Call for Visions and Reflections

The goal of the FSE 2016 Visions and Reflections Track (FSE-VaR) is to encourage radical new directions that represent disruptive innovations in the making, which can challenge the status quo of the software engineering discipline.

To support that goal, and following the recent ICSE-NIER 2015, the track invites two kinds of papers:

  1. Visions (of the future) such as:
    • Bold visions of new directions that may not yet be supported by solid results but rather by a strong and well motivated scientific intuition. An example of such a vision can be unusual synergies with other disciplines, or the importance of software engineering in problems whose software engineering aspects have not been studied earlier.
    • Summaries of highly innovative research ideas recently awarded as grants.
    • Improvements of rejected ICSE 2016 Vision 2025 Track submissions: We encourage the authors to revise and resubmit their work.
  2. Reflections (on the past) such as:
    • Startling results that call into question current research directions.
    • Bold arguments on current research directions that may be somehow misguided.
    • Novel results that disregard established results or evidence and call for fundamentally new directions.

Submissions must clearly motivate and illustrate a rationale for changing current practice and/or research in software engineering. The writing style can even be narrative to the extent where this supports the motivation for an emerging research direction.

Note that evaluation results are not required for FSE-VaR papers. Preliminary results or a sketch of evaluation plan could help the reviewers understand the scope of the work better; however, substantial evaluation results are not necessary for FSE-VaR papers.

We hope that the FSE Visions and Reflections Track helps create a culture of encouraging trailblazers to share their vision and new research directions that connect to other fields or to share candid, critical reflections of past and present research. We believe that FSE-VaR publications should not hinder a later full paper publication and hope that FSE-VaR papers rather serve as a basis for a strong full paper publication later on.


FSE-VaR provides a forum for innovative, thought-provoking research in software engineering in order to accelerate the exposure of the community to early yet promising and potentially inspiring research efforts. FSE-VaR papers are not second-class FSE research track papers. FSE-VaR is a forum for first-class contributions that provide novel, soundly motivated research directions and emerging results.

In principle, the track addresses the same technical topics of interest as those of the research paper track. However, authors are encouraged to combine these topics in new ways, to establish connections to other fields outside of classical software engineering, as well as to argue for the importance of software engineering research in areas not explicitly listed.

Out of scope

A submission should *not* be an FSE full research submission lacking an evaluation, or a disguised advertisement for previously published results. Hence, an FSE research track submission with slightly less evaluation or lower quality is *not* a good FSE-VaR paper.


All papers will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria.

  • Value: the problem is worth exploring
  • Impact: the potential for disruption of current practice
  • Originality: the novelty of the paper’s insight
  • Validity: soundness of the rationale
  • Scholarship: appropriate consideration of relevant literature
  • Quality: overall paper quality
  • Surprise: startling and unexpected findings

How to submit

In the submission form, authors must clearly identify their paper as one of

  • Visions (of the future)
  • Reflections (on the past)

A submission must conform at the time of submission to the FSE 2016 submission and formatting instructions, and must not exceed four pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Papers must be submitted electronically at the FSE EasyChair submission site by the submission deadline.

Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and size limits may be rejected without review.

Note that the official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of FSE 2016. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and present the paper at FSE 2016 in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings. One-day registrations do NOT satisfy the registration requirement. Please carefully read the complete list of FSE Submission Policies and Policies for Accepted Contributions.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: June 15, 2016 (23:59:59 AOE, AOE Time Reference)
  • Notification to authors: July 25, 2016
  • Camera ready deadline: September 15, 2016

If you have any questions about the suitability of a paper, please contact the co-chairs, Miryung Kim and Darko Marinov.

Visions and Reflections Track Chairs

Miryung Kim, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Darko Marinov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Program Committee

Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research, USA
Tevfik Bultan, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto, Canada
S.C. Cheung, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Vittorio Cortellessa, Universita’ dell’Aquila, Italy
Massimiliano Di Penta, University of Sannio, Italy
Gordon Fraser, University of Sheffield, UK
Juan Pablo Galeotti, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jaco Geldenhuys, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Milos Gligoric, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Sol Greenspan, USA
Reid Holmes, University of British Columbia, Canada
Daniel Jackson, MIT, USA
Suresh Jagannathan, Purdue University, USA
Gail Kaiser, Columbia University, USA
Rezwana Karim, Samsung Research Labs, USA
Thomas LaToza, George Mason University, USA
Na Meng, Virginia Tech, USA
Suzette Person, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Romain Robbes, University of Chile, Chile
David Shepherd, ABB Corporate Research, USA
Kathryn Stolee, North Carolina State University, USA
Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta, Canada
Oksana Tkachuk, SGT, Inc./NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Andre van der Hoek, University of California, Irvine, USA
Minghui Zhou, Peking University, China