About WESB

The Search-based Software Engineering Workshop (WESB) is the national forum focusing the area of Search-based Software Engineering. The nineth edition of the workshop aims to attract the participation of researchers from different segments of software engineering and stimulate the inclusion of search algorithms as a way of solving software engineering problems. The workshop will feature technical sessions, a poster session, and a keynote.

WESB is a workshop on theoretical and practical experiences of Search-Based Software Engineering, both in academic and industrial projects. Reports on the advancement of the state-of-art, as well as the state-of-practice, are expected, promoting the exchange of experiences, opinions and debates among the participants.

Important Dates!

Jun 15, 2018 - Paper submission

Jun 30, 2018 - Paper submission

Jul 13, 2018 - Acceptance notification

Jul 17, 2018 - Acceptance notification

Jul 23, 2018 - Camera-ready submission

Sep 19, 2018 - Workshop date

Call for papers

Topics of interest

New search strategies or adaptations for Software Engineering

Search algorithm applications in Software Engineering

Effectiveness assessment of search in Software Engineering

Experimentation with search techniques in Software Engineering

Industrial application of search in Software Engineering

Tools that employ search in Software Engineering problems

Search Techniques

Genetic algorithms

Simulated annealing

Tabu Search

Ant Colony optimization

Particle swarm optimization

Software Engineering

Software requirements

Design and code

Software architecture


Software testing

Software maintenance

Software quality

Project management

Change management

Recommendation systems

Development processes

Component-based SE

Service-oriented SE

Model-driven SE

Software product lines

Acceptance Criteria

All papers will be evaluated by at least three members of the Program Committee. Acceptance will be based on originality and contribution to the advancement of theory and practice in the area. The criteria are closeness to the workshop's scope, application or practical relevance, technique quality, clear presentation, and providing original contributions. Paper selection for presentation in the workshop will consider submissions that show the types of research work below.

Innovative technical solutions

We encourage the submission of papers that apply search techniques in aspects of Software Engineering that were no addressed in this fashion before. The paper should provide an assessment or proof-of-concept demonstration showing that proposed technique works and is scalable to real problems. The paper should also be clear about its contributions with respect to related work.

Approach assessment

The assessment must be based on scientific methods in the form of empirical studies, experiments, case studies, simulations, and formal analysis. The evaluation presented in the paper must be based on a solid and appropriate research method. The results should be relevant, constituting an increase of the current knowledge about the selected approach. Experience reports highlighting lessons learned are also welcome.

New perspectives

The outlined perspective should lay out new ways of looking at important issues, presenting new and creative ideas and rethinking current point-of-views. The paper must reveal and provoke thought, providing new perceptions on the state of the art. The ideas presented must be original and look sound. Papers that just have a glimpse idea or propose research on a topic will be rejected.


Tools must employ optimization techniques to solve Software Engineering problems. The employed techniques, as well as the problem addressed by using them, must be described in the paper. The authors must demonstrate the feasibility of tool, including a discussion on its advantages/disadvantages and limitations, through results of its application. If possible, the authors should provide a version of the tool for evaluation.

Submission format

We will accept full papers to be presented orally. Articles can be written in Portuguese or English. All submissions must follow the formatting style of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) for conferences. The papers should report original works that have not been submitted simultaneously to other vehicles and they have not been published or presented in other forums.

Full papers must have up to 10 pages, including figures and references. Short papers must have up to 6 pages. All submissions must be in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) format and must be submitted through the JEMS (https://jems.sbc.org.br/home.cgi?c=3137) conference management system until the deadline. For the paper to be included in the electronic proceedings of the workshop at least one author must attend the workshop and present the paper at the event.

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Workshop Program



Program Chairs

Maria Cláudia Figueiredo Pereira Emer

DAINF - UTFPR - Campus Curitiba

Curitiba, PR


Wesley Klewerton Guez Assunção

COTSI - UTFPR - Campus Toledo

Toledo, PR


Organizing Committee

Silvia Regina Vergilio

Universidade Federal do Paraná

Márcio Barros

Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Jerffeson Teixeira de Souza

Universidade Estadual do Ceará

Thelma Elita Colanzi

Universidade Estadual de Maringá

Technical Program Committee

André Britto de carvalho (UFS)

Celso G. Camilo-Junior (UFG)

Geraldo R. Mateus (UFMG)

Gledson Elias (UFPB)

Gustavo A. L. de Campos (UEC)

Jerffeson T. de Souza (UECE)

Maria Cláudia F. P. Emer (UTFPR)

Márcio Barros (UNIRIO)

Silvia Regina Vergilio (UFPR)

Thelma E. Colanzi (UEM)

Wesley K. G. Assunção (UTFPR)

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