Call for Research Papers

The ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE) is an internationally renowned forum for researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in software engineering.

The theme of FSE-18 is "Digital engine driving social creativity." Our economy, and indeed our society at large, is virtually entirely driven by software. Creativity plays a role both in software production, and in how the software that is produced is ultimately put to use.

FSE-18 invites high-quality submissions describing original research results, including theoretical, empirical, experimental, and tool-based work. Experience papers that report lessons learned of interest and benefit to the broader FSE audience are also welcome.

As a conference focusing on foundations, we encourage papers describing perspectives on the current state of the art in the field, its research trajectory, and core assumptions that may or may not hold in the future. A healthy research community carefully integrates self-assessment as part of its discourse, and experience shows that periodic shifts in foundations are an essential part of progress.

We solicit submissions relating to all aspects of software engineering, especially on topics of emerging interest. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

FSE is a very selective conference, but it is still a conference. It welcomes innovative ideas that are well presented, timely, and have high likely impact, even if the findings are preliminary or not yet fully evaluated. Naturally, all submissions must position themselves within the existing literature, describe the relevance of the results to certain software engineering goals, and include a clear motivation and presentation of the validation methodology used.

How to Submit

Please read all of these instructions prior to submitting your paper.

Research papers should describe innovative and significant original research relevant to FSE-18, as described above.

Submissions to FSE-18 must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication in any other conference, journal, book, or workshop. Authors must comply with ACM policy and procedures with respect to plagiarism:

Research papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format through the conference web site and must follow ACM's proceedings format strictly, including font sizes, line spacing, and margins:

Submissions must be in English and are limited to 10 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures.

Submissions that do not comply with the foregoing instructions will be desk rejected without review.

Note: camera ready copy will utilize the same format and length limits required of submissions and, thus, your submission should reflect the form that you anticipate your camera ready copy will take.

Papers must be submitted electronically through CyberChairPro. The deadline for research paper submission is 5 March 2010. This deadline is hard and non-negotiable.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

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 framing within, and where appropriate comparison to, related work. The Program Committee as a whole will make final decisions about which submissions to accept for presentation at the conference.


Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete an ACM Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. At least one author of the paper is expected to present the results at the FSE-18 conference. All accepted contributions will be published in the conference proceedings through the ACM Digital Library.

Important Research Submission Dates

Research paper submission 5 March 2010
Author notification 16 May 2010
Camera ready deadline 27 June 2010
Research paper program 9-11 November 2010

Program Committee Chair

André van der Hoek
University of California, Irvine