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IWoR'19 2019 : 3rd International Workshop on Refactoring


When May 28, 2019 - May 28, 2019
Where Montreal, QC, Canada
Submission Deadline Feb 1, 2019
Notification Due Mar 1, 2019
Final Version Due Mar 15, 2019
Categories    software engineering   software refactoring   software maintenance

Call For Papers

IWoR’19: 3rd International Workshop on Refactoring
28 May 2019 - Montréal, Québec, Canada (in conjunction with ICSE’19)

Workshop website:

Twitter: @iwor2019

Submissions link:

Important dates:

Workshop paper submissions due: February 1, 2019
Notification to authors: March 1, 2019
Camera-ready copies due: March 15, 2019
Workshop: May 28, 2019


We are pleased to announce IWoR 2019, the third edition of the international workshop dedicated to software refactoring.

The objective of the 3rd International Workshop on Software Refactoring (IWoR 2019) is to provide an informal interactive forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and experiences, streamline and foster research on software refactoring, identify some common ground for their work, share lessons and challenges, thereby articulating a vision for the future of software refactoring research.

IWoR 2019 will be held on May 28, 2019, in conjunction with the 41st ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering ( at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, QC, Canada.


Successful software products evolve through a process of continuous change as bugs are fixed, new features added, and quality issues addressed. Refactoring supports the volatile software lifecycle by providing better ways to reduce and manage the growing complexity of software systems while improving developer productivity. Refactoring can be performed at all levels from requirement specification down to source code level, and, in essence, involves improving the internal structure of a software artifact without altering its functionality. In spite of the popularity of refactoring both in practice and as a research topic, many open questions remain, particularly in terms of understanding how refactoring is performed, measuring the impact of refactoring, and improving tool support in all areas of refactoring.

Workshop themes

We invite submissions from both academia and industry on any topic that is refactoring related, including:
- Source code refactoring
- Requirement, design and architectural refactoring
- Refactoring opportunities detection and recommendation
- Tool support for refactoring
- Mining refactoring changes from software repositories
- Evaluation and benchmarking of refactoring methods
- Code smell detection and correction
- Effect of refactoring on system complexity and quality
- Empirical studies and experience reports
- Software remodularization
- Model transformation
- Introduction of design patterns through refactoring
- Machine learning applied to software refactoring
- Role of refactoring in evolution and migration
- Refactoring of mobile, web and cloud applications

Submissions format

We solicit four types of submissions:
- Full research papers (max 8 pages)
- Position papers (max 4 pages)
- Tool demo papers (max 4 pages)
- Industrial presentation (max 2 pages)

These different categories offer researchers who are at different stages in their research maturity the opportunity to benefit from workshop participation. Page limits include references, figures and appendices.


General Chair:
- Nikolaos Tsantalis (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)

Program Chairs:
- Yuanfang Cai (Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA)
- Serge Demeyer (University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium)

Program Committee Members:
- Ali Ouni (Ecole de Technologie Superieure [ETS], Montreal, Canada)
- Anne Etien (Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale de Lille, France)
- Eunjong Choi (Nara Institute of Science and Technology [NAIST], Japan)
- Fabio Palomba (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
- Francesca Arcelli Fontana (University of Milano Bicocca, Italy)
- Gabriele Bavota (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
- Gustavo Pinto (UFPE, Brazil)
- Marco Tulio Valente (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
- Marouane Kessentini (University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA)
- Mel Ó Cinnéide (University College Dublin, Ireland)
- Norihiro Yoshida (Nagoya University, Japan)
- Paddy Fagan (IBM Watson Health, Dublin, Ireland)
- Shinpei Hayashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
- Steve Counsell (Brunel University, UK)
- Yoshiki Higo (Osaka University, Japan)

Web Chair
- Davood Mazinanian (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

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