Call for Tool Demonstrations

Important dates:
Submission deadline: July 6, 2011 July 15, 2011 (Apia time)
Notification date: August 5, 2011 August 8, 2011
Camera ready: August 15, 2011 August 20, 2011

WCRE 2011 (the 18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering) is an internationally renowned forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to  present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in the field of reverse engineering. WCRE brings together experts from academia and industry to exchange the latest research results, state of the art, and state of the practice.

The Research Tool Demonstrations track is an important part of the conference with the goal to allow live presentation of new research tool prototypes. Since tools are central to research in reverse engineering, tool demonstrations will have a prominent role within the conference and will add to the visibility of the associated research.

We solicit proposals for research tool demonstrations related to software engineering. Tools can range from mature prototypes to fully developed products that are being prepared for commercialization.

We want to specially encourage submitting tool demonstration proposals in addition to full scientific papers. Whereas a scientific paper is intended to give the background information and point out the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, the tool demonstration provides a good opportunity to show how the scientific approach has been transferred into a running tool prototype.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions of proposals for formal tool demonstrations must:

  1. describe the technology or approach in maximum 2 pages. Talk about how the tool relates to other industrial or research efforts, including references, and what the expected benefits are
  2. be accompanied by a description of how the tool demonstration is going to be carried out. The description can either be (1) a screencast of 5 to 10 minutes illustrating the use of the tool or (2) an appendix (not included in the 2 page count) that provides a detailed description of how the presentation will be conducted (illustrated with a number of snapshots), information on tool availability and maturity in addition to a web-page for the tool (if one exists);
  3. adhere to the conference proceedings format (You can find details about the IEEE style, as well as Latex Macros and MSWord format, in the IEEE CS Press ftp site);

Review process
The Research Tool Demonstrations Committee will review each submission mainly on the importance of tool contribution, technical soundness, quality of written and visual presentation, and appropriate consideration of relevant literature.

Accepted demonstrations will be allocated 2 pages in the conference proceedings (the proposal appendix will not be included in the proceedings). In addition, demonstrators will be expected to give a presentation that will be scheduled into the conference program. There will also be a demonstration area open to attendees at scheduled times during the conference. Demonstrators are expected to be available to give their demonstrations during those times.

The Screencast
To further increase the visibility of the presented tools, the organizers will curate and publish a collection of screencasts that present the tools that will be accepted for presentation. The authors can submit the screencast together with their papers as an alternative to the appendix that describes the way the tool demonstration will be carried out. In the eventuality of their demonstration being accepted for presentation, the authors that have initially only submitted a textual description will also have to submit a screencast.

Demonstrators are expected to provide their own equipment. The conference organisation will provide an Internet connection. For supplemental wishes please contact the demo chair.

Commercial Products
Commercial products and products that are currently being commercialised cannot be accepted. The demonstrations are intended to highlight scientific contributions, and consequently should not be sales pitches. For further clarification, please contact the Tool Demonstrations Organizers.

How to submit
Demonstrations should be sent via EasyChair here

Track Chairs
Huzefa Kagdi, Winston-Salem State University, USA
Mircea Lungu, University of Bern, Switzerland

Track Program Commitee
Bram Adams, Queen’s University, Canada
Lile Hattori, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Abram Hindle, University of California, Davis, USA
Nicholas A. Kraft, The University of Alabama, USA
David Lo, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Joel Ossher, University of California Irvine, USA
Wim De Pauw, IBM Research, USA
Romain Robbes, University of Chile, Chile

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