The 41st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2019)

Track — Software Engineering in Society

May 25-31, 2019

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Call for Papers


We are looking for insightful and thought-provoking papers that address the various roles of software engineering in society. Specifically, we are seeking contributions that highlight how software engineering can address the opportunities and challenges posed by the rapidly accelerating pace of technological advances that are impacting the economic, political, environmental, social and technical aspects of society.

We would also like to discuss emerging trends in the development of software that is part of larger systems and whose development is tackled within the specific disciplines listed below. This development should be able to proceed with only the limited, if any, involvement of software engineering experts. The goal is to investigate the reasons for these trends, to analyze possible novel contributions from the Software Engineering community, and to identify novel research challenges that these disciplines pose to software engineering methods and practices.

SEIS Welcomes

  • Innovative, inspiring research with a clear impact on software engineering challenges, directions, methods, and tools,
  • Engagement with a broad spectrum of disciplines including, but not limited to:
    • Health (e.g., Health Informatics, software technologies for ageing);
    • Physical Sciences (e.g., Computational Chemistry, Genomic, Biotechnologies)
    • Environmental Sciences (e.g., Sustainability, Urban Planning, Ecology, Climate Change);
    • Social Sciences (e.g., Ethics, Software Fairness, Regulatory Compliance);
    • Management (e.g. socio-technical ecosystems, technical debt, social debt);
    • Economics (e.g., Electronic payments, Blockchain technologies);
    • Computing and Engineering (e.g., HCI, AI, Data Science, Distributed Computing);
    • Security and Privacy (e.g., security and privacy preserving software development);
    • Policing (e.g., combating and investigating crime);
    • Manufacturing (e.g., Industry 4.0, smart factory);
    • Engineering emerging cyber-physical systems (e.g., autonomous vehicles, smart cities);
    • The Arts (e.g. Digital Art, Performing Arts) and Crafts (e.g. DIY electronics);
    • Interdisciplinary research (e.g. Cognitive Science, Digital Social Innovation);
  • Work emerging from research partnerships with communities, NGOs, cultural institutions, and the public and private sector,
  • Research reflections on the long-term implications of digital technology interventions on all aspects in society (e.g., economics, social, political, environmental, technical),
  • Research directions towards new development models, tools, and methods for specific application environments,
  • Research findings supported by empirical studies and experimentation


We are interested in technical research approaches that have been applied to address or to support solutions to societal problems. Equally, we are interested in sharing case studies, success stories, failures and lessons learned from working in highly complex problem spaces such as climate change, public health, cyber security and democracy. We are interested in software engineering tools, processes, architectures, and methods that are relevant in these settings. SEIS authors are encouraged to contribute soundly motivated research, both mature and novel. SEIS welcomes multi- and inter-disciplinary research showcasing how software engineering can contribute to the many dimensions of software embedded in and influencing society.


The primary criteria for acceptance of a paper submitted to SEIS are the scientific quality of the paper and the extent to which a paper meets the SEIS track goals and fits the scope. The SEIS program committee will undertake the assessment with regard to the following criteria: relevance to the Software Engineering community, soundness of the technical contribution, originality of the paper, appropriate consideration of relevant literature, and clarity of presentation. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. A submission must not have been previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere.


  • Full paper, up to 10 pages, including references, documenting results and findings, where the research presented has followed established research methods;
  • Short paper, up to 4 pages, including references, reporting novel approaches that have not been fully evaluated, which will be presented as a poster;
  • Case study paper, up to 10 pages, including references, reporting on real-world problems and innovative solutions, or tools.

How to Submit

Each submission must conform to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option). A short paper must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. A full or case study paper must not exceed 10 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Papers must be submitted electronically by the submission deadline of October 1st 2018 (anywhere on earth) through the online submission site. Please review the formatting and submission instructions carefully. Any submission that does not comply with the instructions and page limits will be rejected without review. The official publication date of the ICSE 2019 Companion Proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Notification to authors: December 17, 2018
  • Camera-ready deadline: February 9, 2019



  • Rick Kazman, University of Hawaii & CMU, USA
  • Liliana Pasquale, University College Dublin & Lero, Ireland