Software Engineering Nederland

From the VERSEN board

In October, we had our first meeting with the advisory board. The members provided useful feedback on the software manifesto. They recognise the challenges that we listed, but also gave advise on how to translate the manifesto in the language of our stakeholders.

In the mean time, we have also talked with more people about the manifesto. We now have a draft document that relates the software technology challenges to AI. Further, the Secure Software Alliance is actively helping us to make companies and public administration aware of the challenges in developing reliable and secure software.

We also got in touch with software researchers from France and Finland, who also published similar national manifestos, and are facing the same challenges as the Dutch software research community. We have decided to join forces, and to come with a shared statement - where we hope to involve also software researchers from other European countries - that can be used to increase the support for software research also at the European level.

Finally, we have worked on several community activities. Members of the VERSEN executive board will meet in January with young software researchers, to discuss how we can best involve them in VERSEN. If you are interested in joining this discussion, please let me know. Jorge Perez has kindly agreed to start working on a communication plan for VERSEN, with the support of Tanja Vos, Marielle Stoelinga, Slinger Jansen and Ivano Malavolta. Moreover, Bastiaan Heeren will look into how we can organise the VERSEN community also around education.

And of course, last but not least, there are some VERSEN-related events coming up. The SEN symposium has been moved to February 18 and 19. More information about this event you can find in this newsletter. During ICT.Open, there will be a plenary announcement of the winners of the VERSEN PhD awards.

This was my last message to you as the VERSEN chair, as I will step down as a chair during the SEN symposium. I want to thank you all for the nice collaborations over the last years, and I'm happy to say that I will keep on contributing to VERSEN.

On behalf of the VERSEN board members,
Marieke Huisman (chair)

From the VERSEN board - VERSEN sponsors 2020

VERSEN membership is free for individuals, mainly because our institutions provide yearly sponsoring. We want to thank our "Platinum" sponsors for 2020, namely NWO-I Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica and TU Delft for providing the bulk of the budget. Among other things, from this money we organize the SEN symposium, and the visual story with the manifesto.

Furthermore we have received broad support from our "Gold" sponsors: Universiteit Twente, TU Eindhoven, Universiteit Utrecht, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Open Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Wageningen University & Research, and Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. This sponsoring enables VERSEN to broaden our activities beyond the symposium, in terms of awards, public relations, strategic meetings and conferences. Also our website, newsletter and membership administration are funded by our sponsors.

We wish to thank our sponsors for their continued support!

From the VERSEN board - Strengthening the VERSEN community

Over the last years, the VERSEN board members have been actively working on improving the visibility of software research in Dutch computer science. However, we would like to involve the full VERSEN community more in our activities.

In January, we plan to have a meeting to discuss what can be done to achieve this. I invite in particular all young software researchers in the Netherlands to join this meeting, because we would like to hear your voice. If you would like to join, write an email to Marieke Huisman (

CfP: Special Issue IEEE Software on Collaborative Aspects of Open Data in Software Engineering

With this theme issue of IEEE Software, we invite papers with a focus on the collaborative aspects of open data in software engineering and how these aspects can help or hinder practitioners within both private and public organizations to exploit the potential benefits.

We ask for original articles that provide new ideas, methods, and insightful experiences that can guide and support software engineers in the collaboration and co-development of open data.

We invite in-depth case studies, experience reports, and analytical contributions, aiming to shed light in this multifaceted topic, covering any collaborative aspects of open data in software engineering.

Link to the theme issue:

Awards - SSBSE 2020 Best Paper Award for TU Delft Researchers

In October 2020, Pouria Derakhshanfar, Xavier Devroey, and Andy Zaidman from the Delft University of Technology received a best paper award for their paper "It is not Only About Control Dependent Nodes: Basic Block Coverage for Search-Based Crash Reproduction" at the 12th International Symposium on Search-Based Software Engineering.

This paper revisits the approach level and branch distance heuristics widely used for white-box test generation.

The paper is available at

PhD defenses - dr. Siamak Farshidi successfully defended thesis about Multi-criteria Decision Making in Software Production

Dr. Siamak Farshidi defended his thesis successfully on the 2nd of December about multi-criteria decision making in software production. His promotors are Prof. dr. Sjaak Brinkkemper and Prof. dr. Hajo Reijers from Utrecht University, co-promotor dr. Slinger Jansen. The committee was made up of renowned VERSEN members, Prof. dr. Gabriele Keller, Prof. dr. Alex Telea, Prof. dr. Patricia Lago, Prof. dr. Diomidis Spinellis, among others. 

For more information, please see

Siamak is now working at the UvA as a postdoc en the Envri+ project.

Awards and prizes - 2nd prize KNVI Master thesis award for Lukas Miedema

Last November, Lukas Miedema received one of the two 2nd prizes of the KNVI Thesis prizes for Informatics for his thesis called QuickInterp - JIT-like performance in a cross-platform cross-CPU way. Lukas did his Master thesis at the University of Twente, under the supervision of Marieke Huisman and Tom van Dijk.

In this movie, Lukas gives a brief explanation about the work he did in his Master thesis.

More information about the thesis of Lukas can be found at:

Next events - CfP: WAIN’21 - 1st Workshop on AI Engineering: Software Engineering for AI

Co-located with the 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2021

Important dates:
Submission Deadline: Tue 21 Jan 2021 (AoE time)
Acceptance Notification: Mon 22 Feb 2021
Camera Ready: Fri 12 Mar 2021
Workshop: One or two days between May 29th and June 4th, 2021, Virtual
In development and implementation of AI-based systems , the main challenge is not to develop the best models/algorithms, but to provide support for the entire
lifecycle - from a business idea, through collection and management of data, software development managing both data and code, product deployment and
operation, and to its evolution. There is a clear need for specific support of Software Engineering for AI.
The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners in software engineering, in data-science and AI, and to build up a community that will target the new challenges emerging in Software Engineering that AI/data-science engineers and software engineers are facing in development of AI-based systems. The workshop will be highly interactive: In addition to the invited keynotes and short paper presentations, there will be several discussion sessions.

For more info see

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