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Workshop on Properties of Software Engineering Research (PROPSER) 2021

Virtual Workshop 30 April 2021

First International Workshop on Properties of Software Engineering Research (PROPSER)


This workshop aims to bring together researchers at various points in their career and practitioner's alike, for discussing the systematic description and evaluation of software engineering research and their documentation.


The workshop is motivated by two observations:

  • writing and reviewing software engineering research results is often hindered by the lack of a community understanding what are important questions (hypotheses) to validate research and which methods are suitable, appropriate and needed for demonstrating evidence;

  • retrieving research results just through syntactical terms of the paper title (or even abstract) is often very hard, and, as a consequence, comprehensively relating research results to each other in terms of support, strengthening or contradiction is rarely done.

Therefore, in PROPSER we want to discuss in particular:

  • properties for describing software engineering research, such as relevance, evidence, applicability, appropriateness, etc;
  • general patterns for suitable empirical validations of research results and hypotheses;
  • suitable classifications of software engineering research, beyond established subject categories;
  • experiences, rules or guidelines, on how to decide on suitable validation questions and subsequently suitable empirical methods;
  • managing and organising research knowledge at a finer grain than paper citations;


Important Dates

Paper submission: March 26, 2021
Author notifications: April 19, 2021
Workshop: April 30, 2021


Further information and call for papers can be found here.


Workshop Chairs

Antonia Bertolino, ISTI-CNR, Italy                    
Anne Koziolek, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Ralf Reussner, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) / FZI – IT Research Centre, Germany (main contact)