Research Tool Demonstrations Track

The FSE 2014 Research Tool Demonstrations Track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent advances, experiences, and challenges in the field of software engineering supported by live presentations of new research tools. We invite innovative research tool demonstrations, intended to show early implementations of novel software engineering concepts, as well as mature prototypes. Any of the FSE 2014 topics of interest are appropriate areas for research demonstrations.

The research tool demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions. Whereas a regular research paper points out the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, a tool demonstration paper provides the opportunity to show how a scientific contribution has been transferred into a working tool. Authors of regular research papers are thus encouraged to submit an accompanying tool demonstration paper.


Submitted papers must be written in English. They must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers must be submitted in PDF format using the Tool Demonstrations track submission site.

Submitted tool demonstration papers:

  • Must not exceed 4 pages in the ACM proceedings format, including all text, references and figures.
  • Must be accompanied by a description of how the tool demonstration is going to be carried out. The description can be:

    (a) a link to a screencast of 5 to 10 minutes, with voice or overlay text commentary, illustrating the use of the tool; or

    (b) an appendix of the paper (not included in the page count) that provides a detailed step-by-step description of how the presentation will be conducted, possibly illustrated with a number of snapshots.

  • Must include information on tool availability and maturity, and a link to a website for the tool (if one exists).

Tool availability

To promote replicability and to disseminate the advances achieved with the research tools, we strongly encourage all authors to make their tools publicly available for download, possibly in open-source format, and for use. Whenever the tool is not made publicly available, the paper must include a clear explanation for why this was not possible.


To further increase the visibility of the presented tools, we strongly encourage all authors to produce a screencast presenting their tool. For the tools that will be accepted for presentation, accompanying screencasts will be linked from the tool demonstration track website. The authors can submit a link to the screencast together with their papers as an alternative to the appendix that describes the way the tool demonstration will be carried out.

Review and evaluation criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by members of the program committee. The main evaluation criteria include the relevance and quality of the proposed tool demonstration in terms of technical soundness, originality, relevance for the FSE audience, presentation quality, and usability.

Presentation and publication

Accepted tool demonstrations will be allocated 4 pages in the main conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend FSE 2014 in order for the paper to be published in the proceedings.

Demonstrators will be invited to give a formal presentation that will be scheduled as part of the conference program.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: Monday, 30 June 2014 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Author notification: Tuesday, 12 August 2014
  • Camera-ready deadline: Monday, 15 September 2014

Tool Demonstrations Track Chairs

Tool Demonstrations Track Program Committee