Call for Papers Industry Track


The objective of the Industry Track program is to establish an efficient dialogue between software practitioners and software engineering researchers concerning the challenges, findings (both positive and negative), encountered obstacles, and lessons learned on software reliability. Of particular interest is information on applying novel software development, verification and validation practices in diverse lifecycle styles, industry sectors, and software types.

The Industry Track papers and presentations will address the application of software engineering practices (which may include work on principles, techniques, tools, methods, processes) to a specific domain or to the development of a substantial software system. In particular, we are interested in techniques that increase system reliability by preventing, detecting or correcting bugs early during the development lifecycle. Also, we are interested in downstream bug metrics and prediction methods.

We expect Industry papers and presentations to be of interest to software development professionals, as well as to software quality and process improvement groups with concrete relation to industrial application.

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Submission and formatting guidelines

Given the large number of high quality industry papers in the past few years and the success of the Industry track, we created an opportunity to submit "full papers". All accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore. Read details below:

There are two different alternatives for ISSRE Industry Track submissions:

  1. Full papers including submission consisting of up to 6-page papers (including references). This submission will be reviewed by three reviewers giving feedback. Accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.
  2. Short papers:  including two type of submissions: i) 1 page abstract and presentation (max 20 slides), or ii) 2 pages short paper (including references). These submissions will also undergo similar review as the 6-pages papers. Abstracts or short papers will appear in conference proceedings.

Papers, presentations and abstracts (even if a one-pager) must be written in English, and be formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Format Guidelines. Papers that exceed the page limits specified below, or are outside the scope of the symposium, or do not follow the formatting guidelines may be rejected without review.

We encourage wide industry participation – in recent years, the ISSRE industry program has expanded and has covered a wide range of topics, including cloud computing, agile development, mobile communications, defect prediction, release management, defect classification, rejuvenation, security, customer experience/satisfaction, availability, social network analysis, big data analysis, and specific reliability concerns of the automotive, aviation, healthcare, telecomm, and other industry sectors.

Submission Page

All papers must be submitted electronically through the ISSRE 2018 Submission page. On this page, select the track "ISSRE 2018 Industry Track", and click "Continue" to open the submission form.

Review Process

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Industry Track Program Committee and the selected authors will have a chance to present a talk (20 to 30 minutes) at the ISSRE 2018 conference. At least one author must register to ISSRE and be physically on site in Memphis to present their contribution.

This year’s edition of ISSRE Industry track will feature the following exciting new events:

Best paper Awards:

This year ISSRE will include two best paper awards given in the main industry track.

Best Practice Paper Award

This award will be given to the best paper(s) accepted to appear to the ISSRE 2018 industry track.  Candidates will be all regular papers (but not short paper submissions) accepted to the industry track, presenting novel ideas, processes and results.

Best Disruptive Paper Awards

This category will award the most disruptive idea accepted to appear in the ISSRE 2018 Industry track. ALL papers (short and regular papers) accepted to the industry track are eligible. The award quality paper will be describing and motivating wild, novel and disruptive ideas that address problems afflicting industry.  

A special industry committee including specialists of 4 different areas (software, networks, cloud and distributed systems) will propose 2 to 3 candidates for each award. The final selection will be done by the audience attending the presentation of the candidate papers.

Birds of a feather session

Birds of Feather sessions will provide a gathering place and discussion forum on selected areas of interest.  BoF sessions are meant to present papers, but to enable open, "brainstorming" forums mixing academia and industry to share their current interests, goals, technology, environment, or backgrounds. Each BoF session will include a moderator from academia/industry.

Future-X “hackathon” night session

This is a great opportunity to bring together a diverse group of students who are excited about working through a problem in a competition.

The theme of the hackathon will be chosen by the industry PC and communicated during the conference opening. Students will be assembled in teams and work after the conference hours, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm one conference day to solve (or propose a solution to) a problem designated by the industry program committee.

The winner, announced during the conference banquet, will receive a special garget from one of the industry sponsors and present the proposed solution at the conference banquet with a 3-minute elevator pitch.

All participants in the hackathon session will be invited to submit their resume to the ISSRE industry chairs. Resumes will be propagated across the entire industry track PC.