Machine Learning with Value-Based Software Engineering

Special Session in SEKE 2009

The 21st International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE'09)

Hyatt Harborside at Logan Int'l Airport, Boston, USA


Software engineering research and practice thus far are mainly conducted in a value-neutral setting where each artifact in software development such as a requirement, a use case, a test case, a defect, and so forth, is treated as equally important during a software system development process. There are a number of shortcomings of such value-neutral software engineering. Value-based software engineering (VBSE) is to integrate value considerations into the full range of existing and emerging software engineering principles and practices so as to increase the return on investment for the stakeholders and optimize other relevant value objectives of software projects.

Machine learning (ML) has been playing an increasingly important role in helping develop and maintain large and complex software systems. However, machine learning applications to software engineering have been largely confined to the value-neutral software engineering setting. In this special session, the main theme to be emphasized is that there is great potential to apply ML methods to VBSE. The training data or the background knowledge or domain theory or heuristics or bias used by ML methods in generating target models or functions for software development and maintenance should be aligned with stakeholders' value propositions (SVPs) and business objectives.

This special session will focus on the current research topics in applying ML to VBSE. Pertinent topics include, but are not limited to:


Submitted papers must not be previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors must follow the submission guidelines of SEKE 2009. When submitting your papers to the session, please select "Du: Machine learning with value-based software engineering" in the pull-down menu for paper type (

In addition to submitting papers to the conference web site, authors are asked to email a copy of their paper(s) to Du Zhang on or before the submission deadline.

All accepted papers for this special session will be published in the proceedings of SEKE 2009. A selection of presented papers in the session will be considered for inclusion, after revision, in a special issue of either the International journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (, or the International Journal of Software Science and Computational Intelligence (


Du Zhang
Dept. of Computer Science
California State University
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6021
Tel: (916) 278-7628
Fax: (916) 278-6774

If you have any questions regarding the special session or whether your research fits into the focus of the special session, don't hesitate to contact the organizer.