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WASDeTT 2010 : 3rd International Workshop on Academic Software Development Tools


When Sep 20, 2010 - Sep 20, 2010
Where Antwerp, Belgium
Submission Deadline Jul 19, 2010
Notification Due Aug 20, 2010
Final Version Due Sep 3, 2010
Categories    software engineering   tool building

Call For Papers

3rd International Workshop on Academic Software Development Tools

Co-located with ASE 2010

Workshop date: September 20, 2010 in Antwerp, Belgium

Important Dates

* Submission due: July 19, 2010
* Notification of acceptance: August 20, 2010
* Final paper version for workshop: September 3, 2010
* Workshop: September 20, 2010 in room M102
* Submission of selected papers for EST journal: early December
* Notification for journal papers: early March 2011


The WASDeTT workshop series is motivated by the observation that tools and tool building play an important role in applied academic software engineering research. The tangible results of research projects are often embodied in a tool. Even though tool building is a popular technique to validate research (e.g., proof-of-concept prototyping followed by user studies), it is neither simple nor cheap to accomplish. Given the importance of tool building and the significant cost associated with it, our workshop allows interested researchers to share their tool building experiences and to explore how tools can be build more effectively and efficiently.

The purpose of this workshop is not to focus on any specific kind of these tools but rather to gather researchers working on different tools, with the goal of providing a forum where tool builders can talk about common issues relevant to all tool builders, and builders of academic research prototypes in particular, such as :
- Should tool building remain a craft?
- Should academic tools be of commercial quality?
- How to integrate and combine independently developed tools?
- What are the positive lessons learned and pitfalls in building tools?
- What are effective techniques to improve the quality of academic tools?
- What is needed to build an active community of developers and users?
- Are there any useful tool building patterns for software engineering tools?
- How to compare or benchmark such tools?
- What particular languages and paradigms are suited to build tools?


The workshop solicits the submission of two kinds of papers:

Tool-related papers present an (academic) tool and discuss how the tool was built. The paper should address issues such as the tool’s architecture, important design decisions and their impact on functional requirements and quality attributes, and lesson’s learned that are of interest to other tool builders.

Position papers state a novel position or vision on issues related to tool building. Importantly, such a paper should serve as a foundation for interesting discussions at the workshop. In spite of our focus on experimental research tools, we explicitly solicit position papers from software industrials as well.

EST Special Issue

This workshop is associated with an Experimental Software and Toolkits (EST) special issue to be published in Elsevier’s Science of Computer Programming. All tool-related workshop papers (not the position papers) are potential candidates for the special issue. The authors of a subset of these articles will be invited to submit to EST based on the quality of their paper and their tool demonstration during the workshop.

For the special issue, a thoroughly revised version of the accepted WASDeTT paper has to be submitted along with the actual tool. The tool itself will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: ease of installation, quality of (user) documentation, ease of usage, applicability to the intended domain, and quality of source code (optional).

More details can be found on the workshop web site:

Submission Instructions

Please keep all position papers between 5-10 pages, and tool-related papers between 10-20 pages.

Papers have to be submitted with the EasyChair conference system here:

Papers have to be in PDF, so that we can easily publish all accepted papers on this web site later on. Use the style guidelines for Elsevier journal papers (mandatory for tool-related papers, optional for position papers):

There will be an upper limit of about 20 on the number of papers that can be accepted and, due to space limitations, it is likely (unless that limit is not reached) that no more than one author per paper can participate in the workshop.


Organizing committee

* Mark van den Brand, TU/Eindhoven, The Netherlands (primary contact)
* Kim Mens, Université de Louvain (UCL), Belgium
* Holger Kienle, University of Victoria, Canada / Mälardalen University, Sweden
* Anthony Cleve, INRIA Lille, France

Contact address for general queries:

Program committee

* Gabriela Arevalo, University of La Plata, Argentina
* Emilie Balland, INRIA Bordeaux, France
* Martin Bravenboer, LogicBlox, USA
* Loek Cleophas, University of Pretoria, South Africa & Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
* Francisco Durán, University of Málaga, Spain
* Alexander Egyed, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
* Rudolf Ferenc, University of Szeged, Hungary
* Robert Fuhrer, IBM, USA
* Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
* Gorel Hedin, Lund University, Sweden
* Robert Hirschfeld, Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany
* Andy Kellens, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
* Rainer Koschke, Universität Bremen, Germany
* Adrian Kuhn, University of Bern, Switzerland
* Mircea Lungu, University of Lugano, Switzerland
* Franco Mazzanti, CNR, Italy
* Pierre-Etienne Moreau, INRIA Nancy, France
* Gail Murphy, University of British Columbia, Canada
* Terence Parr, University of San Francisco, USA
* Romain Robbes, University of Chile Santiago, Chile
* Tony Sloane, Macquarie University Sydney, Australia
* Gabriele Taentzer, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
* Alexandru C. Telea, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
* Jurgen Vinju, CWI, The Netherlands
* Markus Voelter, itemis AG, Germany
* Roel Wuyts, IMEC, Belgium & KULeuven, Belgium

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