Call for Workshop Proposals

List of Accepted Workshops


 ESEC/FSE 2009 is soliciting proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the main conference. If you would like to bring together a group of researchers on a topic you consider relevant and exciting, you can consider submitting a workshop proposal to ESEC/FSE. All proposals will be evaluated by the ESEC/FSE workshop selection committee according to such criteria as relevance, anticipated level of discussion and liveliness of the workshop, the expected number of participants, and the organizer's experience in setting up a successful workshop.

Workshops will be held the two days before the conference (August 24 and 25). Prospective workshop organizers are requested to follow the guidelines below in submitting a workshop proposal by the submission date, and are encouraged to contact the workshop chair should any questions arise.

ESEC/FSE 2009 workshops aim to provide opportunities for exchanging views, advancing ideas, and discussing preliminary results in various areas of software engineering research and applications. Workshops are not an alternative forum for presenting full research papers, and usually restrict themselves to submission of position papers only.

Workshop Proposals

Workshop proposals must be 2-4 pages in length, formatted in the ACM style as also required for ESEC/FSE technical papers. Each proposal should address at least the following issues:

  1. Contact details of the organizers, including the identification of the main contact.
  2. A brief (max 175 words) abstract of the goals and format of the workshop intended for the ESEC/FSE 2009 web pages.
  3. The theme, goals, and topics of the workshop, as well as a motivation of its relevance and timeliness, including an account of the workshop's history (if any).
  4. The workshop format, including desired length (1 or 2 days), forms of participation supported (demo, position statement, panel discussion, working session, ...) and plans for generating and stimulating discussion at the workshop.
  5. The paper selection procedure, including the types of papers permitted (demo's, short, long, position statements, ...), the dates for submission and notification of acceptance, names of proposed and confirmed program committee members, and a link to a preliminary workshop web site and call for papers. Like the previous ESEC/FSE, all workshop papers will appear in the conference proceedings, which will be distributed on USB stick to all participants and made available in the ACM digital library. The hard deadline for camera-ready workshop papers is June 26, 2009. The workshop dates should permit solid reviewing and paper completion before that.
  6. Publicity plans, including a motivated assessment of the number of expected participants, as well as the the participant solicitation and selection process (also indicate whether the workshop will be open or closed).
  7. Follow-up plans, explaining how the workshop results are expected to be used.
  8. A brief biography of each organizer, including past experience in workshop organization.

A 2-page workshop description of accepted proposals will be included in the conference proceedings: Workshop organizers are encouraged to submit their proposal in the form of this two page description, and optionally use the remaining two pages for appendices containing additional material if appropriate.

Review and Selection Criteria

Workshop proposals will be reviewed by the ESEC/FSE 2009 Workshop selection committee according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance, timeliness and expected interest in the workshop topics;
  • Expected level of participant involvement and discussion;
  • The organizer's experience and ability to lead a successful workshop;
  • The expected quality of the workshop papers and results.

Furthermore, the workshop chairs will seek to minimize redundancy and maximize synergy with other ESEC/FSE events. In order to enable us to recognize and resolve topic conflicts and overlaps before the proposal submission deadline, we encourage you to communicate the topic of your workshop to the workshop co-chairs by e-mail as early as possible.


For each accepted workshop a two-page workshop description will be published in the ESEC/FSE proceedings. Furthermore, the workshop abstract will be included on the ESEC/FSE site, and the workshop web page will be linked from there.

The papers and proceedings of the workshops themselves will be published through the ACM digital library as well. Organizers should ensure that all authors sign the appropriate copyright forms, and submit their camera-ready version well in time. At the conference, all workshop papers will be included in the electronic ESEC/FSE proceedings distributed via memory stick to all participants.

ESEC/FSE 2009 will not pay for registration, travel, or other arrangements for workshop organizers or any of their invited speakers or guests. All participants, including workshop organizers, keynote speakers, and invited guests, must register for the workshop.

Submission Procedure

Workshop submissions are to be sent by email in pdf format to

Important Dates

  • Workshop proposal submissions: March 20, 2009
  • Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2009
  • Camera-ready submission: June 26, 2009

Workshop co-chairs

  • Alessandro Orso, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Arie van Deursen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Workshop Selection Committee

  • Mats Heimdahl, University of Minnesota
  • Rainer Koschke, University of Bremen
  • Sebastian Uchitel, University of Buenos Aires and Imperial College London
  • Willem Visser, SEVEN Networks