Satellite workshop of

ICSE 2011

4th International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics (WeTSOM 2013)

May 2013 - San Francisco, CA, USA


The International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics, aims at gathering together researchers and practitioners to discuss the progress of software metrics. The motivation for this workshop is the low impact that software metrics has on current software development. The goals of this workshop includes critically examining the evidence for the effectiveness of existing metrics and identifying new directions for metrics. Evidence for existing metrics includes how the metrics have been used in practice and studies showing their effectiveness. Identifying new directions includes use of new theories, such as complex network theory, on which to base metrics.

Important Dates

Paper submission (EXTENDED):
February 07, 2013
February 14, 2013
Paper acceptance notification: February 28, 2013
Camera-ready version: March 7, 2013
Workshop date: May 21, 2013

Call for Papers

The topics of interest in the discussion include:

  • New software metrics to assess quality and effort
  • Complex network theory and its application to software structure and growth
  • Micro-patterns and other code-style related metrics
  • Metrics for agile products, processes and teams
  • Dynamic tracking of software projects using metrics
  • Metrics-based quality prediction
  • Metrics related to Cloud Computing
  • Software architecture metrics, including service oriented architectures, and their application to software maintenance and evolution
  • Quality of Service and Service Level Agreement metrics
  • Metrics related to software for mobile terminals
  • Metrics for Open Source software products and processes
  • Metrics for measuring the security level of software applications.

Download the Call for Papers
Papers must be submitted electronically by 23:59:59 UTC/GMT - 11 hours (= Pago Pago, American Samoa time).


Please prepare your paper according to the formatting instructions given below.
If you are using LaTeX, make sure that the "compsocconf" option is set and that you are using the right IEEEtran class (see "Important note for LaTeX users" below).
When your paper is finished, submit it via

WETSoM 2013 Submission and Formatting Instructions

Papers submitted to WETSoM 2013 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for WETSoM 2013. ACM plagiarism policies and procedures shall be followed for cases of double submission.
All submissions must be in English.

Paper Preparation and Formatting

All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Computer Society Formatting Guidelines . Please use either the Word Template or the LaTeX package provided by IEEE CS. (In some browsers, an empty page will display when clicking these links. Nevertheless, the documents will download; check your download folder.) Make sure that you use US letter page format (don't use A4!). Submissions must be in PDF format. Author names and affiliations shall not be suppressed on the title page of the paper. Papers, when properly formatted, must not exceed the size limits stated for the paper categories as follows:
  • Short position papers: 4 pages
  • Full papers: 7 pages

Non-Conforming Submissions

Submissions that do not comply with the foregoing instructions and size limits will be desk rejected without review.


Steve Counsell, Brunel University, UK
Michele Marchesi, University of Cagliari, Italy
Ewan Tempero, university of Auckland, New Zealand
Aaron Visaggio, University of Sannio, Italy

Accepted Papers

Full Papers

A Measure to Assess the Behavior of Method Stereotypes in Object-Oriented Software

Peter Andras, Anjan Pakhira, Laura Moreno, Andrian Marcus

A Study of the Community Structure of a Complex Software Network

Giulio Concas, Cristina Monni, Matteo Orru, Roberto Tonelli

Adoption and Use of New Metrics in a Large Organization: A Case Study

Vibhu Saujanya Sharma, Vikrant Kaulgud

Measuring Software Projects Mayan Style

Siim Karus

Metrics for Modularization Assessment of Scala and C# Systems

Basavaraju Muddu, Allahbaksh Asadullah, Padmanabhuni Srinivas

Metrics to Identify Where Object-Oriented Program Comprehension Benefits from the Runtime Structure

Marwan Abi-Antoun, Radu Vanciu, Nariman Ammar

Sextant: A Tool to Specify and Visualize Software Metrics for Java Source-code

Victor Winter, Carl Reinke, Jonathan Guerrero

Software Defect Density variants: a proposal

Syed Muhammad Ali Shah, Marco Torchiano, Maurizio Morisio

The Inconsistent Measurement of Message Chains

David Bowes, David Randall, Tracy Hall

Towards Indicators of Instabilities in Software Product Lines: An Empirical Evaluation of Metrics

Bruno Cafeo, Francisco Dantas, Elder Cirilo, Alessandro Garcia

Short Papers

A Pragmatic Means for Measuring the Complexity of Source Code Ensembles

Oliver Hummel, Stefan Burger

CDI: Cost of Development Index

Vikrant Kaulgud, Vibhu Saujanya Sharma

Towards a Catalog of Object-Oriented Software Maintainability Metrics

Juliana Saraiva, Sergio Soares, Fernando Castor

Program committee

Alain Abran, ETS, Université du Québec, Canada
Francesca Arcelli Fontana, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Stefan Blom, Univ. of Twente, Netherlands
Luigi Buglione, Engineering.IT / ETS, Italy
Gerardo Canfora, University of Sannio, Italy
Giovanni Cantone, DISP - University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy
Damien Challet, Fribourg University, Germany
Peter J. Clarke, Florida International University,
Giulio Concas, DIEE University of Cagliari, Italy
Juan J. Cuadrado Gallego, University of Alcalá, Spain
Massimiliano Di Penta, RCOST - University of Sannio, Italy
Kecia Ferreira, CEFET-MG, Brasil
Matt Gatrell, Brunel University, UK
Israel Herraiz, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Ségla Kpodjedo, SOCCER Lab, DGIGL, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Québec
Adrian Kuhn, University of Bern, Switzerland
Marcelo Maia, Federal University of Uberlândia, Brasil
Sandro Morasca, University of Insubria, Italy
James Power, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Steve Riddle, Newcastle University, UK
Jean-Guy Schneider, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Alexander Serebrenik, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Martin Shepperd, Brunel University, UK
Sagar Sunkle, Tata Consultancy Services, India
Roberto Tonelli, University of Cagliari, Italy
Marco Tulio Valente, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil
Rajesh Vasa, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Hongyu Zhang, Tsinghua University, China



Mark Harman

University College London

The relationship between metrics and Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE)

In this keynote we explore and explain the symbiotic relationship between software metrics and fitness functions used in Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE). SBSE offers new ways to explore the properties and validity of software metrics. Recent results have shown how SBSE can be used as a way to explore the behaviour of metrics and relationships between different metrics. This work is joint work with John Clark and Mel O'Cinneide and builds on recent results presented in the award-winning paper "Experimental Assessment of Software Metrics Using Automated Refactoring" at the 6th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM 2012); available from and in the earlier paper "Metrics are Fitness Functions too" (presented Metrics 2004).


Mark Harman is professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, where he directs the CREST centre and is Head of Software Systems Engineering. He is widely known for work on source code analysis and testing and was instrumental in founding the field of Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE), the topic of this keynote. SBSE research has rapidly grown over the past five years and now includes over 800 authors, from nearly 300 institutions spread over more than 40 countries. A recent tutorial paper on SBSE can be found here .

Previous Editions