Main Conference – ICSE 2020 | Virtual

I was bit busy with my Ph.D. after ICSE. So I could not write anything about my experience at ICSE main conference. Finally, here I go!

Pre-print of the paper:

Video presentation:

Video was available for public before the conference

Unfortunately, the conference happened online due to COVID-19 as I mentioned in my earlier post on presenting at CHASE workshop of the same conference.


Well, I did not have much of a hassle in preparing for this presentation as I was experienced with CHASE preparation πŸ˜‰ . So, I prepared the video, and uploaded to the Google Drive provided by the conference organizers. Then they uploaded the video to the playlist of my session in Youtube.

I did not practice the presentation as I did for CHASE. I was bit tired of the work I had between CHASE workshop and main conference (yes, Ph.D. work and I was getting ready for Visualize Your Thesis competition). I really wanted a change since I was working from home since March, 2020. So, I took a risk and went shopping the day before the conference πŸ™Š .

But thankfully my friends were ever-ready to watch me doing the presentation. So, I did some practicing with Zainab and Dulaji after I was back from shopping.

Conference Day (8th July, 2020 – Morning Session):

This was different from the way how CHASE was organized. We were supposed to join the Slack and Zoom one hour before the session. Slack had channels for each conference room. Several sessions were going on at the same time. So, I was added to Room Baekjie. Then there was a seperate channel called Green room of Bakjie. Presenters are added to the Green room before the session and removed after the session (But you are left in the main Baekjie room through out the conference. Sounds crazy right? No, it was well organized). So, the ones in the Green room were called over Zoom by the organizers 30 minutes before the presentation. We were given instructions and session chair talked with all of us.

Here comes the funny part. Everyone else in my session were “big shots” I would say; well established researchers. Since there were around 15 minutes for the session to start, I started practicing the presentation. I thought I was on mute, but I was not. So everyone else in the session were hearing me practicing. I got a message from the session chair (Mei Nagappan – he is so good by the way) saying that my mic is ON. I saw the message only after I was done with practicing! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I was laughing but others were so good, they did not care me practicing. All knew that this was my first ICSE.

Session started at 9 AM AEST (as I remember). I was the second speaker. Everything went smoothly. I did my talk over Zoom and it was live streamed on Youtube and conference website (They used a different platform for interactions and live stream of talks. Sadly, I can’t remember the name of it. This is what happens when you write a blog post after months of an event πŸ˜” ). I had both my supervisors in the audience (I love them having in the audience so I feel confident), my friend Tingting watching on Youtube, and 76 other researchers around the world 🀯 .

I was asked whether I analysed the data according to the gender (which was not done) by someone in the audience (I can’t remember her name. My memory is so bad πŸ˜” ) and I said that is out of my scope of the Ph.D. Mei suggested to analyse in that perspective as well; which is actually a great idea!

After the talk, I got an email from an Emeritus Professor appreciating my talk! That is one of the best things happened to me because of ICSE!

Overall, I loved the conference! I got to see a lot of faces I knew through papers. And I am looking forward to meeting them all in person in the coming conferences!

CHASE – ICSE 2020 | Virtual

My very first ICSE experience was virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference was supposed to be help in May, 2020 in South Korea. But the global situation was not getting better at all. Therefore, the conference went online.

I had two short papers to be presented. One at CHASE workshop and the other at the main conference. I was super excited!

This blog post is on my first CHASE workshop experience.

Pre-print of the paper: Check me!

Poster: I am here!

Video Presentation:

This was available for public before the workshop

If ICSE happened physically, I was supposed to present a poster. But since the conference was virtual, a video presentation + poster + live talk were requested.


It was hard to get the video fit to 5 minutes. My supervisors gave their ideas on shortening it. After a couple of rounds I was finally able to get it.

Then next problem was how to get the poster to be clear and fit to computer screens. One of the postdocs (Hourieh) had done her poster in Latex and I followed her approach. My poster became a research paper (too much text)! Then again revised with my supervisors to make it look like a “poster”.

Deck of slides for the live presentation was not much of a problem. 3 slides were prepared.

After preparing all the material, I submitted them to Fabian and Igor (CHASE committee)

I practiced the presentation once with Rashina, twice with Zainab (my colleague at University of Auckland), twice with Dulaji (my colleague at Monash), and several times alone. I got everyone to ask me questions and got myself prepared. I was not nervous but wanted to be well prepared.

The day before the worshop, I tested my presentation with Yvonne and Fabian whether it’s working on Zoom or not. All were good.

Workshop Day:

I could not sleep! Presentations in Atlantic time were going on in our midnight. I did not have Zoom installed on my phone. I installed it and watched a couple of talks. I slept around 5 in the morning. T – 11 hours to the presentation!

I joined the Zoom meeting about 15 minutes before the workshop started for the day. Since I did not have a proper sleep, I started feeling sleepy. I drank water and quickly wrote my entire talk on sticky notes! (So funny! πŸ˜‚)

I quickly got my entire talk written on sticky notes and pasted on the monitor behind because I could not risk the talk to my sleepy mood 😴

Our session “Social of SE”, started at 4.30 PM Melbourne time. Yvonne chaired the session. There were 3 talks in our session. Christoph’s, Lynn’s (2 Ph.D. students), and mine. I was second in the line to give the talk. Yvonne suggested to give the 3 talks first and then have a discussion among ourselves.

Christoph gave his talk. Then it was me. I feel confident when someone I know is in the audience. Sadly, Rashina was on annual leave. Luckily, John joined. John cheered me up before the talk. And, I gave the talk. It went smoothly. What so funny was, I did not even look at the sticky notes. πŸ˜‚

Mary SΓ‘nchez-GordΓ³n and Thiago Silva asked me interesting questions. Mary asked about the theoretical saturation and Thiago was more interested on the results. Especially, the techniques/ strategies used to detail out the requirements changes and acceptance criteria for requirements changes. Mary told that she has read our “Towards understanding emotional response to requirements changes in agile team” paper. I was so happy to hear that!

After Lynn gave her talk, there was a discussion. We found that the model Christoph presented on tasks (paper: More than Code: Contributions in Scrum Software Engineering Team) can be used to map the technical responses given in my paper. We had different definitions on “technical” though. But still it’s possible to apply it. Lynn had a different paper and mine was not able to complement hers.

After the session, Yvonne posted the questions again on Slack. Then we had a separate discussion on Lynn’s question: application of agile in research environments. It seems to be not possible but Toni Mattis (another Ph.D. student) suggested that Lean goes well with it; which is true as we also use that in our lab.

Few more sessions were there. Igor played Bossa Nova music during the breaks between sessions (I listen to that track now while I cook).

It was a wonderful experience! And participants were so good. I hope that we all will be able to meet at the next ICSE!

Top: Participants | Bottom: My poster in the virtual hub