Program (TBC)

Workshop Aim

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the current state of Software Engineering (SE) research and Industrial Practice (IP), and advance collaboration to reduce the gap between research and practice.
Researchers can be unaware of real problems and constraints in practice, whereas practitioners may find themselves unable to adopt existing useful research. Practitioners are often reluctant or even prevented from sharing industry information due to confidentiality and legal constraints. Practitioners often feel that researchers work on dated or futuristic theoretical challenges which are divorced from today’s industrial practice. Researchers believe that practitioners are looking for quick fixes instead of using systematic methods. Practitioners have a view that case studies in research do not adequately represent the complexities of real projects and often dismiss results outright when students are used as test subjects in research. Researchers expect good work to take a few years to generate good publications which may affect a specific domain in an incremental manner. Practitioners expect a quick solution which must pay off in the short term. Researchers are more interested in proposing new techniques and tools. Practitioners would appreciate systematic evaluation and comparison of existing techniques and tools in real-world settings. Researchers and practitioners need to overlap research and practice to build trust in their partnership. This workshop is a platform to discuss and address such challenges.

Important Dates

Paper and talk proposal submission (Extended):
January 19, 2020 January 12, 2020

Notification to authors:
February 22, 2021
Camera-ready copies:
March 12, 2021
Virtual workshop:
June 4, 2021



Special theme of SER&IP 2021 aims to explore the effect of COVID-19 on the SE community and specifically on industry-academia research collaborations.

  • How have the existing collaboration practices changed during the pandemic?
  • What are the lessons learned in this process which may be helpful for others in keeping existing and establishing new collaborations?
  • What challenges and benefits have SE researchers and practitioners experienced as a consequence of changed working practices during the pandemic?
  • How has their productivity been affected?
  • What remote and global development and collaboration practices are effective?

In addition to the topics of the special theme, researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers and talk proposals addressing other topics relevant for industry-academia collaborations, including but not limited to:
  • Role of Artificial Intelligence for research collaborations in SE
  • Business models and/or collaboration mechanisms between researchers and practitioners
  • The role and practice of open source in industry academia collaboration
  • Challenges, issues, bottlenecks and gaps in adoption of research
  • Existing research and systematic methods which are beneficial but ignored by the industry
  • Examples of what industry wants from research and what research wants from industry
  • How each side can participate in the issues, needs, and demands of the other
  • National and cultural differences in collaborations
  • Practical challenges that have potential for research
  • Technology transfer stories
  • Stories and practices from research-practice partnerships


Submissions Guidelines

SER&IP 2021 is soliciting regular and short papers as well as talk proposals. Regular papers should not exceed 8 pages, short papers should not exceed 4 pages and talk proposals should not exceed two-page extended abstract. Papers and abstracts must follow the ACM formatting instructions. Please submit the papers in PDF format on EasyChair.
Papers and talk proposals should be original and unpublished material describing innovative and mature research results, experience reports, case studies, challenges, problems and solutions, ongoing work, new ideas, new results and future trends. All submissions will be reviewed by three program committee members. The program committee will review all submissions for relevance, potential to trigger discussions at the workshop, lessons learned, quality of presentation, and novelty.
The accepted workshop papers, both regular and short, and two page extended abstracts will be published in the ICSE 2021 workshop proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. Authors of accepted papers and talks are required to register and present the paper at the workshop for the paper and or extended abstract to be included in the proceedings. The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2021. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


Dr. Ita Richardson

Lero – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software and Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick, Ireland

Title: Linking university software engineering research with industry


Prof Ita Richardson is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Limerick, Co-Principal Investigator within Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre and a member of the Health Research Institute, University of Limerick. Her research focuses on Software Process and Software Quality, with a particular focus on Global Software Development, Connected Health, and Software Regulations for Healthcare. During her research career, Ita has had numerous industry research collaborations, most recently with Johnson and Johnson, Ocuco Ltd, Homesafe Care and IBM. She is an active member of the software engineering community, serving on many programme committees and editorial boards.

Dr. Sonia Jaffe

Microsoft Office of the Chief Economist, USA

Title: Work-from-home during and after COVID 19


Sonia Jaffe is a Senior Research Economist in the Microsoft Office of the Chief Economist. She is one of the organizers of Microsoft's internal Future of Remote Work initiative. Her other research includes projects in health economics, matching theory, platform markets, and industrial organization. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2018, Sonia was a postdoc at the University of Chicago. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2015.


Dusica Marijan

Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Chetan Bansal

Microsoft Research, USA

Tamara Lopez

The Open University, UK

Program Committee (TBC)

Rachel Tzoref-Brill

IBM, Israel

Bjorn Lundell

University of Skövde, Sweden

Judith Bishop

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Luciano Baresi

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Jacek Czerwonka

Microsoft, USA

Song Wang

York University, Canada

Yoshiki Mitani

MITANI Advanced Research Institute, Japan

Goran Petrovic

Google, Switzerland

Sagar Sen

Sintef, Norway

Dmitri Katz

The Open University, UK

Chandra Sekhar Maddila

Microsoft, US

Magne Jorgensen

SimulaMet, Norway

Freddy Munoz

Compass, USA

Foyzul Hassan

University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

Ricardo Britto

Ericsson / Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Mani VS

Siemens Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, UK

Mohammad Abdur Razzak

Ocuco, Ireland

Peggy Gregory

University of Central Lancashire, UK