ASE 2023
Mon 11 - Fri 15 September 2023 Kirchberg, Luxembourg

The International Workshop on Human-Centric Software Engineering and Cyber Security


  • Mohan Baruwal Chhetri (CSIRO’s Data61, Australia)
  • Xiao Liu (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Marthie Grobler (CSIRO’s Data61, Australia)
  • Thuong Hoang (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Karen Renaud (University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom)
  • Chetan Arora (Monash University, Australia)

Call for Papers

Humans are a key part of software development as the creators, designers, coders, testers, end users and occasional abusers of software systems including cyber security systems. While most current software engineering research and practices are function, data or process oriented, human-centric software engineering focuses on the human factors in engineering software systems. Following the success of the first and second editions at ASE 2020 and ASE 2021, the 3rd International Workshop on Human-Centric Software Engineering and Cyber Security will continue its aim to bring together researchers and practitioners to continue the discussion on fundamentally new ways to systematically capture and use human-centric software requirements during software development and verify that systems meet these requirements. At present, there are major issues with misaligned software applications related to human factors, such as accessibility, usability, emotions, personality, age, gender, and culture. This workshop serves as the ideal venue to share research ideas and outcomes on requirements, enhanced theory, models, tools, and capability for next-generation human-centric software engineering aiming to achieve significant benefits of greatly improved software quality and user experience, developer productivity and cost savings.

The increased attention on a human-centric design in software engineering is the focus of contemporary research in cyber security. Particularly, the focus is shifting towards embedding human behaviour and cognitive perception to ensure a fully human-centric cyber security solution that not only protects humans from the harmful aftereffects of cyber security events but does so in unison with human thinking and behavioural patterns. In this workshop, we solicit recent research works in the field of human-centric cyber security engineering.

This workshop solicits papers on all topics related to human-centric software engineering and cyber security, including, but not limited to:

  • Impact of human factors on development processes and software teams
  • Human factors considerations for engineers and developers
  • Incorporating human factors into requirements and design e.g., emotions, bias, personality, and culture
  • Human-centric modelling tools
  • Human-centric requirements engineering
  • Human-centric methodologies and practices
  • Context-awareness in human-centric software (and systems) engineering
  • Proactive help for modellers/designers/engineers e.g., design critics
  • Human-centric applications of emerging technologies
  • Accessible and usable cyber security
  • Usable security/privacy evaluation of existing and/or proposed solutions
  • Mental models that contribute to, or inform security and privacy design and deployment
  • Human-centric design patterns
  • In-the-wild observation of security and privacy behaviour studies
  • Tools and models for capturing and interpreting user behaviours
  • Software applications that demonstrate the practice of human-centric software engineering
  • Cyber security studies in developing countries
  • Case studies on insider whistleblowing
  • Systematization of knowledge papers that integrate and systematize existing knowledge on human-centric software engineering and/or cyber security
  • Replicating or extending previously published studies and experiments on human-centric security

Systematization of Knowledge: We solicit Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) that evaluate, systematize, and contextualize existing knowledge on human-centric software engineering and cyber security. SoK papers should provide a new argument, observation, viewpoint or taxonomy in an established research topic. They should be more than a survey or summary of prior work and provide new insights that can benefit our research community. The paper titles should be prefixed with “SoK:”

Replication Studies: In addition to original work, we also solicit replication studies that replicate important/influential findings from the literature. Authors should clearly state the purpose of conducting the replication study, precisely describe the methodological differences, and compare the findings with the results from the original study.

Submission Process: All submissions must be in PDF format and conform, at time of submission, to the ACM Proceedings Template. Submissions must be no more than 8 pages (including acknowledgments, bibliography, and appendices). All accepted contributions will be published in the conference electronic proceedings. At least one author needs to present their paper during the workshop.

Anonymous Submission: HCSE&CS 2023 will employ a double-anonymous review process. Submissions should not include author names or affiliations anywhere in the paper including the title page, body of the paper, and the acknowledgements. References to the authors’ own work should only be made in third person.

Ethical Research: Authors are encouraged to provide an explanation of how they have following ethical principles when conducting their studies. They may be asked to provide such an explanation should questions arise during the review process.

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Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: Fri 21 Jul 2023
  • Notification: Fri 11 Aug 2023
  • Camera Ready: Fri 18 Aug 2023
  • Workshop: 11 Sep 2023

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