The First International Workshop on Improving Research Productivity in Computing

IRP 2007

August 25-31, 2007 - Cap Esterel, French Riviera, France

Technical Co-Sponsors and Logistics Supporters

This workshop is part of ICSEA 2007.

Submit a Paper:

Submit a paper using the same page as the ICSEA 2007 conference.

Touristic Information:

Touristic information is available from the hosting conference, ICSEA 2007.

Hotels and Travel:

Hotels and travel information is available from the hosting conference page, ICSEA 2007.

Call for Papers:

Whatever ones specific discipline, all researchers in Computer Science and related disciplines are additionally experts in the domain of research itself. The nature of research varies slightly with the specific discipline researchers work in, yet there is much common ground and room for a sharing of best practice, frameworks, tools, languages and methodologies.

Despite the number of experts we have available, little work is done at the meta level, that is examining how we go about our research, and how this process can be improved. There are questions related to the choice of programming language, IDEs and documentation styles and standard. Reuse can be of great benefit to research projects, yet reuse of prior research projects introduces special problems that need to be mitigated. The research environment is a mix of creativity and systematic approach which leads to a creative tension that needs to be managed or at least monitored. Much of the coding in any university is undertaken by research students or young researchers. Issues of skills training, development and quality control can have significant effects on an entire department. In an industrial research setting the environment is not quite that of industry as a whole, nor does it follow the pattern set by the university. The unique approaches and issues of industrial research may hold lessons for researchers in other domains.

In addition to the generic issues discussed above, the topic of research productivity may be specialised to examine the best practice approaches in specific domains such as distributed systems, artificial intelligence or ubiquitous computing.  An understanding of how researches approach their task in specialised areas can not only help others in these areas, but may allow growth between specialist domains.

We expect original research and industrial contributions for the peer-review process dealing with the following topics:

TOPICS OF SPECIAL INTEREST (but not limited to)

Developing frameworks to support research
Methods and tools to improving the research environment
Supporting domain specific research needs
Teaching research skills in Computer Science
Experience reports on well developed research processes
Experience reports on empirical approaches to software engineering research
Approaches to supporting higher degree students in their research
Approaches to enlarge the research / teaching nexus to improve academics productivity
Approaches to integration between university research and industry research
Tools to support the research process
Approaches to measuring research metrics


The IRP 2007 Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services, posted on IEEE Xplore Digital Library, and indexed with major indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission deadline April 9 , 2007 April 13, 2007
Notification May 17 , 2007
Registration and camera ready June 1, 2007

Regular papers

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. Every submission will receive an ID from the EDAS system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11" (two columns IEEE format), not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the IEEE CS Press an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will be published in the conference’s CD collection, together with the regular papers. Please send your presentations to  and


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals can be for half or full day tutorials. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. Please send your proposals to


TPC Co-Chairs
Andre Oboler, Lancaster University, UK
Petre Dini, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

TPC members

Roger T. Alexander, Colorado State University, USA
Lloyd Allison, Monash University, Australia
Mordechai Ben-Menachem, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Sergiu Dascalu, University of Nevada - Reno, USA
Yael Dubinsky, Technion, Israel
Robert L. Glass, Griffith University, Australia
Danny Hughes, Lancaster University, UK,
Ron S. Kenett, KPA, Israel
Bob Lechner, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Simon Lock, Lancaster University, UK
Jonathan I. Maletic, Kent State University, USA
Mark David Milliron, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Petre Dini, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA
Andre Oboler, Lancaster University, UK
Iris Reinhartz-Berger, University of Haifa, Israel
Thomas J. Rethard, The University of Texas - Arlington, USA
Steve Roach, The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Axel T. Schreiner, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Monir Sharobeam, Richard Stockton College of NJ, USA
David Squire, Monash University, Australia
Ian Sommerville, St Andrews University, UK
William Waite, University of Colorado - Boulder, USA

(to be completed)


Tutorials are available from the hosting conference page, ICSEA 2007.

Preliminary Program:

Preliminary program is available from the hosting conference page, ICSEA 2007.

Manuscript Preparation:

Manuscript preparation is available from the hosting conference page, ICSEA 2007.

Registration Form:

Registration form is available from the hosting conference page, ICSEA 2007.


Statistics are available from the hosting conference page, ICSEA 2007.


Photos are available from the hosting conference page, ICSEA 2007.


Awards are available from the hosting conference page, ICSEA 2007.


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