Symposium on Learning from Experiences in Software Engineering (SLESE)

SLESE 2012 (November 16, 2012 Friday) in conjunction with ACM SIGSOFT FSE 2012, Cary, North Carolina, USA.


Some speakers' slides are posted!

    • Crista Lopes (UC Irvine): Software Research, Practice and Innovation
    • Brian Robinson (ABB Research): Challenges in Adapting and Deploying ResearchTechniques into Industrial Teams
    • Zhendong Su (UC Davis): Doing Research in Software Analysis: Lessons and Tips [Slides]
    • Andreas Zeller (Saarland U.): On Finding Fixes
    • Dongmei Zhang (Microsoft Research Asia): Software Analytics in Practice – Approaches and Experiences

The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers with substantial research experiences to give invited presentations and panel discussions on sharing their lessons learned from their research experiences in developing a research project, area, or agenda, including lessons learned from their research-development process, strive for high-impact research.

In contrast to the typical technical presentations and discussions at research workshops,, which commonly focus on positive results and research end products, we want to focus the invited presentations and discussions in this symposium at both the end products and the process that led to them, including "false starts, unsuccessful attempts and detours." We believe that such details on the research-development process are critical for other researchers to learn how to better conduct their own research and how to mentor others to do so. The target audience includes researchers from various career phases ranging from student researchers, junior researchers to senior researchers, and from both academia and industry.

The SLESE symposium is inspired by the International Workshop on Learning From eXperience (LFX) with its first one LFX 2010 co-located with PLDI 2010. There LFX has much emphasis on tools and tool development for program analysis, whereas here SLESE has much emphasis on research and research development for software engineering.

Barbara G. Ryder (Virginia Tech)

Wolfram Schulte (Microsoft Research)

Tao Xie (North Carolina State University)

SLESE 2012 Symposium Co-Chairs

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Microsoft Research