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Call for Proposals for Workshops

to be held in conjunction with

9th European Software Engineering Conference (ESEC)
11th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE-11)

1 - 5 September 2003
Helsinki, Finland

ESEC/FSE 2003 is soliciting proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the main conference. Workshops will be held on the two days before the conference. 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 chairs should any questions arise.

Goal. ESEC/FSE 2003 workshops provide a forum for small groups of participants (typically 20 to 40) to exchange opinions, advance ideas, and discuss preliminary results on focused research topics. To foster dialog, the ideal group size is twenty to twenty-five. Group size may range as high as forty, but at the cost of limiting the opportunities to engage all participants in meaningful discussions.

Workshops are not alternative forums for full research papers, and usually restrict themselves to submission of position papers only. Workshops should focus on fostering discussion and avoid being presentation only; at least half the time should be devoted to discussion.

Format. Workshops may be one, one and a half, or two days long. Prospective workshop organizers may indicate in their workshop proposals any scheduling preferences they have, but the acceptance of a workshop proposal does not guarantee that the requested dates/times will be accommodated. Scheduling and other constraints might in some cases require that actual workshop dates and durations be changed or shortened. We assume that submission of a workshop proposal indicates that the prospective workshop organizers are available to run the workshop on any of the days that ESEC/FSE 2003 has scheduled for workshops.

Review. Workshop proposals will be reviewed by the ESEC/FSE 2003 workshop chairs. Acceptance will be based on an evaluation of the workshop's potential to advance the state of software engineering research and/or practice, the timeliness and expected interest in the topic, the organizers' ability to lead a successful workshop, and the need of ESEC/FSE 2003 to achieve balance and synergy in its workshop and other offerings.

Accepted workshops must adhere to the common deadlines listed below for submission of position papers, notification of acceptance of position papers, and preparation of the workshop proceedings.

Workshop organizers must limit the length of any requested position papers to 7 pages.

Publication. Workshop organizers are responsible for producing a master copy of the workshop proceedings containing the accepted position papers. ESEC/FSE 2003 will provide support for copying the proceedings for workshop participants.

Budget. ESEC/FSE 2003 will not pay for registration, travel, or other arrangements for workshop organizers or any of their invited guests. All participants, including workshop organizers, must register.

How to Submit. Workshop proposals should be submitted via e-mail to both workshop chairs in two parts, each part in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). The first part consists of a workshop title and a brief abstract, suitable for proposal evaluation and early posting on a web site pending production of an official call for participation or position papers. The abstract should include full contact information for the principal organizer.

The second part provides supporting and logistical information, and consists of the following:

  • a one-page outline of the theme and goals of the workshop;
  • a short statement discussing the relevance of the workshop to the field of software engineering;
  • the desired minimum and maximum number of workshop participants;
  • the participant solicitation and selection process;
  • a brief description of each organizer's background, including relevant past experience in organizing workshops and contact information;
  • a preliminary version of the call for position papers the workshop organizers intend to use;
  • requested workshop date(s) and duration, and any scheduling constraints;
  • requested equipment, room capacity and organization, and other materials.

Important Dates:

Workshop proposals due February 28, 2003
Notification March 21, 2003
Workshop position paper submission deadline June 2, 2003
Workshop position paper notification date June 30, 2003
Final proceedings ready for copying August 15, 2003

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Cecilia Mascolo
Dept. of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
+44 76791390
e-mail: 'c mascolo@cs ucl ac uk' (replace spaces with dots)

André van der Hoek
Dept. of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3425 U.S.A.
+1 949 824 6326
e-mail: 'andre@ics uci edu' (replace spaces with dots)

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Latest update August 23, 2003 by 'Jukka Viljamaa@cs Helsinki FI' (replace spaces with dots)