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ICSE 2021
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The ICSE Technical Briefings program provides conference participants the opportunity to gain new insights, knowledge, and skills in a broad range of areas of software engineering. The audience includes both academic researchers and industry practitioners. Technical Briefings offer a venue for communicating the current state of a timely topic related to software engineering.

Call for Contributions

Types of Technical Briefings

We are receiving proposals for three types of Technical Briefings:

  • Specific Topic: Speakers provide a focused introduction to an emerging topic in software engineering (e.g., software engineering practices for specific types of systems or emerging technologies). Duration: 90 minutes.
  • General Topic: Speakers provide a general state-of-the-art in a wider area of software engineering (e.g., empirical software engineering, search-based software engineering, machine learning). Duration: 180 minutes (morning or afternoon).
  • Hands-On: Speakers organize a tool-supported session on a topic with hands-on participation of attendees. Duration: 180 minutes (morning or afternoon).

Evaluation Criteria

The Technical Briefings committee will review each proposal and will select quality proposals that fit the evaluation criteria. Each proposal will be evaluated based on anticipated benefits for prospective participants in industry and academia and its fit within the program as a whole. Factors to be considered also include relevance, timeliness, importance, and audience appeal; suitability for presentation in the chosen format; effectiveness of teaching methods (especially relevant in the hands-on type); and experience and qualifications of the presenters.

Please note that proposals that focus on

  • Very narrow research topics with limited audience appeal
  • Commercial presentations that focus on specific tools
  • Marketing materials

are not eligible and will be desk-rejected.

How to Submit

Proposals should include a title, a description of the topic, a paragraph explaining why the topic would be of interest to a broad section of the software engineering research community and industry, and the names and short biographies of the speakers. The proposals must be sent by the deadline of October 30, 2020. A proposal should be no longer than 2 pages in IEEE formatting guidelines (see below). In addition to the proposal, at least 3 representative sample slides from the intended tutorial presentation must be submitted. For hands-on submissions, an additional page with exercise details is required. The proposal, sample slides, and exercise details (hands-on only) must be submitted in a single PDF file with all fonts included. Proposals should be submitted electronically using EasyChair (https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=tbicse21).


The presenters of each accepted Technical Briefing will have the opportunity to publish a 2-page abstract in the ICSE 2021 Companion proceedings. The abstracts must be sent by the deadline of January 22, 2021. They must conform to the IEEE formatting guidelines (see below), and must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Further, upon acceptance, all presenters will be encouraged to provide a short (1-2 minute) video describing their presentation topic to be placed on the ICSE website for publicity purposes.

Proposals and abstracts must conform to the IEEE formatting instructions 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 options).

Important Dates

  • Technical Briefings Proposals Submissions Deadline: 30 October 2020
  • Technical Briefings Acceptance Notification: 30 November 2020
  • Technical Briefings Abstracts Camera Ready: 22 January 2021
  • Technical Briefings Presentation: Tuesday, 25 May 2021


  • Xavier Franch, BarcelonaTech (UPC), Catalunya, Spain
  • Grace A. Lewis, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, PA, USA