1st International Workshop on
Bots in Software Engineering

May 28th, 2019, Montreal, Canada
In conjunction with ICSE 2019

Call for Papers
International Workshop on Bots in Software Engineering

Bots (short for software robots) are software applications that perform often repetitive or simple tasks. In particular, social and chat bots interacting with humans are a recent research topic. Similarly, bots can be used to automate many tasks that are performed by software practitioners and teams in their day-to-day work. Recent work argue that bots can save developers' time and significantly increase productivity. Therefore, the goal of this one-day workshop is to bring together software engineering researchers and practitioners to discuss the opportunities and challenges of bots in software engineering. We solicit 4 page, research, experience report and position papers. Research papers are expected to describe new research results and make contributions to the body knowledge in the area. Experience reports are expected to describe experiences with (amongst other things) the development, deployment, and maintenance of bot-based systems in the software engineering domain. Position papers are expected to discuss controversial issues in the field, or describe interesting or thought provoking ideas that are not yet fully developed. Papers will be reviewed by at least three program committee members. Accepted research and experience report papers will be invited to give a talk to present their findings. Authors of accepted position papers will be invited to give a short lightning talk. Papers may address issues along the general themes, including but not limited, to the following topics:

  • Using bots to derive software requirements and documentation
  • Using bots in the context of the reliability and quality of software systems
  • Using bots to support software system release and deployment
  • Using bots to enhance and support testing & maintenance of software systems
  • Supporting and answering developer questions using bots
  • Using bots to ensure the safety, security, privacy and trustworthiness of software systems
  • Effective processes for the development of bot-based software
  • Privacy and ethics issues related to the use of bots in software systems
  • Issues in the interaction of bots and developers and other stakeholders
  • Experiences using bot frameworks in software systems

How to Submit (adapted from ICSE)

Submission must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, figures, tables, and appendices; one additional page containing only references is permitted. Submissions must conform to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option).
The submission must also comply with the ACM plagiarism policy and procedures. In particular, submissions must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review elsewhere. The submission must also comply with the IEEE Policy on Authorship.
Submissions to the workshop can be made via easychair by the submission deadline.
If a submission is accepted, at least one author of the paper is required to attend the workshop and present the paper in person.

Important Dates

  • Submissions due: Feb 1, 2019
  • Notifications: Mar 1, 2019
  • Camera-ready due: March 15, 2019



  • Emad Shihab - Concordia University
  • Stefan Wagner - University of Stuttgart

Web Chair

  • Ahmad Abdellatif - Concordia University

Publicity Chair

  • Marvin Wyrich - University of Stuttgart

Program Committee

  • Marco Gerosa - Northern Arizona University
  • Regina Hebig - University of Gothenburg
  • Chris Parnin - North Carolina State University
  • Riccardo Scandariato - University of Gothenburg
  • Lionel Seinturier - University of Lille & Inria Lille
  • Igor Steinmacher - Northern Arizona University
  • Margaret-Anne Storey - University of Victoria
  • Xin Xia - Monash University
  • Zhenchang Xing - Australian National University
  • Alexey Zagalsky - University of Victoria
  • Martin Monperrus - KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Anthony Ventresque - University College Dublin