Badge pick-up and on-site registration is during the registration hours and located on the 4th floor in the Belltown Foyer. Please pre-register to allow us to pre-print your badge in advance. Note that we have only limited availability for on-site registrations.

Registration hours are:
Sunday, November 13, 8:00-9:30 am
Monday, November 14, 8:00-9:30 am
Tuesday, November 15, 7:15-11:15 am (arrive early to avoid the lines!)
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30-11:15 am
Thursday, November 17, 7:30-9:30 am
Friday, November 18, 8:00-9:30 am

Top Five Reasons to Attend FSE 2016

The International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE) is coming to Seattle, WA, USA between November 13 and November 18, 2016. Don’t miss it!

Here are the top five reasons to attend FSE 2016:

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Important: We are limited by the size of the venue. If you plan to attend the main conference (November 15/16/17), please register NOW before it sells out. We can’t guarantee any on-site availability for the main conference.

Keep on reading to learn more about FSE 2016…

Fantastic Keynotes

Gender inclusiveness in software companies is receiving a lot of attention these days, but it overlooks a potentially critical factor— software itself. In the opening keynote  “Womenomics” and Gender-Inclusive Software: What Software Engineers Need to Know, Margaret Burnett from Oregon State University will show how males and females work differently with software. She will present an inspection method called GenderMag (Gender-Inclusiveness Magnifier) that captures facets of gender differences in personas and helps practitioners to create gender inclusive software.

In the keynote Building a Socio-Technical Theory of Coordination: Why and How, James Herbsleb from Carnegie Mellon University, winner of the 2016 ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award, will summarize two decades of research to understand and facilitate how work is carried out via novel and evolving organizational forms, driven by factors such as geographic distribution, collaboration in open source project communities, and open ecosystems. He will emphasize the importance to align dependencies among engineering tasks with the ways that people organize to find a solution, and will describe the development of a theory of coordination that gives a more general and precise expression of this alignment.

In the closing keynote Correct or usable? The Limits of Traditional Verification, Daniel Jackson from MIT and Mandana Vaziri from IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, winners of the 2016 ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award, will expand your view on software verification. They will discuss limitations of verification, including: usability as a key factor; the unknowable properties of the environment; and the inadequacy of specifications as a means of capturing the user’s desires. They will describe two approaches to mitigate these concerns that combined with traditional verification tools offer the possibility of applications that are both usable and correct.

Best Practices from Industry

To meet the always increasing demands for better and faster software produced by better and faster developers, practicing software engineers continually innovate and streamline the processes and tools that they use. The Showcase of Software Engineering Best Practices will feature invited presentations by innovative software engineering practitioners.

  • Continuous Deployment of Mobile Software at Facebook. Tony Savor, Engineering Director at Facebook, will share lessons learned in increasing the frequency of mobile releases and describe the latest mobile release process at Facebook and its evolution over time.
  • Model, Execute, and Deploy: Answering the Hard Questions in End-User Programming. Shan Shan Huang, VP Product Management at LogicBlox will VP Product Management will show how to support end-user programmers in building large-scale, complex applications.
  • Making Invisible Things Visible: Tracking Down Known Vulnerabilities at 3000 Companies. Gazi Mahmud, Senior Data Scientist and Lead Architect at Sonatype, will talk about how to improve application security and how organizations can balance the need for speed with quality and security early in the development cycle.
  • Developer Workflow at Google. Caitlin Sadowski, Software Engineer at Google, will describes the developer workflow at Google, and the use of program analysis, testing, metrics, and tooling to reduce errors when creating and committing changes to software.

In addition to the showcase, FSE 2016 will have presentations of papers with co-authors from BlackBerry, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, NEC,, Sony Mobile Communications, and Tencent.

Latest Innovations in Software

The peer-reviewed technical program includes 73 leading-edge papers selected from 273 submissions from over 850 distinct authors, 5 journal-first presentations, 13 demos of research prototypes, 9 vision papers, 6 industry papers, a Student Research Competition, as well as a Doctoral Symposium and 8 workshops before and after the main conference.

The conference program features the latest innovations and ground-breaking approaches in debugging, security, privacy, build/configuration systems, testing, program repair, JavaScript, visualization, software analytics, mobile apps, and many other areas.

Seven papers will receive an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at the conference:

  • API Code Recommendation Using Statistical Learning from Fine-grained Changes (Anh Nguyen, Michael Hilton, Mihai Codoban, Hoan Nguyen, Lily Mast, Eli Rademacher, Tien Nguyen and Danny Dig)
  • Detecting Sensitive Data Disclosure via Bi-directional Text Correlation Analysis (Jianjun Huang, Xiangyu Zhang and Lin Tan)
  • Factors Influencing Code Review Processes in Industry (Tobias Baum, Olga Liskin, Kai Niklas and Kurt Schneider)
  • Foraging and Navigations, Fundamentally: Developers’ Predictions of Value and Cost (David Piorkowski, Austin Henley, Tahmid Nabi, Scott Fleming, Christopher Scaffidi and Margaret Burnett)
  • Multi-Representational Security Analysis (Eunsuk Kang, Aleksandar Milicevic and Daniel Jackson)
  • Proteus: Computing Disjunctive Loop Summary via Path Dependency Analysis (Xiaofei Xie, Bihuan Chen, Yang Liu, Wei Le and Xiaohong Li)
  • Why We Refactor? Confessions of GitHub Contributors (Danilo Silva, Nikolaos Tsantalis and Marco Tulio Valente)

For the complete program, visit

Software Engineering of the Future

We challenged authors to describe radical new directions that represent disruptive innovations in the making, which can challenge the status quo of the software engineering discipline. The result is a set of nine bold visions for privacy, testing, software analytics, software design, productivity, eye tracking, education, and training in software engineering. Here are two examples of visions that will be presented at FSE 2016.

  • How will automated Bots change software development? Find out in Disrupting Developer Productivity One Bot at a Time (Margaret-Anne Storey and Alexey Zagalsky).
  • How are the dystopias in Battlestar Galactica, Fallout 3, and Children of Men relevant for software engineering? Find out in Designing for Dystopia: Software Engineering Research for the Post-Apocalypse (Titus Barik, Rahul Pandita, Justin Middleton, and Emerson Murphy-Hill).

For the complete list of vision papers, visit

Experts from Around the World

Meet software engineering experts to discuss cutting edge software engineering and connect with the best problems solvers in the world. Over 400 people from 20 countries have registered for FSE 2016. Looking to hire the best talent in the world? About 35% of attendees are students, the smartest graduates in software engineering.

FSE 2016 has excellent networking opportunities, including interactive breaks with research demos and the student research competition, the new mentorship and expedition programs, and the conference banquet at the famous EMP Museum, where you can explore the signature exhibition Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. The dinner will be in the Sky Church, which is named after a term Jimi Hendrix used to describe a place where people of all ages and cultures could come to collectively celebrate musical experiences — just like we will celebrate software engineering and explore new worlds at FSE 2016.

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