The 2nd International Workshop on Evidential Assessment of Software Technologies (EAST 2012)

September 22, 2012. Lund, Sweden (co-located with ESEM 2012)

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THEME: Towards Evidence Relevance to Software Practice


  • Submission Deadline: May 27, 2012
  • Acceptance Notification: June 15, 2012
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: July 1, 2012


    It's the time to talk about the relevance of evidence!

    Over the years, numerous methods, techniques, and tools have been developed to support the different areas and aspects of Software Engineering (SE). An increasing amount of empirical evidence is expected to help researchers and practitioners to assess the current research and to identify the most promising areas of the technical advancements in SE. Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) has been gaining significant attention from SE researchers since its introduction at ICSE 2004. In recent years, more and more evidential assessments (in particular in the forms of systematic reviews, mapping studies, and meta-analyses) have been reported on a wide variety of topics in SE. Though the rigor of evidence-based practice for research has been recognized by SE community, its relevance to software practices and influence on primary research have yet to be comprehensively examined. Along with the growth of EBSE, many methodological issues are also emerging.

    The objectives of EAST series of workshop are to provide an international platform for discussing the state-of-the-practice of evidence-based practice over the years, identifying and debating on the emerging challenges and issues in current empirical and evidence-based research, and particularly suggest improvements for the relevance and quality of evidence in SE. EAST 2012 is aimed to bring together both researchers and practitioners in software engineering, empiricists and theorists in research community, to discuss the the rigor, relevance, experiences and challenges of adopting evidence-based research methodologies in SE, with special focus on evidence relevance to software practice. Moreover, based on the participants' input a research agenda will be devised for continuous methodology adaptation and improvement, and progressive alignment between evidence aggregation and practical needs.

    The workshop intends to investigate a number of aspects associated with empirical and evidence-based research in SE since the emergence of EBSE:

  • What are the experiences and lessons learned about the methodological strengths and limitations of evidence-based practice for SE? (e.g., Does the methodology rigor ensure reliability?)
  • How rigorous and relevant are the empirical and evidential assessments reported in SE so far?
  • How to better measure and report practical relevance in empirical and evidential assessments in SE? (e.g., Can they effectively support decision making?)
  • What are the challenges to the adoption of empirical and evidence-based methodologies in SE? (e.g., Why so many mapping studies were reported in SE?)
  • What are the impacts of evidence-based practice on the current SE research and practice?
  • What are the improvements proposed for maturing the evidential research methodologies in SE?

  • International Conference on Software and Systems Process (ICSSP) 2012

    June 2-3, 2012. Zurich, Switzerland (co-located with ICSE 2012)

    Beyond Software and Software Systems Processes

    ICSSP 2012 is the premium conference focusing the research and practice on software and systems process.


  • Submission Deadline: January 16, 2012
  • Acceptance Notification: February 27, 2012
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: March 12, 2012
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