Call For Papers (CFP)

ASWEC was established in 1986 and is Australasia’s leading forum for the software engineering profession to describe important new research results and report valuable project experiences.

Software is everywhere, and the way it is built remains a challenge. In the past decades, software engineering as a discipline has produced many theoretical and practical results. As software is playing more important roles in ever larger and more complex systems, traditional software engineering is interacting substantially with more fields.  For example, the emerging research activities around DevOps are looking at the complex interactions between product development and operations in modern IT infrastructure.  The challenges in building highly dependable large-scale systems lie in reconnecting logic-based formal methods with other statistical approaches in new ways to better manage the uncertainties of the environment and provide assurance cases. Industry’s use of dynamic, concurrent and functional programming languages in specific domains is making programming language research more connected to software engineering. Cloud computing, service-oriented computing, mobile apps, big data, Internet of Things and software ecosystems are also bringing new contexts to software engineering research.

The scope of software engineering research needs to be expanded and more interaction with other communities will benefit the research going forward. The theme for the next ASWEC is “The Future of Software Engineering”. We are particularly seeking contributions that help redefine the future scope of software engineering from both the traditional software engineering community and other fields. Topics of interest for ASWEC14 include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Agile Methods
  • Computer Supported Cooperative Software Engineering
  • Configuration Management
  • Dependable and Secure Computing
  • DevOps and Operations (esp. in Distributed/Cloud Environment)
  • Domain-specific Models and Languages, and Model Driven Development
  • Domain-specific Applications for Logistics, Finance, Health Care, Manufacturing, Defence and etc.
  • Empirical Research in Software Engineering
  • Engineering Big Data and Analytics Applications
  • Engineering Cloud Applications
  • Engineering/operating Large-Scale Distributed Systems
  • Formal Methods
  • Knowledge-Based Software Engineering
  • Legacy Systems, Software Maintenance and Reverse Engineering
  • Measurement, Metrics, Experimentation
  • Mobile Computing and Apps Development
  • Modularisation Techniques, including Component-Based Software Engineering and Aspect-Oriented Programming
  • Open Source Software Development
  • Programming Languages and Techniques such as Dynamic Languages, Concurrent and Functional Programming
  • Quality Assurance
  • Real-Time and Embedded Software
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Service Oriented Architectures and Services Engineering
  • Software Analysis and Visualisation
  • Software Architecture, Design and Patterns
  • Software Documentation
  • Software Ecosystem and Ultra-Large-Scale Systems
  • Software Engineering of Multi-Agent Systems
  • Software Engineering of Services
  • Software for Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Software Modelling Approaches
  • Software Performance Engineering
  • Software Processes and Quality
  • Software Project Management and Risk Management
  • Software Reuse and Product Lines
  • Software Security, Safety and Reliability
  • Software Verification and Validation
  • Standards and Legal Issues
  • Usability
  • Web Applications and REST

Contributions for ASWEC 2014 can be submitted in the form of: Research submissions,  Industry/Government submissions, Education submissions, and Doctoral Symposium submissions.

Research Submissions

Research submissions include both full and short paper submissions. Full papers (10 pages, CPS format) include research papers presenting original and significant research ideas with reasonable evaluation, or reflective experience reports describing best practices, lessons learned or any other valuable experiences in real-world project context. Short papers (4 pages, CPS format) may be about interesting novel ideas (but less focussed on evaluation), discussion-stimulating real-world experiences, or position papers on research directions (especially ones on expanding the software engineering research scope in collaboration with other fields).

Research submissions will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Accepted papers will be published in the ASWEC Proceedings by Conference Publishing Services (CPS) and will be submitted for indexing (e.g. the EI index), under the condition that one of the authors registers and attends the conference to present. The presentation format will differ from the past; authors will deliver a short oral account suitable for a general computing audience, that explains the problem being addressed and the main idea of the contribution. Each accepted paper should also provide a poster to be displayed at the conference.

