Special Track – Submission

Special Track

Since the first NATO Software Engineering Conference in 1968, the software engineering area has evolved and part of this evolution can be seen in many advances related to methods, processes and tools used in industrial software development. On the other hand, these advances are also related to academy with the development of many specialized conferences spread around the world.

The Brazilian Software Engineering Conference (SBES), the most important scientific event in SE in Brazil, throughout its history has contributed to the establishment and growth of this area in the country, leading to contributions which influenced the current state of art and practice of Software Engineering areas in Brazil, South America and worldwide.

In 2006, the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) promoted a workshop aiming at identifying the Grand Challenges in Computer Science considering a 10 year period, resulting in a list of five challenges as follows. Management of information over massive volumes of distributed multimedia data; Computational modeling of complex systems; artificial, natural, socio-cultural, and human-nature interactions; Impacts on Computer Science of the transition from silicon to new technologies; Participative and universal access to knowledge for the Brazilian citizen; Technological development of quality, dependable, scalable and ubiquitous systems.

Many of these challenges, if not all of them, are directly related with Software/System Engineering since they are extremely dependent on software systems. In this sense, in SBES’2012, a first Special Track on “Grand Challenges in Software/System Engineering” was conceived. In this year’s issue, we continue with this special track, pursuing the identification and elaboration of the Grand Challenges. We seek for proposals that would catalyze the discussion of the community, define common goals and guide future efforts of the researchers and industry in the medium- and long-term. The proposals should foster collective work towards identifying and characterizing grand research problems in the Software/System Engineering area.

In general, Grand Challenges require multiple views and must aim at goals that cannot be reached by short-term planning and incremental projects. The identification of grand research challenges contributes to formulating the so-called High-Risk-High-Payoff projects, which have the potential to significantly advance the Software Engineering area, with valuable social and technological applications. Some characteristics of Grand Research Challenges include:

  • They must be directed towards significant advances in Software Engineering, rather than on incremental contributions based on existing results;
  • They must present a vision that goes beyond that of a typical grant application for a research project;
  • They must be subject to clear and objective evaluation criteria;
  • They should be decomposable and amenable to incremental diagnosis, so as to allow changes within the process to achieve them;
  • They must be ambitious and visionary, but at the same time feasible within a predefined time frame, for instance, 10 years;
  • They must be attractive and challenging for scientists, and motivate society as a whole;
  • They address problems that are multidisciplinary both in nature and solution; and

The topics that motivate them emerge from a consensus of the scientific community, and serve as a long-term scenario for all researchers, regardless of financing policies or issues of the momThus, the goal of this special track is to produce a document which will guide future efforts of the Software Engineering community. We expect that the document can be referred to in future call for papers and, eventually, in future call for proposal in research funding agencies. The document can and should be revised periodically to ensure that it is synchronized with the understanding of the community about the future of Software Engineering.

Proposals should contain at most 3 pages, in SBC format. As the goal of this track is different from the goal of traditional track, the process of submission, assessment and publication will be accordingly different. There will be four phases: proposal, endorsement, discussion and consolidation.

  1. In the proposal phase, short proposals (at most 3 pages) should be submitted by any interested researcher or practitioner. All proposals will be made public in CBSoft website. Papers should be submitted via JEMS.
  2. In the endorsement phase, the community can contribute to the proposals, with new ideas, refinements, improvements, or merging complementary proposals. The proposals will be selected for the next phase based on the endorsements, considering the abrangency and diversity of the researchers/practitioners which have endorsed. The proposals can be also modified.
  3. In the discussion phase, which will be held during SBES, the selected proposals will be discussed during the workshop. The original authors of the proposal will present it and the community will be invited to further improve it.
  4. In the consolidation phase, the proposals will compiled into a document, which will be published by the Software Engineering Special Committee with the Grand Challenges.

All people involved in the process (i.e., authors, endorsers, editors) will be accordingly included in the document.

Special Track Chairs:

  • Adenilso Simão, University of São Paulo (ICMC/USP), Brazil
  • Eduardo Almeida, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil

Program Committee Members:

  • Alessandro Garcia, PUC-Rio
  • Arndt von Staa, PUC-Rio
  • Cláudia Werner, UFRJ
  • Guilherme Horta Travassos, UFRJ
  • Jaelson Freire Brelaz de Castro, UFPE
  • José Carlos Maldonado, ICMC/USP
  • Marcio Delamaro, ICMC/USP
  • Paulo Cesar Masiero, ICMC/USP
  • Sergio Soares, UFPE
  • Thais Batista, UFRN


Important Dates:

  • 1st phase: July 08, 2013
  • 2nd phase: August 19, 2013
  • 3rd phase: @CBSoft (TBA)
  • 4th phase: December 02, 2013