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Tool Demo Track


Software maintenance and evolution is often considered to be the most costly phase in the life of a software system. The research track focuses primarily on fundamental techniques, methodologies and studies to improve the software maintenance and evolution state-of-the-art in the near future. The ICSME tool demonstrations track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent advances, experiences, and challenges in the field of software maintenance and evolution with the goal of allowing live presentation of new research tools. Whether the tools are early research prototypes or polished tools prepared for commercialization (but not yet commercialized), the ICSME demo track provides the perfect opportunity to reach an international audience of researchers and practitioners, and solicit critical feedback.

This year's demo track consists of demonstrators who get about 15 minutes in the conference program for presenting their tool. The presentation should focus on the main use cases of and essential concepts behind the tool, and should include an actual tool demo of at least 10 minutes. Accepted demos will be included in the ICSME proceedings. Demos also require a website and a 4-page proposal.

Participation to the demos requires:

  1. a 4-page proposal (format: IEEE format and template) describing the problem context, a typical usage scenario, existing tools and their shortcomings, the concepts behind the proposed tool, a graphical overview of the tool's architecture, a short discussion of the technologies used for implementation, a summary of experiments or other experiences with the tool, an outline of missing features and other future work, and the URL of the tool's website (see 2.);
  2. a small website (referenced in the proposal) containing the URL of the screencast as well as the download link of the actual tool, together with clear installation instructions.
The proposal should be submitted via EasyChair at by June 23, 2014 (abstract) and June 30, 2014 (full tool paper). The website does NOT need to be submitted via EasyChair, since their URL can be found via the proposal. If the tool is not available for download, the authors should clearly explain the rationale for this in the proposal.

Review and evaluation criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the tool demo PC. Major reviewing criteria are:
  • relevance to the ICSME audience
  • quality of the proposal
  • novelty of the tool
  • adherence to the tool demo guidelines


Accepted demos will be allocated 4 pages in the conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted demo must register and attend ICSME 2014 for the demo to be published in the proceedings. In addition, demonstrators will be expected to give a presentation that will be scheduled in the conference program.

Demonstrators are expected to provide their own equipment. Please mention supplemental wishes (e.g., Internet access) in a separate appendix in proposal, this appendix will NOT be included in proceedings.

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

  • Papers submission: July 7, no previous abstract submission required
  • Notification: July 31, 2014
  • Camera-ready: August 7, 2014