Industry/Government Submissions

ASWEC 2014 is looking for experience reports, case studies and research presentations that discuss the application of Software Engineering practices in the real context. This provides opportunities to software engineers and thought leaders to share, network and learn from each other through the presentation of industry success and failure cases. Industry presentations will provide important insights into future research directions and share practices which worked and which did not work. We invite submissions that discuss lessons learned and share experiences about the benefits and limitations of Software Engineering practices. Industry/government submissions should be based on actual practice, and should cover all sides of the story – strengths and weaknesses, successes and challenges relevant to Software Engineering practices. Prospective presenters are invited to submit an abstract (500-1000 words approximately) which outlines the proposed presentation with some key takeaways; additional material such as proposed slides or more discussion may also be submitted. All industry/government submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. Authors of accepted presentations should then provide content (such as the intended presentation slides, or a paper) that will be published in the conference proceedings that are distributed to participants; a “permission to publish” form will need to be signed by the authors or their organizations. Authors also have the option, if they choose, of allowing the published material to be archived in the INFORMIT digital library that is accessible free by members of Engineers Australia, and at a fee by others. One author from each accepted submission is required to register as a delegate and present at the conference.

Education Submissions

We invite submissions in a variety of formats: full papers, short papers, and discussions papers that summarise and reflect on start-of-the-art teaching approaches or exciting news that the whole SE education community would find useful. Full papers (10 pages, CPS format) include papers that describe research in teaching or developing SE curriculum, including theoretical and grounded theory works, as well as best practice and technique integration papers, with a clear description of the evaluation of the approach and recommendations to the community in general. Short papers (4 pages, CPS format) could convey novel ideas that provide a sound theoretical basis but have not yet been implemented, as well as smaller case studies on approaches where the evaluation is not yet complete, and positions papers on research directions. Discussion papers (6 pages, CPS format) can provide a venue to summarise two or more existing papers with an emphasis on increasing the community’s knowledge base for discussing and developing educational ideas, or to clarify industry perspectives on desirable outcomes from SE education.

All education submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. Authors of accepted education presentations are required to submit the final version of their papers for publication in the conference proceedings that are distributed to participants; a “permission to publish” form will need to be signed by the authors. Authors also have the option, if they choose, of allowing the published material to be archived in the INFORMIT digital library that is accessible free by members of Engineers Australia, and at a fee by others. One author from each accepted submission is required to register as a delegate and present at the conference.

Doctoral Symposium Submissions

The aim of the ASWEC 2014 doctoral symposium is to give PhD students the opportunity to present their research to receive constructive feedback from a panel of senior researchers in software engineering. The doctoral symposium is run in a highly interactive and workshop-like format. To obtain maximum benefit from this symposium, students should consider participating after they have settled on a research topic, with a defined problem statement and some ideas about the solution that they want to discuss. Papers submitted to the doctoral symposium should not exceed 4 pages. Contents should cover: (1) Related work in the area of study, which clearly defines the gap, and the problem to be solved with a justification of its importance (2) The specific research question that arises from the identified problem (3) The proposed approach to address the research question (4) Progress in solving the stated problem. For more advanced students, papers should also describe (5) The main contribution(s) from the research work (6) The method used to carry out the research, which should include the plan for evaluating the approach and presenting evidence of the results (7) Preliminary results.

To apply as a student participant to the Doctoral Symposium the following two documents must be submitted before 31st January 2014.

Extended Research Abstract: Research abstracts must be formatted according to the CPS formatting guidelines and must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Research abstracts must be in English and submitted via Easychair in PDF format.

Recommendation Letter: A letter of recommendation from your main PhD advisor that includes your name, and an assessment of the current status of your dissertation research. The letter should be in PDF format and should be sent by your advisor directly by e-mail to Doctoral Symposium Chair, Didar Zowghi. This letter will be held confidential.

Evaluation Criteria: Participants for ASWEC Doctoral Symposium will be selected using the following criteria: (1) The quality and potential of the research and its relevance to Software Engineering (2) The stage of the research and its suitability for the Doctoral Symposium.

