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ASE 2021
Mon 15 - Fri 19 November 2021 Australia

The objective of the ASE 2021 Tool 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 discuss them with attendees.

Highlighting scientific contributions through concrete artifacts is a critical supplement to the traditional ASE 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 encouraged to submit an accompanying tool demonstration paper, stating clearly the contributions of the tool paper over the research paper. We also encourage tool demonstrations that focus on real-world applicability of the underlying ideas, e.g., by references to industrial case studies.

Call for Papers

Papers submitted to the tool demonstration track should describe (a) novel early tool prototypes or (b) novel aspects of mature tools. The submissions must clearly communicate the following information to the audience:

  • the envisioned users;
  • the software engineering challenge the tool addresses;
  • the methodology it implies for its users;
  • the results of validation studies already conducted (for mature tools) or the design of planned studies (for early prototypes).


Papers must be submitted electronically through the HotCRP submission site by June 11, 2021 and must:

  • not exceed 4 pages (including all text, references, and figures);
  • not have been previously published in demonstration form and not simultaneously submitted to any venue other than ASE;
  • be in PDF format and written in English;
  • include, at the end of the abstract, the URLs where the tool and the video demonstrating the tool can be found (more details are below);
  • All submissions must be in PDF format and conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTeX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option).

Submissions for the tool track do NOT follow a double-blind review process. If a tool track submission is accompanying a submission to the research track (which is double-blind), please email the tool demonstration track chairs, notifying them about this. The chairs will ensure that tool papers and research papers are reviewed by different people, to avoid revealing the authorship of research papers.

Tools and artifacts

The authors should make the demonstrated tool available online. When appropriate, we also encourage the authors to open-source the code of the tool and make its evaluation artifacts available online. The URLs of the tool and its accompanying artifacts should be added at the end of the abstract.


Authors are required to prepare an up to 5 minutes video demonstrating the tool. For consistency, we require ALL videos to be uploaded to YouTube and made available by the time of submission. The URL of the YouTube video should be added at the end of the abstract.

The video should:

  • provide an overview of the tool’s capabilities and show the major tool features in detail;
  • provide clarifying voice-over and/or annotation highlights;
  • be engaging and exciting for the audience!

Please note that authors of successful submissions will have the opportunity to revise the paper, the video (and its hosting location), the code, and the datasets by the camera-ready deadline.

Submissions that do not comply with the instructions will be rejected without review.


Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the tool demonstrations program committee. The evaluation criteria include:

  • the relevance of the proposed tool for the ASE audience;
  • the technical soundness of the demonstrated tool;
  • the originality of its underlying ideas;
  • the degree to which the submission considers the relevant literature;
  • the quality and usefulness of the accompanied artifacts: video, tool, code, and evaluation datasets.

For further information, please feel free to contact the track chairs.


After acceptance, the list of paper authors cannot be changed under any circumstances; the list of authors on camera-ready papers must be identical to those on submitted papers. Paper titles cannot be changed except by permission of the Track Chairs and only when referees recommended a change for clarity or accuracy with respect to the paper content.