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Research Track


General Chair

Hausi Müller, University of Victoria, Canada

Program Co-chairs

Leon Moonen, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Lori Pollock, University of Delaware, USA


ICSME's topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Techniques and processes for software maintenance and evolution
  • Empirical studies in software maintenance and evolution
  • Tools for supporting software maintenance and evolution
  • Software maintenance and evolution in the Industrial Internet of Things
  • Software maintenance and evolution on mobile platforms
  • Software maintenance and evolution in the Cloud
  • Software quality assessment and improvement
  • Measurement and management of Technical Debt
  • Evolution of systems-of-systems and software ecosystems
  • Run-time evolution, dynamic reconfiguration and self adaptation
  • Human aspects of software evolution
  • Software and system reverse engineering and comprehension
  • Software repository analysis and mining
  • Software refactoring, restructuring, renovation, migration and reengineering
  • Concept, feature and concern identification and location
  • Code cloning and code provenance
  • Evolution of non-code artifacts
  • Evolution and reengineering of business models and processes
  • Change and defect management
  • Maintenance-related testing (e.g., regression testing)

Paper Submission

Submissions for the research track should describe original and significant work in the research or practice of software maintenance and evolution. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three PC members. Theoretical results, empirical research, such as case studies and experiments, and experience reports are most welcome. Papers must not have been previously accepted for publication nor concurrently submitted for review in another journal, book, conference, or workshop.

Research papers must adhere to the IEEE CS Proceedings style guidelines and are limited to 10 pages. Please follow the IEEE Conference Publishing Services (CPS) formatting instructions available at Submissions must be submitted online via the ICSME 2014 EasyChair conference management system at  

Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE Digital Library

Authors of selected papers from the research track will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to a special issue of an international Software Engineering journal. Authors of selected papers are expected to comply with the standard guidelines for submitting an extended version of a paper, which includes amongst others the addition of approximately 30% new material.

One week submission 'Grace Period' for all paper tracks

We have implemented a one week 'grace period' past the submission deadline for all paper tracks. Authors can update the PDF file for a paper submitted by the submission deadline for one week.  No new papers will be accepted during the grace period.

Submission time zone

All submission times are AoE (Anywhere on Earth) --- Howland Island (UTC-12).

Formatting instructions

Please follow the IEEE Conference Publishing Services (CPS) formatting instructions available at

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: April 29, 2014
  • Full papers submission: May 6, 2014 -- grace period to update the PDF file until May 13
  • Notification: June 20, 2014
  • Camera-ready: August 7, 2014