New Ideas and Emerging Results


The goal of the New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER) track is to provide researchers with a forum for presenting and getting early feedback on novel research ideas and promising work that has not yet been fully evaluated.



Following the highly successful response to last year's call, NIER 2012 seeks papers challenging the status quo of the software engineering discipline, with either novel technical approaches and results, new research directions, unusual synergies with other disciplines, provocative ideas, or evidence that long-standing beliefs no longer hold true. The track addresses the same topics of interest as those of the technical research paper track.

The paper should clearly focus on the new proposed ideas or the emerging results, their impact on the field at large, and future research directions. A NIER paper is not expected to have a solid and complete evaluation as in the Technical/Research track. However, preliminary results providing initial support for the proposed ideas claimed are definitely welcome.



Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the NIER program committee. The committee will review submissions using the standard ICSE criteria: originality, importance of contribution, soundness of rationale, quality of presentation, and appropriate consideration of relevant literature. However, the main criterion for acceptance is the degree to which a paper matches the aforementioned track goals and scope for "new ideas and emerging results".


How to Submit

All papers must conform at time of submission to the ICSE 2012 formatting and submission instructions, and must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, references, appendices and figures.

Papers must be submitted electronically by the stated deadline.


Important Dates

Submission: December 1, 2011

Notification: February 6, 2012 (tentative)

Camera Ready: March 16, 2012


Publication and Presentation

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete a copyright release form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. All accepted contributions will be published in the conference proceedings. At least one author of each paper is required to register and attend the NIER track at the ICSE 2012 conference. This will be a a highly interactive track where a short talk by the authors is followed by a moderated discussion involving a panel of senior researchers and the audience.


New Ideas and Emerging Results Track Co-Chairs

Antonia Bertolino, ISTI-CNR, Italy

Alexander Wolf, Imperial College London, UK


New Ideas and Emerging Results Track Committee Members

Andrea Arcuri, Schlumberger and Simula Research Lab, Norway

Benoit Baudry, INRIA, France

Steffen Becker, University of Paderborn, Germany

Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK

Cristian Cadar, Imperial College London, UK

Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto, Canada

Charles Consel, INRIA / University of Bordeaux, France

Ivica Crnkovic, Malardalen University, Sweden

Rocco De Nicola, IMT - Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca and University of Firenze, Italy

Alan Dearle, University of St Andrews, UK

Premkumar Devanbu, UC Davis, USA

Sebastian Elbaum, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA

Anthony Finkelstein, University College London, UK

James Herbsleb, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Valerie Issarny, INRIA, France

John Knight, University of Virginia, USA

Fabio Kon, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Michele Lanza, University of Lugano, Switzerland

Yves Le Traon, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Sam Malek, George Mason University, USA

Phil McMinn, University of Sheffield, UK

Manoel Mendonša, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

Raffaela Mirandola , Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Sandro Morasca, UniversitÓ dell'Insubria, Italy

Bashar Nuseibeh, Lero (Ireland) & The Open University (UK), Ireland & UK

Lee Osterweil, University of Massachusetts, USA

Massimo Paolucci, DOCOMO, Germany

Gian Pietro Picco, University of Trento, Italy

Andrew Rice, University of Cambridge, UK

Matthew J. Rutherford, University of Denver, USA

Walter Scacchi, UCI, USA

William L. Scherlis, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Jeremy Siek, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Mary Lou Soffa, University of Virginia, USA

Peri Tarr, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA

Massimo Tivoli, University of L'Aquila, Italy

Apostolos Zarras, University of Ioannina, Greece

Benjamin Zorn, Microsoft Research, USA