UK-Russia Workshop on AI for Software Engineering
York, UK, Sept 9-12, 2019
Sponsored by the British Council
Software Engineering (SE) is a central driver of modern economies. However, there is a shortage of skilled programmers which slows down the growth of the industry. If the SE process could be made more efficient and semi-automated, the valuable time of the engineers could be spent on more creative aspects of development.

This workshop will bring together AI and SE researchers from the UK and Russia (and potentially other countries) to discuss applications of AI to SE, specifically ML and NLP, and develop future directions of research in this emerging area. Application examples include program analysis (e.g. extracting knowledge from documentation, code reuse), prediction (e.g. finding defects, predicting development time and cost), synthesis and generation (e.g. smart code completion), and transformation (e.g. software remodularization, automated bug fixes).

To date, there are first successes in AI for SE, but much more can be achieved. Progress is slowed by the lack of researchers with expertise in both areas. Bringing together AI and SE researchers will be instrumental in moving this research forward. The four-day workshop will feature tutorials and keynote lectures, but most of the time will be dedicated to networking and creation of new collaborative projects. Please see the workshop web page for more information on the program.

The City of York
Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York's bustling streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within its medieval walls you will find the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford's Tower and the Shambles - just a few of the many attractions.

Instructions on how to get to York:

Organization Committee
Daniel Kudenko, University of Hannover, Germany (co-chair)
Dmitry Koznov, St Petersburg State University, Russia (co-chair)
Pavel Braslavski, JetBrains Research/Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia
Timofey Bryskin, JetBrains Research/St. Petersburg State University, Russia
James Cussens, University of York, UK
Suresh Manandhar, University of York, UK
Aleksei Shpilman, JetBrains Research/Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia
Important Dates
Application deadline: May 26, 2019

Notification of acceptance: June 19, 2019

Preliminary Schedule
Day 1
Tutorials on SE, NLP, and ML. Poster session.
Day 2
Keynote lectures. Speed-dating and assigning of sub-groups.
Day 3
Discussions in sub-groups to define challenges and possible ways to tackle them.
Day 4
Presentation of day 3 results, and creation of roadmap.
Participation is by application only. There are 40 fully funded places for researchers with a PhD (20 for researchers from the UK, and 20 for researchers from Russia). Funding covers travel and accommodation, and free participation in the workshop. There is a limited number of unfunded places available for researchers from other countries.

Applicants are requested to submit a 1-page CV, a 1000 character statement of interest, and a list of the 5 most relevant publications. Please submit these via the form below. Early career researchers are encouraged to apply.

For questions, please contact Daniel Kudenko.