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SE4SS 2015 : International Workshop on Software Engineering for Social Sustainability


When Sep 7, 2015 - Sep 9, 2015
Where Copenhagen, Denmark
Submission Deadline Aug 20, 2015
Notification Due Aug 25, 2015
Final Version Due Sep 1, 2015
Categories    software engineering   sustainability   social sustainability

Call For Papers

International Workshop on Software Engineering for Social Sustainability (SE4SS), URL:
to be held in conjunction with the International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) 2015,
September 7-9, 2015, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

All interested attendees are welcome (paper submission is optional). Please sign up through the EnviroInfo & ICT4S registration system.

+++Key Dates+++
Early registration for workshop (and conference): Friday, 10 July 2015 (though late registration fees are not much different !
Optional paper submission: Thursday, 20 August 2015 (Pago Pago (UTC-11))
If paper submitted, Review notification: Tuesday, 25 August 2015
If paper submitted, Final versions for web site: Tuesday, 1st September 2015

Social sustainability is often deemed to create the basic framework for society, including cohesion of community for mutual benefit, connectedness between groups of people, standards of ethics, rules, laws, and information. It lowers the cost of working together and facilitates cooperation, e.g., trust lowers transaction costs.

Software too has now become one of the cornerstones of societal infrastructure. Yet, the question on how software engineering impacts social sustainability still remains largely unaddressed. This workshop aims to mobilise an inter-disciplinary community focusing on how software engineering principles and practices must change to ensure maximised positive contribution of an engineered system towards the social sustainability of the societies affected by it.

The Workshop objectives are:
* To bring together an inter-disciplinary community, including, for example, software engineers, sociologists, anthropologists, ethics researchers, legal scholars, environment scientists and others, in order to mobilise a community focusing on how software engineering can contribute to better social sustainability.
* Identify on-going research efforts pertaining to software engineering and social sustainability and foster inter-disciplinary collaborations amongst participants.
* Motivate and demonstrate the relevance of this topic to both research and practitioner communities and report on concrete examples of such relevant research and practice.

The workshop will result in:
* Initiating discussions/collaborations between those working on various aspects of social sustainability in/through software engineering;
* Initiation of an online repository of example projects to illustrate, motivate, and educate research and development in Software Engineering for Social Sustainability.

Registered attendees are invited (if they wish to) submit the following types of submissions, which will be published in the workshop web site:
* Full papers (up to 8 pages)
* Extended abstracts (up to 2 pages)
* Case studies (2 pages + artefacts).

+++Example Topics+++
to be discussed at the workshop include, but are not limited to:
* Case studies on effects of software use on communities and individuals;
* Requirements for socially sustainable software;
* Modelling social sustainability;
* Impact of software architecture on social sustainability;
* Topics on assessment of social sustainability effects of software;
* Impact of technology on social sustainability

All submissions will be reviewed by at least two program committee members. The purpose of the reviews is to provide feedback for further improvement of the submitted work.

Papers should be submitted as a PDF document using Easychair at

+++Templates for papers+++ are available at in both .doc and .tex formats. Please see the “Template for papers and extended abstracts” heading at this page:

+++Workshop Activities+++

The workshop activities include:

* Panel-centred paper presentations: where the submitted papers will be presented, and the presenters will then hold a panel discussion with question and answer session with audience participation.
* Small Group work on Topics of interest (from submissions and keynotes) and Case Studies.
* Plenary discussion on Research Challenges, Case Studies and Suggested Guidelines

+++Organising Committee+++
* Ruzanna Chitchyan (contact organiser), University of Leicester, UK
* Awais Rashid, Lancaster University, UK
* Walter Cazzola, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
* Colin C. Venters, University of Huddersfield, UK

+++Programme Committee+++
* Sedef Akinli Kocak, Ryerson University, Canada (Environmental Applied Science and Management)
* Pauline Anthonysomy, Google Research, Switzerland (Privacy and User Experience Evaluation)
* Christoph Becker, University of Toronto, Canada (Digital libraries, Digital preservation)
* Leticia Duboc, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Software Engineering)
* Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, the Nether- lands (Software Engineering and Sustainability)
* Effie Law, University of Leicester, UK (Psychology and User Experience Evaluation)
* Corinne May-Chahal, Lancaster University, UK (Sociology)
* Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (Software Engineering)
* Stefan Naumann, University of Applied Sciences Trier, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (Green Soft- ware Engineering)
* Birgit Penzenstadler, California State University Long Beach, USA (Software Engineering and Sustainability Design)
* Monica Whitty, University of Leicester, UK (Psychology)

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