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MSR 2019
Sun 26 - Mon 27 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada
co-located with ICSE 2019

This page will soon grow in content and contain information about the scope of this research track.

For now, please check out the MSR 2019 Open Call for Mining Challenge Proposals.

Call for Papers

The MSR 2019 Call for Papers is coming soon.

This page will have information about the submission and selection process and list the important dates.

Call for Mining Challenge Proposals

MSR 2019 Open Call for Mining Challenge Proposals

One of the secret ingredients behind the success of the International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR) is its annual Mining Challenge, in which MSR participants can showcase their techniques, tools and creativity on a common data set. In true MSR fashion, this data set is a “real” data set contributed by researchers in the community, solicited through an open call.

There are many benefits of sharing a data set for the MSR Mining Challenge. The selected challenge proposal explaining the data set will appear in the MSR 2019 proceedings, and the challenge papers using the data set will be required to cite the challenge proposal or an existing paper of the researchers about the selected data set. Furthermore, the authors of the data set will become the official 2019 Mining Challenge Chairs, responsible for the reviewing process (e.g., composing a Challenge PC, managing the submissions and review assignments, etc.). Finally, it is not uncommon for challenge data sets to feature in MSR and other publications well after the conference is finished!

If you would like to compete for a chance to have your data set featured in the 2019 MSR Mining Challenge and all the benefits that come with it, please submit a 1-page proposal with up to 3 pages of appendix at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=msr2019, containing the following information:

  1. Title of data set.
    1. What does your data set contain?
    2. How large is it?
    3. How accessible is it and how can the data be obtained?
    4. How representative is it?
    5. Does it require specialized tools to mine it?
    6. What would challenge participants need to work with the data set?
    7. What kind of questions do you expect challenge participants to answer?
    8. A link to a small sample of the data (e.g., via dropbox, github, etc.).

The above submissions should use the IEEE Conference Proceedings template (https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html). LaTEX users should use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} (without any other option). Submissions will be examined and discussed by the MSR 2019 PC chairs, General Chair, and potentially steering committee members in case of conflicts of interest.

Once the winning proposal will be selected, its authors will become the MSR 2019 Challenge Chairs and will be responsible for choosing the MSR 2019 Mining Challenge program committee. The major deadline for this is the 15th of September 2018, at which time the Challenge CFP along with the PC will be announced, and the full challenge data set will be publicly released. By making the challenge data set available by early fall, we hope that many student teams will be able to use the challenge data set for their graduate class projects.


  • Deadline for proposals: August 3rd, 2018

  • Proposal accepted and all submitters notified: August 15th, 2018

  • Challenge CFP: September 15th, 2018

  • Challenge PC formed: September 15th, 2018

  • Challenge data made available: September 15th, 2018

  • Challenge papers deadline: Feb 10th, 2019 (tentative)

MSR 2019 Organization/Proposal Reviewers:

General Chair: Margaret-Anne (Peggy) Storey, University of Victoria

PC Co-Chair: Bram Adams, Polytechnique Montreal

PC Co-Chair: Sonia Haiduc, Florida State University

Open Challenge Submission Web Site: