Welcome to CSER'19 Fall!

CSER 2019 Fall will be held at the Hilton Toronto / Markham Suites Conference Center and Spa, Markham on Nov 3 (right before CASCON x EVOKE 2019).

This year version of our CSER fall meeting seeks to motivate engaging discussions among faculty, graduate students and industry participants about software engineering research in a broad sense. Furthermore, as in the case of CASCON, there is a specific interest in discussing about the intersection between software engineering and emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Cyber Physical systems, and Data Extended Reality, among others.


CSER brings together (primarily) Canadian-based software engineering researchers, including faculty, graduate students, industry participants, and any others who are interested in discusing promising ideas and research challenges across software engineering.



D. Paul Ralph, PhD (Management; University of British Columbia), B.Sc. / B.Comm. (Memorial), is an award-winning scientist, author, consultant and computer science professor at Dalhousie University. His research intersects software engineering, human-computer interaction and information systems. He has more than 70 publications in premier outlets including the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. Dr. Ralph has won several best paper awards, received funding from Google and The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and served on the program committees and editorial boards for numerous journals and conferences (including ICSE, FSE and ESEM). He has made dozens of appearances in TV, radio and print journalism including BBC World News and FastCompany Magazine, as well as writing professional articles reaching over 1 000 000 readers. He is currently co-chairing the ACM SIGSOFT task force on improving paper and peer-review quality. For more information please visit: http://paulralph.name.


Instrumentation and Construct Validity in Software Engineering


To produce more credible research, software engineering research needs more effective measurement. Software engineering studies overwhelming rely on unvalidated and oversimplified metrics and scales for often complicated, multidimensional constructs. Latent variables are often presented as directly measurable and estimated using a single, dubious metric (e.g. NCLOC, fault density) or question (e.g., "How satisfied are you with your productivity?"). Terms like "construct validity" and "Likert scale" appear widely misunderstood. Fortunately, instrument development is an intense area of research in reference disciplines (especially psychology), and there exist fairly straightforward techniques for creating and validating metrics and scales. In this keynote address, Dr. Ralph will unpack the meaning of construct validity, its underlying philosophy, and illustrate practical techniques for validating metrics and scales.


Construct validity, scaling, metrics, nomological network, instrument development, principal component analysis, PLS regression.


This year's keynote will be followed by a panel lead by industry expert Jennifer Schachter, Senior Manager at Deloitte Digital.


Jennifer Schachter has been working in the technology industry for more than 15 years. She currently leads the Front-End engineering team at Deloitte Digital, using modern web technologies to help clients build and launch digital products. Prior to joining Deloitte, Jennifer worked at IBM in a number of roles ranging from Software Developer, to Product Owner, to Solution Architect. When Jennifer is not working, you will find her offline spending time with her family.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline October 1st, 2019
Notification October 8th, 2019
Registration October 27th, 2019

Please check back later for updates.

CSER Fall 2019 Detailed Program

We have a vibrant agenda composed of a keynote and 14 very interesting talks. At the end of the day, during the reception, we will enjoy the presentation of the 18 posters contributed by our students. Poster presenters must prepare a 1 minute talk to invite attendes to visit their posters. We recommend to use CASCON specifications for the size of the posters: about 24x36 inches.

Download the detailed program

Download the detailed list of posters

Call for Submissions

Submissions are welcome from across software engineering. Furthermore, this year we want to encourage submissions that address software engineering challenges related to the production and operation of complex systems based on emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Cyber Physical systems, and Data Extended Reality, or the application of any of these technologies to the improvement of software engineering. Solutions associated with these technologies demand novel software engineering methods, techniques and processes that address the challenges related to the production and operation of such systems along their life cycle. Similarly, these technologies offer promising approaches to improve the engineering of software systems in general.

We invite you to contribute by sending your proposals for:

  • New faculty talks (30-40 minutes + QA)
  • Regular research talks (15-20 minutes + QA)
  • Poster/demo/lightning talk presentations

The deadline to send in your proposals is Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, 23:59 (EDT).

Please visit the following form to submit your proposal. Include the following to allow us to prepare a great program:

  • Presentation title
  • Author name(s) (with the presenter(s) highlighted) and affiliation
  • Presentation abstract (up to 150 words)
  • Type of talk (e.g., new faculty, regular, or poster/demo)

There is also time during the meeting to briefly publicize software engineering related events such as conferences, workshops, projects, etc. Please make sure you send us your request for announcements (including the presenter’s name and the event’s title) to guarantee a time slot for your announcement.


CSER does not publish proceedings in order to keep presentations informal and speculative.

CSER Steering Committee

Markham, Ontario

Markham is one hour north of Toronto, and location of the IBM Toronto Lab. Following CSER is the CASCON conference. CSER will be at the Hilton Suites Toronto, Markham Conference Centre & Spa.


Dr. François Coallier's office at ÉTS in Montréal has kindly agreed to handle CSER Fall 2019 registration. Please submit your registration using the on-line form. Deadline is October 27th. The registration site accepts Visa and MasterCard only.

  • Students: $100
  • Non-students (faculty, industry, government, etc.): $250