EASE'99 - Call for Papers

Many academics and practitioners believe that evaluation has a vital role to play in software engineering. As well as evaluating both application level and component level products, software engineers  need to be concerned with the evaluation of development processes, engineering methods and supplier organisations. However, both academics and practitioners are concerned about the cost and effectiveness of applying many of the existing assessment methods.

One of the aims of for the workshop, the third in the series, is to address the question of  justifying the use of empirical assessment and evaluation in software engineering. Both this theme, together with the other issues involved in evaluation, will be addressed through technical presentations, experience reports, posters and discussions.

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers will be Professor Ian Sommerville, Lancaster University, UK, who will raise concerns about the value of empirical assessment in software engineering and Professor Chris Kemerer, University of Pittsburgh, USA, and Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, University of Maryland, USA, who will focus on empirical assessment successes.


The workshop will begin with a tutorial session, during the morning of April 12th, on  Cognitive Dimensions of Information Artefacts, with applications to Software Design, given by  Dr. Thomas Green, Honorary Research Fellow, Computer Based Learning Unit, University of Leeds, UK.

The workshop will end with a tutorial on the afternoon of Wednesday April 14th  on the Application, in a variety of Industrial Environments, of an Evaluation-Based Approach to Quality , presented by The Valse team.

Technical Papers

Papers related, but not limited, to the following topics are invited. Accepted papers will be published in the conference pre-prints which will be available to participants.
Subject to a further review process, selected papers will also be published in a special issue of the Journal of Systems and Software.

Experience Reports

Experience reports of a less formal nature are also invited from software Engineering practitioners. Selected reports will be presented during an industrial experiences session.


All participants will be invited to provide posters describing their evaluation needs and problems. Practitioners and research students who need to evaluate the effectiveness of their own work and the work of others are particularly encouraged to take this opportunity to elicit comments from those who are studying evaluation techniques and practices.

Submission details

Four copies of full technical papers (3000 - 5000 words) and experience reports (up to 1000 words) should be submitted to: EASE, Department of Computer Science, University of Keele, Keele, Staffs, ST5 5BG, UK.

Important Dates for technical papers
30th October 1998 - Submission deadline
8th. January 1999 - Author notification
5th. March 1999 - Final version
Important Date for experience reports
5th. March 1999 - Submission deadline

Important Date for posters
29th. March 1999 - Notice of intent (by email)

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