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[PVS] Call for Papers - ASE 2013





                           CALL FOR PAPERS

28th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering
                              ASE 2013

                        http://ase2013.org

         November 11th - 15th 2013, Silicon Valley, California

* Conference * Tool Demos * Workshops * Tutorials * Doctoral Symposium *



IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract Submission: May 10, 2013
Paper Submission: May 17, 2013
Notification: July 24, 2013

Tool Demonstration Paper Submission: June 6, 2013
Workshop Proposal Submission: April 26, 2013
Workshop Paper Submission: August 9, 2013
Tutorial Proposal Submission: July 5, 2013
Doctoral Symposium Submission: July 10, 2013


GENERAL THEME

The IEEE/ACM Automated Software Engineering (ASE) Conference series is
the premier research forum for automating 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.


=== MAIN CONFERENCE PAPERS =============================================
   [http://ase2013.org/calls.html]

ASE 2013 invites high quality contributions describing significant,
original, and unpublished results for submission in three categories:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. New Ideas Papers (new category!) 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.

SUBMISSION

All submissions must come in PDF format and conform, at time of
submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines. For details and
templates, see:

http://www.conference-publishing.com/Instructions.php?Event=ASE13

Technical Research Papers and Experience Papers must not exceed 10 pages
(including figures and appendices) plus up to 1 page that contains ONLY
references. New Idea Papers must not exceed 6 pages (including figures,
appendices AND references). Submissions that do not adhere to these
limits or that violate the formatting guidelines will be desk-rejected
without review. All submissions must be in English.

The submission site will be posted on the conference website
(http://ase2013.org).

Papers submitted to ASE 2013 must not have been previously published and
must not be under review for publication elsewhere. All papers that
conform to submission guidelines will be peer-reviewed by members of the
Program Committee and members of the Expert Review Panel. Submissions
will be evaluated on the basis of originality, soundness, importance of
contribution, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate
comparison to related work. Note that the Program Committee may
re-assign a submission into a different category than the one it is
submitted to if it decides that it is a better fit for that category.
All accepted papers have to be presented at the conference by one of the
authors and will be published by IEEE.


=== TOOL DEMONSTRATIONS ================================================
   [http://ase2013.org/tools.html]

Automated software engineering consists of automating processes related
to requirements, design, implementation, testing, and maintenance of
software systems. The automated processes facilitate better productivity
and improve the overall quality of software. Tool development is an
integral part of automated software engineering. The tool demonstrations
track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to
present and discuss the most recent advances, experiences, and
challenges in the field of automated software engineering.

The ASE conference solicits high-quality submissions for its tool
demonstrations track. We invite submission on tools that are
  (a) early research prototypes or
  (b) mature tools that have not yet been commercialized.
The submissions should highlight the underlying scientific
contributions, engineering ingenuity, applicability to a broader
software engineering community, and scalability of the tool. In contrast
to a research paper which is intended to provide details of a novel
automated software engineering technique, a tool demonstration paper
should provide an overview of how the technique has been implemented as
a functioning tool. Authors of regular research papers are thus
encouraged to submit an accompanying tool demonstration paper.

EVALUATION

The tool demonstration program committee will review each submission to
assess the relevance and quality of the proposed tool demonstration in
terms of usefulness of the tool, presentation quality, and appropriate
discussion of related tools. Accepted tool demonstrations will be
allocated 4 pages in the conference proceedings. Demonstrators will be
invited to give a presentation of the tool during the conference. There
will also be an area open to attendees at scheduled times during the
conference during which demonstrators can present live demonstrations.
Presentation at the conference is a requirement for publication.

Prizes will be given for an overall best tool demonstration and a best
student tool demonstration where a student is the first author on the
paper and presents the demonstration. The prizes will be decided based
on the votes of the conference attendees.

SUBMISSION

Submissions should:

 *  Consist of a proposal of at most 4 pages that adheres to the ASE
2013 proceedings format (IEEE proceedings style). The proposal should
provide an overview of the tool, how it relates to other industrial or
research tools, including references, and its potential impact to a
broader software engineering community.

 * Provide a link to a video, not more than 5 minutes long, that
demonstrates the tool being used. The goal of the video is to provide
the reviewers a usage overview of the tool that enables them to evaluate
the tool. A screencast of the tool demo with a voice-over can be used
for the video.

