Call for Papers

Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering -- CHASE 2014
June 2 - 3, 2014

Important Dates:

Workshop paper submissions due                  January 31, 2014
Notification of workshop paper authors          February 24, 2014
Camera ready deadline                           March 14, 2014
Workshop                                        June 2 - 3, 2014

Workshop Overview:

Software is created for and with a wide range of stakeholders, from customers 
to management, to value-added providers, and to customer service personnel. 
These stakeholders work with teams of engineers to develop and evolve software 
systems that support their activities. All of these people and their 
interactions are therefore central to software development. Thus, it is crucial 
to investigate the constantly changing human and cooperative aspects of 
software development, both before and after deployment, in order to understand 
current software practices, processes, and tools. In turn, this enables us to 
design and build tools and support mechanisms that improve software creation, 
software maintenance, and customer communication.

Researchers and practitioners have long recognized the need to investigate 
these aspects, however, their articles have been scattered across many 
conferences and communities. This workshop provides a unified forum for 
discussing high quality research studies, models, methods, and tools for human 
and cooperative aspects of software engineering. We provide a meeting place for 
the academic, industry, and practitioner communities interested in this area, 
and for those who are curious to see what it is all about. To all, we provide 
the opportunity to present and discuss your own works-in-progress.

Workshop Theme:

Software engineering is about making choices and decisions. Some of the 
critical decisions are informed by multiple viewpoints and experiences acquired 
from stakeholders. Methods, tools, and techniques have been shaped over many 
years by best practices learned from experience, but software engineers 
continually face new challenges and constraints. Addressing these challenges 
benefits from diverse perspectives, and this workshop welcomes submissions that 
embrace this variety.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

*       Software design philosophies, engineering practices, and tools that 
leverage human and cooperative aspects of software engineering;
*       Adapting tools and processes to accommodate a range of organizational 
and cultural situations;
*       Sociological and cultural characterizations of software engineering 
(e.g. trust, conflicts, norms);
*       Psychological and cognitive aspects of software engineering (e.g. 
motivation, rewards, personality types);
*       Managerial and organizational aspects of software engineering that 
focus on people and their interactions;
*       Software engineering as collaborative work, including behavioral 
incentives, social networking, communication, coordination, and 
decision-support tools;
*       Teamwork and cooperation in various development methodologies (e.g. 
agile, spiral, lean, waterfall, RAD);
*       Models of community-based software development, such as Open Source, 
crowdsourcing, and public-private partnerships, and attributes of these models 
(e.g. recruitment and retention of contributors, risk management);
*       Coordination, mutual awareness, and knowledge sharing in small-scale 
and large-scale software development, e.g. distributed software development, 
semi-anonymous collaboration, and "borderless" software teams;
*       Stakeholder participation in regard to design, ownership, training, 
degree of involvement, communication, interplay, and influence with developers, 
sustainability, and deployment;
*       Processes and tools to support communication and cooperation between 
stakeholders, including software developers, professionals, and customers over 
the lifetime of a system (requirements, design, development, testing, and 

Possible contributions include:

*       Empirical studies of software engineering teams or individuals in situ, 
using methods such as ethnographies, surveys, interviews, con-textual 
inquiries, data mining, etc.;
*       Laboratory studies of individual or team software engineering behavior;
*       Novel tools motivated by observed needs, such as new ways of capturing 
and accessing software-related knowledge, software orienteering systems, 
communication, collaboration, awareness tools, visualizations, etc.;
*       Novel processes motivated by empirical investigations;
*       Meta-research topics, such as effective validation of interventions or 
research methods.


We welcome 8-page full papers, 4-page short papers, and 2-page notes, in order 
to allow prospective attendees who are at different stages in their research 
process the opportunity to benefit from workshop participation. Papers should 
be submitted to the workshop's EasyChair site: Please follow the ICSE 
formatting guidelines:

Note: anyone may register and attend this workshop, even if a paper has not 
been submitted and/or accepted.

Workshop Organizers:

Helen Sharp, The Open University, UK
Rafael Prikladnicki, PUCRS, Brazil
Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research, USA
Cleidson de Souza, UFPA and ITV, Brazil

Local Advisory Board:

Sandeep Athavale, Tata Research Development and Design Centre, Pune, India
Yvonne Dittrich, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark and visiting
Associate Professor at IIT Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Program Committee:

Please see the workshop website:
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