Call For Papers (PDF)

Submissions are now closed.

Modern software is full of examples of bias. FairWare 2018 brings together academics, practitioners, and policy makers interested in solving this problem and creating software engineering technology to improve software fairness. FairWare is interested in submissions on a variety of topics pertaining to software fairness, including, but not limited to, surveys of real-world software exhibiting bias, definitions of measures of bias in software, approaches to detecting bias in software, and research roadmaps and challenges. Fairness has been a hot topic of research, but relatively little work has happened in the software engineering community, and important software engineering challenges are going unsolved. If you'd like to learn about one recent results in our community, watch this video (or read this paper):

Submission Types

We welcome full (up to 7 pages) and short (up to 4 pages) papers that do one or more of the following:
• describe original research,
• state a position,
• survey related research,
• survey examples of bias in modern software,
• describe a new research idea, or
• formalize a problem statement.

If you have previously published work you want to present at FairWare 2018 to give the work more exposure, submit a summary of that work (roughly 2 pages is enough) pointing to the prior publication. FairWare will not republish previously published work, but we look forward to having presentations on such work to inform the community. It's a great opportunity for us to learn and for you to advertise your work! In fact, authors of all submissions may opt-out of having the manuscript appear in the proceedings to make it eligible for subsequent publication elsewhere.

All contributions must, at the time of submission, conform to the ACM formatting instructions. All papers must be written in English. Papers must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, using the EasyChair submission site.

Three members of the program committee will review each paper and the committee will select the papers for presentation at workshop based on quality, relevance, and the potential for starting meaningful and productive conversations.

At least one author of each accepted paper or presentation must register for the workshop.

Authors of accepted papers will have the option of including their work in the workshop proceedings. Authors of papers describing work previously published elsewhere or planned to be submitted elsewhere may still submit to FairWare 2018, but will have the opportunity to elect not to publish in the proceedings, or to only publish an abstract.

FairWare organization is supported partially by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CNS-1744471. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the organizers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.