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ASE 2019
Sun 10 - Fri 15 November 2019 San Diego, California, United States

Software is the driving force behind many innovations in all aspects of human life and, thus, decisions of software have a profound effect on the society. It is therefore highly important that software and its decisions can be explained to understand the reasons for the decisions as well as discuss and possibly subsequently change the software. The EXPLAIN workshop addresses this highly relevant topic of explainable software. The workshop seeks to bring researchers from the various areas in software engineering together and to provide a forum for the exchange on challenges, research directions, and ideas on explainable software.

Please see for more details about the workshop.

Fri 15 Nov

09:00 - 10:30: EXPLAIN 2019 - Welcome and Keynote at Cortez 1B
Chair(s): Matthias TichyUlm University, Germany
explain-2019-papers09:00 - 09:15
Day opening
explain-2019-papers09:15 - 10:30
Causality and Fairness in Software
Yuriy BrunUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
10:30 - 11:00: Social - Break at Cortez Foyer/Kensington Terrace
11:00 - 12:30: EXPLAIN 2019 - Explainability and Code at Cortez 1B
Chair(s): Ilias GerostathopoulosTechnical University of Munich
explain-2019-papers11:00 - 11:30
Explaining Static Analysis - A Perspective
Marcus Nachtigall, Lisa Nguyen Quang DoGoogle, Eric BoddenHeinz Nixdorf Institut, Paderborn University and Fraunhofer IEM
explain-2019-papers11:30 - 12:00
A Hybrid Editor for Fast Robot Mission Prototyping
Thomas WitteUlm University, Matthias TichyUlm University, Germany
explain-2019-papers12:00 - 12:30
Explaining Business Process Software with Fulib-Scenarios
Albert ZündorfKassel University, Sebastian CopeiKassel University, Ira DiethelmCarl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg / University of Oldenburg, Claude DraudeKassel University, Adrian KunzKassel University, Ulrich NorbisrathUniversity of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
12:30 - 14:00: Social - Lunch Break at Kensington Terrace
14:00 - 15:30: EXPLAIN 2019 - Explainability and ML at Cortez 1B
Chair(s): Albert ZündorfKassel University
explain-2019-papers14:00 - 14:30
Framework for Trustworthy Software Development
Jagadeesh Chandra Bose R PAccenture, Kapil SingiAccenture, Vikrant KaulgudAccenture Labs, India, Kanchanjot Kaur PhokelaAccenture, Sanjay PodderAccenture
explain-2019-papers14:30 - 15:00
Don’t Forget Your Roots! Using Provenance Data for Transparent and Explainable Development of Machine Learning Models
Sophie F. JentzschDLR, Nico HochgeschwenderGerman Aerospace Center
explain-2019-papers15:00 - 15:30
Working Group Formation
15:30 - 16:00: Social - Break at Cortez Foyer/Kensington Terrace
16:00 - 17:30: EXPLAIN 2019 - Working Groups at Cortez 1B
explain-2019-papers16:00 - 17:00
Working Groups
explain-2019-papers17:00 - 17:20
Report from Working Groups
explain-2019-papers17:20 - 17:30
Day closing

Call for Papers

Specifically, the workshop seeks contributions related but not limited to the following list of topics:

  • explainable AI
  • explaining algorithms and/or their decisions
  • Creating a chaing of evidence
  • quality assurance of learning and adaptive models and algorithms
  • partial and live evaluation of source code
  • explaining impact of algorithms on users and their behavior
  • legal aspects of fully automatic decision making
  • visualizations of algorithms and algorithm decisions
  • tools support for joint decision making of humans and machines

This will be the first edition of the EXPLAIN workshop. The workshop will focus on (1) the identification of problems, e.g., how to ensure understandable explanations and what aspect of a software’s decision should be explained, (2) discussion on ideas how to provide explanations, and (3) building a community for explainable software.

We welcome 4 page research, experience report and position papers. Research papers are expected to describe new research results and make contributions to the body of knowledge in the area. Experience reports are expected to describe experiences with (amongst other things) providing, creating, and using explanations in the development, deployment, and maintenance of software. Position papers are expected to discuss controversial issues or describe interesting or thought provoking ideas thatare not yet fully developed.

All papers need to follow the general formatting guidelines and policies. Submissions not conforming to these will be desk-rejected.