In 2015, the SERE conference (IEEE International Conference on Software Security and Reliability) and the QSIC conference (IEEE International Conference on Quality Software) were combined into a single conference, QRS, with Q representing Quality, R for Reliability, and S for Security, sponsored by the IEEE Reliability Society. This conference provides engineers and scientists from both industry and academia a platform to present their ongoing work, relate their research outcomes and experiences, and discuss the best and most efficient techniques for the development of reliable, secure, and trustworthy systems. It also represents an excellent opportunity for the academic community to become more aware of subject areas critical to the software industry as practitioners bring their needs to the table. The 21st QRS conference will be held from December 6-10, 2021 in Hainan Island, China.


Honorary General Chair
Kishor S. Trivedi
Kishor S. Trivedi USA
Duke University, USA

General Chairs
Franz Wotawa
Franz Wotawa Austria
Graz University of Technology, Austria

Xianpeng Wang
Xianpeng Wang China
Hainan University, China

Program Chairs
Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova
Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova USA
West Virginia University, USA

Henrique Madeira
Henrique Madeira Portugal
University of Coimbra, Portugal

Zheng Zheng
Zheng Zheng China
Beihang University, China

Finance Chairs
W. Eric Wong
W. Eric Wong USA
University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Ruizhi Gao
Ruizhi Gao USA
Sonos Inc., USA

Tutorial Chair
Junhua Ding
Junhua Ding USA
University of North Texas, USA

Industry Track Chairs
Nick Multari
Nick Multari USA
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Sunita Chulani
Sunita Chulani USA
Cisco, USA

Dongcheng Li
Dongcheng Li USA
University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Publicity & Social Media Chairs
Bruno Lima
Bruno Lima Portugal
University of Porto, Portugal

Qiang Miao
Qiang Miao China
Sichuan University, China

Local Organizing Chairs
Yun Lin
Yun Lin China
Harbin Engineering University, China

Auri Vincenzi
Auri Vincenzi Brazil
Federal University of São Carlos Brazil, Brazil

Artur Andrzejak
Artur Andrzejak Germany
Heidelberg University, Germany

Tadashi Dohi
Tadashi Dohi Japan
Hiroshima University, Japan

Shou-Yu Lee
Shou-Yu Lee USA
University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Siwei Zhou
Siwei Zhou China
Wuhan University of Technology, China

Zizhao Chen
Zizhao Chen USA
University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Call for paper

Important date

Final paper submission deadline

Submission Topics

  • Reliability, Security, Availability, and Safety of Software Systems
  • Software Testing, Verification, and Validation
  • Program Debugging and Comprehension
  • Information and Software Quality Assurance
  • Fault Tolerance for Software Reliability Improvement
  • Modeling, Prediction, Simulation, and Evaluation
  • Metrics, Measurements, and Analysis
  • Secure and Reliable Storage
  • Software Penetration and Protection
  • Software Vulnerabilities
  • Formal Methods
  • Malware Detection and Analysis
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • Operating System Security and Reliability
  • Mobile and Smartphone Applications
  • Internet of Things and Cloud Computing
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Benchmark, Tools, Industrial Applications, and Empirical Studies
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning Models and Systems


All papers must conform to the QRS conference proceedings format (PDF | Word DOCX | Latex) and Submission Guideline set in advance by QRS 2021 or co-located workshops. They must be in English and in PDF format. Submissions that do not comply with the above instructions will be rejected without review.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee and evaluated on originality, contribution, soundness, presentation and relatedness. The program committee as a whole will make final decisions about which submissions to accept for presentation at the conference.

IEEE Conference Publishing Services (CPS) will publish the proceedings. Accepted papers will also be submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore and to other abstracting and indexing partners such as the Ei Compendex.

Selected papers of top quality will be published in a special section of IEEE Transactions on Reliability instead of the conference proceedings. This will speed up the journal publication of these papers.

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  • Conference Date

    Dec 06



    Dec 10


  • Nov 01 2021

    Final Paper Deadline

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IEEE Reliability Society
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