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Call for Papers - Research Track

The IEEE/ACM Automated Software Engineering (ASE) Conference series is the premier research forum for automated software engineering. Each year, it brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to discuss foundations, techniques, and tools for automating the analysis, design, implementation, testing, and maintenance of large software systems. ASE 2018 invites high quality contributions describing significant, original, and unpublished results. Solicited topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Automated reasoning techniques
  • Component-based service-oriented systems
  • Cloud computing
  • Computer-supported cooperative work
  • Configuration management
  • Data mining for software engineering
  • Domain modeling and meta-modeling
  • Empirical software engineering
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Knowledge acquisition and management
  • Mobile app development
  • Maintenance and evolution
  • Model-driven development
  • Program synthesis & transformations, automated defect repair
  • Program comprehension
  • Reverse engineering and re-engineering
  • Recommender systems for software engineering
  • Requirements engineering
  • Specification languages
  • Software analysis
  • Software architecture and design
  • Software product line engineering
  • Software visualization
  • Software security and trust; data privacy
  • Testing, verification, and validation

Three categories of submissions are solicited:

  • Technical Research Papers should describe innovative research in automating software development activities or automated support to users engaged in such activities. They should describe a novel contribution to the field and should carefully support claims of novelty with citations to the relevant literature. Where a submission builds upon previous work of the author(s), the novelty of the new contribution must be clearly described with respect to the previous work. Papers should also clearly discuss how the results were validated.
  • Experience Papers should describe a significant experience in applying automated software engineering technology and should carefully identify and discuss important lessons learned, so that other researchers and/or practitioners can benefit from the experience. Of special interest are experience papers that report on industrial applications of automated software engineering.
  • New Ideas Papers should describe novel research directions in automating software development activities or automated support to users engaged in such activities. New ideas submissions are intended to describe well-defined research ideas that are at an early stage of investigation and may not be fully validated.

Papers must be submitted electronically through the ASE 2018 submission site.

All submissions must come in PDF format and conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt font, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option).

Papers submitted to ASE 2018 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere when being considered for ASE 2018.

Technical Research Papers and Experience Papers must not exceed 10 pages (including figures) plus up to 2 pages that contain ONLY references. Paper submissions may include an appendix after the references with additional material for reviewers; the appendix does not count toward the page limit and will not be part of the proceedings if the paper is accepted; as with supplementary web pages, reviewers can but are not required to refer to the appendix.

New Ideas Papers must not exceed 6 pages (including figures, appendices AND references).

ASE 2018 will again pursue a double-blind review process. For details see Instructions for Authors.

All submissions must be in English.

Submissions that do not adhere to these limits or that violate the formatting guidelines will be desk-rejected without review.

For ASE 2018, the program committee will discuss papers electronically. This will avoid the time, cost and ecological impact of transporting an increasingly large committee to one point on the globe, as justified here.

Important Dates
  • Abstract submission: April 19, 2018
  • Paper submission: April 26, 2018
  • Author notification: July 3, 2018
  • Camera-ready: July 24, 2018
Program Co-Chairs
Program Committee

See Program Committee - Research Track.

Call for Tool Demonstrations

The objective of the ASE 2018 Demonstrations Track is to excite the software engineering community about new advances in our field through compelling demonstrations that help advance research and practice. The track is a highly interactive venue where researchers and practitioners can demonstrate their tools and discuss them with attendees.

Tool-based demonstrations describe novel aspects of early prototypes or mature tools. The tool demonstrations must communicate clearly the following information to the audience:

  • the envisioned users;
  • the software engineering challenge it proposes to address;
  • the methodology it implies for its users; and
  • the results of validation studies already conducted for mature tools,
  • or the design of planned studies for early prototypes.

Highlighting scientific contributions through concrete artifacts is a critical supplement to the traditional ASE research papers. A demonstration provides the opportunity to communicate how the scientific approach has been implemented or how a specific hypothesis has been assessed, including details such as implementation and usage issues, data models and representations, APIs for tool and data access. Authors of regular research papers are thus also encouraged to submit an accompanying demonstration paper, stating clearly the contributions of the tool paper over the research paper. The chairs will ensure that tool papers and research papers are not reviewed by the same people, to avoid revealing the authorship of research papers.


Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the demonstrations selection committee. The evaluation criteria include:

  • the relevance of the proposed demonstration for the ASE audience;
  • the technical soundness of the demonstrated tool (for a tool demo);
  • the originality of its underlying ideas;
  • the quality of the optionally provided video, code, and datasets;
  • and the degree to which it considers the relevant literature.

Tool demos that can demonstrate real-world applicability of the underlying ideas, e.g. by references to industrial case studies, will be particularly appreciated.


Submissions must conform to the ASE 2018 formatting and submission instructions. In particular, submissions of demonstrations papers must meet the following criteria:

  • A demonstration submission must not exceed four pages (including all text, references, and figures).
  • Authors are encouraged to submit a short video (between three and five minutes long) illustrating the demonstration. The video should be made available on YouTube at the time of submission. Videos should (i) provide an overview of the tool's capabilities; (ii) walk through (some of) the tool capabilities; (iii) where appropriate, provide clarifying voice-over and/or annotation highlights; and (iv) be engaging and exciting for the watcher!
  • Authors are encouraged to make their code and datasets open source, and to provide a URL for the code and datasets with the submission.
  • A submission must not have been previously published in a demonstration form and must not simultaneously be submitted to another symposium.
  • Submissions for tool track will NOT follow double-blind review process.
  • The paper submission must be in PDF.

Papers must be submitted electronically through HotCRP by May 31, 2018.

At the end of the abstract, please append the URLs, if any, at which your demo video, code, and datasets can be found. Please note that for consistency, we require that ALL videos be uploaded to YouTube and made accessible during the time of reviewing. Authors of successful submissions will have the opportunity to revise the paper, the video (and its hosting location), the code, and the datasets by the camera-ready deadline.

Submissions must conform to the ASE 2018 formatting guidelines. Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and size limits will be rejected without review.

For further information, please email the Tool Demonstration co-chairs.

Important Dates
  • Tool demonstration submission: May 31, 2018
  • Tool demonstration notification: July 3, 2018
  • Tool demonstration camera-ready: July 24, 2018
Tool Demonstration Co-Chairs
Call for Workshops

ASE 2018 is soliciting proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the main conference. A workshop should provide an opportunity for exchanging views, advancing ideas, and discussing preliminary results on topics related to Automated Software Engineering. Workshops may also serve as platforms to nurture new scientific communities. Workshops should not be seen as an alternative forum for presenting full research papers. The workshops co-located with the conference will be organized before the main conference. The organizers will decide the exact day after the proposals have been reviewed and accepted. A workshop may last one or two days.

Workshop registration will be waived for one keynote speaker per workshop.


Proposals for organizing workshops should be written in English, limited to 4 pages (in IEEE format, following the formatting guidelines for the main track), and submitted in PDF to both workshop co-chairs Houari Sahraoui ( and Chouki Tibermacine ( by e-mail. Workshop proposals should include the following information:

  • Theme and goals of the workshop including its relevance to the field of Automated Software Engineering.
  • Targeted audience and the expected number of participants (minimum and maximum).
  • Workshop format (e.g., paper presentations, breakout sessions, panel-like discussions, combination of formats).
  • The equipment, room capacity, and any other resource necessary for the organization of the workshop.
  • Publicity strategy, participant solicitation and selection process that will be used by the workshop organizers to promote the workshop.
  • Brief description of the organizer's background, including relevant past experience on organizing workshops and contact information.
  • Initial version of the call for papers that the workshop organizers intend to use.
  • Workshop dates, duration and any other scheduling constraints.

Note that the workshop co-chairs will consider the preference of workshop dates specified by the organizers, but the acceptance of a workshop proposal does not guarantee adherence to the requested date/time. The workshop co-chairs will assume that workshop proposers will be able to run a workshop on the dates that ASE 2018 has reserved for workshops.

Workshop proposals will be reviewed by the ASE 207 workshop co-chairs. Acceptance will be based on an evaluation of the workshop's potential for generating useful results, the timeliness and expected interest in the topic, the organizer's ability to lead a successful workshop and the potential for attracting a sufficient number of participants. Accepted workshops must adhere to the common deadlines that will be listed for submissions of papers, acceptance of papers and preparation of proceedings.

Important Dates
  • Proposal: February 26, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: March 5, 2018
  • Camera-ready: March 19, 2018
Workshop Co-Chairs