SEAA 2017 - Software Engineering and Technical Debt

Call for Papers:
Software Engineering and Technical Debt (SEaTeD)

Part of SPPI - Software Process and Product Improvement

Important Dates

Please note: special deadlines!

  • Abstract submission to tracks and sessions: April 7, 2017
  • Paper submission to tracks and sessions: April 15, 2017
  • Notification of accepted papers: May 15, 2017
  • Camera-ready paper due: Jun 15, 2017
  • Conference: August 30 to September 1, 2017 in Vienna, Austria

In software engineering, the metaphor Technical Debt relates sub-optimal technical solutions to financial debts. Such solutions can have benefits in the short term, but they might create extra-costs (interest) in the future, especially in terms of maintainability and evolvability of the software system. The Technical Debt theoretical framework is useful to translate technical issues into items that can be understood by non-technical stakeholders, who need to evaluate and prioritize the business value of improving internal qualities.

Recently, the Technical Debt metaphor has been developed in the Software Engineering scientific community into a more solid theoretical framework, which has allowed a series of studies and practical approaches. However, there are several open issues with respect to the application of Technical Debt in practice, from its identification to the calculation of the principal (cost of refactoring) and interest. Furthermore, we lack solid evidence on what granularity of information is needed by the stakeholders on their Technical Debt, what can be provided by automatic tools and what needs to be managed manually.

We invite researchers and practitioners to contribute to the special session on the practical and theoretical aspects of the Technical Debt. We especially welcome empirical studies and industrial experiences.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Case-studies on (un)successful Technical Debt management
  • Case-studies on (un)successful refactoring of Technical Debt
  • Evidence of Principal and Interest of specific kinds of Technical Debt
  • Frameworks for the estimation of Principal and Interest
  • Stakeholders concerns and architecture viewpoints on Technical Debt
  • Measurement frameworks to study the components of Technical Debt
  • Decision frameworks for prioritizing Technical Debt items among themselves and against features
  • Methods and tools for monitoring Technical Debt
  • Processes for managing Technical Debt in software companies
  • Organizational implications of Technical Debt Management
  • Architectural Technical Debt
  • Less studied kinds of Technical Debt: Requirement, Test, Documentation, Infrastructure Debt
  • Social Debt and its impact on Technical Debt
  • Technical Debt in embedded systems
  • Relationships between Technical Debt in software development and other interacting disciplines (e.g. electrical-, mechanical engineering, etc.)
  • Comparison and relationships between Technical Debt and other topics (e.g. sustainability, DevOps, etc.)
  • Replication studies on Technical Debt

In particular, we encourage submissions demonstrating the benefits or limitations of EsPreSSE approaches through case studies, experiments, and quantitative data.

Submission of Papers

SEaTeD special session will follow the general SEAA 2017 submission guidelines. We encourage submission of technical research papers (4-8 pages) and experience reports (4-8 pages). Papers must contain original unpublished work, describe significant novel contributions, and provide evidence on the validation of results. In particular, reports on industrial applications are welcome. We welcome also theoretical work for which empirical validation is limited or still in progress, provided that the contribution is particularly novel and clearly oriented towards its practical application.
Each manuscript should include the complete paper text, all illustrations, and references. The manuscript should conform to the required CPS format: single-spaced, double column, US letter page size, 10-point size Times Roman font, up to 8 pages. Download templates at:

CPS, Conference Publishing Services, publishes the SEAA Proceedings (submitted for ISI indexing), submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
A selection of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions for tentative publication in a Special Section of the journal of Information and Software Technology published by Elsevier.

Submissions will be handled via Easy Chair:

Special Session Organizers

Antonio Martini, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Program Committee (currently confirmed)

Ampatzoglou Apostolos, University of Groningen

Ampatzoglou Areti, University of Groningen

Arcelli Fontana Francesca, University of Milano Bicocca

Bahsoon Rami, School of Computer Sc, University of Birmingham

Besker Terese, Chalmers University of Technology

Bosch Jan, Chalmers University of Technology

Chatzigeorgiou Alexander, Dept. of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia

Codabux Zadia, Mississippi State University

Fraser Steven, Innoxec

Goldman Alfredo, University of São Paulo - USP

Herold Sebastian, Karlstad University, Department of Computer Science

Hofmeister Christine, East Stroudsburg University

Holvitie Johannes, University of Turku

Izurieta Clemente, Montana State University

Johann Sven, Trifork

Koziolek Heiko, ABB Corporate Research

Kruchten Philippe, University of British Columbia

Leppänen Ville, University of Turku, IT department

Letouzey Jean-Louis, inspearit

Mcgregor John, Clemson University

Mirakhorli Mehdi, Rochester Institute of Technology

Nord Robert, Software Engineering Institute

Schmid Klaus, University of Hildesheim

Shapochka Andriy, SoftServe Inc.

Snipes Will, ABB Corporate Research

Systä Kari, Tampere University of Technology

Tamburri Damian Andrew, Politecnico Di Milano

Tonin Graziela, Ufpe

Travassos Guilherme, COPPE/UFRJ

Zdun Uwe, University of Vienna