First international workshop on
Empirical Answers to Questions of Software Engineering 



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.

(For more background see two blog posts starting here.)

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.

Papers should identify clearly the software engineering questions being addressed, their practical relevance, the empirical study or studies that have been performed, and their contribution to answering the questions. 

A page has been specially created to record questions of interest: see here. Please contribute questions, whether or not you plan to submit a contribution to the workshop. For good answers we need good questions!

The three-day workshop will include invited talks and presentations of the accepted papers, and will reserve ample time for discussions. The papers will be published as post-proceedings, as a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

Submissions  will be reviewed by the international program committee. They should be in LNCS format. To kinds of submission are possible: full paper and can take the form of either a full paper (up to 15 LNCS pages) or an extended abstract (2 to 5 pages).

Submission page: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eaqse18.

Important dates

Deadline for submissions (full paper or extended abstract): 15 September 2018 (firm).

Acceptance notice: 5 October 2018.

EAQSE workshop: 19-21 November 2018.

Program chairs

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

Program committee

Lionel Briand (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
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