Call for Research Tool Demonstrations

Software Engineering is concerned with the analysis, design, implementation, testing, and maintenance of software systems. Automated software engineering focuses on how to automate these tasks in order to achieve improvements in quality and productivity. Tool support, therefore, is central to this. The 23nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (L'Aquila, Italy, 15-19 September 2008) invites submissions for its tool demonstrations track.

The ASE 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 with the goal of allowing live presentation of new research tools. Tools can range from research prototypes to in-house or pre-commercialized products.

The demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions. Whereas a scientific paper is intended to give the background information and point out the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, the tool demonstration provides a good opportunity to show how the scientific approach has been transferred into a working tool.

Demonstrators will be expected to give a presentation that will be scheduled into the conference program. There will also be a demonstration area open to attendees at scheduled times during the conference, during which demonstrators are expected to be available. Accepted demonstrations will be allocated 2 pages in the main conference proceedings. Presentation at the conference is a requirement for publication. Authors of regular research papers are also welcome to submit an accompanying tool paper.

Submissions of proposals for formal tool demonstrations must

  • adhere to the conference proceedings format
  • have a maximum of 2 pages that describe the technology or approach, how it relates to other industrial or research efforts, including references, and describe what the expected benefits are
  • have an appendix (not included in the 2 page count) that provides a brief description of how the presentation will be conducted (possibly illustrated with a number of snapshots or other multimedia content), information on tool availability and maturity in addition to a web-page for the tool (if one exists).

Submissions should be sent via email to the track organizers.

Tool Demonstration Committee

Ivica Crncovic, Mälardalen University
Tom Ellman, Vassar College
Bernd Fischer, University of Southampton
Beat Fluri, University of Zurich
Tudor Gîrba, University of Berne
Christoph Lüth, University of Bremen
Henry Muccini, University of L’Aquila
Romain Robbes, University of Lugano

Important Dates

Paper submission: May 15, 2008
Notification: June 9, 2008
Camera-ready papers: July 3, 2008
Conference: September 15-19, 2008

For further clarification, please contact the Tool Demonstration co-chairs:

Ewen Denney


Patricia Lago
VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)