Mining Summer School MSR Vision 2020

MITACS MSR Vision 2020

The Canadian Summer School in Software Repositories.
A MITACS Sponsored Event
August 20-24

School of Computing, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Over the past decade, the Mining Software Repositories (MSR) community has grown at a tremendous rate. The impact of MSR on software research and practice is already visible, which is breath-taking for one of Software Engineering (SE)’s youngest sub-fields:

  • The MSR conference is ICSE’s largest and most successful co-located event. This year it was attended by more than 150 people. MSR techniques have become an essential part of the SE toolbox.
  • The MSR challenge is SE’s only annually run student event. The Challenge data has had a visible impact on empirical research worldwide.

As we prepare for another decade of MSR successes and challenges, it is important to step back and reflect on viable future directions for MSR: What are the next challenges? What are promising repositories? How can we enable stronger adoption of our research? What research skills will be essential for future MSR researchers to master?”

Our community has been given a unique opportunity to bring some of the world’s leading and upcoming researchers, and talented grad students to discuss the future of MSR. Recognizing the importance of involving young researchers in keeping our community at the forefront of the latest advancements, the discussions about MSR’s future will be interleaved with an Advanced Summer School track.

The key goals of MSR Vision 2020 are to:

  • Prepare the next generation of MSR researchers.
  • Provide a training venue for key MSR techniques and results.
  • Provide a networking platform for new researchers, students, and leading researchers in the area.
  • Provide a Dagstuhl-like setting for free-form focused discussions on MSR topics and its future.

MSR Vision 2020 will be held in August 20-24 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

The registration fee for the event is CAD$360 only. The fee covers the following costs:

  • Accommodation costs for 5 nights (arrival on Sunday afternoon) at Queen’s university in a private air-conditioned residence room; however each two rooms will share a washroom (See Accommodations). If you wish you can upgrade for a fee to a non-shared washroom room. Female participants will be able to share a room with other female participants.
  • Meal costs from Monday morning till Friday morning, except for two dinners, to give you an opportunity to explore Kingston’s historical downtown and its vast selection of restaurants.
  • And FREE accommodation and meal costs for one of your students. Please indicate on the registration form if you will bring a student with you.

As Canada’s first capital built next to Lake Ontario, Kingston is located besides several key touristic and UNESCO world heritage sites, and one of the entrance gates to the magnificent 1,000 Islands. Kingston is easy to reach, being located (2-3hr drive) between three of Canada’s largest cities (Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto). You can fly into the following airports to reach Kingston: YOW, YUL, YYZ, YGK (Kingston), and SYR (Syracuse, USA). Once you arrive, you can take trains from YUL, bus services from YYZ, or rent a car from any of the airports.


This five-day event (Monday to Friday) will consist of:

  • Plenary sessions by some of the top researchers in the field.
  • Four parallel sessions by top researchers in MSR who have committed to attend.
  • Tutorials in novel methods and techniques in MSR
  • Workshops and discussion sessions on MSR topics and its future.

A detailed schedule will be announced soon.


Ahmed E. Hassan is the NSERC/RIM Industrial Research Chair in Software Engineering for Ultra Large Scale systems at the School of Computing in Queen’s University.
Dr. Hassan spearheaded the organization and creation of the Mining Software Repositories (MSR) conference and its research community. He co-edited special issues of the IEEE Transaction on Software Engineering and the Journal of Empirical Software Engineering on the MSR topic.
Early tools and techniques developed by Dr. Hassan’s team are already integrated into products used by millions of users worldwide. Dr. Hassan industrial experience includes helping architect the Blackberry wireless platform at RIM, and working for IBM Research at the Almaden Research Lab and the Computer Research Lab at Nortel Networks. Dr. Hassan is the named inventor of patents at several jurisdictions around the world including the United States, Europe, India, Canada, and Japan. Dr. Hassan received the Ph.D., MMath, and BMath degrees from the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Dr. Bram Adams is an assistant professor at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, where he heads the MCIS lab on Maintenance, Construction and Intelligence of Software. He obtained his PhD at Ghent University (Belgium), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University (Canada) from October 2008 to December 2011. His research interests include software release engineering in general, and software integration, software build systems, software modularity and software maintenance in particular. His work has been published at premier venues like ICSE, FSE, ASE, ESEM, MSR and ICSM, as well as in major journals like EMSE, JSS and SCP. Bram has co-organized 4 international workshops, has been tool demo and workshop chair at ICSM and WCRE, and was program chair for the 3rd International Workshop on Empirical Software Engineering in Practice (IWESEP 2011) in Nara, Japan. He will be program co-chair of the ERA-track at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM), as well as of the 2013 International Working Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation (SCAM), both taking place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Dr. Daniel M. German is associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria. He has been an active researcher in the area of Mining Software Repositories, Open Source software engineering and intellectual property. He is a Fellow of the Open Forum Academy. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Victoria.


The event is possible due to very strong financial support from:

  • with additional support from Research In Motion (RIM),  the School of Computing at Queen’s University, and the NSERC Research Chairs program.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.


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