New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER)


The goals of the ICSE 2013 New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER) Track are

  • to provide researchers with a forum for presenting and getting early feedback on novel research ideas and promising work that has not yet been fully evaluated; and 
  • to accelerate the exposure of the community to early yet promising and potentially inspiring research efforts. 


NIER 2013 seeks papers challenging the status quo of the software engineering discipline with:

  • new research directions
  • unusual synergies with other disciplines
  • provocative ideas

NIER is the perfect place for a paper that (1) does not fit in existing specialized workshop or conference series, or (2) aims at setting the agenda for a new line of research and a series of future papers. Far less ideal types of submissions include position statements, ICSE research submissions lacking an evaluation, and disguised advertisements for previously published results.

In principle, the track addresses the same topics of interest as those of the technical research paper track. However, NIER authors are encouraged to combine these topics in new ways, to establish connections to other fields outside of classical software engineering, as well as to argue for the importance of software engineering research in areas not explicitly listed.

The submissions should clearly focus on the new proposed ideas or the emerging results, their impact on the field at large, and future research directions. A NIER paper is not expected to have a solid and complete evaluation as in the main research track. Naturally, preliminary results providing initial support for the proposed ideas claimed are welcome.


The NIER program committee will perform the assessment using the standard ICSE criteria: originality, importance of contribution, soundness of rationale, quality of presentation, and appropriate consideration of revelant literature.  However, the main criterion for acceptance is the degree to which a paper matches the aforementioned track goals and scope for "new ideas and emerging results".

To assess this, each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. 

All accepted papers will present their work at a poster session.  In addition, a subset of accepted papers deemed more engaging and inspiring for the community, as per the program committee's assessment, will be identified to be presented in a regular session.

How to Submit

All papers must conform at the time of submission to the ICSE 2013 formatting and submission instructions, and must not exceed four pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures.  Papers must be submitted electronically at the NIER EasyChair submission site, which is available through EasyChair by the submission deadline (November 2, 2012).

Important Dates

Submission Deadline November 2, 2012
Acceptance Notification January 31, 2013
Camera-ready Copy Deadline March 1, 2013

Publication and Presentation

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete a copyright release form and will received further instruction for preparing their camera-ready versions.  All accepted contributions will be published in the conference proceedings.

At least one author of each paper is required to register for the ICSE 2013 conference and present a poster for their paper.  Posters will allow authors and interested participants to connect to each other and to engage in discussions about the work presented.

In addition, the authors of papers identified for presentation as described above will be part of a highly interactive track where a short talk by the authors is followed by a moderated discussion involved a panel of senior researchers and the audience.

Track Co-Chairs

Arie van Deursen, Delft University of Technology, NL
Sebastian Elbaum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

NIER Program Committee Members 

Thomas Ball, Microsoft Research, USA
Antonia Bertolino, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Eric Bodden, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Yuriy Brun, University of Massachusetts, USA
Cristian Cadar, Imperial College London, England
S.C. Cheung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Charles Consel, INRIA / LaBRI, France
Vittorio Cortellessa, Universita' dell'Aquila, Italy
Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada
Serge Demeyer, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Danny Dig, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Alexander Egyed, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Alessandro Garcia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Sudipto Ghosh, Colorado State University, USA
Mike Godfrey, University of Waterloo, Canada
Mary Jean Harrold, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Ahmed E. Hassan, Queen's University, Canada
Natalia Juristo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Miryung Kim, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada
Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nenad Medvidovic, University of Southern California, USA
Ali Mesbah, University of British Columbia, Canada
Raffaela Mirandola, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Oscar Nierstrasz, University of Bern, Switzerland
James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
John Penix, Google, USA
Martin Pinzger, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Steven Reiss, Brown University, USA
Per Runeson, Lund University, Sweden
Anita Sarma, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Christopher Scaffidi, Oregon State University, USA
Forrest Shull, Fraunhofer Center - Maryland, USA
Manu Sridharan, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Paul Strooper, University of Queensland, Australia
Kevin Sullivan, University of Virginia, USA
Walter Tichy, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Paolo Tonella, Fondazione Bruno Kessler - IRST, Italy