SEthics 2021
2nd Workshop on Ethics in Software Engineering Research and Practice
4th June 2021, A fully virtual workshop

ICSE 2021 Workshop

ICSE 2021

Call for paper

The Software Engineering Code of Ethics asks professionals to ensure software that for example, does not diminish the quality of life, threaten privacy or harm the environment. Software Engineering inevitably raises ethical concerns and questions about the role of human values in both practice and research. It is essential to identify ethical concerns and questions about the role of human values throughout the range of software engineering activities. It is also important to ensure that the involvement of human subjects in software engineering research is ethical.

The objective of SEthics workshop series is to explore the intersection of ethics, human values and software engineering activities. The first edition of the workshop, REthics 2020 , was organised with the requirements engineering community. Now in the second edition, SEthics 2021, we aim to shed light on current practices and research results and also identify emerging trends and research directions in software engineering.

SEthics 2021 will be a one-day discussion-oriented workshop, with theme-based tracks of paper presentations, a panel aimed at stimulating discussions, and working groups of participants. The workshop invites research papers (exploratory, empirical and solution) and industrial papers (experience reports, case studies and current practices and challenges).

We invite you to submit research papers on Ethics in Software Engineering. The topics of interest include but not limited to:

  • Elicitation and analysis of ethical concerns for software engineering.
  • Ethics laws and regulations in software engineering.
  • Ethics in social, behavioural and affective software.
  • Ethics in engineering AI systems.
  • Ethics in emerging software applications, e.g., IoT, Smart Cities, Games and Virtual Reality.
  • Testing and validation for adhering to ethical standard in software products.
  • Engineering for core ethical principles in software engineering, such as: Fairness, Honesty, Nonmaleficence, Beneficence.
  • Educating ethics in software engineering.
  • Ethical considerations in involving humans in software engineering.
  • Ethics in documenting and reporting software engineering research.

In all categories it is possible to submit:

  • Full papers (up to 8 pages)
  • Short/position/vision papers (up to 5 pages)
  • Proposal to present journal-first (up to 2 pages)

Instruction for submission

The paper must describe original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere with the exception of journal-first. Submissions must be written in English. The format of your paper must strictly adhere to the IEEEtran Proceedings Format. There are several versions of the IEEE style. Please make sure you use exactly the versions that are linked below.
LaTeX users: please use the LaTeX class file IEEEtran v1.8 (CTAN archive) and the following configuration (without option ‘compsoc’ or ‘compsocconf’): \documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran}
Microsoft word users: please use the word template (see also its pdf file).

Please submit your paper via the following easychair link: submission link

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by three members of the program committee and selected based on workshop relevance, academic rigor (only research papers), innovation, industrial applicability, and quality of writing. Accepted papers (except journal-first) will appear in the workshop program and will be published in IEEE Digital Library. At least one author is required to register and participate during the workshop.


Program Chairs

Farnaz Fotrousi

Farnaz Fotrousi

University of Hamburg, Germany

Deepika Badampudi

Deepika Badampudi

Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Fatma Basak Aydemir

Fatma Basak Aydemir

Bŏgaziçi University,Turkey

Raian Ali

Raian Ali

Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar     

Program Committee

  • Balbir Barn - Middlesex University, UK
  • Stefanie Betz - Furtwangen University, Germany
  • Bruno Cartaxo - IFPE, Brazil
  • Fabiano Dalpiaz - Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Fabian Fagerholm - Aalto University, Finland
  • Michael Felderer - University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Samuel Fricker - FHNW university, Switzerland
  • Sepideh Ghanavati - University of Maine, US
  • Paola Inverardi - University of L'Aquila, Italy
  • Karl Cox - University of Brighton, UK
  • Julio Cesar Leite - PUC Rio, Brazil
  • Rose Preethu - TCS Corporate Research, India
  • Norbert Syeff - FHNW University, Switzerland

Important Dates

Workshop paper submissions: Tuesday 12th Jan 2021 Tuesday 19th Jan 2021
Notification of authors: Monday 22nd Feb 2021
Camera-ready due: Friday 12th March 2021
SEthics 2021 workshop: Friday 4th June 2021


The workshop will be fully online on Friday, June 4th 2021. Authors and participants need a registration in advance. For registration, please refer to the ICSE'21 registration page.

Session Time (CET) Program Responsible Session Chair
Opening 13:30-13:40 Workshop Overview SEthics2021 Workshop chairs
Keynote 13:40-14:45 Artificial Intelligence for a Better Future - An Ecosystem Perspective on the Ethics of AI and Emerging Digital Technologies.

The talk will analyse what the use of the ecosystem metaphor means for the evaluation of ethical issues of smart information systems and which conclusions can be drawn from it and how these can inform recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders.
The presentation is based on the material developed in a book with the same title, which is freely available here.
Prof. Dr. Bernd Stahl, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) in Demontfort University, UK Farnaz Fotrousi
Break 14:45-15:00 ---
Paper Presentation 15:00-15:20 Ethical Lapses Create Complicated and Problematic Software Michael Dorin, Sergio Montenegro Deepika Badampudi
15:20-15:40 Exploring the Assessment List for Trustworthy AI in the Context of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems Markus Borg, Joshua Bronson, Linus Christensson, Fredrik Olsson, Olof Lennartsson, Elias Sonnsjö, Hamid Ebabi, Martin Karsberg
15:40- 16:00 Is there a "software engineering ethics"? Comparing commercial and research software engineering Graham Lee
Break 16:00-16:15 ---
Paper Presentation 16:15-16:35 Towards Ethical Data-Driven Software: Filling the Gaps in Ethics Research & Practice Brittany Johnson, Justin Smith Basak Aydemir
16:35- 16:55 Four Opportunities for SE Ethics Education Alicia M. Grubb
16:55-17:15 Authorship ethics: an overview of research on the state of practice Nasir Mehmood Minhas
Break 17:15- 17:30 ---
Working Group 17:30 - 18:10 Ethics in Software Engineering Research All participants Deepika Badampudi and Farnaz Fotrousi
Panel Discussion 18:10- 18:55 Software for Behavioral Mining and Change: The Ethical Dilemma Gopal Ramchurn, Dena Al-Thani, Bernd Stahl Raian Ali
Closing 18:55-19:00 SEthics2021 Closing SEthics2021 workshop chairs

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