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Andy Brodales <[log in to unmask]>
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The First International Workshop on Improving Research Productivity in
IRP 2007
August 25-31, 2007 - Cap Esterel, French Riviera, France

In conjunction with
The Second International Conference on Software Engineering Advances
ICSEA 2007

Important deadlines:
Submission deadline March 25, 2007
Notification of acceptance  May 15, 2007
Registration/camera ready June 1, 2007

Whatever ones specific discipline, all researchers in Computer Science
and related disciplines are additionally experts in the domain of
research itself. The nature of research varies slightly with the
specific discipline researchers work in, yet there is much common ground
and room for a sharing of best practice, frameworks, tools, languages
and methodologies.

Despite the number of experts we have available, little work is done at
the meta level, that is examining how we go about our research, and how
this process can be improved. There are questions related to the choice
of programming language, IDEs and documentation styles and standard.
Reuse can be of great benefit to research projects, yet reuse of prior
research projects introduces special problems that need to be mitigated.
The research environment is a mix of creativity and systematic approach
which leads to a creative tension that needs to be managed or at least
monitored. Much of the coding in any university is undertaken by
research students or young researchers. Issues of skills training,
development and quality control can have significant effects on an
entire department. In an industrial research setting the environment is
not quite that of industry as a whole, nor does it follow the pattern
set by the university. The unique approaches and issues of industrial
research may hold lessons for researchers in other domains.

In addition to the generic issues discussed above, the topic of research
productivity may be specialized to examine the best practice approaches
in specific domains such as distributed systems, artificial intelligence
or ubiquitous computing.  An understanding of how researches approach
their task in specialized areas can not only help others in these areas,
but may allow growth between specialist domains.

We expect original research and industrial contributions for the
peer-review process dealing with the following topics:

TOPICS OF SPECIAL INTEREST (but not limited to)

Developing frameworks to support research
Methods and tools to improving the research environment
Supporting domain specific research needs
Teaching research skills in Computer Science
Experience reports on well developed research processes
Experience reports on empirical approaches to software engineering
Approaches to supporting higher degree students in their research
Approaches to enlarge the research / teaching nexus to improve academics
Approaches to integration between university research and industry
Tools to support the research process
Approaches to measuring research metrics


The IRP 2007 Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society
Press, posted on IEEE Xplore Digital Library, and indexed with major

Regular papers

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. Every
submission will receive an ID from the EDAS system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11" (two columns IEEE format),
not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The
formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page
<> .

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be
provided by the IEEE CS Press an online author kit with all the steps an
author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL
will be included in the letter of acceptance.

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and
positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a
10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the
slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will be published
in the conference's CD collection, together with the regular papers.
Please send your presentations to [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>   and [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals
can be for half or full day tutorials. Please send your proposals to
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Panel proposals

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize
dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and
paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to indentify their guests and
ensure they send all details to the workshop organisers in time for the
deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal,
indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the
topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. Please send your
proposals to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

IRP 2007 Chairs
Andre Oboler, Lancaster University, UK
Petre Dini, Cisco, USA

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