ASE 2011 26th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering
ASE 2011: 26th IEEE/ACM International Conference
On Automated Software Engineering

Sunday–Saturday • November 6–12, 2011
Oread, Lawrence, Kan.

Call for Papers


Software engineering is concerned with the analysis, design, implementation, testing, and maintenance of large software systems. Automated software engineering focuses on how to automate or partially automate these tasks to achieve significant improvements in quality and productivity. ASE 2011 encourages contributions describing basic research, novel applications, and experience reports. In all cases, papers should carefully describe the relevance of their contributions to the automation of software engineering tasks. Solicited topics include, but are not limited to:

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  • Automated reasoning techniques
  • Component-based systems
  • Computer-supported cooperative work
  • Configuration management
  • Domain modelling and meta-modelling
  • Empirical software engineering
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Knowledge acquisition and management
  • Maintenance and evolution
  • Model-based software development
  • Model-driven engineering and model transformation
  • Modelling language semantics
  • Open systems development
  • Product line architectures
  • Program understanding
  • Program synthesis
  • Program transformation
  • Re-engineering
  • Requirements engineering
  • Specification languages
  • Software architecture and design
  • Software visualization
  • Testing, verification, and validation
  • Tutoring, help, and documentation systems
  • Software analysis

Main Conference Papers

Important Dates
Abstract Submission May 2, 2011
Paper Submission May 9, 2011
Notification July 18, 2011
Camera-ready Deadline September 2, 2011

ASE 2011 accepts two categories of Main Conference Paper submissions:

1) Technical Papers, describing 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, describing 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.

Submissions under both categories should not exceed 10 pages in the IEEE two-column conference format (see note below). Papers will be administratively rejected and will not be reviewed if they exceed the 10-page limit or use condensed formatting. For guidelines and formatting files see (under Information for Authors):

Papers submitted to ASE 2011 must not have been previously published and must not be under review for publication elsewhere. Authors are strongly encouraged to explain the relationship between the submission and any other related works from the authors, including ones under review elsewhere, in the appropriate place in the submitted paper.

All papers that conform to submission guidelines will be peer-reviewed by PC members. Papers may be accepted either as full papers or as short papers. In this last case the camera-ready should be no longer than 4 pages. All accepted short papers will be presented in a poster session.

Tool Demonstrations

Important Dates
Tool Demonstration Paper Submission Deadline

June 15, 2011

Tool Demonstration Paper Notification July 26, 2011
Camera-ready Deadline Tool Demonstration Papers August 31, 2011

The ASE tool demonstrations track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to provide live presentations of new automated software engineering research tools. Tools can range from research prototypes to in-house or pre-commercialized products. Tool demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions. Whereas regular research papers provide background information and detail the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, tool demonstrations show how a scientific approach has been transferred into a working tool. Authors of regular research papers are thus encouraged to submit an accompanying tool demonstration paper.

The Tool Demonstration Committee will review each submission to assess the relevance and quality of the proposed tool demonstration in terms of originality, soundness, presentation quality, and appropriate consideration of relevant literature.

Accepted tool demonstrations will be allocated 4 pages in the conference proceedings. Demonstrators will be invited 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. Presentation at the conference is a requirement for publication.

Submissions of proposals for formal tool demonstrations must:

  • adhere to the ASE 2011 proceedings format
  • have a maximum of 4 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 4 page count) that provides a brief description of how the presentation will be conducted (possibly illustrated with snapshots), information on tool availability and maturity in addition to a web-page for the tool (if one exists);
  • e-mail submissions to Reiko Heckel, University of Leicester, UK,

Doctoral Symposium

Important Dates
Deadline for submission June 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance July 20, 2011
Camera-ready paper due August 31, 2011
Symposium Presentations November 6, 2011

The ASE 2011 Doctoral Symposium allows PhD students working on foundations, techniques, tools and applications of Automated Software Engineering (ASE) an opportunity to present and to discuss their research with other researchers in the ASE community in a constructive atmosphere. Students will receive feedback on their research and guidance on future directions from a broad group of advisors and from other Doctoral Symposium students. Students will also have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research as a young ASE professional. Note that students’ presentations cannot be attended by their advisors.

The symposium is intended for PhD students at all stages of research. However, they should not have completed their dissertation research nor written up their dissertation before the conference. If you are already writing your dissertation, or expect to be substantially done by the time of the symposium, we encourage you to submit your work as a full paper to the ASE conference.

Submission Details

To apply for participation at the doctoral symposium, you should submit an abstract of your doctoral work to the symposium organizers. A submission site will be opened by the June 5, 2011. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be in PDF format. Abstracts should:

  • clearly identify the research question you are addressing,
  • outline the significant problems in the field and the current solutions,
  • present your preliminary ideas and state the proposed approach clearly, and
  • present the applicant's contributions and results achieved so far.

Submissions should not exceed 5 pages in IEEE two-column conference format. For guidelines and formatting files, see (under Information for Authors).

E-mail submissions to:
Tim Menzies, West Virginia University, or
Motoshi Saeki, Tokyo Institute of Technology,

In parallel to the submission, your advisor should e-mail to the symposium co-chairs (see below) a letter of recommendation. The letter must include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research, and the expected date for dissertation submission.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Doctoral Symposium Committee and selected for inclusion in the symposium on the basis of originality, technical merit, presentation quality, and relevance to the conference topics. The stage of research will be a judgment parameter as well. Immature but yet interesting proposals have the chance to be accepted as we think these proposals could gain significant advantages from the discussion at the symposium. Each accepted abstract will be included in the conference proceedings.


Important Dates
Deadline for submission June 24, 2011
Notification of acceptance July 20, 2011

We invite proposals for half-day/full-day tutorials addressing theoretical foundations, practical techniques, software tools, and applications in areas related to the ASE conference themes and topics. The tutorials are scheduled for November 6 and 7, 2011 at the beginning of the ASE conference. Tutorials are intended to provide independent instruction on a relevant theme; therefore, no commercial or sales-oriented proposals will be accepted.

Instructors are invited to submit proposals for half-day and full-day tutorials and, upon selection, are required to provide tutorial notes or a survey paper on the topic of presentation in PDF. Proposals, limited to 5 pages and in PDF, should be sent to and 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 inclusion in publicity materials)
  • indication of whether a survey paper will be provided (max. 30 ACM-formatted pages)
  • history of the tutorial (if it has been already presented; provide location, approximate attendance, etc.)
  • justification for full day (if a full day is proposed)
  • audio-visual and technical requirements
  • references including the proposer's papers on the subject


Important Dates
Workshop proposal submission deadline April 15, 2011
Workshop proposal notification April 29, 2011
Launch of calls for papers of accepted workshops May 6, 2011
Workshop paper submission deadline August 26, 2011
Workshop paper notification date September 30, 2011

View information about the workshops organized at ASE 2011.