May 24/25/26, 2020, Seoul - South Korea

Q-SE 2020

First International Workshop on Quantum Software Engineering (Q-SE 2020)

co-located with ICSE 2020

Quantum computers promise to solve unthinkably complex problems that traditional computers could ever solve.The evidence of such quantum supremacy over traditional computers has started to emerge as it can be seen by Google’s quantum computer recently performing a complex computation that would take 10,000 years for the best supercomputer available today. High-level languages to write quantum programs have also started to appear, e.g., Microsoft’s Q# and IBM’s Qiskit. Thus, we believe that this is the right time to build a community for quantum software engineering (QSE) focusing on devising methods, approaches, and processes to develop software for quantum programs efficiently and to ensure their correctness. The Q-SE workshop will provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to discuss the challenges in developing software quantum software in high-level quantum languages, developing novel solutions to build correct methods for developing testing quantum programs, executing quantum software, developing best practices, and creating a research roadmap of quantum software engineering.

The key goals of the workshop are: 1) Provide practical and generalizable insights on how to apply and extend existing approaches to quantum software development or develop entirely new approaches, 2) Devise ways in which industry and academia can collaborate to provide further knowledge on developing quantum software, 3) Provide academia with feedback on which skills and abilities are required in quantum software development and where to concentrate on the education of students, 4) Demonstrate to academia new as well as existing practical challenges in the field of quantum software engineering, 5) Communicate the latest research findings to practitioners and discuss ways to adopt them for industrial products, services, and processes.

The key outcome of the workshop will be a research roadmap for Quantum Software Engineering.


The list of accepted papers is blow. A detailed program will be announced near the workshop date

1. Luís Soares Barbosa, Software engineering for ‘quantum advantage’

2. Shahin Honarvar, Mohammad Reza Mousavi, Rajagopal Nagarajan, Property-based Testing for Quantum Programs in Q#

3. Thomas Gabor, Sebastian Feld, Hila Safi, Thomy Phan, Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, Insights on Training Neural Networks for QUBO Tasks; Preprint

4. Carlos A Perez Delgado, Hector G. Perez-Gonzalez, Towards a Quantum Software Modeling Language

5. Tom Krüger, Wolfgang Mauerer, Quantum Annealing-Based Software Components: An Experimental Case Study with SAT Solving

6. Ruslan Shaydulin, Caleb Thomas, Paige Rodeghero, Making Quantum Computing Open: Lessons from Open-Source Projects

7. Thomas Gabor, Leo Sünkel, Fabian Ritz, Thomy Phan, Lenz Belzner, Christoph Roch, Sebastian Feld, Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, The Holy Grail of Quantum Artificial Intelligence: Challenges in Accelerating the Machine Learning Pipeline Preprint

The program will include exciting keynote speakers. Also, it will include an interactive panel with all the participants aimed at defining research roadmap of Quantum Software Engineering. Stay tuned!

Call for Papers

Topics of Interest

Quantum software engineering including but not limited to:
• Paradigms for developing quantum software
• Quantum software design
• Quantum software testing
• Quantum software verification
• Quantum software coding practices
• Quantum software reuse
• Quantum software experimentations
• Quantum software execution
• Industrial applications
• Empirical evaluations

Paper Submission

We invite submission of papers of the following types:
- Regular papers (6 pages): Experience reports, research methods, longer challenge papers.
- Position paper (3 pages): Describing a well-argued position in any area of quantum software engineering.
- Fast Abstracts (2 pages): Work in progress, challenges

Submission Link:

ICSE 2020 workshop proceedings will be prepared by IEEE CPS and published by ACM. Workshop papers must follow the ACM formatting instructions (

The workshop will have the best paper award, which will be announced and bestowed at the workshop closing session.


Program Chairs

Shaukat Ali, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Rui Abreu, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the University of Lisbon, Portugal
Tao Yue, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Aerospace China and Simula Research Laboratory Norway

Program Committee

Paolo Arcaini, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Anastassia Marchenkova, Bleximo
Carmelo Cartiere, NEXTSENSE SRL
Hausi A Muller, University of Victoria, Canada
Diego Moreda, Rodríguez IBM
Xiaodi Wu, University of Maryland, USA
Joao Fernandes, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Wolfgang Mauerer, Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Technologies, Germany
Anila Mjeda, Lero, Ireland
Marco Pistoia, IBM
Luís Soares, University of Minho, Portugal
David White, The University of Sheffield, UK
Andriy Miranskyy, Department of Computer Science, Ryerson University, Canada
Jianjun Zhao, Kyushu University, Japan
Jingyue Li, NTNU, Norway


As part of ICSE 2020, the workshop will be held at Seoul Dragon City Hotel located right in the center of Seoul..


Authors and participants must register through the main conference website: Registration for ICSE 2020