[ecoop-info] ASE 2018 calls for Tool demos, doctoral symposium, and journal-first papers

Christelle URTADO christelle.urtado at mines-ales.fr
Wed May 23 14:12:19 CEST 2018

(Apologies for cross postings)

Third CALL FOR ASE 2018 : Tool demos, doctoral symposium, and journal-first papers

ASE 2018 - 33rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software


September 3 to 7, 2018
Montpellier, France

Your participation at ASE 2018 : Some calls are still open

Tool Demos, Doctoral Symposium, Journal-First


Tool demonstration submission: May 31, 2018
Tool demonstration notification: July 3, 2018
Tool demonstration camera-ready: July 24, 2018

Doctoral symposium submission:  May 31, 2018
Doctoral symposium notification:  July 3, 2018
Doctoral symposium camera-ready:  July 24, 2018

Journal-first submission: June 15, 2018
Journal-first notification: July 3, 2018

* Dates are to be understood as AoE (Anywhere on Earth)


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. 

=== 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 (ACM format preferred but IEEE format also acceptable). 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 (https://ase18tools.hotcrp.com) 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 (ACM format preferred but IEEE format also acceptable). Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and size limits will be rejected without review.

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


Julia Lawall, Inria/LIP6, France
Darko Marinov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

=== DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM ===============================================


The goal of the ASE 2018 Doctoral Symposium is to provide a supportive yet questioning setting in which the Ph.D. students have an opportunity to present and discuss their research with other researchers in the ASE community. The symposium aims at providing students useful guidance and feedback on their research and to facilitate 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. The ASE 2018 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 later stage (third or fourth year) will be able to present their preliminary results and get advice for improvement and for better exposition of their contributions and conclusions.


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

- Quality of the research (plan) 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.


To apply as a student participant in the ASE 2018 Doctoral Symposium, one should prepare a submission package consisting of two parts, both of which must be submitted by the submission deadline (see instructions below).

All submissions must come in PDF format. The formatting is the same as the ASE research track.  

Part 1: Research Abstract (max. 4 pages)

The research abstract must conform to the ASE 2018 formatting and submission instructions and should cover all of the following:

- The research problem with justification of its importance;
- Discussion on previous work by submitter and others;
- A sketch of the proposed approach or solution;
- The expected contributions of the dissertation research;
- Progress that has been made so far in solving the stated problem;
- The methods that are or will be used to carry out the research;
- A plan for evaluating the work and presenting credible evidence to the research community;
- A list of publications (if any) of the submitter (appeared, accepted, submitted).

Students at the initial stage of their research might have some difficulty in addressing some of these instructions, but should make the best attempt. The research abstract should include the title of the work, the submitter's name a one-paragraph summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper, and a text body that covers the points above. A paper for a doctoral symposium typically describes the work of a single student and does not have any coauthors. During the submission process, the system will additionally ask for the name of the advisor(s), contact information, and a link to the submitter's academic web page.

The deadline for submitting the research abstract is May 31, 2018; notifications are expected for July 3, 2018.

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation

In addition to the research abstract, a submitter must provide a letter for recommendation from their Ph.D. advisor. This letter should include the student's name and a candid assessment of the current status of the dissertation research and an expected date for dissertation submission. The recommendation letter should be in PDF, and sent to both doctoral suposium co-chairs (abdelhak.seriai at lirmm.fr and Virginie.Wiels at onera.fr)  with the subject "ASE 2018 DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM RECOMMENDATION".


All authors of accepted contributions will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. Authors must register for the ASE 2018 Doctoral Symposium and present their work at the symposium.


Abdelhak-Djamel Seriai (abdelhak.seriai at lirmm.fr), University of Montpellier, France
Virginie Wiels (Virginie.Wiels at onera.fr), The French Aerospace Lab ONERA, France

=== JOURNAL-FIRST PAPERS =============================================


ASE is inviting journal-first presentations for papers published recently in prestigious software engineering journals. This will both enrich the ASE program as well as offer the authors an opportunity to speak to the community. 
The journal-first manuscripts are published through the journals and will not be part of the ASE proceedings. The journal-first papers will be listed in the conference program and the proceeding will only contain the abstract and a pointer to the journal publication.
At least one author of each presentation accepted for the journal-first program must register and attend the conference to present the paper.
We invite applications for journal papers published in:
- Automated Software Engineering (Springer)
- IEEE Transaction of Software Engineering (IEEE TSE)
- ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM)
- Empirical Software Engineering
Other journals may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A journal-first presentation submitted to ASE 2018 must adhere to the following criteria:
- The accepted paper version was published (or accepted for publication) in a journal from the above list no earlier than January 1st 2017.
- The paper is in the scope of the conference.
- The paper reports completely new research results or presents novel contributions that significantly extend and were not previously reported in prior work; and
- The paper does not extend prior work solely with additional proofs or algorithms (or other such details presented for completeness), additional empirical results, or minor enhancements or variants of the results presented in the prior work.
- The paper has not been presented at, and is not under consideration for, journal-first programs of other conferences.

Authors of manuscripts that respect these criteria are invited to fill out this application form, including the paper title, authors, an extended abstract and a pointer to the original journal paper:
Authors will be invited to present their paper at ASE 2018 after a check that the paper is in scope for the conference and it adheres to the criteria above. The papers will not be reviewed again for technical content. In case an exceptionally high number of proposals is received, presentation proposals will be prioritized according to fit to the conference theme and structure of sessions. 


Bogdan Vasilescu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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

General Chair
Marianne Huchard, University of Montpellier, France

Program Chairs
Christian Kastner, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Gordon Fraser, University of Sheffield, UK

Journal-First Chair
Bogdan Vasilescu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Tool Demonstration Chairs
Julia Lawall, Inria/LIP6, France
Darko Marinov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Tool Demonstration Local Chair
Christophe Dony, University of Montpellier, France

Workshop Chairs
Houari Sahraoui, University of Montreal, Canada
Chouki Tibermacine, University of Montpellier, France

Doctoral Symposium Chairs
Abdelhak-Djamel Seriai, University of Montpellier, France
Virginie Wiels, Onera, France

Tutorial Chairs
Yamine Ait Ameur, INPT-ENSEEIHT/IRIT, France
David Delahaye, University of Montpellier, France

Publicity and Social Media Chairs
Thomas Lambolais, IMT Mines Ales, France
Christelle Urtado, IMT Mines Ales, France
Jessie Carbonnel, University of Montpellier, France
Alexandre Le Borgne, IMT Mines Ales, France

Sponsorship Chair
Anne-Lise Courbis, IMT Mines Ales, France

Local Arrangements Chairs
Elisabeth Greverie, University of Montpellier, France
Marianne Huchard, University of Montpellier, France
Christophe Dony, University of Montpellier, France

Finance Chair / Treasurer
Elisabeth Greverie, University of Montpellier, France

Proceedings Chairs
Clémentine Nebut, University of Montpellier, France
Philippe Reitz, University of Montpellier, France
Christelle Urtado, IMT Mines Ales, France

Student Volunteer Chairs
Hinde Bouziane, University of Montpellier, France
Floréal Morandat, Enseirb-Matmeca, France

Virginie Fèche, University of Montpellier, France

Virginie Fèche, University of Montpellier, France
Roland Ducournau, University of Montpellier, France

Web Chairs
Michel Meynard, University of Montpellier, France
Sylvain Vauttier, IMT Mines Ales, France

=== SOCIAL MEDIA =====================================================

Twitter: @ASEConf2018
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--- Christelle Urtado, PhD, HDR, Associate professor in Software Engineering ---
LGI2P / IMT Mines Alès

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