Visions and Challenges Track

In cooperation with the Computing Community Consortium, FSE 2014 invites submissions to a special “Visions and Challenges” track. The emphasis of this track will be on visionary ideas, long term challenges, and opportunities in software engineering research that are outside of current mainstream topics of the field. In contrast to regular FSE research-track submissions, which are expected to have grounding in current or near-term practice, the submissions to the Visions and Challenges track will be judged on the extent to which they expand the possibilities and horizons of the field or challenge existing assumptions prevalent in the field. Note that this track is *not* a renamed New Idea and Emerging Research (NIER) track of past ICSE/FSE, and a submission to this track needs to be visionary, disruptive, and not of incremental improvement.

To learn more about details on the type of submissions expected from this track and how such type is different from the type of past NIER track papers, please visit the CCC Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track web page, along with papers presented in similar tracks of conferences from other fields, such as the FIT session at PLDI 2011, PLDI 2010, and PLDI 2009, and the research vision session at OSDI 2010.

To encourage researchers to present truly visionary concepts, the CCC is offering prizes to up to three top papers in this special track: a first prize of USD 1000, a second prize of USD 750, and a third prize of USD 500, to be awarded as travel grants.


Submissions to this track should follow the same formatting guidelines as regular research-track submissions, but are limited to be at most FOUR pages in length for both submission and final publication. Papers must be submitted in PDF format using the Visions and Challenges track submission site. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and on the Web.

Important Dates

  • Submission: June 30, 2014
  • Author Notification: August 25, 2014
  • Camera-ready papers: September 18, 2014

Visions and Challenges Track Chairs

  • Jian Lv, Nanjing University, China
  • Tao Xie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Visions and Challenges Track Program Committee