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SSE 2013 : 5th International Workshop on Social Software Engineering


When Aug 18, 2013 - Aug 18, 2013
Where Saint Petersburg, Russia
Submission Deadline Jun 2, 2013
Notification Due Jun 21, 2013
Final Version Due Jun 28, 2013
Categories    software engineering   social computing   social software   social network sites

Call For Papers

The 5th International Workshop on Social Software Engineering invites contributions from researchers involved with research on the socialness of software engineering and developed software. The workshop will take place on August 18, 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia and will be colocated with ESEC/FSE 2013. Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library.

ESEC/FSE 2013:


June 02 2013: Submission deadline
June 21 2013: Review feedback
June 28 2013: Camera-ready
August 18 2013: Workshop


The Workshop on Social Software Engineering (SSE) focuses on the socialness of software engineering and of developed software. On one hand, we consider social factors in software engineering activities, processes, and CASE tools to be useful to improve the quality of development processes and the software produced by them. Examples include the role of situational awareness and multi-cultural factors in collaborative software development. On the other hand, the dynamics of the social contexts in which software could operate (e.g., in a cloud environment) calls for engineering social adaptability as a production-time iterative activity. One example is to gather users’ feedback on software quality and use it to autonomously or semi-autonomously adapt the software. The SSE workshop brings together academic and industrial perspectives to provide models, methods, tools, and approaches to address these issues.


In this workshop, we will bring together researchers and practitioners who study and build socially-oriented tools to support collaboration and knowledge sharing in software engineering. We will also investigate the adaptability of software to the dynamic social contexts in which it could operate, and the involvement of clients and end-users in shaping software adaptation decisions at runtime. These social contexts include norms, culture, roles and responsibilities, stakeholder goals and inter-dependencies, end-user perception of the quality and appropriateness of each software behaviour, and others.

This workshop is organized around a number of topics, which we divide into two categories:

1. Software Engineering as a Social Activity
* Leveraging social computing in the requirements engineering, design, development, testing, and maintenance stages of software development
* Radically-distributed software engineering, semi-anonymous collaboration, "borderless" development teams
* Exploiting, customizing and extending existing software engineering processes and paradigms to support the socialness of software engineering
* Analysing the use of social networks and media to connect users and incentivize behaviours in software development communities and organizations
* The "social" software engineer: redefining the software engineering risks, rewards, and opportunities
* Using ICT-mediated social media to teach software engineering and share knowledge between different stakeholders
* Research methods, models and empirical studies on the socialness of software engineering process
* Forward-looking scenarios and research agendas

2. Engineering Social Adaptability
* Systematic capturing and analysis of user and community feedback and making user and community involvement a first order concern in software runtime decisions and planning software evolution
* Engineering methods, tools, and frameworks for sociability features of software, such as inspiring trust and encouraging users to act as collaborators
* Engineering software to support social awareness and the ability to socially adapt to norms, culture and organizational structure in different production environments
* Exploring and employing approaches in sociology and psychology for the engineering of social adaptability of software
* Engineering social and participatory sensing to gather data from users on the move
* Architectures and CASE tools for runtime management of software sociability
* Recommendation systems for social adaptability
* Research methods, models and empirical studies regarding engineering the sociability and social adaptability of software
* Forward-looking scenarios and research agendas


We invite three kinds of submissions:

* Full papers (6-8 pages) describing social software engineering challenges, needs, novel approaches, and frameworks. New approaches must be evaluated with users who did not help design the system. Empirical evaluation papers and industrial experience reports are also welcome.
* Short position papers (3-4 pages) describing a new idea or work in progress.
* Posters and demo papers (1-2 pages) summarizing a research project, tool, or technique.


All papers must conform at time of submission to the ESEC/FSE 2013 Format and Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must be in English. Submissions must be in PDF format. Submissions that do not comply with the foregoing instructions will be desk rejected without being reviewed.

Papers must be submitted electronically through EasyChair:

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work.

Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library.


Raian Ali, School of Design, Engineering and Computing at Bournemouth University, UK
Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA
Walid Maalej, University of Hamburg, Germany
Communications Chair: Leif Singer, University of Victoria, Canada


* Jorge Aranda, Terapeak, Victoria, Canada
* Rami Bahsoon, University of Birmingham, UK
* Travis Breaux, CMU, USA
* Amit K. Chopra, Lancaster University, UK
* Brendan Cleary, University of Victoria, Canada
* Fabiano Dalpiaz, University of Toronto, Canada
* Arie van Deursen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
* Neil Ernst, Software Engineering Institute, CMU, USA
* Alexander Felferning, TU Graz, Austria
* Smita Ghaisas, Tata Research, India
* Imed Hammouda, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
* Adrian Kuhn, University of Bern, Switzerland
* Filippo Lanubile, University of Bari, Italy
* Kelly Lyons, University of Toronto, Canada
* Bashar Nuseibeh, Lero, Ireland and The Open University, UK
* Dennis Pagano, TU Munich, Germany
* Keith Phalp, Bournemouth University, UK
* Genaína Rodrigues, University of Brasilia, Brazil
* Helen Sharp, The Open University, UK
* Munindar Singh, North Carolina State University, USA
* Leif Singer, University of Victoria, Canada
* Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria, Canada
* Christoph Treude, McGill University, Canada


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