October 2017|

Third Madrilenian Seminar on Empirical Software Engineering

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Fuenlabrada, Spain. October 31st 2017

Call for Participation

The Third MadSESE research seminar aims to gather researchers and practitioners from Madrid and neighboring regions to meet and to share their interest in the field of empirical software engineering. If you intend to publish in venues and journals such as TSE, JEMSE, ICSE, FSE, ICSME, ESEM, SANER or MSR, you are more than welcome to participate!

Anyone active in the field are invited to submit an abstract (max. one A4 page) of a talk (to be sent before October 18th to and Based on these extended abstracts, the organization will construct an exciting program. The length of the talks will depend on the number of submissions.

Attendance to MadSESE seminars is free, but registration is required, as we plan to have lunch together. If you are interested in attending, please, send an e-mail to before October 25th. The Seminar will take place on October 31st.

Invited Speaker

For the Third MadSESE, we are delighted to have the following renowned keynote speaker:

Tom Mens is a Professor at the Institut d'Informatique of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Mons, Belgium.

Tom Mens is full professor at the University of Mons (Belgium), director of the Software Engineering Lab since 2003, and vice-president of the UMONS research institute INFORTECH. His scientific research interests include software modelling, software quality, software evolution and empirical software engineering. He has numerous highly cited peer-reviewed conference and journal publications in these fields. He co-edited the Springer books "Software Evolution" (in 2008) and "Evolving Software Systems" (in 2014). He is currently leading the interdisciplinary research project SECOHealth ( aiming to analyse, support and control the health of evolving software ecosystems.

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11:00 Keynote - Tom Mens (University of Mons)

"Socio-Technical Empirical Comparison of Software Package Ecosystems”

12:00 Paper Session

"An Empirical Study of Popularity and Quality of NPM Packages"
Ahmed Zerouali (Bitergia & URJC & Univ. Mons)

"Understanding the Origin of Bugs"
Gema Rodríguez-Pérez, Jesus M. González-Barahona and Gregorio Robles (URJC)

"Using a Bayesian regression approach for defect prediction in software engineering"
Javier Dolado (EHU), Daniel Rodríguez (UAH), Javier Tuya (UniOvi) and Dietmar Pfahl (Univ. Tartu)

"From Python to Pythonic: A study of Python idioms"
JJ Merchante and Gregorio Robles (URJC)

"Investigating developer retention in software ecosystems by combining socio-technical activity attributes"
Eleni Constantinou (Univ. Mons)

14:00 Lunch


The event will be hosted at the Fuenlabrada Campus of the URJC, in particular, in following room: Salón de Grados (Edificio Departamental I, ground floor).

Directions for getting to the Fuenlabrada Campus of the URJC. See below a map with the location.

Organization & Sponsor

With the support of Bitergia

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Organizing Team

Juan Garbajosa

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Alessandra Gorla

IMDEA Software Institute

Gregorio Robles

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Daniel Rodríguez

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares