First international workshop on
Empirical Answers to Questions of Software Engineering 

(By invitation.)

Keynote: Tom Zimmerman (Microsoft Research)


Empirical methods have transformed software engineering. Over the past two decades, it has become essential to back assertions on methodology, languages and tools by objective analysis of their effect. Sometimes, however, the temptation has been to perform empirical studies on problems that can be studied, because they make it easy to set up an empirical study, rather than  problems that should be studied, because they are important for the practice of software development.

The EAQSE workshop focuses precisely on this goal: empirical studies whose results teach us lessons about what helps, or hinders, the quality of both software processes and software products.

(For more background see two blog posts starting here. A page has been specially created to record questions of interest: see here.)

 The workshop is by invitation only (see below about obtaining an invitation); it is not a conference in the traditional style but is focused on discussion. It  will include invited talks and presentations by participants. The intention is to publish a post-workshop proceedings volume, as part of the LASER sub-series of Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

Program chairs

● Jean-Michel Bruel (University of Toulouse)
● Manuel Mazzara (Innopolis University)
● Bertrand Meyer (Politecnico di Milano and Innopolis University)


Participation in this workshop is by invitation. If you would like to be considered for invitation, please contact one of the program chairs.

Program committee

Lionel Briand (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Joseph Brown (Innopolis University, Russia)
Elisabetta Di Nitto (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Carlo Alberto Furia (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland)
Harald Gall (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Natalia Juristo (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
Manuel Mazzara (Innopolis University, Russia)
Gail Murphy (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Emerson Murphy-Hill (NC State University, USA)
Tim Menzies (NC State University, USA)
Nachi Nagappan (Microsoft Research)
Andrey Sadovykh (SOFTEAM Research Team, France)
Giancarlo Succi (Innopolis University, Russia)
Andreas Zeller (Saarland University, Russia)
Tom Zimmermann (Microsoft Research)

Organization chair

Bertrand Meyer

The workshop is organized by the LASER foundation, which also hosts the annual LASER summer school.


The workshop will be held at the Château de Villebrumier near Toulouse in Southwest France, a conference center devoted to meetings on new technologies. Villebrumier is easily reachable from Toulouse International Airport (40 km) or Montauban train station (15 km, 4 hours from Paris via high-speed trains).



Keynote speakers and preliminary program

We are happy to announce that Tom Zimmermann from Microsoft Research has accepted our invitation to give a keynote at DEVOPS 18.

Two special sessions have been confirmed so far:

  • “Special session on Empirical Answers to Questions in Analog/Digital games” – Chair: Joseph Brown (Innopolis University, Russia)
  • “Industrial session” – Chair:  Andrey Sadovykh (Innopolis University, Russia)


The participants will be hosted at Villebrumier. As there are a limited number of rooms, single and double rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We offer one convenient package including accommodation and meals. 

Cost Info
EUR 590 Single or double room for 3 nights (Sunday to Tuesday), 3 breakfasts, 5 breaks, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and a light lunch on Wednesday before departure

Transportation from Toulouse airport will be provided at a cost of EUR 20 in cash. Pick up will be on 18 November at 6:30 PM. Transportation back to Toulouse airport will be provided at a cost of EUR 20 in cash. The shuttle will leave from VilleBrumier on November 21 at 2 PM.

Transportation from Montauban train station will be provided at a cost of EUR 10 in cash. Pick up will be on 18 November at 7:00 PM. Transportation back to Montauban train station will be provided at a cost of EUR 10 in cash. The shuttle will leave from VilleBrumier on November 21 at 2 PM.

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