Call for Tool Demonstrations

The ESEC/FSE 2015 Tool Demonstrations Track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent advances, experiences, and challenges in the field of software engineering supported by live presentations of new research tools. We invite innovative research tool demonstrations, intended to show early implementations of novel software engineering concepts, as well as mature prototypes. The research tool demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions. Whereas a regular research paper points out the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, a tool demonstration paper provides the opportunity to show how a scientific contribution has been transferred into a working tool. Authors of regular research papers are thus encouraged to submit an accompanying tool demonstration paper.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers must conform to the ACM Conference Format and must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, figures, and references. Submitted papers must be written in English. They must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere.

A submitted paper should describe the artifact and the intent and relevance of the demonstration for researchers and practitioners.

To provide insight in the actual demonstration and availability, the authors are requested to include:

  • A walk through of the actual demonstration, provided as an appendix to the paper (this appendix will not be included in the page count and will not be published).
  • A link to a screen-cast or some other accompanying multi-media presentation of the demonstration (if available).
  • Information on tool availability, maturity and user base, as well as a link to a website for the tool (if one exists) and its source code (if open source).

All accepted tool demonstration papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Tool availability

To promote replicability and to disseminate the advances achieved with the research tools, we strongly encourage all authors to make their tools publicly available for download, possibly in open-source format, and for use. Whenever the tool is not made publicly available, the paper must include a clear explanation for why this was not possible.


To further increase the visibility of the presented tools, we strongly encourage all authors to produce a screencast presenting their tool. For the tools that will be accepted for presentation, accompanying screencasts will be linked from the tool demonstration track website. The authors can submit a link to the screencast together with their papers as an alternative to the appendix that describes the way the tool demonstration will be carried out.

Review and evaluation criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by members of the program committee. The main evaluation criteria include the relevance and quality of the proposed tool demonstration in terms of technical soundness, originality, relevance for the ESEC/FSE audience, presentation quality, and usability.

Presentation and publication

Accepted tool demonstrations will be allocated 4 pages in the main conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend ESEC/FSE 2015 in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings.

Demonstrators will be invited to give a formal presentation that will be scheduled as part of the conference program.

Important dates

  • Deadline for Tool Demonstrations Submission: June 7 2015
  • Deadline for notification: July 1 2015
  • Deadline for camera ready: July 15 2015

ACM SIGSOFT will make the conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library fully open for download two weeks prior to the conference.

How to submit

Papers must be submitted electronically through the ESEC FSE 2015 tool demonstration submission site.

Tool demonstration chairs

  • Antonio Carzaniga (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
  • Arie Van Deursen (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Program Committee

  • Steven Arzt (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Alberto Bacchelli (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • George Balatsouras (University of Athens, Greece)
  • Yuriy Brun (University of Massachusetts, USA)
  • James Clause (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Antonio Filieri (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Gordon Fraser (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Georgios Gousios (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  • Sonia Haiduc (Florida State University, USA)
  • Nicolas D'Ippolito (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • RenĂ© Just (University of Washington, USA)
  • Andrea Mocci (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
  • Luca Mottola (Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and SICS Swedish ICT, Sweden)
  • Liliana Pasquale (Lero, Ireland)
  • Romain Robbes (University of Chile, Chile)
  • Kathryn Stolee (Iowa State University, USA)