Tool Demo Track – Call for Papers

Goal and Scope

The ICSME 2015 tool demonstration track is the ideal venue for practitioners and researchers to discuss the cutting edge of software maintenance and evolution tool support. Such tool support often accompanies or precedes new techniques, or alternatively uses existing techniques in new ways to solve unique problems. We invite submissions describing novel aspects of tools at different levels of maturity, spanning early prototypes to mature tools that are ready to be (but are not yet) commercialized.

This year, demonstrators will give 5 minute lightning talks to present the key problems that the tools are designed to solve, followed by interactive demonstration sessions to present the tools to interested attendees.

Because the tool demo track is intended as a key venue for sharing new technology in the community, submissions should include the URL of a website that provides clear and reliable directions for download, installation, and usage of the tool. Authors should show a strong effort to ensure the tool’s accessibility, for example, by providing a virtual machine image with the tool pre-installed. Rationale should be provided when components/dependencies must be excluded.

Participation Requirements

1. A three-page manuscript describing the problem that the tool is designed to solve, a usage scenario (with at least one screenshot if appropriate), a depiction of the tool’s design/architecture, key related work, and any caveats and major known limitations. Paper should be in IEEE format as specified for the main research track.

2. A website with installation and usage instructions, plus a working download link to the tool. The website URL should be referenced clearly on the first page of the manuscript.

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Each submission will be reviewed by three members of the tool demo PC. Key reviewing criteria are:

  • Relevance to ICSME audience
  • Technical merit of the tool — the tool should have a sound design and meet basic quality standards
  • Novelty of the tool — the tool should solve a unique problem or a demonstrated problem in a unique way.
  • Accessibility of the tool — the tool should be available for download in binary or (preferably) source code form. Strong rationale should be given if components/dependencies of the tool are unavailable for download.
  • Overall quality of the manuscript and website
  • Adherence to tool demo specifications (this CFP)

Publication and Presentation

Accepted papers will be allotted three pages in the ICSME 2015 proceedings. At least one author of each paper must attend the conference and demonstrate the tool.

Demonstrators are expected to provide their own equipment. We will make an effort to ensure that special accommodations are met, but please understand that the technology may be unavailable or unreliable. We expect Internet access to be available but recommend that demonstrators install all required services on their own laptops.

Important Dates

Submission deadline June 26th, 2015
Notification to authors July 31st, 2015

Submission close at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12)

Program Chairs

Collin McMillan, University of Notre Dame, USA

Nicholas A. Kraft, ABB Corporate Research, USA