2020-05-07: CFP: VISSOFT 2020: 8th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization

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8th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization (VISSOFT 2020)

September 28-29, 2020, Adelaide, Australia




Software visualization is a broad research area whose general goal is to enhance and promote the theory, realization, and evaluation of approaches to visually encode and analyze software systems, including software development practices, evolution, structure, and software runtime behavior. Software visualization is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on theories and techniques from information visualization and computer graphics and applying these in the software engineering domain.

The VISSOFT conference is a venue for publishing and discussing research related to software visualization. VISSOFT brings together a community of researchers from software engineering, information visualization, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and data science to discuss theoretical foundations, algorithms, techniques, tools, and applications related to the visualization of software.

VISSOFT 2020, co-held with ICSME 2020, encourages a variety of submissions that address outstanding challenges in software systems using visualization. This includes technical papers, empirical studies, applications, case studies, and papers that present novel ideas and tools.



- Innovative visualization and visual analytics techniques for analysis of software engineering data. This includes source code, dependencies, repositories, developer social networks such as StackOverflow and GitHub, mobile app reviews, documentation, runtime logs, and DevOps data.

- Visualization to support software development activities, including design, requirements engineering, program comprehension, software testing, and debugging.

- Interaction techniques and algorithms for software visualization.

- Visualization-based techniques in software engineering education.

- Integration of software visualization tools with development environments.

- Empirical evaluation of software visualizations, including eye tracking.

- Industrial experience with using software visualization.

- Applications of new technologies to enhance software visualization, including virtual reality, augmented/mixed reality, gamification, and artificial intelligence.

- Analytical approaches to understand software-related aspects based on data science concepts.

We solicit papers that present original, unpublished research results. Papers will be rigorously reviewed by an international program committee. In addition to technical papers, VISSOFT features a New Ideas or Emerging Results (NIER) track and a Tool Demonstrations (TD) track. All accepted submissions will appear in the conference proceedings and the IEEE Digital Library.



Technical papers:

A technical paper contribution must describe an in-depth and mature research result relevant to software visualization. The content of a technical paper can be at a maximum 10 pages long (including all figures, tables, and appendices). However, the 10 page limit does not include the bibliography, which is limited by two additional pages.

The submission of a video (up to 5 minutes in length) to accompany the paper is highly encouraged to show interaction possibilities. Authors who wish to submit a video can submit the video together with their paper if the size of the video is smaller than 50 MB, otherwise a URL to the video should be provided.

After the notification, authors can also submit an artifact (tool, data, model, etc.)

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vissoft2020

NIER/TD Track:

The NIER/TD Track of VISSOFT accepts two types of contributions: New Ideas and Emerging Results (NIER) and Tool Demonstrations (TD). Both NIER and TD contributions have a page limit of 5 (including bibliography).

NIER contributions describe work-in-progress and preliminary exciting results. Authors are encouraged to include open questions and even provocative hypotheses to get early feedback on their research ideas. A sound evaluation is not required for NIER contributions. One of the goals of the NIER Track is to foster collaboration among different research groups.

Tool Demonstrations describe the design or actual utilization of software visualization tools, with a focus on the architecture of the tool or its use to gain new insights. During the conference, we will organize an informal tool demonstration session where authors of TD papers are requested to demonstrate their tools. The submission may also contain a link to a screencast (e.g., YouTube or Vimeo) to show the interaction possibilities offered by the tool.



Abstract submission: June 22, 2020

Technical paper submission: June 26, 2020

NIER/TD paper submission: June 26, 2020

Artifact submission: August 1, 2020

Author notification: July 24, 2020

Camera-Ready: August 7, 2020

Conference date: September 28-29, 2020


Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The VISSOFT Organizing Committee is aware of the current COVID-19 situation. At this time, the conference is planned to take place as scheduled. The committee will continue monitoring conditions and will provide updates if plans change.

Stay safe & we hope to see you at VISSOFT 2020!


Craig Anslow (General Chair)

Andreas Schreiber and Takashi Ishio (Program Co-Chairs)