Important Dates

Abstract Deadline (Research Submissions): October 14, 2013 extended until 28th October
Paper Submission Deadline (Research Submissions): October 21, 2013 extended until 28th October
Notification to Authors (Research Submissions): December 20, 2013
Camera-ready Deadline (Research Submissions): January 17, 2014

Paper Submission Deadline (Industry/Government Submissions): Dec 15, Dec 29th, 2013
Notification to Authors (Industry/Government Submissions): Jan 31, Feb 14th, 2014
Camear-ready Deadline (Industry/Government Submissions): Feb 28, 2014

Paper Submission Deadline (Education Submissions): December 15, 2013
Notification to Authors (Education Submissions): January 31, 2014
Camera-ready Deadline (Education Submissions): Februrary 28, 2014

Paper Submission Deadline (Doctoral Symposium): January 31, February 7th, 2014
Notification to Authors (Doctoral Symposium): February 28, 2014


General Chairs: Alan Fekete (University of Sydney), Fethi Rabhi (University of New South Wales)
Research Program Committee Chairs: Jim Steel (University of Queensland), Liming Zhu, (NICTA & University of New South Wales)
Industry/Government Program Committee Chairs: Bill Simpson-Young (NICTA),  Asif Gill (University of Technology Sydney)
Education Program Committee Chair: Nick Falkner (University of Adelaide)
Doctoral Symposium Chair: Didar Zowghi (University of Technology Sydney)
Publicity Chairs: Taso Viglas (University of Sydney), David Pearce (Victoria University Wellington)

Research Program Committee

Aldeida Aleti, Monash University, Australia
Muhammad Ali Babar, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Mikio Aoyama, Nanzan University, Japan
Rukshan Athauda, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Len Bass, National ICT Australia
Boualem Benatallah, University of New South Wales, Australia
Barbora Buhnova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Rachel Cardell-Oliver, University of Western Australia, Australia
Fábio M. Costa, Federal University of Goias, Brazil
James Edmondson, SEI/CMU, US
Sebastian Fleissner, Australian National University, Australia
Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Aditya K. Ghose, University of Wollongong, Austraila
Georg Grossman, University of South Australia, Australia
John Grundy, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Rashina Hoda, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dharanipragada Janakiram, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Ross Jeffrey, NICTA, Australia
Jacky Keung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dong Seong Kim, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
John C. Knight, University of Virginia, US
Jenny Liu, Concordia University, Canada
Yi Lu, Oracle Labs, Australia
Markus Lumpe, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Stephen G. MacDonell, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Tom McBride, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Larissa Meinicke, The University of Queensland, Australia
Tim Miller, University of Melbourne, Australia
Pornsiri Muenchaisri, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Nate Nystrom, University of Lugano (USI), Switzerland
Lee Osterweil, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US
David Pearce, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Lee Sai Peck, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Rajiv Ranjan, CSIRO, Australia
Heinz Schmidt, RMIT, Australia
Lionel Seinturier, Université Lille 1, France
Laurence Tratt, Kings College London, UK
Richard Thomas, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Nguyen Van Vu, University of Science, VNU-HCM, Vietnam
Christian Webel, IESE, Fraunhofer, Germany
Junchao Xiao, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Bing Xie, Peking University, China
Jian Yang, Macquarie University, Australia
Hongyu Zhang, Tsinghua University, China
Jason Zhang, Nanjing University, China
Olivera Marjanovic, University of Sydney, Australia

Industry/Government Program Committee

Stephen Smith, Macquarie University, Australia
Ghassan Beydoun, University of Wollongong, Australia
Mahmood Niazi, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Darryl Carr, Object Consulting, Australia
John Vitlin, NSW Transport Management Centre, Australia
Jason Lee, Dolby Laboratories, Australia.
Tristan Gutsche, Telstra, Australia.
Terry Roach, CAPSICUM Business Architects.

Education Program Committee

Dr Nick Falkner (PC Chair, University of Adelaide)
Chris Johnson, Australian National University
Margaret Hamilton, RMIT University
Alan Fekete, The University of Sydney
M. Ali Babar, University of Adelaide
Katrina Falkner, University of Adelaide
Claudia Szabo, University of Adelaide
Simon, University of Newcastle

Doctoral Symposium Committee

Professor Didar Zowghi (Chair), University of Technology, Sydney
Professor Brian Henderson-Sellers, University of Technology, Sydney
Professor Ross Jeffery, NICTA
Professor John Hosking, Australian National University
Professor Deborah Richards, Macquarie University
Dr Tom McBride, University of Technology, Sydney
Dr Daniel Sun, NICTA
Professor Paul Strooper, University of Queensland, Brisbane