Call for Papers

The flyer of ASWEC2018 is available here.

Research Papers


We are particularly seeking contributions that help redefine the future scope of software engineering from both the traditional software engineering community and other fields, especially those discussing recent innovations, experiences, challenges and outcomes. Authors are invited to submit papers describing original research in all areas of software engineering. Papers describing theoretical or empirical research, new techniques and tools, and in-depth case studies are all welcome. Submissions should be original and must not have been published previously or currently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Agile Methods in Practice
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Supported Cooperative Software Engineering
  • Configuration Management and Deployment
  • Empirical Research in Software Engineering
  • Formal Methods
  • Health Informatics System Development
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Knowledge-Based Software Engineering
  • Large-Scale Distributed Software Engineering
  • Legacy Systems and Software Maintenance
  • Measurement, Metrics, Experimentation
  • Model Driven Engineering
  • Object and Component-Based Software Engineering
  • Open Source Software Development
  • Programming Languages
  • Quality Assurance
  • Real-Time and Embedded Software
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Design and Patterns
  • Software Documentation

  • Software Engineering Education
  • Software Engineering Ontologies
  • Software Engineering of Multi-Agent Systems
  • Software Engineering of Web Services
  • Software Inspection Approaches
  • Software Modelling Approaches
  • Software Performance Engineering
  • Software Processes and Quality
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Re-use and Product Development
  • Software Reverse Engineering
  • Software Risk Management
  • Software Security, Safety and Reliability
  • Software Services
  • Software Verification and Validation
  • Software Visualization
  • Software Vulnerabilities
  • Standards and Legal Issues
  • Testing, Analysis and Veri?cation
  • Tools and Processes for Distributed Multi-Site Software Engineering
  • Ubiquitous/Pervasive Software Systems
  • Usability
  • Web-based Software

Two tracks of submissions are solicited:

  • Full papers should present innovative and mature research in topics related to software engineering. They should clearly describe a novel and significant contribution to the area and support claims of novelty with citations to the relevant literature and validations of the research results. Full papers can be research papers or experience reports. Full papers must use the CPS 8.5×11 inch two-column format and must not exceed 10 pages.
  • Short papers should present novel research directions, new ideas, or educational experiences in software engineering. They should clearly describe well-defined ideas that may be at an early stage of investigation and may not be fully validated. Short papers must use the ACM SIG Proceedings format and must not exceed 5 pages in length.

All submissions will undergo a rigorous peer review process (DEST Category E1) by at least three reviewers from an international panel and will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, significance, clarity and relevance to the field of software engineering. As in previous years, the ASWEC full paper proceedings will be published by Conference Publishing Services. The proceedings will be submitted to IEEE Xplore and submitted for EI indexing. Short paper proceedings will be published by ACM (ACM-DL and EI indexed). At least one author from each accepted full or short paper is required to register as a full-fee delegate and present the paper at the conference; otherwise their paper will not be included in the proceedings.

All submissions must be written in English. Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically via the conference submission system at – see the submission page for further instructions.

Full Papers
Abstract Submission: 22 July 2018
Paper Submission: 29 July 2018 9 September 2018 (extended)
Acceptance Notification: 2 September 2018 30 September 2018
Camera-Ready Submission: 23 September 2018 7 October 2018
Short Papers
Paper Submission:                        9 September 2018
Acceptance Notification:              30 September 2018
Camera-Ready Submission:        7 October 2018

Industry/Government Submissions


ASWEC 2018 seeks experience reports, case studies and research presentations that discuss the application of Software Engineering (SE) practices in the real context. This provides opportunities to software engineers and thought leaders to share, network and learn from each other through the presentation of industry success and failure cases. Industry presentations will provide important insights into future research directions and share practices which worked and which did not work. We invite submissions that discuss lessons learned and share experiences about the benefits and limitations of Software Engineering practices. Industry/government submissions should be based on actual practice, and should cover all sides of the story – strengths and weaknesses, successes and challenges relevant to Software Engineering practices. While we do encourage reports on experiences with an organization’s own tool set, reports should focus on novel technical aspects and lessons learned.

In accordance with the conference theme of innovation, security, and sustainability, submissions that consider these topics are particularly welcome. Examples include innovative SE methods and tools, SE for ensuring security, secure assembly and deployment, and methods that increase SE sustainability during development or for the resulting applications.

Prospective presenters are invited to submit:

  • An extended abstract (500-1000 words approximately) which outlines the proposed presentation with some key takeaways; for accepted presentations, the extended abstract will be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Alternatively, an industry/government paper or report can be submitted, which, if accepted, will be published in the conference proceedings. Please observe the length limit below.
  • In addition, material such as proposed slides or figures may also be submitted.

All industry/government submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. Authors of accepted presentations should then provide the final content by the camera-ready deadline; “permission to publish” form will need to be signed by the authors or their organizations. Authors also have the option to choose if the published material should be archived in the INFORMIT digital library, which is accessible for free by members of Engineers Australia, and at a fee by others. One author from each accepted submission is required to register as a delegate and present at the conference.

All submissions must be written in English. Papers must use the ACM SIG Proceedings format and must not exceed 6 pages in length. Extended abstracts are submitted as an unformatted text or PDF file. All materials are to be submitted electronically via the Industry/Government track submission system:

Paper Submission: 12 August 2018 16 September 2018
Acceptance Notification: 2 September 2018 5 October 2018
Camera-Ready Submission: 16 September 2018 12 October 2018

Tutorials and Workshops


Tutorial and Workshop proposals that have wide appeal to the software engineering community are sought for ASWEC 2018. Tutorials and workshops (half or full day) will run on the first day of the conference. Please submit your proposals detailing the topic, background, intended audience, anticipated number of attendees and justification for this estimate, presenter/s and their affiliations, along with anticipated time requirements following the guidelines on the ASWEC 2018 tutorials and workshops pages.

Proposals Due:                                         22 July 2018
Proposal Notification:                              29 July 2018
Confirmation of Programme:                  30 October 2018

Hot off the Press Track


This track is a forum for presenting novel ideas and ground-breaking results that open up exciting research opportunities for the software engineering community. We particularly encourage students and early career researchers to present inspiring research efforts that push the boundaries of our field. This may include:

Ground-breaking results that open up new research directions in software engineering;
New perspectives that call into question long-held beliefs or conventions;
Bold visions of new directions in software engineering;
Novel interdisciplinary synergies; and,
more in general, “big” ideas that push the boundaries of current practice.

The track is intended to describe a well-defined idea at an early stage of an investigation. While a complete evaluation is not expected, papers should include preliminary results that illustrate the feasibility of the approach.

Hot off the Press papers should address the following questions:

Why is the problem worth exploring?
What is the potential for disruption of current practice?
What makes the approach original?
Is the proposed approach sound and feasible?
Has the relevant literature been covered?

Papers submitted to this track should not exceed 4 pages in length using the IEEE CPS format.

Paper Submission:                                    9 September 2018    
Acceptance Notification:                          30 September 2018    
Camera-Ready Submission:                    7 October 2018    

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