Important Dates

Full Papers Deadline
March 18, 2009 [moved due to submission system problems]
Full Papers Acceptance
June 8, 2009
Short Papers Deadline
July 10, 2009 (extended)
Posters Deadline
July 10, 2009 (extended)
Short Papers and Posters Acceptance
August 8, 2009
Full and Short Papers Camera-ready
August 15, 2009

call for papers

The objective of the IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) is to provide a forum where researchers and practitioners can report and discuss recent research results in the areas of empirical software engineering and software measurement. The symposium encourages the exchange of ideas that help communicate the strengths and weaknesses of software engineering's technologies and methods from an empirical viewpoint. It focuses on the processes, design and structure of empirical studies, and the results of specific studies. These studies may vary from controlled experiments to field studies and from quantitative to qualitative studies. The symposium also provides a forum for exploring the use of data and measurement to understand, evaluate, and model software engineering phenomena.

The relevant topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Empirical studies of software processes and products
  • Evaluation and comparison of techniques and models
  • Reports on the benefits derived from using certain technologies
  • Empirically-based decision making
  • Development of predictive models
  • Measurement theory and fundamental issues
  • Qualitative methods
  • Families of experiments
  • Replication of empirical studies
  • Industrial experience in process improvement
  • Quality measurement and assurance
  • Experience management
  • Systematic reviews
  • Evidence-based software engineering
  • Infrastructures and novel techniques for conducting empirical/experimental studies
  • Mining data from software repositories
  • Measurement education and empirical studies with students
  • Effort and cost estimation, defect rate and reliability prediction

short papers

The goal of short papers is to promote current work, research, practices, experiences, and issues. Short papers can also be an early communication of technical work and do not always require completed results as in the case of a journal/conference publication. Authors can introduce new ideas to the community on controversial issues. Short papers are NOT position statements and true to the conference call should have an empirical component/idea. Short papers will be reviewed and those accepted will be published in the proceedings and the Digital Library. Note that there is only one week between short paper acceptance and the camera ready deadline.

Short papers must be submitted through the web-based submission system. Short papers must not exceed 4 pages and must be formatted according to the IEEE authoring guidelines.

poster sessions

The ESEM Poster Sessions provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal for presenting speculative, late-breaking results or for giving an introduction to interesting, innovative work.  Poster Sessions separate themselves from the Short Paper Sessions by allowing authors the ability to get immediate, personal feedback from conference attendees during the break sessions as they present their work.  Posters also provide conference attendees an opportunity to see emerging work in the field in a more relaxed setting.

Successful posters are carefully designed to convey technical details. They should also attract the attention of attendees as they stroll past the displays. The goal is to develop a poster that encourages and facilitates small groups of individuals interested in a technical area to gather and interact.  Posters that present work in progress and draw important conclusions from practical experience are especially welcome.

Poster proposals must be submitted through the web-based submission system. Poster proposals must not exceed 1 page and need not be formatted according to ACM authoring guidelines.

full papers submission [submission closed]

Papers describing unpublished, original work are solicited on any software engineering topic, as long as there is a strong empirical/experimental component to the work being presented. Such contribution can take the form of a case/field study, controlled experiment, survey, meta-analysis of previous studies, enhancement of empirical/experimental methods or critical review of previous empirical work (e.g. from a methodological standpoint).

All papers must be submitted through the web-based submission system in PDF format. The link will be published at the symposium's home page (see link above). Papers are limited to 10 pages, must be written in English, and be formatted according to the IEEE authoring guidelines. Papers which exceed 10 pages, are outside the scope of the symposium, or do not follow the formatting guidelines will be rejected without review.

Authors of selected high-quality papers will be invited to submit an expanded version for a special issue or section of the Journal of Empirical Software Engineering.