34-JohnDoe.mp4)
  2. Upload your pre-recorded video: Go to the upload site!
  3. We will send you a confirmation email in the next 24h.

Recommendations to prepare the pre-recorded video

As long as your video meets the requirements above, you can use any recording software such as Zoom, Google Meet, OBS, etc. You may also find useful Avidemux (if you need to cut some parts of the video), or Handbrake (if you need to convert between video formats).

If all the above sounds like gibberish to you, just follow the instructions below to record your video.

Instructions for recording the video using Zoom


ISD2021 Organising Committee
Universitat Politècnica de València