WISE2018: December 4, 2018 in conjunction 
with APSEC 2018 in Nara, Japan

The first programmer was a woman; Augusta Ada King. The director of a team developed onboard flight software for the Apollo space program was a woman; Margaret Hamilton. In computer science and software engineering history, women played important roles. However, today's software engineering community does not have a sufficient number of women; we lack the diversity. As a number of researches show, the diversity is one of the most important keys to innovation. What can we software engineers do for the diversity? To seek the answer to this question, the first workshop on diversity in APSEC2018, "First Workshop on Women in Software Engineering (WISE2018)" will be held at APSEC 2018 in Nara, Japan.

Our objectives are sharing the real situation of diversity in software engineering, clarifying the issues, and discussing possible solutions to the diversity issues in software engineering. The lack of diversity in software engineering is the common issue worldwide, and at the same time, each country has its specific problems. It is important to share such problems and to discuss possible solutions together. 

In this workshop, diversity does not mean only the inclusion of women; it means gender diversity (including LGBT), nationality diversity, cultural diversity, and so on. And the lack of women is one of the most common and the biggest problems in the software engineering community. We see tackling this problem is a good beginning to solve diversity problems. We use 'Women' as a symbol of lack of diversity. Based on the above-mentioned goals, the followings are expected topics, but are not limited to; 
  • Situations of women engineers and researchers in software engineering field. 
  • Challenges of increasing women engineers and researchers in software engineering field. 
  • Experiences for tackling the diversity issues in software engineering and ICT field. 
  • Software products and processes considering gender equalities. 
  • Women's career development in the software engineering field. 
  • Computer science and software engineering education to young women.
  • Work-life balance for women engineers and researchers in software engineering field.

We invite 4 pages position papers describing studies, challenges, and experiences regarding the diversity. We welcome position papers describing emerging ideas as well as papers describing solid results of studies and/or surveys. Because the diversity issues are not specific to the software engineering filed, papers not stating specific software engineering issues but stating issues commonly appeared in ICT field may be welcomed, if the papers include experiences and/or ideas that can be shared with the software engineering community. 

All submissions must be in English and must come in A4 paper size PDF format and conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE ConferenceProceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt font, LaTeX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option).
As well, all submissions should be submitted through EasyChair.

Each submitted paper will be reviewed by at least two PC members in terms of the relevance and contribution to the workshop. Expected position papers are not ordinary technical papers. We are seeking position papers clearly stating data, experiences, or ideas related to the diversity problems; that is the only criterion for paper selection. 

All accepted papers will be included in a workshop proceeding. The proceeding will be published via a free open-access publication service. 

The workshop will be organized by presentations of accepted paper and intensive discussion about the presentation. Invited talk session will be included also.

!! I M P O R T A N T  D A T E !!
 Paper Submission  October 12 -> October 19 (AoE) Extended!!
 Notification  October 26
 Camera Ready  November 5
 Workshop Date  December 4

*All submissions should be submitted through EasyChair.*

  • Natsuko Noda, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan 
  • Eunjong Choi, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan 
  • Muhammad Ali Babar, the University of Adelaide, Australia 
  • Tomoji Kishi, Waseda University, Japan 
  • Hideko Kunii, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan 
  • Rieko Yamamoto, Fujitsu, Japan
  • Michiko Inoue, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  • Nahomi Kikuchi,  Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Bimlesh Wadhwa, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Erina Makihara, Doshisha University, Japan

wise2018 [at] googlegroups.com

  • IEEE Kansai Section Women In Engineering Affinity Group
  • IEEE Japan Council Women in Engineering Affinity Group