The PLOW Series

The PLOW Mission

PLOW (which stands for the PoLyMORSE Open Workshop) is a series of workshops targeted at improving the technical and non-technical skills of grad students.

The PoLyMORSE Open Workshop (PLOW ) program consists of a series of informal workshops organized by the PolyMORSE (Polytechnique Montréal Researchers in Software Engineering) research group. The gathering is informal and therefore does not have a call for papers. At this early stage, the workshop will usually take place every six months.

The PLOW events aim to bring together active researchers and practitioners in the area of software engineering to focus on discussion of on-going work and interaction, without the burden of having to prepare a polished paper. We create the program largely by invitation and then issue a call for participation. In order to bring in a fresh perspective, outstanding researchers from all over the world are invited to participate and present their original and significant work.

The educational and academic objectives for PLOW venues are:

  1. To provide researchers with a platform to discuss and collaborate on the state-of-the-practice, state-of-the-art, and future of software engineering;
  2. To provide postdoctoral fellows, PhD and Master’s students with opportunities to learn needed background, state-of-the-art techniques, and complementary "soft" skills to excel in the emerging and important sub-domain of software engineering.
  3. To increase the participation of the Quebec and Canadian industry in software engineering.

WIFI Connection

Polytechnique Montreal is part of the eduroam (education roaming) consortium; eduroam is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.

If you are a faculty member, student or have access to eduroam, please make sure you activate your eduroam account at your institution , this will give to access to WIFI at Polytechnique Montreal and thus to PLOW.

Travel, Accommodation and VISAs

PLOW organizers do not provide any support for travel, accommodation and VISA. Some international visitors will need to get a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to visit Canada. To get the latest and official information on Canada visas and to see if you need a visa please visit:

see also Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) web site:

How to Get the TRV?

Information on visiting Canada:

Visiting Canada – Important information for visa exempt travellers (including US Citizens):

IMPORTANT: no invitation letter or VISA support letter will be provided by PLOW organizers . Should you need an accommodation you may consider the many hotel downtown Montreal (40 min by metro) or the University of Montreal studio accommodations located at a walking distance from Polytechique Montreal.

Past PLOW installments

PLOW is a series of workshops targeted at improving the technical and non-technical skills of grad students. Past editions have focused on how to present a scientific poster, how to do program transformation, how to analyze bad code smells, how to analyze load tests and how to automate a release engineering pipeline, how to analyze your data, and how to develop algorithms and tools manage swarm of robots. Each edition features a mix of lectures, labs and interactive discussions (e.g., a poster session). See for example: