SEMS is the #1 venue for academic spreadsheet research, this year to be co-located with ICSE ’15 in Florence.

Spreadsheets are heavily used in industry, because they are easily written and adjusted, using an intuitive visual interface. They often start as simple tools, but over time spreadsheets can become increasingly complex, up to the point where they become complicated and inflexible.

In many ways, spreadsheet are similar to software: both concern the storage and manipulation of data and the presentation of results to the user. Because of this similarity, many methods and techniques from software engineering can be applied to spreadsheets.

The goal of SEMS, the “2nd Workshop on Software Engineering Methods in Spreadsheets” is to explore the possibilities of applying successful software methods to spreadsheets. Papers outside of the core software engineering domain, like empirical work, are very much welcome at SEMS too.

Topics of interest to SEMS ’15 include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Understandability/Maintainability of spreadsheets
  • Error finding/Debugging
  • Modeling with spreadsheets
  • Learnability
  • Alternatives for the spreadsheet interface
  • Comparative studies of spreadsheet environments

If you have doubts on the suitability of your paper, feel free to send us an email!

Submission & publication
We welcome long research papers (max. 7 pages) as well as short position papers (max. 2 pages). Papers should conform to the ICSE 2015 submission guidelines. Submit your papers via EasyChair.

Dates (all deadline are anywhere on earth)
Abstract deadline: January 23th
Paper deadline: January 30th
Notification: February 18th
Camera-ready: February 27th
Workshop: May 18th

Spreadsheet stories
Furthermore we solicit spreadsheet stories: in which everyone (researchers & practitioners, whether or not they will be attending SEMS) can share their experiences with spreadsheets, good and bad. Submit your story here now.

Program Committee
Birgit Hofer, Technische Universitaet Graz
Jácome Cunha, Universidade Nova de Lisboa & HASLab/INESC TEC
Rui Abreu, University of Porto
S.C. Cheung, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Martin Pinzger, University of Klagenfurt
Leif Singer, University of Victoria

Felienne Hermans
Richard Paige
Peter Sestoft (


Start Activity/speaker Title
9:00 Welcome
9:10 Keynote: Carlos Otero, Microsoft Excel program manager What’s new in Excel: Learn about new developments in the Excel Team and capabilities in the newest versions.
10:00 Bas Jansen Enron versus EUSES: A Comparison of Two Spreadsheet Corpora
10:30 Break
11:00 Sohon Roy Business Rule Mining from Spreadsheets
11:20 Paul Mireault Structured Spreadsheet Modeling and Implementation
11:50 Domenico Amalfitano, Nicola Amatucci, Vincenzo De Simone, Anna Rita Fasolino and Porfirio Tramontana Toward Reverse Engineering of VBA Based Excel Spreadsheets Applications
12:10 Noam Newman Spreadsheets in an ERP environment – not what the doctor ordered
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dietmar Jannach and Thomas Schmitz Using Calculation Fragments for Spreadsheet Testing and Debugging
14:20 Daniel Kulesz, Fabian Toth and Fabian Beck Live-Inspection of Spreadsheets
14:40 Andrea Kohlhase, Michael Kohlhase and Ana Guseva Missing Context in Spreadsheets
15:10 Martin Hirzel, Rodric Rabbah, Philippe Suter, Olivier Tardieu and Mandana Vaziri Spreadsheets for Stream Partitions and Windows
15:30 Break
16:00 Alexandru Toader, Andrea Kohlhase and Michael Kohlhase Assessment for Spreadsheets
16:30 Pedro Maia, Jorge Mendes, Jácome Cunha, Henrique Rebêlo and João Saraiva Towards the Design and Implementation of Aspect-Oriented Programming for Spreadsheets
17:00 Closing, what’s next?
17:10 Open Steering Group Meeting

SEMS 2015 Proceedings

The proceedings are available here.

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