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Building on the success of the nine previous conferences, the industry track on of the 19th IEEE International Working Conference on Reverse Engineering will be held October 15-October 18, 2012 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Over the last two decades, we have witnessed the growing importance of reverse engineering for many large-scale enterprise applications. After more than two decade of research, the reverse engineering paradigm is gaining increased momentum in industry: more companies produce tools and more software engineers use the ideas of reverse engineering in their daily projects. However, many excellent research ideas of reverse engineering have not reached mainstream adoption because it is difficult to learn, and historically, it lacked decent tool support. Most damaging was its lack of visibility: reverse engineering is important for success of software projects, but publicizing it may be detrimental since it is perceived as providing support for stealing intellectual property by extracting high-level design from obscured code. However, reverse engineering enables stakeholders to reduce the cost and increase the quality of software by increasing program comprehension, extracting different models from source and binaries of applications, and improving applications’ performance, among other things. Although reverse engineering is still difficult to incorporate into application development, tool support and visibility are no longer a problem. Integrated development environments (IDEs) have advanced to the point where an organization can now safely use, and benefit from, the powerful binary-to-source reverse engineering capabilities.

The Industry Track of the WCRE’12 takes a deliberately a broad view of reverse engineering.

Accordingly, major topics of interest this year will include::

- Novel models, languages, programming and implementation techniques for reverse engineering tasks;
- Applications of software reverse engineering technologies;
- Industrial points of view: experiences, applications, open issues;
- Maintenance-based software architectures and software reverse engineering techniques;
- Middleware and Infrastructures for reverse engineering;
- Reverse engineering aspects of the computational models such as object-oriented, declarative (functional, logic, constraint), programming or their extensions with coordination capabilities;
- Software artifact mining;
- Evolution and reverse engineering;
- Code clones, software reuse, code similarity measures;
- Refactoring.

Papers accepted for the Industry Track of the WCRE will be published by the IEEE Computer Society in the WCRE 2012 proceedings.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the industry track program committee. The committee will review each submission to assess the relevance and quality of the submitted paper in terms of originality, soundness, and presentation quality. Submissions should describe their relevance to reverse engineering, discuss the level of maturity of the tool, and reference the technical foundations upon which they are based (typically, through appropriate references to previously published work).

Original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas will be considered. This includes three categories of submissions: 1) original and unpublished research; 2) reports of innovative computing applications in the arts, sciences, engineering, business, government, education and industry; and 3) reports of successful technology transfer to new problem domains.

Each submitted paper will be fully refereed and undergo an anonymous review process by at least three referees. The accepted papers in all categories will be published in the IEEE WCRE 2012 proceedings.

How to submit:
Submit your paper electronically in the PDF format. Please note: neither hardcopy nor fax submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be printable on a standard printer on common paper formats such as letter and DIN A4. The body of the paper should not exceed 10 pages in the IEEE format. Submission is via EasyChair here:

Authors must first register their own account by obtaining a password, and then follow the instructions.

Important dates
Submission proposal: July 20, 2012
Author notification: August 20, 2012
Camera ready: September 7, 2012

Track Chairs
Mark Grechanik, University of Illinois, Chicago
Brian Robinson, ABB Research

WCRE 2012 – 19th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering