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USER 2013 : 2nd Workshop on User evaluations for Software Engineering Researchers


When May 26, 2013 - May 26, 2013
Where San Francisco, CA
Submission Deadline Feb 7, 2013
Notification Due Feb 28, 2013
Final Version Due Mar 7, 2013
Categories    software engineering   HCI   user studies

Call For Papers

Call for Papers

ICSE 2013: 2nd Workshop on User evaluations for Software Engineering Researchers
Sunday, May 26, 2013 (San Francisco, CA)

Submission Deadline: February 7, 2013


This workshop brings together software engineering researchers and practitioners who have a research project, concept and/or tool they would like to evaluate with users. Attendees will collaboratively design, develop, and pilot plans for conducting user evaluations of their projects. Attendees will gain practical experience with user evaluation methods through scaffolded group exercises, group discussions, and mentoring by a panel of user-focused software engineering researchers. Together, we will establish a community of like-minded researchers and developers to help one another improve our research and practice through user evaluation.

Our workshop is primarily intended for researchers/developers who have never or rarely tested their projects with their intended users and wish to begin learning how to do so. We also encourage more experienced attendees developing a new evaluation to attend. If you already have experience conducting user studies and would like to participate in discussions on how to conduct empirical studies of industry, consider submitting a paper to the ICSE 2013 Workshop on Conducting Empirical Studies in Industry (CESI 2013) instead.

We invite interested participants to submit a 2 to 4 page proposal describing a research project, concept and/or tool you would like to evaluate with users. The proposal should include a concise description of the research problem, a description and motivation of the intended users, an explanation of why you are interested in conducting a user evaluation, and any specific goals you may have for the workshop. If you have designed or conducted a past user evaluation, you should additionally include a description of how it went, what was learned from the study, and any lessons you personally took away from the experience.

Registration is limited to authors with accepted proposals. Please do not register for the workshop prior to receiving an acceptance notification.


Submissions will be through Easychair ( Papers should be 2-4 pages using the IEEE CS format (

There are two options for submitting a proposal.

1. Archival Proposals: Submit your proposal by February 7, 2013. If accepted, it will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Notification of acceptance will arrive by February 28, 2013.

2. Non-Archival Proposals: Submit your proposal by April 24, 2013. If accepted, you may participate in the workshop, however, your proposal will not be published in the ACM Digital Library. Notification of acceptance will arrive within two weeks of your submission.


Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research
Caitlin Sadowski, Google

Program Committee:
Ban Al-Ani - University of California, Irvine
Marcelo Cataldo - Bosch Corporate Research
Laura Dabbish - Carnegie Mellon University
Orit Hazzan - Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Andrew Ko - University of Washington
Emerson Murphy-Hill - North Carolina State University
Chris Parnin - Georgia Institute of Technology
Peter Rigby - Concordia University
Anita Sarma - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Kathryn Stolee - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Eleni Stroulia - University of Alberta
Laurie Williams - North Carolina State University

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