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The SEmotion workshop will take place for the fourth time at ICSE 2019

The SEmotion workshop focuses on topics at the intersection of affective computing and software engineering.

Affective states such as personality traits, attitudes, moods, and emotions play a crucial role for developers performance as well as for the success of their product. For example, several software engineering tasks include acceptance and negotiation activities in which emotions play a crucial role—e.g., discussion about issues found on GitHub, or request for help on StackOverflow.

SEmotion is now at its fourth edition and has created an international community for researchers and practitioners in the area to present and discuss their work in progress regarding empirical studies, theoretical models, and tools to support affective computing in software engineering.

As for the previous three editions, SEmotion will be co-located with ICSE, a premier conference for software engineering research, in Montreal, Canada. This edition will be co organized by Davide Fucci from MAST, together with Bonita Sharif from the University of Nebraska in USA, and Giuseppe DeStefanis from Brunel Univesity in UK.

The SEmotion workshop series started in 2016 when ICSE took place in Austin, Texas and was co-organized by prof. Walid Maalej. Since then, researchers from MAST have contributed to the workshop programme and presented their work to this community.

For more information, check the workshop website.

RE’18 was a great success!

From the 20-24th of August over 300 researchers met at the beautiful Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada) to present and discuss their latest findings at the 26th International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’18).

The week was filled with an interesting program. Tutorials, workshops, a doctoral symposium, and an industry day (a sign that the community is making an impact) took place before the three-day main conference.

The main conference (click here for the full program) displayed bleeding-edge research in requirements engineering. Three compelling keynotes—delivered from two world-renowned researchers and a representative of the self-driving car industry—accompanied the sessions. Junior and experienced researchers presented studies, from theoretical to data-driven, in several domains following this year’s theme “Crossing Boundaries and Increasing Impact.” Prof. Walid Maalej was part of the organization and, according to many old-time attendants, RE’18 was one of the most successful in the series. 

RE’18 featured also the first edition of AffectRE (co-organized by Davide Fucci), a workshop dedicated to bringing together researchers interested in studying emotions, moods, and affective states to support better requirements engineering practices and tools. The workshop had a good attendance (between 15 and 20 people) and included two invited talks, four research papers, as well as a discussion session to plan the next steps in this emergent community.

For details about what went on during both events, you can follow the #RE18 and #AffectRE18 hashtags on Twitter. Pictures of the event are available here.

The conference (and possibly the AffectRE workshop) will be back next year in Jeju Island (South Korea) for RE’19! 

Welcome Dr. Davide Fucci, our new PostDoc

MAST welcomes Dr. Davide Fucci, who joined our group as a postdoctoral researcher from the beginning of March.

Davide recently received his Ph.D. from the University of Oulu (Finland). He will be mainly working on the EU project OPENREQ, led by our group. Davide will also be involved in several teaching and research activities and co-supervising Master and PhD students.

We are looking forward to working with him.

Three top Canadian researchers visits us in March

During this month we have the pleasure to host three researchers from Canada.

On March 2nd, LIoyd Montgomery – a young researcher supervised by Daniela Damian (University of Victoria)-  visited us for 2 days and give a talk about his current research interest on mining issue trackers, followed by a discussion with the members of our group. Lloyd work with Daniela can be found here: http://thesegalgroup.org

On March 6th Prof. Guenther Ruhe (University of Calgary) is visiting us as part of on-going research collaboration.  He will give a short talk about Decision Making and Crowdsourcing in RE. Guther Ruhe is Editor in Chief of the Journal Information and Software Technology.  He will also serve as General Chair for RE’18 26th International Requirements Engineering Conference, while Prof. Maalej and Prof. Daniel Amyot will serve as program chairs. For more info see Guenther Ruhe homepage.

On March 27th-28th Prof. Dan Berry (University of Waterloo) is visiting us to initiate a new collaboration. Dan will also give his “famous” talk on “How to finish that damm Ph.D.“ Dan will also be available for 2 days for open discussions. For more info, see prof. Berry homepage https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~dberry