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ASE Journal 2016 : Automated Software Engineering Journal: Special Issue on Next Generation Search-Based Software Engineering: Insights from Search and Data Mining


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Submission Deadline Mar 1, 2015
Notification Due Jun 1, 2015
Final Version Due Sep 1, 2015
Categories    software engineering

Call For Papers

Special Issue of the Automated Software Engineering Journal
Next Generation Search-Based Software Engineering: Insights from Search and
Data Mining

Guest Editors:
Marouane Kessentini, University of Michigan Dearborn, MI, USA
Tim Menzies, North Carolina State University, NC, USA

The concept of “search” has been explored in many fields such as
Search-Based Software Engineering and Data Mining (e.g. one way to
characterize data mining is a heuristic search though a large space of
possible generalizations). That is, there is a strong theoretical
connection between the goals of Search-Based SE and data mining. Hence,
many papers have explored combinations of data mining and SBSE, using a
range of techniques. For example:

• When tuning control parameters for a genetic algorithm, data miners can
learn good tunings;
• When mutating current solutions, data miners can be applied to learn
especially effective mutations;
• When explaining the results of search-based SE, data miners can summarize
the Pareto frontier;
• When niching particle swam optimization, clustering algorithms can be
inter-levered with the search;
• When the fitness function is difficult to define and/or expensive, data
mining can be used to learn how the solutions can be evaluated.

The goal of this special issue is to understand the cost/benefit trade offs
in combining Search-based SE and data mining. There are many questions in
this field including (but not restricted to) the following:

• Data mining takes time and CPU so when is it worthwhile to add to the CPU
cost of the search?
• When is it useful to adjust the control parameters of a search-based SE
tool, using data mining?
• As a search algorithm walks through a problem space, how do we recognize
when prior data mining results need to be revisited?
• If we must use data mining to summarize the Pareto frontier, should we
replace (to some extent) the search algorithms with data mining algorithms?

• Can data mining be used to evaluate generated solutions or reduce the
cost of evaluating them?

This special issue encourages high quality submissions on all aspects of
combing data mining and search-based software engineering. Note that the
evaluation section of all such submissions must use at least some software
engineering case studies such as (but are not limited to):

• Project Management and Organization
• Effort and Defect Prediction
• Requirements Engineering
• Developing Dynamic Service-Oriented Systems
• Configuring Cloud-Based Architectures
• Enabling Self-healing/Self-optimizing Systems
• Creating Recommendation Systems to Support Software Development
• Software Security
• System and Software Integration
• Test Data Generation
• Regression Testing Optimization
• Network Design and Monitoring
• Software Maintenance, Program Repair, Refactoring and Transformation

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been
published before. A submission extended from a previous conference version
has to contain at least 30% new material. Authors are requested to attach
to the submitted paper their previously published articles and an
explanation of the novel contributions made in the journal version. Papers
should be submitted to the special issue through the Editorial Manager, selecting the article type "Special
Issue: Search-based Software Engineering and Predictive Modelling".
Formatting templates can be found in the following link:

• 1 March 2015 full paper submission deadline
• 1 June 2015 authors notification
• 1 September 2015 author revisions
• 1 December 2015 final notification
• 15 December 2015 final manuscript

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