NIER'2014 call for papers


The goals of the ICSE 2014 New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER) Track are

  • To provide a forum for innovative, thought-provoking research in software engineering, which is not yet supported by solid results but rather a strong and well motivated scientific intuition
  • To accelerate the exposure of the community to early yet promising and potentially inspiring research efforts.


NIER 2014 seeks papers challenging the status quo of the software engineering discipline, or addressing cutting-edge software engineering challenges with:

  • new research directions
  • unusual synergies with other disciplines
  • provocative ideas

NIER is the perfect place for a paper that (1) does not fit into an existing specialized conference series, or (2) aims at setting the agenda for a new line of research and a series of future papers.

The submissions should clearly motivate and illustrate the rationale for the new proposed ideas or the emerging results, their impact on the field at large, and future research directions. A NIER paper is not expected to have a solid and complete evaluation as in the main research track. The writing style can even be narrative to the extent where this supports the motivation for an emerging research direction. Naturally, preliminary results providing initial support for the proposed ideas claimed are welcome.

In principle, the track addresses the same topics of interest as those of the technical research paper track. However, NIER authors are encouraged to combine these topics in new ways, to establish connections to other fields outside of classical software engineering, as well as to argue for the importance of software engineering research in areas not explicitly listed.

A NIER submission should not be a position statement, ICSE research submissions lacking an evaluation, nor disguised advertisements for previously published results. NIER is not a second-class ICSE. It is a forum for first-class contributions that provide novel, soundly motivated research directions and emerging results.


The main criterion for acceptance is the degree to which a paper matches the aforementioned track goals and scope, and provides innovation to software engineering, emphasizing the ''New Ideas'' dimension of the track. The NIER program committee will perform the assessment according to the following criteria: originality, relevance of the proposal, soundness of rationale, appropriate consideration of relevant literature, and quality of presentation.

To assess this, each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee.

All accepted papers will be presented at a poster session and will be given a ten-minute lightning talk slot during one of the NIER sessions.

How to Submit

All papers must conform at the time of submission to the ICSE 2014 formatting and submission instructions, and must not exceed four pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Papers must be submitted electronically at the NIER EasyChair submission site, by the submission deadline of November 22nd (any time on earth).

Important dates

Submission deadline: November 22nd, 2013
Notification to authors: February 17th , 2014
Camera ready deadline: March 14th, 2014

Program Committee

Benoit Baudry (INRIA, France) Co-chair
Jane Cleland-Huang (DePaul University, USA) Co-chair
Mathieu Acher (Université de Rennes 1, France)
Eduardo Cunha de Almeida (UFPR, Brazil)
Nelly Bencomo (Aston University, UK)
Kanad Biswas (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India)
Juan Caballero (IMDEA Software Institute, Spain)
Carlos Andres Castro Herrera (Google, USA)
Cristian Cadar (Imperial College London, UK)
Brad Cossette (University of Calgary, Canada)
Daniela Damian (University of Victoria, Canada)
Franck Fleurey (SINTEF, Norway)
Xavier Franch (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Malcom Gethers (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
Smita S Ghaisas (Tata Consultancy Services, India)
Claire Le Goues (University of Virginia, USA)
Sol Greenspan NSF (Dr. Greenspan is serving in his personal capacity)
Patrick Heymans (University of Namur, Belgium)
Xiaoping Jia (DePaul University, USA)
Zhi Jin (Peking University, China)
Jacques Klein (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Seok-Won Lee (Ajou University, Korea)
Martin Monperrus (University of Lille, France)
Hausi Muller (University of Victoria, Canada)
Emerson Murphy-Hill (North Carolina State University, USA)
Patrick Mäder (Ilmenau Technical University, Germany)
Nan Niu (Mississippi State University, USA)
Liliana Pasquale (LERO, Ireland)
John Penix (Google, USA)
Anna Perini (Fondazione Bruno Kessler - IRST, Italy)
Massimiliano Di Penta (University of Sannio, Italy)
Denys Poshyvanyk (College of William and Mary, USA)
Raghu Reddy (IIIT Hyderabad, India)
Roshanak Roshandel (Seattle University, USA)
Abhik Roychoudhury (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Houari Sahraoui (Université De Montréal, Canada)
Tetsuo Tamai (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Thomas Zimmermann (Microsoft Research, USA)
Andrea Zisman (City University, UK)

Formatting and submission instructions

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