26th International Conference on Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering

FASE is concerned with the foundations on which software engineering is built. Submissions should make novel contributions to making software engineering a more mature and soundly-based discipline. Contributions should be supported by appropriate arguments and validation. Contributions that combine the development of conceptual and methodological advances with their formal foundations and tool support are particularly encouraged. We welcome contributions to all such fundamental approaches, including:

  • software engineering as an engineering discipline, including its interaction with and impact on society and economics;
  • requirements engineering: capture, consistency, and change management of software requirements;
  • software architectures: description and analysis of the architecture, e.g., SOA, microservice architectures, model-driven architectures, or software product lines;
  • specification, design, and implementation of particular classes of systems: (self-)adaptive, autonomous, collaborative, intelligent, embedded, distributed, mobile, pervasive, cyber-physical, data-centric, or service-oriented applications;
  • applications of AI to software engineering, including search-based and learning-based approaches;
  • software engineering foundations for AI-based systems;
  • software quality: (static or run-time) validation and verification of functional and non-functional software properties (including security and data privacy) using techniques such as theorem proving, model checking, testing, analysis, simulation, refinement methods, metrics or visualization techniques;
  • model-driven engineering: model transformation, meta-modelling, design and semantics of domain-specific languages, consistency and synchronization of models, generative architectures;
  • software processes: support for iterative, agile, and open source development;
  • software evolution: refactoring, reverse and re-engineering, configuration management and architectural change.

Keynote speaker

We are pleased to announce Sven Apel (Saarland University, Germany) as keynote speaker.

Important dates, paper submission and review

The ETAPS 2023 joint call for papers is available here: https://etaps.org/2023/call-for-papers.

The review process of FASE 2023 is double-blind, without a rebuttal phase. In your submission, omit your names and institutions; refer to your prior work in the third person, just as you refer to prior work by others; do not include acknowledgements that might identify you.

Paper categories

FASE 2023 solicits four types of submissions: research papers, empirical evaluation papers, new ideas and emerging results (NIER) papers and tool demonstration papers. Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines of Springer's LNCS (use the llncs.cls class) and be submitted electronically in pdf through the Easychair author interface.

Research papers clearly identify and justify a principled advance to the fundamentals of software engineering. Research papers should clearly articulate their contribution, and provide sufficient evidence for the soundness and applicability of the proposed approach. Research papers are expected to be 15-18 pp (excluding bibliography). Additional material intended for reviewers but not for publication in the final version may be included in a clearly marked appendix.

Empirical evaluation papers evaluate existing software challenges or critically validate current proposed solutions with scientific means, i.e., by empirical studies, controlled experiments, rigorous case studies, simulations, etc. Scientific reflection on problems and practices in the software industry also falls into this category. Empirical evaluation papers can be 15-18 pp (excluding bibliography). Additional material intended for reviewers but not for publication in the final version may be included in a clearly marked appendix.

New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER) papers seek to disrupt the status quo with forward-looking, thought-provoking, innovative research on the foundations of software engineering, as well as lessons learned from the past. Our aim is to accelerate the exposure of the ETAPS community to early yet potentially ground-breaking research results, and to techniques and perspectives that challenge the status quo. To broadly capture this goal, the NIER track at FASE 2023 will publish the following types of papers:

  • Innovative or groundbreaking new ideas at early stages of research, supported by promising initial results and intuitions;
  • Visions of new directions: synergies with other fields or foundational approaches to problems that currently lack foundations in software engineering;
  • Lessons from the past: thoughtful observations on past or current research directions that may be somehow misguided or that let us see current research directions from a new perspective.

NIER papers are expected to be 6-8 pp (excluding bibliography). NIER papers will be assessed primarily on their level of originality, relevance, and potential for impact on the field in terms of promoting innovative thinking. Hence, inadequacies in the state-of-the-art and the pertinence, correctness, and impact of the idea/vision/lesson must be described clearly. A full evaluation is not required for FASE NIER papers, but preliminary evaluation results may help the reviewers understand the scope of the work better.

Tool demonstration papers present a new tool, a new tool component, or novel extensions to an existing tool. They should provide a short description of the theoretical foundations and emphasize the design and implementation concerns, including software architecture. The paper should give a clear account of the tool's functionality and discuss the tool's practical capabilities with reference to the type and size of problems it can handle. Authors are strongly encouraged to make their tools publicly available, preferably on the web. Experimental evaluation is not required, however, a motivation as to why the tool is interesting and significant should be provided. Tool demonstration papers can have a maximum of 6 pp (excluding bibliography). They should have an appendix of up to 6 additional pages with details on the actual demonstration.

Artifact submission and evaluation

After notification, authors of accepted papers may optionally submit an artifact for evaluation by the artifact evaluation committee (AEC).

During artifact evaluation the AEC assesses the quality of submitted artifacts while being constructive and helping authors to improve their submitted artifacts. The AEC evaluates artifacts independently of the paper according to the following criteria:

  • consistent with the paper
  • as complete as possible
  • well-documented
  • easy to (re)use
  • publicly and persistently available.

The result of the artifact evaluation will not alter the already made paper acceptance decision. However, papers whose artifacts are successfully evaluated will be awarded one or two artifact badges. In particular, FASE awards the Artifacts Available and Artifacts Evaluated badges from the EAPLS badging scheme.

Please check the detailed artifact submission and evaluation guidelines.

Special issue

Selected regular papers as well as software artefacts will be invited by June 2023 to submit to a special issue of FASE 23 in Science of Computer Programming.

Competition on Software Testing (Test-Comp)

FASE 2023 hosts the 5th edition of the Competition on Software Testing (Test-Comp 2023).

Programme chairs

Leen Lambers (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg)
Sebastián Uchitel (University of Buenos Aires)

Programme committee

Erika Abraham (RWTH Aachen)
Rui Abreu (University of Porto)
Domenico Bianculli (University of Luxembourg)
Einar Broch Johnsen (University of Oslo)
Ana Cavalcanti (University of York)

Sigrid Eldh (Mälardalen University)
Carlo Furia (USI Università della Svizzera italiana)
Alessandra Gorla (IMDEA)
Stijn de Gouw (Open Universiteit)
Axel Legay (Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain)

Antinisca di Marco (University of l'Aquila)
Lina Marsso (University of Toronto)
Marjan Mernik (University of Maribor)
Fabrizio Pastore (University of Luxembourg)
Leila Ribeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

Gwen Salaun (Université Grenoble Alpes)
Paola Spoletini (Kennesaw State Univervisty)
Daniel Strüber (Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg)
Silvia Lizeth Tapia Tarifa (University of Oslo)
Rachel Tzoref (IBM Research)

Dániel Varró (McGill University)
Anna Maria Vollmer (Fraunhofer)
Manuel Wimmer (JKU Linz)

Artifact evaluation committee chairs

Marie-Christine Jakobs (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
Carlos Diego Nascimento Damasceno (Radboud University)

Competition chair

Dirk Beyer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)

Steering committee chair

Andrzej Wasowski (IT University of Copenhagen)

Steering committee

Einar Broch Johnsen (University of Oslo)
Reiner Hähnle (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
Reiko Heckel (University of Leicester)
Leen Lambers (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg)
Tiziana Margaria (University of Limerick)
Perdita Stevens (University of Edinburgh)
Gabriele Taentzer (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Sebastián Uchitel (University of Buenos Aires)
Heike Wehrheim (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)
Manuel Wimmer (JKU Linz)

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