 * Provide a URL from which the tool can be downloaded, with clear
installation steps. If the tool cannot be made available, the authors
must clearly state their reasons in the paper. Examples and scenarios
presented in the paper should be independently replicable.

 * Be submitted by June 6, 2013 via EasyChair:
   https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ase2013tools

Contact: asetools2013@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


=== WORKSHOPS =========================================================
   [http://ase2013.org/workshops.html]

A workshop co-located with the ASE 2013 conference 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 (Monday,
Tuesday). The organizers will decide the exact day after the proposals
have been reviewed and accepted. A workshop may last one or two days.

SUBMISSION

Proposals for organizing workshops should be written in English, limited
to 5 pages (in IEEE format), and submitted in PDF to both workshop
co-chairs, by email at ase2013workshops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx. 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
  * Participant solicitation and selection process
  * Workshop publicity strategy that the workshop organizers will use
  * 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
  * Preferences for workshop dates, duration (1 or 2 days), 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 2013 has reserved
for workshops.

Review Process. Workshop proposals will be reviewed by the ASE 2013
tutorials and 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 listed below for submissions of papers, acceptance
of papers, and preparation of proceedings.

Contact. ase2013workshops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


=== TUTORIALS ==========================================================
   [http://ase2013.org/tutorials.html]

Tutorials may address a wide range of mature topics from theoretical
foundations to practical techniques and tools for automated software
engineering. The tutorials will be organized before the main conference
(Monday, Tuesday). The organizers will decide the exact day after the
proposals have been reviewed and accepted. Tutorials are intended to
provide independent instruction on a relevant theme; therefore, no
commercial or sales-oriented proposals will be accepted.

SUBMISSION

Instructors are invited to submit proposals for half-day or full-day
tutorials and, upon selection, are required to provide tutorial notes or
a survey paper on the topic of presentation in PDF. Proposals for
organizing tutorials should be written in English, limited to 5 pages
(in IEEE format), and submitted in PDF to both tutorials co-chairs, by
email at: ase2013tutorials@xxxxxxxxxxxxx. Tutorial proposals should
include the following information:

  * Name and affiliation of the proposer/organizer (including postal
    address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address)
  * Name and affiliation of each additional instructor
  * Instructors' experience in the area, including other tutorials,
    courses, etc.
  * Title, objective, abstract, duration
  * Outline with approximate timings
  * Target audience, including indication of level (novice, intermediate,
    expert)
  * Assumed background of attendees
  * Brief biography of each instructor (for publicity materials)
  * Indication of whether a survey paper will be provided
     (max. 30 IEEE-formatted pages)
  * History of the tutorial (if it has been already presented; provide
    location, estimated attendance, etc.)
  * Justification for full day (if a full day is proposed)
  * Audio-visual and technical requirements
  * References including the proposers' papers on the subject
  * Preferences for tutorial date, duration (half-day or full-day), and
    any other scheduling constraints

Preferences for tutorial date, duration (half-day or full-day), and any
other scheduling constraints Note that the tutorial co-chairs will
consider the preference of tutorial dates specified by the organizers,
but the acceptance of a tutorial proposal does not guarantee adherence
to the requested date/time. The tutorial co-chairs will assume that
tutorial proposers will be able to run a tutorial on the dates that ASE
2013 has reserved for tutorials.

Review Process. Tutorial proposals will be reviewed by the ASE 2013
tutorials and workshop co-chairs. Acceptance will be based on the
timeliness and expected interest in the topic, the proposer's ability to
present an interesting tutorial, and the potential for attracting a
sufficient number of participants.

Contact. ase2013tutorials@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


=== DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM =================================================
   [http://ase2013.org/ds.html]

The goal of the ASE 2013 Doctoral Symposium is to provide a supportive
yet questioning setting in which the PhD students have an opportunity to
present and discuss their research with other researchers in the ASE
community. The Symposium aims to provide students with useful guidance
and feedback on their research and to facilitate their networking within
the scientific community by interacting with established researchers and
with their peers at a similar stage in their careers.

The technical scope of the Symposium is that of ASE. Students should
consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium after they have settled
on a dissertation topic with some initial research results. Students
should be at least a year from completion of their dissertation (at the
time of the Symposium), to obtain maximum benefit from participation.
The Doctoral Symposium is open to Ph.D. students at any stage of their
research, whereby students at the initial stage (first or second year)
will be able to challenge their ideas and current research directions,
while students at a more mature stage (third or fourth year) will be
able to present their thesis and get advice for improvement and for
better exposition of their contributions and conclusions. Attendance is
open to students of accepted research abstracts and Doctoral Symposium
committee members.

