The Second International Workshop on Intelligent Bug Fixing

February 18,2020
co-located with SANER 2020


Bug fixing is expensive and the study of it is a hot research topic in software engineering. During the bug fixing process, developers leverage various software artifacts (e.g., bug reports, commits, log files, source files, etc.) and explore multi-source heterogeneous information (Q&A websites, web resources, software communities, etc.) to reproduce the bugs, locate the bugs, identify candidate fixing solutions, apply the fixes and validate the fixes. The rich data can indicate the important information of bug fixing, which can guide developers resolve bugs. For example, a bug report not only shows the details of the reported bug, but also shows the potential method of bug fixing. Therefore, how to analyze and utilize these data is an important step of bug fixing.

The workshop will focus on intelligent bug fixing. Generally, bug fixing process includes bug understanding (i.e., bug reproduction, severity/priority verification, bug summarization, bug classification, bug knowledge extraction), bug localization, bug fixing, and bug validation. By using data mining, information retrieval, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence technologies, visualization technologies, human-computer interaction technologies and code analysis technologies, a series of new automated algorithms will be proposed to improve the performance of developers bug fixing process. In this workshop, we solicit high-quality contributions with consolidated and thoroughly evaluated application-oriented research results in the area of intelligent bug fixing that are worthy of archival publication in SANER 2020 workshop proceeding. It is intended to (i) provide a summary of research that advances intelligent bug fixing using multiple data analysis and processing techniques, and (ii) serve as a comprehensive collection of some of the current state-of-the-art technologies within this content. The workshop will collaborate with the 27th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER 2020).

Important Dates

Call for Paper

Submissions from academia and industry reporting original research results or practical experience are welcome. All submissions should consider the practical application of the idea through case studies, experiments, empirical validation, or systematic comparisons with other approaches already in practice. We strongly encourage authors to make available all data and software they use in their work, in order to allow for replication of their results.

The topics relevant to the workshop include (but are not limited to) the following.

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Organizing Committee

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China (

Xiapu Luo

Concordia University, Canada (

Weiyi Shang

Yangzhou University, China (

Xiaobing Sun

Macau University of Science and Technology, Macao, China (

Tao Zhang

Program Committee

Chang Xu Nanjing University
Xiaobing Sun Yangzhou University
Weiyi Shang Concordia University
Eunjong Choi Kyoto Institute of Technology
Jifeng Xuan Wuhan University
Jinfu Chen Concordia University
Jingxuan Zhang Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Jing Jiang Beihang University
Shin Hong Handong Global University
Lingfeng Bao Zhejiang University
Hao Zhong Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Lu Xiao Stevens Institute of Technology
Jinqiu Yang Concordia University
Chunrong Fang Software Institute of Nanjing University
Jürgen Cito MIT
Xiaoyuan Xie Wuhan University
Tao Zhang Macau University of Science and Technology
Yan Cai State Key Laboratory of Computer Science,Institute of Software,Chinese Academy of Sciences
Heng Li Queen's University
Donghwan Shin University of Luxembourg
Ying Wang Northeastern University
Yepang Liu Southern University of Science and Technology
Lei Ma Kyushu University
He Jiang Dalian University of Technology
Xiapu Luo The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Patanamon Thongtanunam The University of Melbourne
Hui Liu Beijing Institute of Technology


Submitted papers must have been neither previously accepted for publication nor concurrently submitted for review in another journal, book, conference, or workshop.

All submissions must come in PDF format and conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt font, LaTEX users must use documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option. Also, papers must comply with the IEEE Policy on Authorship.

All submissions must be in English. Submissions should not exceed 8 pages + 2 pages (references only), and should be uploaded electronically in PDF format via EasyChair. Submissions that do not adhere to these limits or that violate the formatting guidelines will be desk-rejected without review.

Authors of selected papers accepted at IBF2020 will be invited to submitted revised, extended versions of their manuscripts for a special issue of Journal of Systems and Software (JSS).

Note that we follows a full double-blind review process.

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