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SSBSE 2021
Mon 11 - Fri 15 October 2021 Bari, Italy
co-located with ESEM 2021

Welcome to the 13th Symposium on Search-Based Software Engineering!

Search-based Software Engineering (SBSE) is a research area focused on the formulation of software engineering problems as search problems, and the subsequent use of complex heuristic techniques to attain optimal solutions to such problems. A wealth of engineering challenges – from test generation, to design refactoring, to process organization – can be solved efficiently through the application of automated optimization techniques. SBSE is a growing field – sitting at the crossroads between AI, machine learning, and software engineering – and SBSE techniques have begun to attain human-competitive results.

The Symposium on Search-Based Software Engineering is a venue dedicated to the SBSE research field. We invite the submission of high-quality papers describing novel and original work in all areas of SBSE including, but not limited to, applications of SBSE to novel problems, theoretical analyses of search algorithms for software engineering, rigorous empirical evaluations of SBSE techniques, and reports of industrial experiences. The authors of the best manuscripts will be invited to extend their papers into full journal papers, for the EMSE Special Issue on Advances in Search-Based Software Engineering.

Preparedness plans for COVID-19 scenarios

  • If travel is not possible for some regions, we will be flexible and allow virtual presentations for affected speakers
  • If travel is possible but some of you prefer not to make the journey, we will be flexible and allow virtual presentations for speakers preferring to stay at home
  • If the situation is very much as it is today, SSBSE 2021 will go virtual