The 28th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference


6th - 9th December 2021 - Virtual
(originally Taipei, Taiwan)

Welcome to the website of the 28th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering (APSEC 2021)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the APSEC 2021 will be held virtually

The Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC) has long been established as a premier regional conference that brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government to share the state of the art and the practice of software engineering, and to explore emerging challenges and solutions in software engineering innovation. APSEC 2021 will continue in the tradition of previous editions of this regional conference. As past APSEC series, the main research track features the most recent and significant innovations in the field of software engineering and all its sub-disciplines. APSEC 2021 also invites submissions of high-quality research papers that describe original and unpublished results on all topics of both theoretical and empirical software engineering research.

APSEC 2021 will offer an extensive program of interest to academia, government, and industry. It will include several distinguished keynote speakers and conference days of paper presentations and demos. A series of exciting tutorials to develop skills in various aspects of software engineering practices is of particular interest to the industry. Co-located workshops offer forums for participants to present novel techniques and methods in specific sub-disciplines of software engineering.

Download the PDF version of the CFP Here.


We look forward to your contribution and participation.

Important notice: Due to the concerns over the participants' health and safety and the travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the APSEC 2021 organizing committee decided to hold the conference totally online. In online sessions, session chairs will play presentation video clips pre-recorded by the authors and initiate online discussion. We would be very grateful if you could support APSEC. Looking forward to seeing you online in APSEC 2021!

Important Dates


Technical/SEIP Research Papers (SEIP: Software Engineering in Practice)

Abstract Due: 1 July 2021 (AoE)

Submission Due: 8 July 2021 (AoE)

Notification: 2 September 2021

Camera-Ready Due: 23 September 2021


ERA (Early Research Achievements) Papers

Submissions Due: 19 August 2021 (AoE)

Notification: 23 September 2021

Camera-Ready Due: 7 October 2021


Poster Papers

Submissions Due: 7 October 2021 (AoE)

Notification: 14 October 2021

Camera-Ready Due: 21 October 2021


Call for Workshops

Proposal Submissions Due: 15 July 2021 (AoE)

Proposal Notification: 29 July 2021

Scope and Topics

Topics related to all aspects of software engineering that include, but are not limited to:

  • AI for Software Engineering
  • Agile methodologies
  • Cloud and Service-oriented Computing
  • Component-based Software Engineering
  • Configuration Management and Deployment
  • Cooperative, Distributed, and Global Software Engineering
  • Cyber-physical Systems and Internet of Things
  • Debugging, Defect Prediction and Fault Localization
  • DevOps and Container
  • Embedded Real-time Systems
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Formal Methods
  • Human Factors and Social Aspects of Software Engineering
  • Middleware, Frameworks, and APIs
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems
  • Model-driven and Domain-specific Engineering
  • Open Source Development
  • Parallel, Distributed, and Concurrent Systems
  • Programming Languages and Systems
  • Refactoring
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Search-based Software Engineering
  • Security, Reliability, and Privacy
  • Software Architecture, Modelling and Design
  • Software Comprehension, Visualization, and Traceability
  • Software Engineering Education
  • Software Engineering Process and Standards
  • Software Engineering for Smart Manufacturing
  • Software Engineering Tools and Environments
  • Software for Green and Sustainable Technologies
  • Software Maintenance and Evolution
  • Software Product-line Engineering
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Reuse
  • Software Repository Mining and Data Analytics
  • Testing, Verification, and Validation
  • Web-based Software Engineering

Guidelines for Submission and Publication

General Guidelines
  • Submissions must be submitted electronically in PDF before the due date via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=apsec2021).
  • All submissions must be in English, and must come in A4 paper size PDF format and conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt font, LaTeX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option). Also, papers must comply with the IEEE Policy on Authorship.
  • Submitted papers must have been neither previously accepted for publication nor concurrently submitted for review in another journal, book, conference, or workshop.
  • The Chairs reserve the right to reject submissions (without reviews) that are not in compliance or out of scope for the conference.
  • All accepted papers will be submitted to the IEEE-CS Digital Library as the APSEC 2021 conference proceedings.
  • For your paper to be published in the APSEC 2021 conference proceedings, at least one of the authors of the paper must register for the conference and confirm that she/he will present the paper at the conference (onsite or online).

Technical Research Papers
  • The APSEC 2021 technical research track invites high quality submissions of papers describing original research studies and results in the discipline of software engineering.
  • Technical research papers must not be more than 10 pages. Submissions will be evaluated by at least three program committee members. The evaluation will focus on the novelty, originality, importance to the field, proper use of research methods, and presentation of the submissions.

