Software Engineering in Society - SEIS 2017


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

We would like also to discuss new trends in software development, in which software is only a part of a larger system, and its development is tackled within the specific disciplines (indicated below) with a limited (or without) involvement of software experts. The goal is to investigate the reasons for this trend and to analyse possible novel contributions from the software engineering disciplines and research challenges.

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:
    • Life Sciences (e.g. Health Informatics, Biotechnology);
    • Environmental Sciences (e.g. Ecology, Climate Change);
    • Humanities (e.g. Digital Humanities);
    • Social Sciences (e.g. Ethics, Values Theory, Economics, Politics);
    • Computing and Engineering (e.g. HCI, IoT, AI, Data Science, Distributed Computing),
    • Design (e.g. Sustainable Design, Architecture, Urban Planning)
    • 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


SEIS scope this year is bold and ambitious in that it takes a specific focus on the impact of the accelerating speed of digital technology advances on society. Such technology holds code at its core and we wish to reflect on the adequacy and sustainability of current SE models and methods in keeping abreast with such rapid advances. Equally, we are interested in sharing 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 both mature, and novel but soundly-motivated research. SEIS welcomes multi- and interdisciplinary research showcasing how software engineering can contribute to the many dimensions of software embedded in society.


The primary criteria for acceptance are the scientific quality of the paper and the extent to which a paper meets the 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 and 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. Submissions must not have been previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere.


  • Full papers, up to 10 pages, documenting results and findings, where the research presented has followed established research methods;
  • Short papers, up to 4 pages, reporting novel approaches that have not been fully evaluated, which will be presented as posters;
  • Case study papers, up to 10 pages, reporting on innovative approaches, tools, or delivery formats;

How to Submit

All papers must conform at the time of submission to the ICSE 2017 formatting and submission guidelines. Short papers must not exceed four pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Long papers must not exceed 10 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Papers must be submitted electronically by the submission deadline of 26 October 2016 (anywhere on earth) through the online submission site,

Please review the formatting and submission instructions carefully. Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and page limits will be rejected without review.

The official publication date of the ICSE 2017 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 26, 2016
  • Notification to authors: January 21, 2017
  • Camera-ready deadline: February 13, 2017



Maria Angela Ferrario, Lancaster University, UK

Barbara Pernici, Politecnico Milano, IT


Marco Aiello, University of Groningen, NL
Luca Ardito, Politecnico di Torino, IT
Rami Bahsoon, University of Birmingham, UK
Balbir Barn, Middlesex University, UK
Christoph Becker, University of Toronto, CA
Amel Bennaceur, The Open University, UK
Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK
Kelly Blincoe, University of Auckland, NZ
Travis, Breaux, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Margaret Burnett, Oregon State University, US
Cinzia Cappiello, Politecnico di Milano, IT
Fabio Casati, University of Trento, Italy
Fernando Castor, Federal University of Pernambuco, BR
José Palazzo M. de Oliveira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, BR
Ada Diaconescu, Telecom ParisTech, CNRS LTCI, FR
Yvonne Dittrich, IT University of Copenhagen, DK
Gordana Dodig Crnkovic, Chalmers University of Technology, SE
Sergio España, Utrecht University, NL
Stephen Fickas, University of Oregon, US
Scott Fleming, University of Memphis, US
Kurt Geihs, Universitaet Kassel, DE
William G.J., Halfond, University of Southern California, US
Valerie Issarny, INRIA, FR
Patricia Lago, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
Filippo Lanubile, University of Bari, IT
Jonathan Lee, National Taiwan University, TW
Grace Lewis, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, US
Carlo Mastroianni, ICAR-CNR, IT
Juergen Muench, Reutlingen University & University of Helsinki, FI
Hausi A. Muller, University of Victoria, CA
Alejandro Oliveros, UNTREF - Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, AR
Luis Olsina, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, AR
Oscar Pastor Lopez,Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, ES
Birgit Penzenstadler, California State University Long Beach, US
Giuseppe Procaccianti, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
Awais Rashid, Lancaster University, UK
Maryam Razavian, Eindhoven University of , NL
Gustavo Rossi, LIFIA-F. Informatica. UNLP, AR
Barbara Russo, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, IT
Pete Sawyer, Lancaster University, UK
Patrick Wagstrom, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, US
Komminist Weldemariam, Queen's University, CA & IBM Research - Africa, KE