The objective of the Symposium on Search Based Software Engineering (SSBSE) is to bring the rapidly growing international search based software engineering community together in a welcoming forum for discussion and dissemination, as well as to sustain the flourishing of interest in the field from researchers and practitioners in software engineering and metaheuristic search alike. SSBSE has a well-documented charter and organises itself with an open democratic process.

If you are interested in being general chair for a future edition of SSBSE, please feel free to reach out to steering committee members.

SSBSE is ranked in CORE (B ranking)

You can view the entire conference charter here.

Next Edition

SSBSE 2024, 16th edition

Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Co-located with ESEC/FSE 2024



SBSE: Search Based Software Engineering

Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE) is the reformulation of software engineering tasks as optimisation problems.

The objective of the search becomes that of locating, from among all possible solutions to the problem, one that is sufficiently good according to an appropriate fitness metric. This reformulation enables previously manually intensive and costly tasks to be partially or fully automated, solves problems that are intractable by other methods, and often leads to innovative and insightful solutions.

The combination of readily available, high-performance computing power, and new, more efficient, search algorithms has made SBSE a practical solution method for many software engineering problems. This is reflected in the interest in this field from both academia and industry, and the very wide range of applications throughout the software engineering lifecycle, to which it has been successfully applied.

Steering Committee

Dr. Shaukat Ali (Chair)

Simula Research Laboratory, NO

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Terms: 2020 - 2022, 2023 - 2025

Dr. Andrea Arcuri

Kristiania University College and Oslo Metropolitan University, NO

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Terms: 2023 - 2025

Prof. Federica Sarro

University College London (UCL), UK

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Terms: 2019 - 2021, 2022 - 2024

Dr. Giovani Guizzo

Brick Abode, Brazil

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Terms: 2023 - 2025

Prof. Gordon Fraser

University of Passau, DE

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Terms: 2023 - 2025

Prof. Justyna Petke

University College London, UK

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Terms: 2023 - 2025

Prof. Phil McMinn

The University of Sheffield, UK

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Terms: 2019 - 2021, 2022 - 2024

Prof. Shin Yoo

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KR

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Terms: 2019 - 2021, 2022 - 2024

Prof. Silvia Regina Vergilio

Federal University of ParanĂ¡, BR

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Terms: 2023 - 2025

Past Editions

SSBSE 2023, 15th edition

San Francisco, USA

Co-located with ESEC/FSE 2023

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SSBSE 2022, 14th edition


Co-located with ESEC/FSE 2022

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SSBSE 2021, 13th edition

Bari, Italy

Co-located with ESEM 2021

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SSBSE 2020, 12th edition

Online Event

Co-located with ESEIW 2020

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SSBSE 2019, 11th edition

Tallinn, Estonia

Co-located with ESE/FSE 2019

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SSBSE 2018, 10th edition

Montpellier, France

Co-located with ASE 2018

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SSBSE 2017, 9th edition

Paderborn, Germany

Co-located with ESEC/FSE 2017

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SSBSE 2016, 8th edition

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Co-located with ICSME 2016

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SSBSE 2015, 7th edition

Bergamo, Milan, Italy

Co-located with ESEC/FSE 2015

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SSBSE 2014, 6th edition

Fortaleza, Brazil

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SSBSE 2013, 5th edition

St. Petersburg, Russia

Co-located with ESEC/FSE 2013

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SSBSE 2012, 4th edition

Riva del Garda, Trento, Italy

Co-located with ICSM 1012

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SSBSE 2011, 3rd edition

Szeged, Hungary

Co-located with ESEC/FSE 2011

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SSBSE 2010, 2nd edition

Benevento, Italy

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SSBSE 2009, 1st edition

Windsor, United Kingdom

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