SEIP (Software Engineering in Practice) Papers
  • APSEC 2021 will feature a Software Engineering in Practice (SEIP) track, in a similar fashion the ICSE SEIP (International Conference on Software Engineering, Software Engineering in Practice) track. This track will gather quality empirical studies as well as experience reports from real-world software practice. This encourages both industrial and research participants to communicate and share challenges of software engineering in practice. The papers in the SEIP track follow the general topics specified in the technical research track.
  • SEIP papers must not be more than 10 pages. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee, and they will be evaluated on the basis of industry relevance, originality, soundness, empirical and-or practical validation, quality and consistency of presentation.

ERA (Early Research Achievements) Papers
  • The ERA (Early Research Achievements) track invites submissions of papers that present current work-in-progress and be based on either research, practice or experience. Papers in the ERA track do not always need to report such complete results as full conference papers and so can be a good way to fast track new technical work.
  • The ERA track follows the general topics specified in the technical research track.
  • ERA papers must not be more than 5 pages. All paper submissions are rigorously reviewed by at least three reviewers and evaluated based on originality, technical quality, and relevance to software engineering concepts and technologies.

Poster Papers
  • Poster papers should present work in progress and be based on either research, practice or experience. Poster papers are not required to report complete results as full conference papers, so they are a good way to fast track new technical work. Posters will be presented during a special session at APSEC 2021.
  • The poster session at APSEC 2021 aims to bring like-minded people together in an interactive setting. Effectively designed posters convey the essence of an idea, an experience or a piece of research in an appealing manner. The work presented in a poster does not have to be fully developed and can be a good way to get early feedback on new ideas. A good poster will encourage conference participants to interact with others who are also attracted to the poster topic, and could be a catalyst for developing and extending topic networks.
  • Poster proposals must not exceed 2 pages. Each submission will be rigorously reviewed by the poster review panel, and evaluated based on the relevance to software engineering concepts and technologies.

Call for Workshops

The APSEC 2021 workshops will provide a forum to discuss current topics in software engineering research and practice, offering opportunities for researchers to exchange and discuss innovative scientific and engineering ideas at a stage before they have matured to warrant conference or journal publication, as well as new developments in the field. APSEC workshops also serve as incubators for scientific ideas or new scientific communities that form and share a particular research agenda. APSEC Workshops should not be seen as an alternative forum for presenting full research papers.

We encourage those interested in organizing a workshop to submit proposals focusing on any aspect of APSEC 2021. Each workshop can be full or half day and should highlight a specific topic of interest related to ongoing research or industrial projects on software engineering.


Evaluation Criteria: Workshop proposals will be judged on their originality, relevance to the topics of APSEC 2021, the expected level of interest in the topic, and the organizers’ ability to lead a successful workshop. The accepted workshops will be scheduled by the APSEC Organizing Committee to fit the overall program of the conference.


Submission Instructions: Please send your proposal via email to ypcheng@csie.ncu.edu.tw (Yung-Pin Cheng) and jielee@mail.ncku.edu.tw (Shin-Jie Lee)


Workshop proposals should include the following information, with a maximum of two pages in IEEE proceedings format:

  • Workshop title
  • Main contact for the workshop
  • Workshop organizing committee
  • Brief description of workshop topic and goals
  • Expected numbers of submissions and participants
  • Expected number of accepted papers
  • Draft workshop schedule including duration (full day or half day), format of sessions and discussions
  • Paper selection criteria and mechanism
  • Plan to publish the proceedings
  • Special requirements regarding facilities, equipment, and materials if applicable
  • Information regarding previous instances of the workshop/similar workshops by the organizers (if any)

Each workshop organizing committee will be responsible for:

  • Creating a web page for the workshop for publicity and communication. The call must make it clear that the workshop will be open to all participants of APSEC 2021.
  • Providing a brief description of the workshop for the conference web page and program.
  • Publish the proceedings. The workshop chairs can choose publishing accepted workshop papers on IEEE-CS Digital Library together with the main conference papers, or other free open-access publication service, such as CEUR.org (link: http://ceur-ws.org/).

Important Dates

Proposal Submissions Due: 15 July 2021 (AoE)

Proposal Notification: 29 July 2021

Registration

To be announced later.

Host City and Venue

Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round, making it an ideal travel destination. Taiwan’s temperature is extremely suitable for traveling, as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius with the lowest temperatures on the lowlands generally ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). Taiwan has a diversified culture, which is a hybrid blend of various and regional sources attributed to the historic and ancestral origin of its current residents, incorporating elements of traditional Chinese culture, Japanese culture, Asian religions, and increasingly Western values. Today, Taiwan boasts an excellent infrastructure, convenient transportation system, and high-quality communication services. Taiwan food is a mash-up of the cuisine of the Min Nan, Teochew, and Hokkien Chinese communities, along with Japanese cooking. In the vote of CNN in 2015, Taiwan food, such as stinky tofu or mind-blowing beef noodle soup, wins the title of “world's best food”. According to the survey in 2015 by News Corp Australia (one of Australia's largest media conglomerates), Taiwan is one of the top 10 best bargain holiday destinations in the world.

