Empirical Software Engineering International Week

Last week I attended some of the events held during Empirical Software Engineering International Week (or ESEIW for short) in Ciudad Real, Spain. While the weather was scorching the week provided lots of interesting topics and discussions related to empirical software engineering research.


The venue was the Escuela Superior de Informatica (the Computer Science Faculty) at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Ciudad Real

The week was spent in somewhat warmer weather than back home in Finland

The week was spent in somewhat warmer weather than back home in Finland










The main reason for participating was to attend the 14th International Advanced School of Empirical Software Engineering (IASESE’16). During the one day advances school we had lively discussion on the different aspects of designing and conducting software engineering surveys. A key set of best practices from target population to questionnaire design were also among the topics. We also designed a preliminary survey for two different topics. My group’s topic was related to DevOps and thus might actually see the light of thorough research in the future.

Joe Peppard starting his keynote

Joe Peppard starting his keynote

After the advanced school, the 10th International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM’16) took place. The two keynotes of the symposium were by Claes Wohlin, who spoke about “Is there a future for empirical software engineering?” and by Joe Peppard on “What about the benefits? A missing perspective in software engineering”.


Breakfast, Spanish style

The most interesting session in the research track was Continuous Delivery which also had a nice participation from Finnish research colleagues. The research presented there is naturally of interest to us here in Pervasive Computing as one major research theme is modern software engineering approaches such as the practice of continuous delivery and the DevOps phenomenon.

Ciudad Real itself was located a convenient train trip away from the capital Madrid. The conference also gave us an opportunity to have a short visit in Toledo. What a lovely old town.


Sunset in Toledo



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