IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, Budapest, Sept 25-30, 2005
Call for Papers

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The International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM) is the world's major international conference for software and systems maintenance, evolution, and management. For the 21st ICSM 2005 we invite you to join us in exploring issues related to maintaining, modifying, enhancing, and testing operational systems, and designing, building, testing, and evolving maintainable systems. The theme of this year's conference will be "Continuous Evolution." There will be special issues of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution featuring selected papers of the conference.


Research papers due:April 3, 2005
All other proposals due:April 30, 2005
Notification of authors:May 30, 2005
Camera-ready copy:July 8, 2005
Research papers should describe original and significant work in the research and practice of software maintenance and evolution. Case studies, empirical research, and well-designed experiments are particularly welcome. Research papers must not exceed 10 pages in final printed form. Submit to by 3 April 2005. In case of any problems you may use this alternative link:
Proposals for presentations of Industrial Applications are particularly welcome, with an eye to sharing industrial problems, experiences and insights with the research community. These should be state-of-the-art descriptions, problem analyses, experience reports, and survey reports from real projects, industrial practices, solutions and models. A dedicated sub-committee of the Program Committee will review Industrial Application proposals. Accepted industrial application descriptions will be included in a volume of the conference Proceedings. Industrial applications must not exceed 10 pages in final printed form. Submit by email to by 30 April 2005.
ICSM 2005 invites proposals for panel sessions that serve to stimulate discussion about ideas and issues of importance to the software maintenance community. We particularly welcome proposals for highly interactive panel sessions that encourage discussion and debate. A one-page summary of the panel will be included in the conference Proceedings. Submit a short description about the topic and the potential panelists by email to by 30 April 2005.
We invite proposals for both commercial and research tools. The goal of the tool demonstration session is to let conference participants view software maintenance tools in action and discuss these systems with their creators. A four-page presentation of each accepted tool will be included in a volume of the conference Proceedings. Submit a description of the tool and its applicability to software maintenance by email to by 30 April 2005.
We welcome submissions from researchers that defended their dissertation (Ph.D.) in the last three years (2002-2004) or will defend by the submission deadline. This forum is intended to expose the work of young researchers to established researchers and the broader software maintenance and evolution community. Please submit a synopsis of your dissertation of 4 pages or less and the full dissertation in PDF. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two program committee members. Accepted synopses will be included in the conference proceedings and a special Dissertation Forum session will be organized at the conference. Submit by email to by 30 April 2005.
Tutorials should present software maintenance and evolution topics of interest to practitioners. Tutorials may be full day or half day in length. If you have expertise on specific software evolution methods, techniques, or processes, submit a tutorial proposal to ICSM 2005. Your proposal should include learning objectives, a description of the target audience, intended duration (half day or full day), a content summary, and a brief (50 words max.) curriculum of the teachers. Tutorials will be selected based on relevance, quality, and ability to attract sufficient interest. Two-page descriptions of accepted Tutorials will be included in the Proceedings. Submit by email to by 30 April 2005.


Submissions will be accepted only as Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat PDF, or PostScript electronic submission. All submissions must be in English.


Accepted papers and other materials for the Proceedings must be revised to conform to IEEE style guidelines at Templates for submissions are found at

   An author kit will be available after acceptance notification. Revised accepted papers and materials must be received no later than 8 July 2005 for inclusion in the Proceedings.

Conference Committee

General chair:
Harry M. Sneed
ANECON GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Program co-chairs:
Tibor Gyimóthy
University of Szeged, Hungary
Vaclav Rajlich
Wayne State University, USA
Industrial co-chairs:
Sue Black
London South Bank, UK
Jim Cordy
Queens University, Canada
Tools co-chairs:
Ira Baxter
Semantic Designs, USA
Rudolf Ferenc
University of Szeged, Hungary
Dissertation co-chairs:
Rainer Koschke
University of Bremen, Germany
Andrian Marcus
Wayne State University, USA
Tutorials chair:
Harry M. Sneed
ANECON GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Proceedings chair:
Dave Binkley
Loyola College in Maryland, USA
Publicity co-chairs:
Nicholas Zvegintzov
Software Management Network, USA
Francoise Balmas
Université Paris 8, France
Jianjun Zhao
Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan
Local arrangements chair:
Andrea Tósoky
SoRing Ltd, Budapest, Hungary
Cyberchair coordinator:
Massimiliano Di Penta
University of Sannio, Italy
Registration coordinator:
Elliot Chikofsky
Reengineering Forum
Website coordinator:
Árpád Beszédes
University of Szeged, Hungary

Organized by the University of Szeged, Hungary

Last modified: 2005-07-07