Program

To be announced.


Keynote Speakers

To be announced.


Steering Committee


Katsuhisa Maruyama, Ritsumeikan University, Japan (APSEC Steering Committee Chair)
Muhammad Ali Babar, University of Adelaide, Australia
Sungdeok (Steve) Cha, Korea University, Korea
William C. Chu, Tung Hai University, Taiwan
Jin Song Dong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jun Han, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Zhi Jin, Peking University, China
Jacky Keung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Karl Leung, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Hong Kong
Deron Liang, National Central University, Taiwan
Pornsiri Muenchaisri, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Sooyong Park, Sogang University, Korea
Danny Poo, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Steve Reeves, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
Shamsul Sahibuddin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Hironori Washizaki, Waseda University, Japan
He (Jason) Zhang, Nanjing University, China

General Chairs

Jonathan Lee, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Deron Liang, National Central University, Taiwan


Conference Chair

Nien-Lin Hsueh, Feng Chia University, Taiwan

Program Chairs

Shang-Pin Ma, National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan
Chun-Feng Liao, National Chengchi University, Taiwan


Workshop Chairs

Yung-Pin Cheng, National Central University, Taiwan
Shin-Jie Lee, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


ERA (Early Research Achievement) Chair

Yong-Yi Fanjiang, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan


Poster Chair

Chiung-Hon Leon Lee, Feng Chia University, Taiwan


Industrial Chair

Chu-Ti Lin, National Chiayi University, Taiwan


Proceeding Chair

YungYu Zhuang, National Central University, Taiwan


Financial Chair

Wen-Tin Lee, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan


Registration Chair

Hsin-Min Chen, Feng Chia University, Taiwan


Publicity Chairs

Chih-Hung Chang, Providence University, Taiwan
Yong-Li Hu, Academic Sinica, Taiwan


Web Chair

Kuo-Hsun Hsu, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan


Local Arrangement Chairs

Ching-Hu Lu, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Chun-Hsiung Tseng, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
Yung-Chun Chang, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan


Program Committee Members (APSEC 2021)

Muhammad Ali Babar, University of Adelaide, Australia
Doo-Hwan Bae, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea
Kyungmin Bae, POSTECH, Korea
Tse-Hsun (Peter) Chen, Concordia University, Canada
Woei-Kei Chen, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
Yuting Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Yu Chin Cheng, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
Shigeru Chiba, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Eunjong Choi, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Yunja Choi, KyungPook National University, Korea
Lawrence Chung, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Hong-Jie Dai, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Min-Yuh Day, National Taipei University, Taiwan
Hai Dong, RMIT University, Australia
Ian Gorton, Northeastern University, USA
Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc, Concordia University, Canada
Jun Han, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Chin-Yu Huang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Liguo Huang, Southern Methodist University, USA
Yennun Huang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Omar Khadeer Hussain, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Akinori Ihara, Wakayama University, Japan
Takashi Ishio, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) , Japan
Yu Jiang, Tsinghua University, China
Young-Ae (Claire) Jung, Sunmoon University, Korea
Jacky Keung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Mucheol Kim, Chung-Ang University, Korea
In-Young Ko, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea
Takashi Kobayashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Chia-Hsu Kuo, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
Jong Yih Kuo, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
Karl Leung, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Hong Kong
Bixin Li, Southeast University, China
Jingyue Li, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Che-Chern Lin, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
Yih-Chuan Lin, National Formosa University, Taiwan
Alan Liu, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Chien-Hung Liu, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
David Lo, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Jung-Hua Lo, Fo Guang University, Taiwan
Michael Rung Tsong Lyu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Ka Lok Man, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Katsuhisa Maruyama, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Hidehiko Masuhara, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Pornsiri Muenchaisri, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Hideto Ogasawara, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
Sang Oh Park, Chung-Ang University, Korea
Seungmin Rho, Sejong University, Korea
Shamsul Sahibuddin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Hong Shin, Handong University, Korea
Paul Strooper, University of Queensland, Australia
Yulei Sui, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Shahida Sulaiman, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Masateru Tsunoda, Kindai University, Japan
Naoyasu Ubayashi, Kyushu University, Japan
Farn Wang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Feng-Jian Wang, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Hironori Washizaki, Waseda University, Japan
Don-Lin Yang, Feng Chia University, Taiwan
Ye Yang, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Dow-Ming Yeh, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
Norihiro Yoshida, Nagoya University, Japan
Fang Yu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
He (Jason) Zhang, Nanjing University, China

SEAT (Software Engineering Association Taiwan)
https://www.seat.org.tw/