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The objective of the ICSE 2015 Demonstrations Track is to excite the software engineering community about new advances in our field through compelling demonstrations that help advance research and practice. The track is a highly interactive venue where researchers and practitioners can demonstrate their tools and data sets and discuss them with attendees.

Tool-based demonstrations describe novel aspects of early prototypes or mature tools. The tool demonstrations must communicate clearly the following information to the audience:

  • the envisioned users;
  • the software engineering challenge it proposes to address;
  • the methodology it implies for its users; and
  • the results of validation studies already conducted for mature tools, or the design of planned studies for early prototypes.

Data set-based demonstrations, which must be based on publicly available data sets, must communicate:

  • the rationale behind the collection of the data;
  • the process through which the data set was obtained and curated;
  • the high-level model conceptualizing the data set; and
  • how the data set has been used and what other potential uses can be envisioned for it.

Highlighting scientific contributions through concrete artifacts is a critical supplement to the traditional ICSE research papers. A demonstration provides the opportunity to communicate how the scientific approach has been implemented or how a specific hypothesis has been assessed, including details such as implementation and usage issues, data models and representations, APIs for tool and data access. Authors of regular research papers are thus also encouraged to submit an accompanying demonstration paper.

Best Demonstration Awards and Best Demonstration Video Awards

This year, we will present best demonstration awards and best demonstration video awards based on comments from Demonstrations Committee members and ICSE 2015 participants. In addition, we will consider the number of views and likes for the best demonstration video awards.
Winners will be recognized with award certificates and prizes.


Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the demonstrations selection committee.

The evaluation criteria include:

  • the relevance of the proposed demonstration for the ICSE audience;
  • the technical soundness of the demonstrated tool (for a tool demo);
  • the usefulness of the demonstrated data analysis (for a data-set demo);
  • the originality of its underlying ideas;
  • the quality of its presentation in the associated video; and
  • the degree to which it considers the relevant literature.

How to Submit

Submissions must conform to the ICSE 2015 formatting and submission instructions. In particular, submissions of demonstrations papers must meet the following criteria.

  • A demonstration submission may not exceed four pages (including all text, references and figures).
  • Each submission MUST be accompanied by a short video (between three and five minutes long) illustrating the demonstration. The video should be made available online at the time of submission. Videos should (i) provide an overview of the tool’s capabilities and/or dataset characteristics; (ii) walk through (some of) the tool capabilities and/or data analysis process; (iii) where appropriate, provide clarifying voice-over and/or annotation highlights; and (iv) be engaging and exciting for the watcher!
  • A submission may not have been previously published in a demonstration form.
  • The paper submission must be in PDF.

Papers must be submitted electronically through CyberChair by November 21, 2014. (The submission webpage will be opened 3 months before the submission deadline).

At the end of the abstract, please append the URL at which your demo video can be found. Please note that for consistency, we require that ALL videos be uploaded to YouTube and made accessible during the time of reviewing. Authors of successful submissions will have the opportunity to revise both the paper and the video (and its hosting location) by the camera-ready deadline.

For examples of previously successful short videos, please see the following:

For further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: November 21, 2014
  • Notification deadline: January 21st, 2015
  • Camera ready copy deadline: February 13, 2015

Demonstrations Co-Chairs

Emerson Murphy-Hill, North Carolina State University, United States
Sung Kim, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Demonstrations Committee

Rachel Bellamy IBM USA
Ivan Beschastnikh University of British Columbia Canada
Christian Bird Microsoft Research USA
Ray Buse Google USA
Satish Chandra Samsung USA
Brian Doll Github USA
Thomas Fritz University of Zurich Switzerland
Mangala Gowri IBM India
Munawar Hafiz Auburn University USA
Christine Julien University of Texas at Austin USA
Christian Kastner Carnegie Mellon University USA
Dongsun Kim University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Thomas LaToza University of California, Urvine USA
Claire Le Goues Carnegie Mellon University USA
Wei Le Iowa State University USA
Ali Mesbah University of British Columbia Canada
Mei Naggapan Rochester Institute of Technology USA
Sukyoung Ryu KAIST South Korea
Anita Sarma University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA
Koushik Sen UC Berkeley USA
David Shepherd ABB Research USA
Mike Smit Dalhousie University Canada
Xusheng Xiao NEC USA
Zhenchang Xing Nanyang Technological University Singapore 

Formatting and submission instructions

Submissions must conform to the ICSE 2015 formatting guidelines, and must not exceed 4 pages including all text, references and figures. Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and size limits will be rejected without review.

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