EVALUATION

The Doctoral Symposium Committee will select participants using the
following criteria:

  * The potential quality of the research and its relevance to ASE
  * Quality of the research abstract.
  * Diversity of background, research topics and approaches.

Students should not infer that a list of prior publications is in any
way expected or required; we welcome submissions from students for whom
this will be their first formal submission as well as those who have
previously published

SUBMISSION

To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Symposium, you should
prepare a submission package consisting of two parts, both of which must
be submitted by the submission deadline.

Part 1: Research Abstract (max. 4 pages). Your research abstract must
conform to the ASE 2013 formatting and submission instructions and
should cover:

  * Your targeted research problem with justification of its importance
  * Discussion why related and prior work has not solved the problem
  * A sketch of the proposed approach or solution
  * The expected contributions of your dissertation research
  * Progress you have made so far in solving the stated problem
  * The methods you are using or will use to carry out your research
  * A plan for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence of
    your results to the research community
  * A list of any publications either appeared, accepted or submitted
    for which the student is an author.

Students at the initial stage of their research might have some
difficulty in addressing some of these areas, but should make their best
attempt. The research abstract should include the title of your work,
your name, your advisor, your email address, postal address, personal
website, and a one paragraph short summary in the style of an abstract
for a regular paper.

Please submit your research abstract using the EasyChair submission site:

  https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dsase13

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation. Please ask your dissertation advisor
for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include your name and
a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research
and an expected date for dissertation submission. The letter should be
in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), and sent to: Marsha Chechik and
Paul Gruenbacher at ase-org@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
with the subject: ASE 2013 DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM RECOMMENDATION.

Acceptance. All accepted papers will be published by IEEE. Authors of
accepted contributions will receive further instructions for preparing
their camera ready versions. Authors must register for the ASE 2013
Doctoral Symposium and present their work at the Symposium.


=== ORGANIZATION =======================================================

 General Chair
   Ewen Denney, SGT / NASA Ames

 Program Chairs
   Tevfik Bultan, University of California, Santa Barbara
   Andrease Zeller, Saarland University, Saarbruecken

 Program Committee
   Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research
   Myra Cohen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
   Danny Dig, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
   Bernd Fischer, Stellenbosch University / University of Southampton
   Gordon Fraser, University of Sheffield
   Harald Gall, University of Zurich
   Dimitra Giannakopoulou, NASA Ames Research Center
   Alex Groce, Oregon State University
   Paul Gruenbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz
   Arie Gurfinkel, Carnegie Mellon University US
   William G.J. Halfond, University of Southern California
   Mark Harman, University College London
   Sunghun Kim, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
   David Lo, Singapore Management University
   Shahar Maoz, Tel Aviv University
   Darko Marinov, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
   Tim Menzies, West Virginia University
   Mira Mezini, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt
   Tien Nguyen, Iowa State University
   Corina Pasareanu, CMU, NASA Ames
   Lori Pollock, University of Delaware
   Martin Robillard, McGill University
   Grigore Rosu, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
   Abhik Roychoudhury, National University of Singapore
   Gabriele Taentzer, Philipps Universitaet Marburg
   Nikolai Tillmann, Microsoft Research
   Sebastian Uchitel, Universidad de Buenos Aires/Imperial College London
   Willem Visser, Stellenbosch University
   Lu Zhang, Peking University
   Charles Zhang, Hongkong University of Science and Technology

 Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs
   Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto
   Paul Gruenbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz

 Doctoral Symposium Committee
   Jamie H. Andrews, University of Western Ontario
   Myra B. Cohen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
   Elisabetta Di Nitto, Politecnico di Milano
   Darko Marinov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
   Charles Pecheur, Universite Catholique de Louvain
   Andrea Zisman, City University London

 Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs
   Marcelo d'Amorim, Federal University of Pernambuco
   David Lo, Singapore Management University

 Tool Demonstration Chairs
   Andrew Ireland, Heriot-Watt University
   Neha Rungta, SGT / NASA Ames

 Finance & Local Arrangements
   Ganesh Pai, SGT / NASA Ames

 Publicity Chair
   Christoph Gladisch, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

 Social Media Chair
   Tien Nguyen, Iowa State University