Coming to Irvine in August, The 11th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering – Submissions in late January

ICGSE 2016 LogoMark your calendars for the first week of August 2016! ISR is co-sponsoring the 11th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2016), August 2-5, to be held at UCI in Donald Bren Hall! The conference strives for a balance between industry and academic participants. As such, the call for papers found at describes possibilities for industry as well as research papers (title and abstract due Jan. 29, 2016 and complete submission due Feb. 5, 2016). There is also a call for specialty workshop proposals (due Jan. 22, 2016) with accepted workshops having separate calls for submissions at a later date but being held in conjunction with the conference. The website also describes the benefits for anyone wishing to become a co-sponsor through a range of financial or in-kind contributions.
As the title implies, the conference seeks submissions from industry and academic participants about software engineering carried out on a global scale. Generally, global software engineering has challenges around globally distributed teams. Challenges and solutions can center on culture, time zone differences, communication, coordination, global product design, distributed design thinking, processes including agile, software architecture, management of teams and contractors, software tool support, distributed design, and education, etc. The common thread is “global.”
David RedmilesSubmissions to the papers track can include research papers about theoretical frameworks, technical solutions, or empirical studies and can be up to 10 pages. Industry papers can describe problems, lessons learned, solutions implemented, challenges encountered, and case studies on industrial global software engineering environments and can be up to 5 pages. Papers are archived in the IEEE Digital Library.
Marco GerosaA program committee reviews all submissions. The committee is comprised of both industry and academic representatives. In keeping with this balance, there are two program co-chairs overseeing the review process: Marco Gerosa of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and Tobias Hildenbrand of SAP SE, Germany. Prof. David Redmiles of ISR and the University of California, Irvine, is the general chair and Debra Brodbeck of ISR is serving as conference manager, which includes managing sponsorship, local arrangements, and much more. A new ISR graduate student, Mengyao Zhao, is serving as social media chair. She is handling Twitter (, Facebook (, and LinkedIn ( 2916097) for the conference. 
The conference team has strong connections to ISR and UCI. Many of you know Redmiles and Brodbeck from past ISR events. Gersosa was a visitor to UCI during his sabbatical July 2013 to July 2014. Hildenbrand was a visitor to UCI many years ago when he was just a graduate student at the University of Mannheim. He visited August to November 2006. 
Tobias HildenbrandRedmiles’ interest in the conference series comes from his research over the past decade in the effects of trust and awareness in collaboration among globally distributed software engineers. Increased trust allows teams to overcome difficulties that might arise in the course of a project and encourages other positive benefits. However, developing trust is tricky  when collaborators may never have met face to face. Gerosa has researched awareness in distributed collaborations and most recently has examined the factors that affect – both positively and negatively – newcomers becoming a part of open source projects. Newcomers are the lifeblood of many projects; without them, projects might languish and end. Hildenbrand, currently at SAP SE Headquarters in Germany, is responsible for business model innovation in development. For his dissertation, he researched the traceabilty of different kinds of software-related artifacts by means of collaboration and visualization techniques in globally distributed software development projects.
Please consider submitting papers or attending the conference or becoming a sponsor. Contact Debra Brodbeck or David Redmiles for more information, or go to the conference website:
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