Call for Papers: Special Issue on Hybrid Swarm Intelligence Algorithms in Software Quality Assurance System

Guest Editors:

B.K. Panigrahi, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India.

Tarun Kumar Sharma, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Shobhit University Gangoh, Saharanpur, India.

Chang Wook Ahn, Meta-Evolutionary Machine Intelligence Lab., School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea.

Detailed description of theme, coverage, and objectives

Research on Natural Species foraging behavior for solving optimization problems has been appeared as a great subject of interest during last few years. It involves modeling the natural phenomena of various species foraging for the food and as well as theory of natural evolution of species. The techniques that are modeled on foraging behavior are also termed as Swarm Intelligence algorithms (SIA). 

Swarm research essentially falls into three categories:

  • Swarm intelligence algorithms are modified in order to improve their performance in terms of convergence, algorithm efficacy and accuracy. 
  • Modifying the algorithm depending on a specific problem.
  • Modifying/designing an algorithm so that it can be applied to addressing a wide range of applications.

Swarm intelligence can be applied to a variety of fields in fundamental research, engineering, industries and social sciences. This special issue is basically focused on SIA applications in software quality assurance system. Software quality assurance is a process which assures that all software engineering processes, methods, activities and work items are monitored and comply against the defined standards. 


This special issue aims at providing an opportunity to discuss swarm intelligent algorithms to propose new approaches, and to present software quality assurance applications in real facilities.

The constantly evolving technological infrastructure of the modem world presents a great challenge of developing quality software systems with increasing functionality as per the customer demand, size and complexity. The software engineering field has seen changes and innovations to meet the continuously growing challenges by introducing, developing and implementing useful software engineering methodologies. Among the more recent advances are those made in the context of software portability, software measurement, formal verification techniques, and software reuse. Recently, the software engineering field has observed an increased fusion or integration with the Swarm Intelligence Algorithms. Hybrid systems that combine two or more of these individual technologies are also categorized under the hybrid SIA. Software engineering is unlike the other well-founded engineering disciplines, primarily due to its human component (designers, developers, testers, etc.) factor.

Recommended Topics

We call for high quality, up-to-date contributions in the field of Swarm Intelligence Algorithms (for an example PSO, ABC, ACO, Firefly, Cuckoo, Krill Herd and a like) and their applications in software quality assurance system (SQAS). All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to the special issue.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Fusion of Local Search
  • Parameter Tuning
  • Population Initialization
  • Self adaptive methods
  • hybridization of swarm intelligence algorithms

Applications in SQAS

  • Software Requirement Specification
  • Dynamic Testing Resource Allocation
  • Decision-making process to assure system quality
  • Software Reliability Growth Model
  • Software Testing
  • Test Case Prioritization Technique
  • Software Testing Effort Allocation
  • Software quality and reliability prediction
  • Software design
  • Requirement gathering
  • Project planning and management
  • Search based software engineering
  • Software Remodularization
  • Automatic Test Data Generation
  • Reconstruction of Function Block Logic
  • Software Deployment
  • Reconfiguration
  • Performance measurement and maintenance
  • Development effort estimation
  • Software Cost Estimation

The special issue is based on conference proceedings of 5th International Conference on Soft Computing: Theories and Applications (SoCTA2020). The accepted conference papers must be substantially extended (75%) to be considered for this special issue. The submitted papers will be blindly peer reviewed by at least three referees. However, this is also open for submissions.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts:         31 January 2021

Notification to authors:                  31 March 2021

Final versions due:                            30 June 2021