4th International Workshop on Automated Program Repair (APR 2023)

In conjunction with 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2023), Melbourne, Australia

Recent years have witnessed an explosive growth of works on automated program repair in various scientific communities including software engineering, programming languages and formal methods, and this growth has culminated in successful deployments of program repair technology in industry. Despite these considerable advances, program repair still faces fundamental technological and societal challenges. This workshop will create an opportunity for the research community to coordinate its effort for addressing these challenges, share recent ideas and results, and formulate an agenda for future research.

Call for Papers

We invite submissions that discuss recent developments in the theory and practice of automated program repair. The workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers interested in program repair to exchange ideas and find out about current research directions in the field. A particular emphasis of this workshop is on reducing the gap between academic research on automated program repair and the demands of industry.

This workshop will explore topics related to:

  • Quality of automatically generated patches, overfitting analysis
  • Scalability of program repair algorithms
  • Repair of domain-specific bugs
  • Applications of program repair
  • Deployment of program repair
  • Case studies on program repair
  • Program repair tools
  • Program repair benchmarks
  • Dynamic and static analysis for program repair
  • Machine learning of code for program repair
  • Testing and verification for program repair
  • Fault localization for program repair
  • Program repair and DevOps
  • Debugging and program repair
  • Program synthesis for program repair

Evaluation Criteria

Reviewers will evaluate each contribution for its soundness, significance, novelty, verifiability, and clarity. Submissions should clearly state how they are novel and how they improve upon existing work.

We will employ a double-blind review process. Thus, no submission may reveal its authors’ identities. The authors must make every effort to honor the double-blind review process. In particular, the authors’ names must be omitted from the submission and references to their prior work should be in the third person.

Submission Instructions

All submissions must conform to the ICSE 2023 formatting and submission instructions. All submissions must be in PDF. We invite submissions of papers of the following types:

  • Research papers (8 pages inc. references): technical research, experience reports, empirical studies, etc.
  • Position papers (2 pages inc. references): well-argued position or work in progress.

Submissions must conform to the IEEE conference proceedings template, specified in the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTeX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf options).

Submissions can be made via the submission site (https://apr23.hotcrp.com/) by the submission deadline. We encourage the authors to upload their paper info early (and can submit the PDF later) to properly enter conflicts for double-blind reviewing. If a submission is accepted, at least one author of the paper is required to attend the workshop and present the paper in person.

The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available by IEEE. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2023. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Important Dates
AoE (UTC-12h)
  • January 13, 2023 January 20, 2023
    Submission deadline
  • February 24, 2023
  • March 17, 2023
    Camera-ready version
  • May 16, 2023
    Workshop date

Registration Link
  • TBA

Submission Link

Organizing Committee
  • Shin Hwei Tan
    Shin Hwei Tan

    Southern University of Science and Technology, China

  • Dongsun Kim
    Dongsun Kim

    Kyungpook National University, South Korea

  • Sergey Mechtaev
    Sergey Mechtaev

    University College London, UK

  • Yuriy Brun
    Yuriy Brun

    University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Program Committee
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    Ali Ghanbari

    Iowa State University

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    Anil Koyuncu

    Sabanci University

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    Denys Poshyvanyk

    William and Mary

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    Hakjoo Oh

    Korea University

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    He Ye

    KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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    Jindae Kim

    Seoul National University of Science and Technology

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    Jooyong Yi

    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

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    Kui Liu


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    Lingming Zhang


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    Madeline Endres

    University of Michigan

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    Matias Martinez

    Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France

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    Ridwan Shariffdeen

    National University of Singapore

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    Shangwen Wang

    National University of Defense Technology

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    Thomas Durieux


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    Xiang Gao

    Beihang University

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    Xiaoguang Mao

    National University of Defense Technology